Goodreads Synopsis: In Oathbringer, the third volume of the New York Times bestselling 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.
It’s always interesting to review books months after I’ve read them. Sometimes I don’t take enough notes and have to read other reviews to remember what happened in the book. Other times, like with this one, it doesn’t take much for me to remember because I took so many (so many) notes. Still, where does one even begin to review a 1243 page book? A lot happens in Oathbringer!
At first I had a little bit of a hard time getting back into the world of The Stormlight Archive, it took me about 92 pages. But once I made it through that the story picked up and I remembered why I loved the series so much. I really enjoyed the growth that happened with Shallan and Adolin’s characters. Shallan’s character never ceases to be fascinating, especially in connection with her spren and the ideas around what is a lie and what is truth. I think Adolin’s character is finally growing up and it makes me happy to watch, I think he would make a great king. It was also interesting to finally learn about Dalinar’s wife and about his past. I’ve always had a fond spot in my heart for Dalinar, but this definitely cemented it. Kaladin is the one character I continually go back and forth on, I like him for some parts and not for others. I think he can be funny, I think he’s brave and smart, but he’s also annoying at times. And I still can’t decide how I feel about the love triangle that’s happening between him and Shallan and Adolin.
As always the world building in this series is just phenomenal. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The world building is what made me really fall in love with The Stormlight Archive. The world has such depth to it, and it really feels unique for a fantasy novel. The only reason this book wasn’t a five star read for me was because I was able to see some of the plot twists happening. Usually not too far before they played out, but enough that I bumped down the rating. Don’t get me wrong, this is still a fantastic read. It’s just not the best in the series.
In the end I gave Oathbringer four stars on Goodreads.