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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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  • 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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Loved it!

I have been so addicted to this series, I have a hard time stopping. I usually don't remember character names or fine details in books but I can't forget them now.

Really got used to the narration, started out not being a fan but really enjoyed it as I made it through all 3 books.

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A true MASTERPIECE

Just when you thought nothing could top Words Of Radiance Brandon Sanderson gives us this.

The story its self is a work that will surely stand the test of time. The characters are so well written and are so human, each with their own strengths and flaws. There is not one character in this book who does not have a real world personality or traits.

The world itself is magical and obviously lived in. the way Sanderson Paints Roshar and its unique cultures is on par with Tolkien and Martin.

The Performance by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading is so well done. I really appreciate the different tones and accents they do for the characters and how easy they are to listen to.

In summary this is a must read for any fantasy lover and is by far the best book in the stormlight series and Sandersons library.

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Great book with some flaws.

I thoroughly enjoyed Oathbringer. Sanderson's epic continues to be thoughtful, rich, and satisfying. Meanwhile, Kramer continues to excel in his narration and Reading seems to finally hit her stride with this one. However, while this huge novel highlights all of Sanderson's greatest strengths as an author, some of his weaknesses are also on display.

Structurally, the formula of these novels is beginning to feel a bit repetitive. Dalinar's suppressed-memory flashbacks, for example, mirror the exploration of Shallan's past in Words of Radiance a little too closely. I'd be happy to see more changes to the formula in the next entry.

The most glaring flaw, though, is Sanderson's handling of romance. This entry in the series devotes considerably more time to romantic relationships and, frankly, Sanderson just isn't very good at writing those kinds of scenes. This unfortunate limitation certainly doesn't spoil the book as a whole, but there are many more lines to cringe at in Oathbringer than there were in either of the last two books.

Just like the last two books in the series Oathbringer is immersive, surprisingly thought provoking, occasionally cringeworthy, reliably satisfying, and really just a lot of fun. Everything there is to love about The Stormlight Archive is on full display here.

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awesome

Really really great book. I'm looking forward to the next 7 books

5 stars all the way.

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awsome

this was awsome. a great continuation to a great series. I can not wait until the next book.

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great listen. Easily lots of value for your money

I use an audio book to give me something in the background while I do other activities. This book kept pulling me to focus on it only. It is also really long so you get a lot of value for your purchase

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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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  • 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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  • Eric
  • Charlotte, NC
  • 2017-11-21

Perfection in literature.

If you have read the first two books in this series, then you already know Brandon Sanderson is the greatest storyteller of our generation, and, one of the best to ever put pen to page. That is not grandiose hyperbole. It is understatement. So, now that my opinion on the author is clear, the book. The book is excellent! The pacing is great and the story progressed just the right amount for me. In my opinion, what Sanderson does the best of any writer I have ever read, is the tear-down and rebuilding of characters. I will say, that this book seems to spend more time making everything seem like it's getting worse and worse before finally we see positive change and victories for the main characters. Not really a negative for me but it does feel like there is no hope till nearly the end of the book. I am so glad Sanderson doesn't suffer from whatever George R.R Martin and Patrick Rothfuss have been afflicted with. I think we can reasonably expect the next book in 2-3 years, which is amazing considering he will also be churning out other incredible books and stories along the way.

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  • Robert
  • 2017-12-08

Not the best he has written.

I loved the first two books in this series but I had a hard time keeping my attention on the story. I went back many times and listened to parts again and again. There are great parts but there are more that just lag. This isn’t the best he has written.

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  • 2bizy
  • 2018-05-24

Another Sanderson Masterpiece

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was interesting to witness the surprising development of the characters and plot. Being unable to accurately predict drew me in even more intensely. Waiting for the next book will be challenging!

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  • Eric McLeod
  • 2018-05-24

Wow.

Brandon Sanderson strikes again. One of the most deeply interesting fantasy books (and series) I have picked up.

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  • Brennan Holtz
  • 2018-05-23

I bloody fing love this series!

I couldn't recommend the stormlight archive any higher! The author creates an immersive world that keep you coming back for more!

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  • JESS REYNOLDS
  • Wichita, ks
  • 2018-05-22

Excellent. Well written and performed.

Well written and very enjoyable. Can be a tiny but wordy at times but during and action scenes or intense moments its welcome. I have enjoyed this series a lot. Thanks for keeping it clean also.

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  • jjahna
  • 2018-05-19

Good stuff

enjoying the series can't wait for the next book. g o o d to go

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  • MariaLH
  • 2018-04-05

Snoozefest. Still invested in series

I found this installment very slow and I don't know, the word hollow comes to mind. There was a lot that seemed to be missing from the relationships between characters like Kaladin and Shallan as well as Zeth and everyone. It took me weeks to finish this book. There was very little compelling me to keep listening.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful