oathbringerOathbringer by Brandon Sanderson

Genre: Epic Fantasy

Series: The Stormlight Archive #3

Publisher: Tor Books (November 14, 2017)

Author Information: Website | Twitter

Length: 1233 pages

My Rating: 5 stars

Having recently finished a binge read of the first three novels in The Stormlight Archive, I can honestly say my mind is filled with this intricately detailed, amazingly epic story, so much so that I am finding it difficult to put into words my feelings for this series and, specifically, its third installment: Oathbringer. Mainly, this is due to the distinct originality and uniqueness of this book, which is hard to adequately describe. The world of Roshar far different from Tolkien’s LoTR, Martin’s ASoIF, or even Jordan’s WoT yet still terribly familiar. Roshar’s characters seemingly the normal standard bearers of legendary epics until Brandon Sanderson’s molds them into very different configurations. The plot here following the tried-and-true fantasy tropes only to turn them upside down, sending a reader flailing about in delightful ignorance of what is coming next. And due to all this, I believe the best way for me to summarize my feelings about Oathbringer is to merely say it is one of the most magnificent fantasy books I’ve ever read and leave it at that.

For those unfamiliar with The Stormlight Archive, it – like so many epic fantasy series – is centered upon the coming end of the world, as the cyclical Desolation Event comes upon the world of Roshar once again. The heralds of this cataclysm (the Voidbringers) having appeared along with the forces of Odium, and our band of “heroes” called upon to somehow, someway hold back the end of the world. Dalinar Kholin, Kaladin the Stormblessed, Shallan Davar, and Adolin Kholin finding themselves in far over their heads, no matter their pedigree and experience.

Where The Way of Kings was centered upon Kaladin and Words of Radiance focused on Shallan, Oathbringer’s main character is Dalinar. This novel spending a great deal of time comparing and contrasting the Dalinar of the present with the Dalinar of the past. The honorable, noble and principled would-be savior of Roshar revealed to have been a far different, more ruthless individual in the past; this history going a long way in explaining the reaction of so many people to Dalinar’s attempts to make of them allies in his crusade against the Desolation.

This focus on Dalinar does not mean the other characters of the series are left out in the cold however. In fact, Brandon Sanderson finds page time to weave compelling stories for Kaladin, Shallan, Adolin and many more. Each of these individuals dealing with new roles, emotional issues, and tough choices with long term repercussions. Some characters embrace their new identities, dealing with depression and addiction, but there are others who can’t or won’t, which causes them to have to deal with the pain of failure and fumble around to find other ways to change and grow as the world around them forces them to adapt to the evolving circumstances. All of this character development very raw, very real, and even more poignant and compelling due to this realism.

As for the world building in Oathbringer, it is just as superb as you’d expect from Sanderson. The world of Roshar, its people, its places, and its secrets mesmerizing in the extreme. The author finding new twists to add to the mix, revealing even more epic places, and adding to the legends and lore of this immense world. There is even time spent continuing to evolve the nature of the Desolations, the Heralds, the Oathpact, and everything else touched upon in the tale up to this point, leaving readers with the firm assurance that there is still much they do not know about Roshar.

Without a doubt, Oathbringer has raised the bar even higher for the already amazing Stormlight Archive, making me desperately wish I had the next installment of the series sitting before me so I could dive into its pages right now. Yes, there has been some tense moments, epic struggles, and riveting reveals in the series up to this point, and maybe I need a break from it, but I do not wish for one, since I know there is still a long ways to go before this ride ends and many more amazing things to come.  So everyone out there who hasn’t read this series yet, trust me, it is time to go ahead and begin your reading journey with The Stormlight Archive, because you do not want to miss out on this epic fantasy masterpiece!

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. I’d like to thank them for allowing me to receive this review copy and inform everyone that the review you have read is my opinion alone.

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6 Responses to OATHBRINGER

  1. I heard so much good and bad things about Brandon Sanderson’s books that I always put his books aside though I own Mistborn and Warbreaker… did you read any of those?

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  2. Bookwraiths says:

    I read Mistborn: The Final Empire and really enjoyed it. The second book (The Well of Ascension) was a bit of a change of pace from book one, and I never finished that one, but do intend to revisit it in the near future. I also enjoyed Arcanum Unbounded, which had a load of real great short stories and novellas. If you enjoy middle grade series, I’d even recommend Sanderson’s Alcatraz series, which is zany humor and cool world building. Hope that helps a little. 🙂

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    • H.P. says:

      I read the Mistborn trilogy in preparation for reading this one and I think it is the best thing Sanderson has ever written.

      I do think Oathbringer is the best Stormlight Archive book, but it is held back by a long, slow start and an extraordinarily annoying storyline for Shallan.

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      • Marcia says:

        I agree completely. Oathbringer started very slowly then I ended up putting it down halfway through, because of my annoyance with Shallan. I’m planning to pick it up again, at some point, as I know the next book will focus on another character I may enjoy more, but I just haven’t worked my way back to it yet. My biggest fear is how many years I’ll have to wait to get to the rest of the books planned for this series. 😯

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  3. Marcia says:

    I read all of the Mistborn books, including the later Alloy of Law books, and absolutely loved them. I also read his YA series, the Reckoners, and Warbreaker. I love his writing, but it took me 3 tries to get going with the first Stormlight book. The beginning was quite confusing to me, for some reason, and I wasn’t sure it was going to work for me. But I persisted. I’m halfway through with it now, and fully invested in every character, especially Kaladin, and I’m eager to read the rest of the books. Your thoughts on Oathbringer have convinced me that I was right not to give up. It may just have been that my concentration wasn’t at its best when I started Book 1, but now that I’m into the story, I would definitely recommend this series to any lover of epic fantasy.

    So glad I read this review today. Thanks!

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  4. I agree, Sanderson has raised the bar. This was my favorite installment so far, it also probably didn’t hurt that my favorite character is Dalinar. We got so many answers in this one, my head is still spinning.

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