Review: Oathbringer. Stormlight Archive 3 by Brandon Sanderson

Dalinar Kholin’s Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost: The enemy oathbringerParshendi 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.

  1. The Way of Kings
  2. Words of Radiance
  3. Oathbringer
  4. ????

I’m late to the party, but I finally made it through this brick!

I’d say that this is definitely the weakest of the lot and in the start I thought it would be a disappointment. It should have been shorter. A lot shorter. Felt like filler episodes in some parts.

Don’t get me wrong, I’d read a whole book of fillers dealing with Kaladin & Bridge Four or even some other characters, but unfortunately a lot of it dealt with Shallan & Dalinar.

I like Dalinar as a character but his interludes were mostly boring apart from the last parts. We already knew what happened to him. I didn’t need a more detailed version. And more suffering. The characters are all on the edge of being a bit too whiny if you ask me.

Shallan I still dislike. She’s too snappy and annoys me. And I didn’t dig the part about her identity issues. I am happy how it turned out in the end, but I did not enjoy reading about her different characters.

That was the bad stuff. Now, the good stuff.

Oh boy, I loved every part that had Kaladin in it as well as every part that dealt with Bridge Four and its members. It was a delight to read about their banter, their individual struggles & their successes. Those characters, like Rock, Lopen or Teft just grew on me so much since book 1.

One of my favourite parts of the book was the one taking place in Shadesmar, mostly because of Syl’s role & the fact that we learned so much more about spren and their world.

I also really enjoyed Szeth’s chapters. It gave us an insight into his order and he became more of a distinct character than he was before. I’d like to read more about Szeth in the future.

Everything that dealt with the Parshendi was pretty cool to read as well. And the revelations in the end changed absolutely everything.

The last 200 pages were absolutely brilliant and I couldn’t put the book down. I read until the middle of the night and was SO hype again for the whole series. Please let the next part come soon!

I wasn’t sure how to rate it, but then I decided on 4 stars. It had its weaknesses but overall I enjoyed it and it made me emotional and excited.

★★★★

4 comments

  1. Fully agree with your review, this was the weakest book so far. I thought Shallan was okay in the previous books, but in this I really didn’t like her. And I’m glad I knew the new Dalinar first, cause I didn’t like his parts in this book either. Still enjoyed the book overall tho.

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