Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson
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Author – Brandon Sanderson
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. – Goodreads Synopsis
Holy shit…This was a spectacular read.
I finally got around to finishing Oathbringer this weekend, and I bought it the day it came out at Barnes and Noble (2.5 Months ago. Yes it took me a long time. I did have to read Edgedancer first too) The journey was well worth the destination! (heh) I’m not quite sure that I can even type up a blog post so soon after I finished reading it – the emotions are just too strong right now. Warning: this post is going to be more just a hype post rather than a review.
Dalinar finally got his book and we received the pleasure of learning about the rest of his character. Dalinar was always an interesting character, but the pain he went through in the past really ties him all together. (Especially at the end when the story comes full circle with Odium) Kaladin might still be my favorite character, but god damn Dalinar is a masterpiece. When Dalinar screams “You cannot have my pain!” right to Odium’s face (Well Odium is on Braize…) I swear I got chills and felt inspired at how epic the scene played out to be. This is why I am addicted to epic fantasy now, I crave that heroic-inspiration feeling! (It’s a drug
endorphin high at this point…) As always the pace pickups in the last 15% of the novel. It was impossible to put down after the back to back to back hits that kept coming.
Enough about Dalinar though – Every other character grew on me during the Oathbringer journey as well. Szeth has got me yearning for the day that his own focus book comes out. (As long as sword-nimi joins him) I’m really looking forward to learning more about Jasnah too, or rather learning what she knows already. (Bring me some of that sweet worldbuilding) I would really like to see more of Renarin while we are at it too. I see some of myself in his character (still the majority with Kaladin though). Lift has also grown on me now. When she was first introduced, I felt as if I had met her before, maybe parts of her character remind me of others from Sanderon’s works – which kind of bothered me for a while. There is just something about her that I can’t place…Edgedancer was a fun read though! (It reminded me a lot of The Slow Regard of Silent Things – another book 2.5)
If you have not started The Stormlight Archive series yet, go do it now. I need people to talk to about the cosmere.
I am not sure how I am going to make it waiting for book 4…
The most important step a man can take. It’s not the first one, is it? It’s the next one. Always the next step, Dalinar.