Oathbringer is the third book in the epic (and epically long) Stormlight Archive from author Brandon Sanderson. The man who got me interested in reading fantasy beyond Lord of the Rings. I was really worried I’d lose some of my thrill after so many words and pages. But any doubts I had were assuaged by this amazing novel. It’s the kind of book that makes you fall in love with reading all over again.
Dalinar Kholin has refounded the Knights Radiant. Their goal? Stop the Voidbringers from bringing destruction to Roshar with the help of their god, Odium. Dalinar knows that the first physical battle is coming and he hopes that he and his allies are emotionally prepared for the fight ahead.
Oathbringer is surprisingly deep when it comes to character development. You feel like at this point, an author would have said everything he could about his main characters and will ride the action all the way to the end. But Sanderson gives us new and truly unique layers to the characters we thought we knew.
First and best in my opinion is Dalinar Kholin. The aging warrior trying to be honorable after a past of bloodshed. But his curse from the Nightwatcher is over. And we learn why he is feared across all of Roshar and just what happened to his wife all those years ago. These flashbacks are some of the best portions of the book. What a deep and utterly complex character.
Shallan probably gets the most screen time after Dalinar. She’s trying to reconcile her clear multiple personality disorder and PTSD. Not as exciting but extremely well written. Especially a beautiful scene with the mysterious Wit: a being we now know is as old as the gods.
I don’t want to reveal too much plot just in case you decide to read it. But OH the twists and turns! It’s truly amazing that Sanderson still has so many secrets up his sleeve. Dalinar’s wife, the true nature of the Voidbringers/parshmen – just when you think there can’t be any more, he throws another at you that changes your entire understanding of this incredibly detailed world.
Speaking of, Sanderson has connected this novel to another book of his. A talking sword shows up in the hands of Szeth the Assassin. That sword was the best part of Warbreaker. It’s fun that all of his novels exist in the same universe because the crossover potential is incredible. Not sure how any of the timelines work but hey, I’m sure he will figure it out.
Filled with brilliant dialogue, a multitude of unique and interesting characters, and lore as deep as you want it to be, Oathbringer is an amazing book from an amazing author. It’s my favorite in the series so far. It made me feel so many different emotions and I never got tired of reading it. This is fantasy at its best.
4 out of 4 stars.