In the realm of epic fantasy, where sweeping landscapes and intricate worlds collide with complex characters and enthralling narratives, few series can match the grandeur and ambition of The Stormlight Archive. At the heart of this extraordinary literary tapestry lies Oathbringer, the third installment in Brandon Sanderson’s monumental saga. Published in 2014, this novel continues in with the beautiful world of Roshar.
Do you think you’re ready to jump back into a work of legends, knights, battle, and war?
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The Stormlight Archive is an epic fantasy series penned by acclaimed author Brandon Sanderson. Set in the richly imagined world of Roshar, the series follows a grand narrative filled with political intrigue, magical systems, and larger-than-life characters. With its meticulously constructed world-building, complex plotlines, and intricate magic systems, The Stormlight Archive has captivated readers with its sweeping scope and masterful storytelling.
The series explores the Knights Radiant, legendary warriors who possess magical abilities known as Surgebinding. As the ancient order then resurfaces, their return brings hope and fear in equal measure. These Radiants, along with other key figures, are burdened with the responsibility of unraveling the mysteries of Roshar’s past and finding a way to save humanity from an impending cataclysm.
Each instalment of the series follows a different character, which we have included below!
The series currently contains 5 books:
- The Way of Kings – Kaladin Stormblessed (2010)
- Words of Radiance – Shallan Davar(2014)
- Oathbringer – Dalinar Kholin (2017)
- Rhythm of War – Venli (2020)
- Knights of Wind and Truth – Szeth-son-Neturo(Planned for 2024)
As well as three novellas:
The Alethi armies commanded by Dalinar Kholin won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost: The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, and now its destruction sweeps the world and its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the true 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 their newly kindled anger 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 the 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 Dalinar’s blood-soaked past aside and stand together – and unless Dalinar himself can confront that past – even the restoration of the Knights Radiant will not avert the end of civilization.
Dalinar Kholin, Highprince of Alethkar, and a member of the Knights Radiant, struggles with the burden of his past, haunted by a mysterious vision known as “The Thrill.” As Dalinar strives to unite the shattered Alethi kingdom and prepare for the imminent Desolation, his past is gradually revealed, then exposing the dark secrets he seeks to bury.
Meanwhile, Shallan Davar, a Lightweaver and scholar, accompanies Dalinar on his journey. She grapples with her own personal demons and a crisis of identity, juggling her multiple personas while investigating a secret organization known as the Ghostbloods. As Shallan delves deeper into their machinations, she uncovers a plot that could shake the foundations of Roshar’s society.
Kaladin Stormblessed, a Windrunner and former slave turned soldier, struggles with his role as a leader. Plagued by self-doubt and haunted by the loss of his friends, Kaladin then finds himself torn between his duty to protect and his own inner demons. When the Parshendi, now known as the Singers, rise up against the Alethi, Kaladin must confront his past failures and rally his fellow Radiants to face the true threat looming on the horizon.
As tensions rise and the true enemy reveals itself, the narrative shifts to Shadesmar, the realm of spren. Here, Shallan and a group of her companions embark on a perilous journey to the legendary city of Urithiru, the lost stronghold of the Knights Radiant. They face numerous challenges, both physical and emotional, as they navigate the strange and dangerous realm, uncovering long-forgotten truths about the Knights Radiant and their ancient oaths.
In the final part of the book, the story converges on the city of Thaylenah, where a massive battle unfolds. Dalinar, having uncovered the true nature of his visions and embraced his role as the “Bondsmith,” seeks to unite the nations of Roshar against the Voidbringers. With the help of his fellow Radiants they forge alliances that will determine the fate of the world.
As the climactic battle rages on, the true enemy, Odium, the Shard of Hatred, reveals his devastating power and threatens to annihilate everything in his path. The Radiants, their allies, and the people of Roshar must then find the strength to resist the overwhelming force of Odium and confront their own fears and weaknesses.
Throughout Oathbringer, themes of sacrifice, redemption, and the consequences of one’s choices are explored. Characters are pushed to their limits. Soon they must confront their past and present selves to find the courage to face the coming storm.
The Stormlight Archive continues to amaze with Oathbringer. The plot is filled with surprising twists and revelations, and the pacing is perfect, seamlessly blending action, introspection, and emotional moments. Sanderson’s ability to write captivating battle scenes is unparalleled, and the climactic battles in this book are breathtaking and epic. Prepare to be swept away into a world of danger, heroism, and sacrifice.
The character development is exceptional, and the emotional depth of the protagonists is stunning. The struggles they face and the sacrifices they make are heartbreaking and inspiring. Sanderson’s writing is engaging and accessible, making it easy to become completely immersed in the story. This book is a must-read for any fan of epic fantasy, and The Stormlight Archive is shaping up to be one of the greatest fantasy series of all time.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are Wit and Jasnah dating?
Jasnah is confirmed to be asexual, but she is willing to offer Wit intimacy because she cares for him deeply. The pair seem surprisingly well-matched.
How long to read Oathbringer?
The average reader will spend around 20 hours reading this novel. However, this depends on personal reading speed.
How many books will be in Words of Radiance?
The Stormlight Archive series will be comprised of 5 novels and 3 novellas. Currently, 4 novels and 2 novellas are published and the remaining installments are expected in 2024. So we can’t wait to read more!
Can you read Oathbringer on its own?
If you can read with intuition and use context clues to understand what’s going on, then this is still an exciting book to read!