Review of ~ Brandon Sanderson – Oathbringer (The Stormlight Archive #3)


This will just be a quick informal review as I know better reviewers have already written essay long assessments on what they think about Oathbringer. This is a difficult one for me to rate actually. The Stormlight Archive is probably my second favourite fantasy world following Malazan. I adore the characters so much. Kaladin is brilliant and I really liked Shallan’s development, especially with reference to Veil. (We didn’t get to see too much of Radiant but I’m sure she’ll be important going forward.) Dalinar is as confused and conflicted as ever and this time we get to see more dream sequences and also his backstory. Certain segments of the flashbacks were pretty intriguing, especially his time suffering from alcoholism, details about his ShShShShSh wife and about his meeting with the Nightwatcher. I can’t help thinking that some of Dalinar’s sections bored me though. I know they are super important to the story but I can’t deny that I was occasionally disappointed when I saw that a 25-minute Dalinar flashback was in the middle of the more immediate action. In addition to this, I mainly found that the interludes took me away from the drama and I was often found to be rushing these sections. For all these tiny problems I had with the book, there are many amazing moments and aspects here too. Talking to Wit is always charming, crazy and interesting, Shallan’s progression was really well described and intriguing, Bridge Four essentially turning into flying superheroes, and I liked a couple of the fable-like past stories that were presented to add depth to this already deep and monstrously detailed world. These tales in isolation would probably win most short story contents. Most notable to me was a short story that Shallan depicted using her drawings to bring it to life for Pattern. Speaking of Pattern – I adore the spren. I really wish I had a pet one whether they could turn into a sword or a ‘sylblade’ or not. Syl is my favourite and we find out a bit more about her and her past here which was really interesting. The magic’s still brilliant as is normally the way in Sanderson books and as the Radiants and others get used to there powers it seems like the possibilities could be endless if the mysterious capabilities are in the right hands. I enjoyed seeing Lift in this after reading her novella – Edgedancer. It’s great to find out more about the ultimate enemy Odium and talk about his nine shadows created superb imagery in my mind. Some of Szeth’s chapters were slightly boring but the ending makes his ‘transformation’ seem worthwhile… and what’s going on with his sword? The last 20-percent of the narrative was brilliant but before that I found sections dragging, therefore, it didn’t quite have the unputdownability that a 5-star rating of mine needs to have. All this being said, it’s still a brilliant book by arguably the best, most consistent and most reliable author writing fantasy today. I’ll still pick up the 4th book in this series the day it comes out but unfortunately, this one didn’t quite tick all the boxes. It’s still recommended if you’ve read the previous two of course. This is no way a ‘dud’ though – the characters, magic and the world are magnificent.


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