Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson

So we start off pretty much exactly where we left off after Words of Radiance. Urithiru has been found, Radiants have been revealed and the end is nigh. I won’t go into too much detail here about the plot because most of the Fantasy community is aware of Stormlight and also for fear of spoilers.

This is a fairly slow paced book, and compared to some of his other works somewhat light on the action front (at least until the end). We see a lot of character development, especially of Shallan. Hers was a very interesting arc, basically trying to cope with the revelations from WoR. Adolin grew on me in this book, he’s basically just a good guy born into privilege but surprisingly open despite that fact. Kaladin I felt had the least movement though his understanding of both sides was interesting.

Now to Dalinor. This is his book and what we learn about him is great. His flashbacks are one of my favorite things from this book. I knew he’d done some messed up stuff but I wasn’t prepared for how different he was. It is handled well and it is a logical progression to the character we meet in Way of Kings. They are again the main POV’s though we do get others, I especially liked the Bridge 4 one’s and that of Venli. 

As I’ve mentioned it is a fairly slow book. This is not an especially bad thing as we get some major revelations. I really didn’t expect to get so much information so soon in the series. I also really liked how the Parshmen were shown. It was completely unexpected to me and that itself was surprising as I can usually tell how a book is going generally speaking. As usual the last 150 pages or so are totally action packed, going from one amazing moment to another. There’s one thing Sanderson is good at and it’s providing the reader with goosebump moments. I love a book with those. My favorite was fairly near the start when Kaladin goes home and reveals himself as a Radiant to the town, I’d been waiting for that since the first book!

Though still an amazing book, I felt it was the weakest of the Stormlight so far. The pacing was just too off. I love slow paced, character building books as well but I think this definitely had middle book syndrome a bit. I wasn’t bored but I did find myself once or twice wishing it would move a bit faster.

4.5 stars out of 5

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