SUMMARY: (3 of 5 stars) It’s the third book in the Stormlight Archive series and because it’s a Sanderson book, it’s REALLY long. In the last book, the Parshendi had summoned the Everstorm, became Voidbringers, and kicked off a new Desolation. And the Alethi transported themselves way up to the mountain citadel of Urithiru and reawakened the Knights Radiant. Along with all of that, some new monsters were awakened and all kinds of crazy things are in motion. The heroes are dealing with all of that and trying to figure out what the Voidbringers are going to do next all while dealing with their own political challenges.
I didn’t enjoy this book as much as the previous two. A big part of the sense of wonder and discovery from those book is lost as the characters deal with all the problems that have popped up. There’s some weird character stuff going on in this one and ultimately I didn’t really enjoy the heroes as much as I did in the previous books… except for Lift. She is always awesome.
SPOILER WARNING: From this point forward, I’m going to discuss this book without any concern about spoilers. So, if you don’t like spoilers you should stop reading now.
This book is massive. And I just finished reading it this evening, so I’m still processing. But here are some random thoughts about it.
I didn’t like the development of Shallan’s fractured personality struggle. It didn’t really “land” for me and felt like there wasn’t a real danger there.
I’m so glad Jasnah is back! But we didn’t spend nearly enough time with her. She didn’t know that the other folks got trapped in Shadesmar, but she has the ability to go back and forth between reality and there, so I was kind of frustrated with how the other people were “trapped” there. It seemed like there should have been an easy solution to their problem. That whole adventure in the other realm was kind of weird to me.
The love triangle also felt flat to me. In book 2, I felt like Shallan and Kaladin had some real chemistry. But that chemistry didn’t continue into this book. Instead, it felt like she had a solid connection to Adolin. So, I didn’t feel like there was a real conflict about who she would choose. Adolin’s lame insecurity about Kaladin being a Radiant was… lame.
I like the new critters that turned up. I can’t remember what they’re called, but they’re creepy monsters. Shallan scares one out of Urithiru and one possesses a queen. I still don’t 100% understand what they are or where they came from, but I would have enjoyed spending a bit more time understanding them and hunting them down.
I also like that Szeth is back and is teaming up with the regular heroes. As mentioned, I love Lift. She is awesome and so fun. She was a true bright spot in this book… along with Wit.
It’s a decent book and if you’re reading the Stormlight Archive, you’ll appreciate some of the new revelations and events that happen. I just didn’t have as much fun with this one as I did with the previous books.
Affiliate Link: Oathbringer (Stormlight Archive #3) by Brandon Sanderson