For all the Sanderson fans who couldn’t make it to the Oathbringer Midnight Release Party in Provo, Utah tonight, we present a delightful peek behind the curtain at Dragonsteel Headquarters. Over the weekend, beta readers Trae Cooper, Brandon Cole, and Jory Phillips performed a scene from the novel… with Brandon Sanderson himself serving as narrator!
Happily, Darci Cole was on hand to capture the scene for posterity, and you can watch the full video here—if you don’t mind spoilers from Chapter 4 of Oathbringer. (Of course, you can still read the entirety of Part 1 of the book here, covering Chapters 1-33). If you’re still avoiding spoilers, though, you may want to wait to watch the video, but you can enjoy Alice Arneson’s updated and expanded list of spoiler-free reactions to the beta read of the novel in the meantime!
And now, without further ado, we present the Ridiculous Reading of Oathbringer’s Wedding scene, starring the unique vocal stylings of Trae Cooper as Dalinar, Brandon Cole as Stormfather, Jory Phillips as Navani, and Brandon Sanderson as himself/the Narrator. The full text of the scene is below, if you’d like to follow along!
OATHS, the Stormfather rumbled, ARE THE SOUL OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. IF YOU ARE TO SURVIVE THE COMING TEMPEST, OATHS MUST GUIDE YOU..
“I am comfortable with oaths, Stormfather,” Dalinar called up to him. “As you know.”
YES. THE FIRST IN MILLENNIA TO BIND ME. Somehow, Dalinar felt the spren’s attention shifting to Navani. AND YOU. DO OATHS HOLD MEANING TO YOU?
“The right oaths,” Navani said.
AND YOUR OATH TO THIS MAN?
“I swear it to him, and to you, and any who care to listen. Dalinar Kholin is mine, and I am his.”
YOU HAVE BROKEN OATHS BEFORE
“All people have,” Navani said, unbowed. “We’re frail and foolish. This one I will not break. I vow it.”
The Stormfather seemed content with this, though it was far from a traditional Alethi wedding oath. Bondsmith? he asked.
“I swear it likewise,” Dalinar said, holding to her. “Navani Kholin is mine, and I am hers. I love her.”
SO BE IT.
Thanks again to Darci Cole for recording and sharing the video, and to Alice Arneson for bringing these shenanigans to our attention—happy Midnight Release Party Day, everyone!