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Oathbringer

Oathbringer

In Oathbringer, the third volume of the New York Timesbestselling Stormlight Archive, humanity faces a new Desolation with the return of the Voidbringers, a foe with numbers as great as their thirst for vengeance.

Dalinar Kholin's Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost: The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction, and in its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified.

Nestled in the mountains high above the storms, in the tower city of Urithiru, Shallan Davar investigates the wonders of the ancient stronghold of the Knights Radiant and unearths dark secrets lurking in its depths. And Dalinar realizes that his holy mission to unite his homeland of Alethkar was too narrow in scope. Unless all the nations of Roshar can put aside Dalinar's blood-soaked past and stand together--and unless Dalinar himself can confront that past--even the restoration of the Knights Radiant will not prevent the end of civilization.

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L.A. Di Paolo’s Review: 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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Series: Stormlight Archives, Book 3
Genres: Epic Fantasy, High Fantasy
Tag: Recommended Books
ASIN: B01NAWAH85
ISBN: 9780765326379
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