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Warbreaker Reread: Chapters 52 and 53

Welcome back to the Warbreaker reread! Last week, Siri was taken captive, Lightsong withheld his vote on the war proposal, and Vasher was captured when he went to rescue Siri. This week, Vasher is tortured physically, and Lightsong psychologically. The Avalanche is at full steam now.

This reread will contain spoilers for all of Warbreaker and any other Cosmere book that becomes relevant to the discussion. This is particularly likely to include Words of Radiance, due to certain crossover characters. The index for this reread can be found here. Click on through to join the discussion!

[Funny. That was not at all how I imagined this going.]

Warbreaker Reread: Chapters 50 and 51

Welcome back to the Warbreaker reread! Last week, Vivenna and Vasher spiked one of Denth’s guns by rescuing Nanrovah’s daughter. This week, the priests debate, Siri is trapped, Vivenna is worried, and the gods vote. Well, most of them do. Then Vasher attempts another rescue, which goes… poorly.

Can you say Avalanche?

This reread will contain spoilers for all of Warbreaker and any other Cosmere book that becomes relevant to the discussion. This is particularly likely to include Words of Radiance, due to certain crossover characters. The index for this reread can be found here. Click on through to join the discussion!

[Only Weatherlove was late, but he was often unpredictable.]

Series: Warbreaker Reread

Warbreaker Reread: Chapter 49

Welcome back to the Warbreaker reread! Last week, those in positions of theoretical authority moved toward taking actual responsibility. This week, Vivenna and Vasher rescue an innocent victim and spike one of Denth’s plans.

This reread will contain spoilers for all of Warbreaker and any other Cosmere book that becomes relevant to the discussion. This is particularly likely to include Words of Radiance, due to certain crossover characters. The index for this reread can be found here. Click on through to join the discussion.

[There’s little reason to grab your shirt, unless you’re planning to rip it off.]

Series: Warbreaker Reread

Warbreaker Reread: Chapters 47 and 48

Welcome back to the Warbreaker reread! Last week, Siri and Susebron started on that baby-making project for reals, while Lightsong had nightmares and Vivenna got serious about learning how to Awaken (and got a lecture on theory for her pains). This week, Lightsong gets serious about his responsibilities as a god, while Siri and Seb scheme to gain him actual power in his own government.

This reread will contain spoilers for all of Warbreaker and any other Cosmere book that becomes relevant to the discussion. This is particularly likely to include Words of Radiance, due to certain crossover characters. The index for this reread can be found here. Click on through to join the discussion!

[No man should be this important.]

Series: Warbreaker Reread

Unity of Purpose: The Oathbringer Beta Story

In Which… Brandon Sanderson’s dedicated band of Knights Radiant search out problems in the world of Roshar, on behalf of Cosmere fans everywhere. Oathbringer is coming, and work behind the scenes has been building for many months. Now it’s time to ramp up your anticipation, making sure y’all are as excited as you can get by November—as much as we can without giving anything away, of course, because we would NOT do that to you. However, spoilers for The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance abound, so if you haven’t read them, be warned.

A long time ago (a little over three years), my first article for this website was about beta reading Words of Radiance. There’s a fair amount of water under the bridge since then, and I’ve done more beta reads, all of which functioned more or less like that one. Then came Oathbringer. I’m here today, in collaboration with a few of the beta readers, to talk about what this one was like. Special thanks to Ted Herman, Ravi Persaud, Joel and Jory Phillips, Ross Newberry, Brandon and Darci Cole, Deana Whitney, Alyx Hoge, Eric Lake, Nikki Ramsay, Gary Singer, Paige Vest, Becca Reppert, Lyndsey Luther, and Mark Lindberg for all their input. They are a small but representative (and vocal) sampling of the beta readers; so far as I know, they will all return for the gamma in the next few weeks.

[What’s with the Greek letters, anyway?]

Warbreaker Reread: Chapters 44, 45 and 46

Welcome back to the Warbreaker reread! Last week, Lightsong sent his newly-acquired Lifeless squirrel on a successful mission, and Vivenna was at last brought up out of the gutters again. This week, Siri capitulates, Lightsong dreams, and Vivenna learns.

This reread will contain spoilers for all of Warbreaker and any other Cosmere book that becomes relevant to the discussion. This is particularly likely to include Words of Radiance, due to certain crossover characters. The index for this reread can be found here. Click on through to join the discussion!

[You aren’t what I expected.]

Series: Warbreaker Reread

Warbreaker Reread: Chapters 42 and 43

Welcome back to the Warbreaker reread! Last week, Siri sparred with Treledees, and Vivenna got kidnapped a couple more times. This week, Lightsong re-employs his Lifeless squirrel, and Vivenna learns yet more uncomfortable truths – but some comforting ones, too.

This reread will contain spoilers for all of Warbreaker and any other Cosmere book that becomes relevant to the discussion. This is particularly likely to include Words of Radiance, due to certain crossover characters. The index for this reread can be found here. Click on through to join the discussion!

[I’m developing a new skill: Irritation by proxy!]

Series: Warbreaker Reread

Warbreaker Reread: Chapters 40 and 41

Welcome back to the Warbreaker reread! Last week, Lightsong continued to poke at his investigations, and Vivenna learned about life on the streets. This week, Siri trades volleys with Treledees, while Vivenna hits rock bottom and gets kidnapped again. Twice. TWICE.

This reread will contain spoilers for all of Warbreaker and any other Cosmere book that becomes relevant to the discussion. This is particularly likely to include Words of Radiance, due to certain crossover characters. The index for this reread can be found here.

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[Bounty just got too high.]

Series: Warbreaker Reread

Warbreaker Reread: Chapter 38 and 39

Welcome back to the Warbreaker reread! Last week, Siri flirted while Vivenna fled. This week, Lightsong counts priests and squirrels, while Vivenna counts bruises and alleyways.

This reread will contain spoilers for all of Warbreaker and any other Cosmere book that becomes relevant to the discussion. This is particularly likely to include Words of Radiance, due to certain crossover characters. The index for this reread can be found here.

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[Laws were things of lords and gods, not the lowly.]

Series: Warbreaker Reread

Warbreaker Reread: Chapters 36 and 37

Welcome back to the Warbreaker reread! Last week, while Siri was feeling guilty about enjoying her political challenges, Vivenna barely escaped with her life—twice. This week, Siri and Susebron have a picnic on the floor, while Vivenna wanders the slums in despair.

This reread will contain spoilers for all of Warbreaker and any other Cosmere book that becomes relevant to the discussion. This is particularly likely to include Words of Radiance, due to certain crossover characters. The index for this reread can be found here.

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[And so my corruption of the God King continues.]

Series: Warbreaker Reread

Warbreaker Reread: Chapters 34 and 35

Welcome back to the Warbreaker reread! Last week, Vivenna acknowledged a few hard truths about herself and her motivations. This week, Lightsong muses, Siri worries, Blushweaver threatens, Bluefingers prevaricates, and Vivenna escapes—twice. Quite the party up in here!

This reread will contain spoilers for all of Warbreaker and any other Cosmere book that becomes relevant to the discussion. This is particularly likely to include Words of Radiance, due to certain crossover characters. The index for this reread can be found here.

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[Hello. Would you like to kill someone today?]

Series: Warbreaker Reread

Warbreaker Reread: Chapter 33

Welcome back to the Warbreaker reread! Last week, Vivenna learned some very difficult recent history, while Siri learned unexpected ancient history. This week, Vivenna confronts hard truths, badly.

This reread will contain spoilers for all of Warbreaker and any other Cosmere book that becomes relevant to the discussion. This is particularly likely to include Words of Radiance, due to certain crossover characters. The index for this reread can be found here. Click on through to join the discussion.

[She wasn’t above that. She never had been.]

Series: Warbreaker Reread

Warbreaker Reread: Chapters 31 and 32

Welcome back to the Warbreaker reread! Last week, Siri and Lightsong pursued self-awareness, while Vivenna and Vasher had internal debates about how to proceed. This week, Vivenna has no plan and almost gets killed, and Siri has plans which move forward, although not in entirely welcome ways.

This reread will contain spoilers for all of Warbreaker and any other Cosmere book that becomes relevant to the discussion. This is particularly likely to include Words of Radiance, due to certain crossover characters. The index for this reread can be found here.

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[Now you’re just being silly.]

Series: Warbreaker Reread

Warbreaker Reread: Chapters 29 and 30

Welcome back to the Warbreaker reread! Last week, Siri continued her search for information, and Vivenna continued to meet with criminals. This week, Siri gets a new definition of beauty while Vivenna, Vasher, and Lightsong ponder their options.

This reread will contain spoilers for all of Warbreaker and any other Cosmere book that becomes relevant to the discussion. This is particularly likely to include Words of Radiance, due to certain crossover characters. The index for this reread can be found here.

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[“Dead serious. Dead as a squirrel serious.”]

Series: Warbreaker Reread

Warbreaker Reread: Chapters 27 and 28

Welcome back to the Warbreaker reread! Last week, Lightsong continued his murder investigation, with increasing curiosity about his previous life. This week, Siri seeks new sources of information, while Vivenna meets with more criminals and ponders the contradictory nature of her life in Hallandren.

This reread will contain spoilers for all of Warbreaker and any other Cosmere book that becomes relevant to the discussion. This is particularly likely to include Words of Radiance, due to certain crossover characters. HOWEVER: Any spoilers for Oathbringer, whether from early release materials or recent Q&As, are strictly forbidden. If you absolutely must say something, mark it as a spoiler and then make the spoilerific text white just before you post it.

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[Unknowing ignorance is preferable to informed stupidity.]

Series: Warbreaker Reread