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Oathbringer

Written by: Brandon Sanderson
Series: Stormlight Archive, Book 3
Length: 55 hrs and 5 mins
4.9 out of 5 stars (1,465 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The eagerly awaited sequel to the New York Times best-selling Words of Radiance, from epic fantasy author Brandon Sanderson at the top of his game.

In Oathbringer, the third volume of the New York Times best-selling 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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Dragonsteel Entertainment, LLC  (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

What the critics say

"Character development is at the heart of the book, and it is here that Kramer and Reading shine, with remarkably consistent and multifaceted characters that fuel the action of the story.... Adept pacing highlights both the intensity of hand-to-hand combat and quieter moments of sorrow and grief, fully realizing the intricate world that Sanderson has created." (AudioFile Magazine)   

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outstanding.

Between listening and reading I go through at least 30 fiction novels a year. With the exception of the Lord of the Rings trilogy that I read back in high school I've never really been a fan of high fantasy. I find most of it either very derivative or, in the case of ASOIAF, tedious. So it took me a while to finally get around to trying out Stormlight. I wish I would have discovered this series years ago. I haven't been this invested in a story ever, not once. I'm not going to babble on about the characters, or rewrite the synopsis like so many reviewers do. I'm just here to say that this book is the best in a line of great books. I have never once taken the time to write a review, but this series is worth at least this small effort on my behalf.

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fantastic

Everything about this book and recording is great, great story, so many unexpected plot points and just very entertaining.

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Amazing addition ti the stormlight archive

Brilliant performance by Michael and Kate, loved all the voices and enjoyed they both played pattern the same way in this book. Story is as usual 5 star, can't go wrong with Brandon Sanderson.

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hard to get through...

compared to prior books, this book will challenge even the most hardcore fans to complete.

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God Tier Ending

Ending was actually god tier, with a massive payoff after such a long wait. I can't wait for Book 4

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Perfect

Brandon Crafted a beautiful world, but Michael Kramer and Kate reading bring it to life.

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What a disappointment.

I'm not a big fan of reviews and I don't often write them but this one warranted spending my life minutes doing. I will start by saying that I am a fan of Sanderson and loved the first two books of this series. I listened to them and bought the next book mere minutes after finishing the previous one. My hopes were pretty high coming into the third book. This installment in the series delivered the square root of nothing that it had the potential of delivering and instead substituted endless meandering and waxing poetic about ethics and morality and blah blah blah. This book is the literary equivalent of a company meeting that takes 3 hours when it all should have just been sent out as a email and saved everyone an afternoon. I was half way through the book wondering if anything is actually going to happen to develop the story. I would have to wait until the last few chapters for that to actually happen. This book is long and dull and that's not even the biggest strike it has against it. This book manages to take all of the beloved, strong, dynamic, interesting characters from the first two books and turn them into weak, annoying, wienies (for lack of a better term) without any of the toughness and resilience they have shown in the first two books. I lost track of the number of times I just wanted those wonderful characters to stop their bitching and whining and to put on the big girl/boy pants and do something. Now I get character flaws and the necessity for them, but for pity's sake, they should add to the story and the character, not be so prolific that I was sitting there hoping that the character died because they deserved the way they were carrying on. As insult to injury, all the other potentially great characters I would have loved to see get some air time were basically ignored in favour of endless chapters listening to a handful of characters exercise their own demons ad nauseum. It is really too bad after such stellar 1st and 2nd books that I doubt I will be coming back to the Stormlight Archive.

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I stopped caring about the characters.

There was othing in the plot that made me more interesting or more invested in the story. Edit: Michael Kramer is flawless.

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  • Gio
  • 2017-12-08

A solid four stars

I felt less passion in this book to the previous two Brandon Sanderson written, never the less the audio reading was amazing. There were some parts that actually felt, well boring to me.

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I love this series

I have listened to all three books, plus his entire Mistborn series, twice over.I LOVE his books and who he chose for reading them was spot on and makes it so engaging. I am so excited for Rhythm of War and the next in the Mistborn series (Alloy ones) I will re listen to them once the new books are released

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  • Miles
  • 2018-03-07

The stuff after . . .

What disappointed you about Oathbringer?

Book 2 could have been made into a good ending. The majority of Book 3 felt like everything that happens after the credits roll. We know more small battles, politics, reunions and rebuilding will happen after the day is saved but i don't need to read a book about it. I was never given a reason to care about anything in this book.

Has Oathbringer turned you off from other books in this genre?

No but maybe other Brandon Sanderson books.

What character would you cut from Oathbringer?

Shallan didn't grow as a character and it felt like none of her filler mini quests added anything to the plot. Way back in the first book its establish that Shallan has issues so why is it still being shoved down my throat 120 hours later? Shallan started off strong but eventually her story just lost direction and purpose. The only problem with cutting Shallan would be getting rid of Kate Readings great narration.

Any additional comments?

I have grown to hate flashbacks.
Several side stories seemed to be dropped.
Loved the first two books.

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  • Matt C
  • 2020-01-27

Ruined the series

Significant departure from what made the first books good (battles/glory) now Disneyfied with PG-13 politics/romance.

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  • Karl Ide-Pech
  • 2019-11-01

Incredible Book

some of the best character development I've ever experienced. the complexity and detail of everything in this book is so good. It also explores some cool philosophies.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-06-28

Slow - Everybody is miserable

I couldn't get through it. It was slow , everybody is miserable, you know bad things are going to happen, and I lost all motivation to finish.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-11-04

Fabulous book series... I can't wait for the next

The characters just keep developing into more and more. I am very anxious to see what more comes of each of the radiants as they speak the next set of words in their oaths. The plot continues to build and deliver new twists and surprises as it unfolds to seemingly build even more. It has yet to get dull as most all long multiple book series tend to do at some point. Keep it up Mr. Sanderson... I'm a fan!

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  • jeb4255
  • 2019-02-14

Such a long book.

Compared to the first two, this book seemed to drag for a while when they’re all just chilling in Urithiru. When they go to Kholinar it’s like “finally they’re doing something” and even that part drags while they’re there not to mention the infuriating death of a growing character. The end battle is exciting though. Shallan’s lone escapades get wearisome.... she’s much more interesting when interacting with the other main characters like Adolin and Kaladin.

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  • kyle wilhite
  • 2019-11-05

Another great big book by Sanderson

I love Brendon Sanderson's books and this is no exception. you really feel like you get your money's worth with this book. There is a lot of content and all of it interesting. Looking forward to his best book. I feel this is the best one of the series so far.

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  • Gee Wiz
  • 2019-10-29

Hmmmm

I loved the first books and this one as well, but I felt it grew tiresome in the last third. The final few chapters reminded me of a Star Wars character wrap up with a teaser for the next episode. Great series overall. Narration was excellent. My favorite character is Wit. I would love a novella of his life.

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  • Andrew C Hsu
  • 2018-12-28

Tiresome

As a big fan of Sanderson, it pains me to say that this title was tough to get through. The first book in this series, The Way of Kings, was something I couldn't stop listening to. This book took me over a year to get through. The characters stalled, the story/battles where necessarily complicated, Shadesmar was a complete dud when the curtain was pulled back. The suffering never stopped for the main cast, yet you never believed that any of them would an untimely end (because Sanderson). The result was necessary torture for both the characters and the listeners. The characteristic crispness in Sanderson's storytelling and world-building was nowhere to be found in this title. Shame. I hope the 4th installment will rediscover the charm of this series.

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  • Deana
  • 2017-11-16

Strong Storytelling, will upset Kaladin fans

Oathbringer is book three of five. The first five books in the Stormlight Archive tell their own story. Later, another set of five will tell another story. Sometimes all the heroes win in the middle, sometimes they fail. In this book, we have both wins and losses. In one book, you have three small novels going on, with important points of view from many people.

Sanderson dives deeper into the cultures of Roshar and the conflicts that have nothing to do with the “bad guys.” Instead many of the conflicts are inside different characters own heads and hearts. This aspect of the story will be hard for many fans. This aspect of the story is important. Awareness of bias and of mental health issues is important. It’s rare to see them addressed so directly in an adventure fantasy.

But in this book, Kaladin, the hero of book one and book two – is not the star. He has growth, but not the awesome growth of power leveling up I think many fans were hoping to read. Instead, Bridge 4 as a whole, is given more points of view and room to grow. Sometime these are painful in heart wrenching ways, but in beautiful character development ways.

Dalinar’s flashbacks will make you look at him differently. It will be hard to see a hero in such a different light. Journey before destination everyone. His journey is a strong one.

The ladies of the Stormlight Archive are given more room to grow here. But at times it is a backward growth. At others it is wonderful to see them breaking the molds of Voirn culture.

Once you turn the page on Part 5, get ready for a rush of a ride. You will not want to put the book down for the final act.

Many important magical questions are answered in this volume of the Stormlight Archive, but it raises more questions. Some of the questions answered, were not the ones many fans were hoping to see addressed, including myself. I hope readers will appreciate the story that was written, for what was written. Not criticizes it because it was not the story they were expecting. I know I love the book, even if there are a few bits I wish were different. But the characters are not perfect people. They would be less interesting if they were.

I love that that the art is included even for the audio book. That is an extra special treat. Michael Kramer and Kate Reading do their typically awesome job narrating the books. I’m glad they kept the voices of the characters the same from the first two volumes of the books.

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