Having now completed my reading of Oathbringer, I am able to integrate into one impression what this book gave to me: a sense of resolved. Resolved because, as many other reviewers have said, we finally understand what drove, as well as what continues to drive Dalinar. A secret he had held for so long is finally revealed to us, as well as to himself. His struggles are not ended for it, but he is perhaps a better person for the knowledge. We also come to understand where Shallan is going, and what will be of her, split as she between all those alter egos. I would have liked to understand a little better the nature and the depth of her feelings for Adolin and for Kaladin, though. Perhaps in the next book. Oathbringer also reveals much about Renarin, and I felt I became closer to him for it, even though only a small portion of the book dwells on him. The sense of resolution also comes from understanding what motivates Adolin, who-although good and passionate about many things-had always seemed a little aloof to me. I wish, as do many others, that the book had spent more time on Kaladin, and on what makes him, him because he was one of the first characters I learned to love from the very start. Finally, we also get to know Wit, and spend significant time with him, which was very enjoyable; Wit is, after all, one of the binding elements of Brandon’s Cosmere. I will only note that I did not much enjoy discovering that Shadesmar is a place where humans can walk and travel, eat and drink. Somehow, I could not connect with such a conception of Sanderson’s cognitive realm. Some will say, rightly, that it is what it is. Therefore, I will say that I am disappointed simply by what Sanderson chose to reveal of it. Aside from this, however, and because of what it does give us, I believe that Oathbringer is another great read in the Stormlight Archive series.
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