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Summary

From the best-selling author who completed Robert Jordan's epic Wheel of Time series comes a new original creation that matches anything else in modern fantasy for epic scope, thrilling imagination, superb characters and sheer addictiveness. 

Return to a planet swept by apocalyptic storms, a world tipping into war as aristocratic families move to control the shard blades and shard plates, ancient artefacts from a past civilisation that can win wars. 

As the world tips into a war for control of the mythical artefacts of power made from Shard, characters are swept up into new dangers which will threaten their integrity and their lives. 

Huge, ideas-filled, world-spanning fantasy from a master of the genre. 

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Chapter 5 bug - cannot progress

As mentioned by other users I cannot get past Chapter 5, where Audible thinks it is the end. I have spoken with customer services, bought the book twice and reinstalled, and redownloaded multiple times. Nothing works... really gutted as have been loving the story to date :(

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Book has an error and thinks it end at chapter 5

You get to"the end of the book"mid way through chapter 5. If you forward it rewind after this point, it takes to back to chapter 5 and the end of the book. Can't finish it. I have uninstalled and reinstalled the app, cleared cache and memory and redownload the book 3 times. no fixes.

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Sanderson brewing up a hell of a storm!

When an author produces an audiobook of almost 50 hours in length and it's excellent from start to finish that's a hell of an achievement. When he releases a second such behemoth in the same series and it's just as good I'd label that as outstanding. Mr Sanderson of course thinks even bigger than that, he's apparently planning ten of these incredible publications! He really does put the epic into epic fantasy.

It's amazing to me that he has now produced three such excellent fantasy novels in his Stormlight Archive. If this author can complete this incredible work to such a high standard I would say he's knocking on the door of being considered one of the great authors! Maybe I'm biased but the scale of the achievement would be immense. The sheer depth of the world-builidng (geography, flora, fauna, politics etc), characters and the magic system is mind-numbing.

The narration is excellent from the usual duo with particular kudos to Michael Kramer. The sheer depth of the writing, involvement with the characters and Michael's superb delivery produced some genuinely breathtaking moments. At one point when news of a huge setback arrived I felt like I was standing next to Dalinar in that meeting chamber myself. Shivers down the spine.

Not surprisingly given the title Dalinar is a significant focus in this book and his back story is particularly effective and hard-hitting. He is a magnificent character of flawed nobility. Shallan also gets a lot of focus and I enjoyed her struggles with multiple personae.

Given all that I couldn't give this book anything but five stars but now for what feels almost like a bit of heresy. It is my least favourite of the three to date. I do love the fact that Sanderson tries to cover so many POVs in incredible depth, how he fleshes out the back stories and gives so much colour to his world. However, it does mean that the main story moves at an almost glacial pace and often just as it seemed that great things were occurring it would get sidetracked. I do actually think that this book could have done with a tighter edit, possibly around a 10 per cent trim to help it keep greater forward momentum. It just felt a little unbalanced to me especially as Kaladin my favourite character takes a step aside for much of this one. In many ways this volume feels like its purpose was to build a massive platform from which to really launch the main story line towards a spectacular conclusion over the remaining books. In that light I genuinely believe that this is on course to become one of the all-time great series.

If you are new to the Stormlight Archive please don't try and start here, there really is too much fantastic background and much of the nuance of this text will be lost to you resulting in a much drier experience.

So bravo Mr Sanderson. You truly are on track to produce one of the greatest fantasy literary achievements of all time. The challenge for me is living long enough to see the end of it!

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I could not carry on. it became tedious and dull

I really wanted to like this series. It had promise, and after doubts half way through book one, the story picked up enough for me to get Book 2, which i found enjoyable enough, and that finished with enough pace that I thought book three would continue with. Half way into book 3 though and i've come to the realisation it just isn't going anywhere. I mean Brandon can really draw these things out. It is so plodding to the point of boredom. After close to 100 hours of listening, I can count on one had the amount of significant memorable things that have actually gripped me, the rest is talk of storms and rocks.

I am actually going to bale and quit this one. Something i have very rarely done with a book. I just can't see the point in continuing. The world building is complex, but not that enthralling or descriptive. There are lots of names and people, however they are not fleshed out enough to care about.

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Not a Trilogy!!!

Sanderson seems to write his books in threes (i.e. The two Mistborn series) so I thought this was going to be the conclusion of the story. It isn't.

Amazing edition, great performance by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading (probably the best audio performances I've encountered have been by these two).

I can't wait for the next Stormlight Archive book. It can't come soon enough!!

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Good but turns into a grind

I've found all the books in the stormlight archive hard going at first but ending really strong. This was similar except I found that I just wanted to get this book over with. the ending was epic and I loved it. but because of how the lead up felt like a huge grind I wasn't as impressed as I was with the previous book. for this was the only issue. i enjoyed exploring the world and "magic" systems as part of this book but it was just too long of a build up for me and I ended up powering through to just get the book finished. Shame really as it really effects the story rating I've given it. if I wouldn't read it again then I can't justify giving it more than 3 stars

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struggled to finish

there is very little sense of urgency to any of the plots and many of the characters became homogeneous and redundant. before this, I couldn't imagine setting down a Sanderson.

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Needs an edit

I was disappointed by this as I have loved his previous books but this one dragged on forever with endless tangents. It could have done with a great deal of editing to thin it out. As usual the performance was brilliant though.

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  • 20-08-19

Serial Self-indulgence dims the Stormlight in Oathbronger

This is for me just a great example of the problem that arises when an author is too successful with the first couple of books in an extended series - the “George RR Martin Syndrome it could be called. The first two Stormlght Archive books are wonderfully paced with little superfluous verbiage. Even the brief digressions add to the narrative context. Oathbronger has a great story in there, but, goodness me, it feels literarily self-indulgent so frequently. It just goes on and on with banal and (for me) irritating character pop-psychology and random unnecessary journeys. The whole ShadesMar segment just feels forced and, while the original Spren concept was brilliant, this alternate Spren society doesn’t ring true and even the mechanics of the sea, etc just smacks of trying too hard.

The performance is brilliant and that’s probably the only way I got through the book. I was close to walking away from it multiple times due to my annoyance at the characters & the lack of action, but the narration is so good that I was just about able to lush on through.

Please someone get Mr Sanderson and all-powerful editor once again. This needs pruning severely, as there’s a great story in there.

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  • 07-06-18

So long...

What a disappointment compared to his other books. Extremely long winded and yet not much seemed to happen. I won’t be rushing back for more.

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  • 19-11-17

Good Story

had been waiting for this story for years. now in few day I have to wait for the next book for years again.. Great sequel and awesome narration.

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  • 15-01-18

The best fantasy series !

Thank you Brandon Sanderson, Michael Kramer, and Kate Reading. A Stormlight book is something truly special. I was immersed, lost in this book.

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  • 06-12-17

I really wanted to like it more than I did.

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I liked the book, but felt it was lacking compared to the first two volumes. A lot of the story seemed 'filler' and necessarily drawn out while waiting for other things to happen. Don't get me wrong there are a lot of great things about this book, especially with developing and delving deeper into the Stormlight world.

Just felt it left me 'wanting' for things to happen that didn't. I guess we'll be seeing these things happen in future Stormlight volumes, but still.

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  • 18-11-17

A great continuation to an amazing series.

Such a great book! Brandon really outdid himself with this one. Narration performance from Michael and Kate is astounding as expected.

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  • 20-12-19

Tragically boring

It felt like a whole lot of disjointed rough ideas stitched together by a committee. The story lacks momentum and at times it feels as if nothing ever happens, and when something happens there are very few consequences. I got into a sort of equity rescue trap where I had spent so much time listening to this already that it felt a waste not to finish it, but now that I have I feel that the time could have been spent better.

Favourite quote: "The reader atuned the rhythm of boredom as he yawned and swatted lazily at the swarm of boredom spren around this book"

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  • 18-11-17

Superb

Surpassed my expectations and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment.
Expert narration by Kramer and Reading.

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  • 25-12-19

If you're a fan of escapism, look no further.

Brando Sando, as usual, has outdone himself. Amazing book (and audiobook to boot). Hell if I can't give this book a five star then I can't give any other book a five star.

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  • 31-07-22

Sanderson is a genius. This books doesn't prove it

As someone who thinks "The Way of Kings" is a masterpiece, and "Words of Radiance" wasn't as good but still a great book - this book has left me disappointed.
First of all, you need to read ANOTHER book (Edgedancer) to understand the full story so I had to waste another credit.
Secondly, the story. the characters and basically everything that was good about the first two books is just pretty dull.
Even the world building, Sanderson's specialty, is lacking here, and when he reveals to us new parts of the world, it's mostly technical and doesn't make a lot of sense.
There were a few fantastic plot twists, I'll give him that, but mostly - the bad guys are bad, the good guys are good, no complications.
Narration is as good as ever, but when characters talk to each other I would've enjoyed it more if each character will be narrated by it's own narrator (eg. on Shalan episodes Kaladin is narrated by Kate reading and vice versa, which is confusing after we learned to know Kal's voice)

To conclude - not Sanderson's best work, and I'm honestly not sure if I'll read the next one.

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  • 29-06-22

What a blast

Every single one of Brandon's book I read just blows my mind, the creativity this man shows is unmatched by any writer I've read up to today. But I'm assuming if you're reading this review you've already read at least two of his books so I'm not going to praise him too much and just say that this entry in thee series goes even further than both of the previous ones.

The performance of both Michael and Kate are great! They play all characters in a sincere manner. My only gripe is with Michael's whistling 'S' which was hard to get over when listening in my car, it didn't come up on my buds but when listening while driving it made for an unpleasant experience sometimes.
I don't want this to put you off from listening to this book, because it's actually a great version of the book and I can't recommend it enough.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-10-21

Best fantasy book I have read in a long time

this is one amazing book would highly recommend it to any one, intriguing story and fully fleshed characters 😀 👍