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Oathbringer

Written by: Brandon Sanderson
Length: 55 hrs and 5 mins
5 out of 5 stars (1,107 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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Perfect

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

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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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thoroughly enjoyed this story

I loved how dalinar's anguish was the very key he needed. How shalon figured out what was true for her. I do want to know the end of the story because this was not the end

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My Favourite

I love Brandon's writing style and Michael Kramer has an amazing voice for reading. This story is amazing and well thought out. My favourite series. Can't wait for the next one.

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Amazing

Brilliant the whole way through. Loved the end, well done Sanderson! Can't wait untill the last one.

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Truly Fantastic

Moreso than other books in the series, Oathbringer fits into an overall plan. It is likely the strongest in the SA so far. Not great as a standalone but important in the overall schema, clearly needed to go on in the series.
Highly recommend this one.

I have two small issues with this book. First, while the overall performance is professional and excellent, I have read in a review that Kate Readings' interpretation of Lift sounds like "some kid doing a bad impression of his little sister". Hilarious. That's pretty well exactly what it sounds like. I found myself looking forward to a switch back to Michael Kramer.
Secondly, the story reads like a screenplay. That's excellent for descriptions of events, and allows the reader to clearly visualize a scene that Sanderson intended, but it reminded me a little of 80s TV shows.
On the 'A-team' it drove me nuts that after a helicopter crash or something, they made a point of going back to the wreckage to show that the guys were uninjured, crawling from the ruins. Or they would fire thousands of bullets and maybe hit a bad guy's gun or something. Heaven forbid people might get hurt in an action sequence.

Sanderson is a little guilty of this. The story lacks a little tension because the characters aren't really in any jeopardy. If he allowed some to die, even some peripheral characters, I would be more worried when the protagonists faced a challenge. Why should I be worried about Calladan, when the bad guys can't even kill off Scar?
Still, an excellent book.

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life before death

love this rendition of oathbringer, a favorite of mine and I am waiting to see wear on roshar bridge 4 will take me next.

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  • Deana
  • Texas
  • 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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  • matthew
  • 2019-04-17

Great book but can be slow

This is a decent book by Brandon, but the pace and constant description of feelings can be painful. If you read the first two books before this one you already know the hero's are painted as flawed. In this book he pushes that the hero's have weaknesses to much. It is nice when a writer takes the time to make characters relatable, but very aggravating, when they go on for hours about how much self doubt they have. If I wanted to listen to 55 hours of self doubt, I would read my diary over and over again.

There are some parts of the book which are pure genius but feel the momentum he built with the first 2 books stopped by minute 5. I am not sure how I feel now that I'm done with book 3. I need sometime to get joy back in my life before I read another Sanderson book.

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  • Ernesto Cortez
  • 2019-06-08

A little bloated but still good

I must say I’m a little disappointed. Every time shallan and adolin is in the same room I pretty much changed the speed to 1.5x and lowered the volume. Dalinar’s flashbacks are an ordeal too. The WoK is probably the best fantasy book I’ve ever read / listened to, and WoR not far behind, that’s why this book was a bummer for me. I’m still rating the story 3 stars because for all its faults, it’s still good. I hope there’s a lot more Kaladin going forward and please oh please, a lot less Shallan. Kaladin is the heart and soul of this series.

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  • Leo
  • 2017-11-24

A mixed bag of brilliance, marred by missteps

Brandon Sanderson is one of the greatest story tellers writing today; and this series is his magnum opus. Book 3 is not the strongest of the series. But it still soars in many places, despite some missteps throughout.
Parts of this book left me cheering out loud! Parts of this book are truly awe inspiring.

Other parts had me shaking my head, as long established characters suddenly behaved in ways that contradicted everything the author has told us about them in the past.
For such an immense book, it surprised me how many times an obvious shortcut was taken in order to setup the next scene.

There was one long scene involving a female lead that had no purpose other than comic relief. This bungling, slapstick detour was so jarring, it was hard to return to the rhythm of the story. Worst of all, it felt amateurish, and just wasn't funny.

Almost every competent character had a moment of incompetence so glaring that it became obvious this was a deliberate gimmick. Possibly a recommendation from an editor, but taken too far?

But still, with all of that said, this is still a mostly brilliant story. The action scenes top any blockbuster movie put out this year.
It was filled with many pay-offs from the previous books, some of them setup so expertly that they still surprised me, despite the clues revealed before.

Like all of his books, this was also a vehicle for the author's social, political, and moral view of the world. Presented nicely as part of the story with not-too-much outright preaching.

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  • Anne
  • Seattle
  • 2018-06-23

Bloated and a bit of a let down

while is entertaining, felt like a lot of waiting for things to happen. Like the author wanted to write a big book, but didnt want to give away too much information and it just leads to a meh book. Hope book 4 is better

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  • Chuck
  • 2019-07-09

Good book.

A lot too go through for to me a somewhat unclimactic ending. Another book maybe?

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  • Mark
  • 2019-06-04

kinda some fluff in the middle.

was a good story. ready for the next edition. Thank you for the entertainment. Tsuss.

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  • Cheryl
  • Chicago, IL
  • 2019-04-22

Scratching My Head

Difficult to rate. First, the narration team was the best. I've enjoyed this pair of narrators before and I will seek them out again. Each character was voiced crisply and with unique individuality. Kudos! The story was confusing to me. I'm not clear on why things happened and to be honest what happened, in some cases. At times I enjoyed the story. However, far too often I was left scratching my head. I cannot go into detail without spoilers so I won't try. However, it took me many hours to complete this story.

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  • James Hanenkamp
  • 2019-04-22

Not Brandon's best book but a good story

I am a big fan of Brandon Sanderson and am reading through all his "Cosmere" books (just about all his books excluding the wheel of time). Brandon has a wonderful imagination and creates a different "magic" system (he calls investiture) in each world. shards and stormlight should be and could be the most interesting but I am never that excited to see what happens next like in Warbreaker or a wonderful discovery to find out like in Elantris (which was hard for me to get interested in at first). The method of investiture in his other books are more strange yet seem to be more engaging while stormlight should be powerful and exciting but it never seems to do much so far while all the people learn to use their powers. it is a great book and long which is good because I don't need to buy near so many books but it is slow and morning at times especially on all the flash backs into the past. the backstory is interesting but not exciting. It reminds me of Lord of the Rings where way too much information is given but nowhere near as bad. That being said I usually prefer the abridged versions of books I read (not on audiobook) because I lose interest easily.

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  • Derek Treadway
  • Dayton, OH
  • 2019-03-13

What a great ending to a lackluster book

So I'll freely admit, the first 30 or so hours were bland and hard to really get invested in. I don't know if I've just had too much time away from the shattered plains but the majority of this book was subpar in comparison to the others. The ending however was that grand Sanderson writing that we all come back for and what a way to end a series. Had a few elements that seemed rushed with the final edit but the over arching story was so compelling at the end and even had a few instances that were hard to gleam from the foreshadowing prior in the book. Over all this is certainly not the best book in this series but for a bridge boom that connected and progressed so much of the story it was pretty darn good. This wasn't no wheel of time Bridge book where you find yourself lost in the bland between very small bits of greatness, this was a storm light book that happened to need to set up a ton of information and plot lines for future books that somehow ended so well and neat.

Another great book from Sanderson but like all Sanderson books I'd like to see more of the dark side of human nature and id like to really feel like I can connect to the main characters with thee dark elements of life.

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