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Publisher's Summary

The Stormlight Archive saga continues in Rhythm of War, the eagerly awaited sequel to Brandon Sanderson's number one New York Times best-selling Oathbringer, from an epic fantasy writer at the top of his game. 

After forming a coalition of human resistance against the enemy invasion, Dalinar Kholin and his Knights Radiant have spent a year fighting a protracted, brutal war. Neither side has gained an advantage, and the threat of a betrayal by Dalinar’s crafty ally Taravangian looms over every strategic move. 

Now, as new technological discoveries by Navani Kholin’s scholars begin to change the face of the war, the enemy prepares a bold and dangerous operation. The arms race that follows will challenge the very core of the Radiant ideals and potentially reveal the secrets of the ancient tower that was once the heart of their strength.

At the same time that Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with his changing role within the Knights Radiant, his Windrunners face their own problem: As more and more deadly enemy Fused awaken to wage war, no more honorspren are willing to bond with humans to increase the number of Radiants. Adolin and Shallan must lead the coalition’s envoy to the honorspren stronghold of Lasting Integrity and either convince the spren to join the cause against the evil god Odium or personally face the storm of failure. 

Barnes and Noble Best New Books of the Year - 2020

A Macmillan Audio production from Tor Books

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

©2020 Brandon Sanderson (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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50 hours of wheel spinning.

He is trying so hard to do justice to a cast of characters with mental health issues and I appreciate that but it's starting feel like he's transcribing a medical text rather then telling a story about people. This book feels like the balanced tipped and the characters are fare more defined and overshadowed by their issues rather then being one aspect of a character. Like he lost sight of the forest because of all the trees. As a result the plot crawls along as characters endlessly agonize, hand wring and navel gaze about their struggles, Running in such mental circles is very realistic but makes for an exhausting and repetitious narrative.

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Missing from library

I’m hooked on this set of books. A great and original story. Only thing, is that I had it pre-ordered and it hasn’t showed up in my library. I’m stumped as to how to d/l right now. It’s now in my library! Not sure how I got it there. Possibly from launching it in the app from the web site. Hope this help anyone with the same issue. Enjoy!

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Love it!

Read all the pre release chapters, PLEASE SHOW UP IN MY LIBRARY, STORE SAYS IT IS BUT NOPE! LOVE IT SO FAR!

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Enthralled.

I would say this is the best book so far by Brandon Sanderson! I could not stop listening, and I started it a second time around right away! My attention was totally on the book until I got to the very last page!

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a stellar return to Roshar

everyone is back and some are fairing better than others. the narrator's are awesome brandon sanderson is a powerhouse author. the characters...oh boy...they are doing things.

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Still has me captive.

A fine addition to the Stormlight Archive. I don't know if I will enjoy the expansion of the story world to cosmic proportions but that's for another day. The way Sanderson has sewn up old plot points and conflicts leaves me satisfied. His setup for future happenings has left me content to wait.

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broken file

there is no audio it's just silence. all my other audio books are working fine... I reinstalled it and same problem. I'm sure the performances are great as always, just wish I could hear it.

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Seemed too short.

Once you get I to the book, the stories fly’s by. I found myself around the halfway mark already seeking the next books release. I hope that the author Mr. Sanderson explores more of the deeper aspects of the other planets, the humans exodus to the planet. I wonder if the author has been influenced by the ancient teachings of the Jews? His combination of physics, theoretical physics and the use of jems and a combination of ancient writings in different religions. Whatever his I fluency on his writing. Mr. Sanderson is an amazing author/story teller. The two narrators, Kate Reading and Michael Kramer are ideal for this book. Bravo on your performances. I only wish that a physical digital reader copy of say the glossary, name of characters, maps. Would be perfect!

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Finally the 4th book!!

Loved it, but now I have to wait for the 5th Book 😭 😭 😭

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Fan Pleaser

A lot of people are complaining about the pacing of the story, but as a fan of all of Brandon's cosmere stuff I have to say this book throws out so many hints about the overarching cosmere storyline and brilliant subthemes that I can't help but love this novel.

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  • M. T. McCourt
  • 2020-11-18

Missing PDF with Illustrations

THIS EDITION IS MISSING THE ILLUSTRATIONS. WHERE ARE THE ILLUSTRATIONS, AUDIBLE? I've no doubt the book itself is amazing, the reading performances entrancing and 95% of this is the perfect continuation of what has already been an outstanding series. This edition is missing an important part of the experience and I would recommend you do NOT purchase from here. Get the physical copy or get the audio edition somewhere else after confirming that it comes with the illustrations. Very disappointed in what I'm sure would have otherwise been a perfectly wonderful experience.

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  • Joe Watson
  • 2020-11-17

missing Accompanying PDF images

100% best narration! Phenomenal story. The Accompanying PDF is missing (book #3) had one. Fix for 5 stars

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-11-17

Kindle Compatible?

I loved it! Yet I would have liked to have the back and forth between Audible and Kindle that I had in Oathbringer.

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  • super gamer
  • 2020-11-19

Brandon is fantastic, where’s the pdf though?

Another great entry in the cosmere, Michael Kramer and Kate Reading are the best in the business. Where’s the pdf though audible?

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  • Andrea T
  • 2020-11-18

Broken up in weird sections

My version of this audiobook is broken up into five parts that don’t coincide with the five parts in the book. None of the other Stormlight Archive books are like this they are one contiguous book. Wish they would go back to the original format.

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  • Andrew
  • 2020-11-23

a Dirty Trick

I had extremely high hopes coming off the fantastic Words of Radiance and Oathbringer, so Rhythm of War had big shoes to fill. Unfortunately it does not, and instead falls prey to the bloat that faces many similar series such as The Wheel of Time and A Song of Ice and Fire. While it starts off strong, it loses steam around chapter 10 and then plods along until around the mid-90s. If you were hoping to see the Coalition's war against Odium and the Fused, you will be disappointed. Sanderson instead deals with two of the main characters retreading their personal issues despite the outcomes being forgone conclusions to anyone who has stuck with the series thus far. New main PoV characters Venli and Navani are a mixed bag. While they shine early on, they quickly turn into delivery systems for Sanderson to info dump about the past, present, and potential future of the series. I think both of these character's arcs would have been more interesting if they did not share the same present day setting/situation of several other PoV characters. Sanderson has a habit of packing an incredible amount of content into the climaxes of his books, and RoW is no exception. The difference is that in RoW he uses this to pull of a case of storytelling legerdemain; what you've spent 50 hours listening to thus far was all in service of distracting you from one singular moment. I would compare it to the last season of the Game of Thrones series, in which scenes are delivered for shock and awe, rather than in service of the story. It is not what happens nor when, but how, and the lead up (or almost lack there of) that disappoints. Worst of all is the epilogue in which a character, who may as well be acting as an author insert, gloats about misdirection, story telling, and dirty tricks. I would have taken a star off for Performance because while Kate Reading and Michael Kramer themselves are fantastic, what ever recording equipment Michael was using was not. The audio on his voice is notably bad when he used several "stressed/intense" voices. However this could easily due to the pandemic and RoW is a massive undertaking, so I will give them 5/5. In conclusion, while I will certainly read the next book in the Stormlight series, Rhythm of War feels like a massive red flag about what is to come in terms of storytelling quality. Hopefully Sanderson returns to form, because looking back RoW feels like only the destination mattered, not the journey.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-11-20

kate reading random accent change

great book. my only problem is that Kate Reading will randomly change a character's accent for no reason

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  • Joseph D.
  • 2020-11-20

way too much second hand anxiety.

I have to say Brandon Sanderson is losing me with this latest interation of The Stormlight Archives. not to say that I'm not following what's going on. but he spends an inordinate amount of time what characters in extreme angst. some of his leadens is kind of the ham-handed stuff you expect from ya fiction. one of the characters needs to say the words and we've all known that for several books delete it up so blatantly over and over again is just ridiculous. I really loved the first three books the first two especially the third one a little less. but knowing how the story ends is not worth hour after hour of second-hand anxiety in characters. sorry to say it but when the fourth book comes out I may or may not get it and if I do I will fast forward through it just to see the plot Ark and its completion. I can no longer enjoy these books. sadly. in truth he still writes conversations well but as far as the actual story arc relative to the amount of needless machinations and anxiety ridden characters this is a novella that has a 57 hour length is an audiobook. if anybody who knows Brandon Sanderson ever reads this. Please let him know that he was run the right track with the first books. And please do not follow Terry Brooks into the ending every book with a giant Cliffhanger or everyone is about to die or the whole planet.

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  • 2020-11-22

High Expectations... Unfulfilled.

Not even in same ballpark as previous novels. Story is incoherent, very little action, very little interaction between primary characters and previous themes, and finally, there’s absolutely no plot resolution and of conflict between protagonists. It’s worth a listen, however, don’t expect to be blown away. Also, WTF 26 hours about Chalon, and her multiple multiple multiple personalities?? — Boring!! 2.5/3-stars. Brilliant 5-star narration.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-11-21

Okay.

Read the previous 3 books again before this one at your own peril. Redundant.💤 Reminds me of lull in Jordan's series.

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