Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson (2017)


Okay, this sucker has sat intimidatingly on my shelf for a couple of months. Rocketman and I went to a signing and everything, and then I didn’t touch it for a while.

But it’s book 3. I was worried I wouldn’t remember the contents of the first two books, which, um, happens to cover at least 2,000 pages of material already. This book itself is also over 1,200 pages. But hey, I can say that I needn’t’ve been worried about not remembering all the things. Brandon Sanderson does a good job of reminding you of events from before in the text, so I wouldn’t worry about that if that’s what’s keeping you back from reading this one.

Anyway, on to the book itself: Oathbringer.

I liked it. Dalinar, the main character, was presented in the first two books as a hoity-toity more-honorable-than-you kind of person. And in this book, we find out (and he finds out, too—he had, um, supernaturally forgotten) that he hasn’t always been that way. In fact, he, um, was one of the worstest. And so sensitive am I, that I had to come out and let Rocketman comfort me before I could continue to read, because I don’t read about badness very well. It… I don’t know. I have problems. But, as Rocketman said during one of these it’s-ok-it’s-just-a-book hugs, “Dalinar had to go through hell to become the person he is.”

And, well, that’s what the book is about. How do you carry on after past mistakes? How do you keep doing the hard things? How do you keep trying when it seems like all hope is lost? It is a worthy read in itself, even without the two preceding books. It’s a great book in its own right, full of hope.

This is a book about hope.

Besides wanting to read this book ANYWAY, I wanted to read this book and count it for Amy’s Modern Classics Challenge 2018 in the 21st century book category. For the challenge, I need to decide if it will be a classic or not. I think this one will be a classic, or, rather, the entire Stormlight Archive will be classic. It’s exceedingly well done epic fantasy, and I absolutely believe people will be reading it in 100 years. In fact, it’s a little weird to think about, but I think Brandon Sanderson’s Cosmere might end up with a scholar or two or more the way Tolkien’s stuff has. And yes, this has an honored place on my bookshelf.


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