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Rhythm of War Reread: Interludes 1 (Sylphrena, Sja-Anat, Into the Fire)

Hello, my Cosmere Chickens, and welcome to the first REAL installment of the Rhythm of War reread! (I don’t really count the read-along posts, because we couldn’t reference anything that happened later in the book.) This installment covers the first set of interludes between parts one and two.

[We can never know another man’s heart, Brightness Sylphrena, but we all know what it is to live and have pain.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Introducing the Rhythm of War Reread!

Welcome back to the Stormlight Archive ongoing reread project! We hope you had a thoroughly fantastic holiday season, and wish you all the very best in the coming year. Now that you’ve had a chance (we hope!) to read Rhythm of War

L: And Dawnshard, and hopefully the rest of the Cosmere given how Cosmere-connected this book is—

A: we’re almost ready to plunge into the detailed chapter-by-chapter discussion, with spoilers for the whole kit and caboodle. This week, we’re just going to talk about Part One a bit more, and introduce the set-up for future discussion.

[Part One: Burdens]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Answers to the Beta-Readers’ Reactions to Brandon Sanderson’s Rhythm of War

And we’re back at long last, with the solution to the teasers posed a few weeks ago in the Spoiler-Free Reactions to Beta Reading Brandon Sanderson’s Rhythm of War. We hope you had fun with it all!

Well, here it is. The answer key, as it were. How did you do? [Obviously, there are tons of spoilers below—if you haven’t finished the book yet, you may want to save this post for later!]

[Of course the Parshendi wanted to play their drums.]

The Full Spoiler Review of Brandon Sanderson’s Rhythm of War

Welcome to the all-in spoiler review for Rhythm of War, in which Paige and Alice express all the excitement over the thrills in this book… and maybe certain other emotions, as well. (DIE MOASH DIE!™) If you haven’t finished the book yet, do not click that link, because, well, All The Spoilers! (You can find the non-spoiler review of the book here).

Fair warning, we both loved the book, so if you’re looking for someone to tear it down, this is not the review you’re looking for.

[You. Cannot. Have. My. SACRIFICE!]

Spoiler-Free Reactions to Beta Reading Brandon Sanderson’s Rhythm of War

You didn’t think we’d let the hype rest, did you? Rhythm of War is almost here! And because you know you need something to do while you’re waiting, we’re here to give you something to puzzle over, play with, or otherwise entertain yourselves. We here present to you, to whet your appetite, a small (but still huge) selection of the comments from the beta-read spreadsheets. All the comments have been carefully edited so as not to give actual spoilers. The idea (in case you haven’t played before) is that you read these reactions, totally without context, and see if you can guess what triggered them. While you’re waiting for the book, the guesses will of necessity be wild; after you get it, well… they might still be wild, but at least they’ll be more informed! Come on in and join us while you await the arrival of the latest hefty tome.

[Journey before pancakes]

Brandon Sanderson’s Rhythm of War: A Non-Spoiler Review

Three years ago, we were eagerly awaiting book 3 of The Stormlight Archive: Oathbringer. One week ago, we were eagerly awaiting book 3.5, Dawnshard. (I hope you’ve read that, by the way!) Now suddenly, here we are, a mere five days from book 4, Rhythm of War, and the tension is real. Will you love it? Will you hate it? Will you find it a worthy entry in the Archive? Come on in for a little chat about the book, all free of spoilers, and let me share my opinions on the subject.

[Life before death, strength before weakness, journey before destination.]

Rhythm of War Read-Along Discussion: Chapter Nineteen

Hello, fellow Sander-fans, and welcome to the final read-along post for Rhythm of War! This is the final chapter of Part One, and hence the final chapter before the book is released in its entirety next week! That’s right… finally you’ll be able to curl up with that coveted hardcover (or ebook) and read it cover to cover! Finally you’ll be able to talk about it to your friends who have been waiting until release day and not reading these preview chapters! Finally you’ll be able to post spoilers online!

Well… okay, you’ll be able to talk about spoilers carefully, and in the correct places, tagged appropriately. Please remember to uphold your vows as Knights Radiant and be courteous of those who may not yet have had a chance to read.

Are you excited? (I sure hope so… I’d be worried if you weren’t!)

[The world becomes an increasingly dangerous place, and so I come to the crux of my argument. We cannot afford to keep secrets from one another any longer.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Read-Along Discussion: Chapter Eighteen

Hello everyone, and welcome to another Tuesday and another preview chapter from Rhythm of War! We’ve only got ONE MORE to go until the full release… are you excited? I know I am! Are you planning on attending the digital book release party? I have it on good authority that it’s going to be a fun time, so if you haven’t already, check out the information on how to attend here!

This week, Kaladin’s family arrives at Urithiru. Join in the discussion in the comment section below, and remember to be considerate of those avoiding spoilers in other places online!

[It’s time to continue my training.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Read-Along Discussion: Chapter Seventeen

Well, here we are again! Did that chapter have some unexpected developments, or what‽ As a continuation of last week’s events, this week gives us a wacky combination: overview of the past year, current status of the war, the Mink’s reactions to developments, plus rumors and proposals. Come on in, and let’s talk it over!

[By Kalak’s mighty breath. This is incredible.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Read-Along Discussion: Chapter Fifteen

Welcome back to another Tuesday, and another discussion of the events in this week’s preview chapter! If you haven’t read it yet… what are you doing here?! Go check it out!

Fair warning. This week’s discussion is going to be full of discussion about Warbreaker and broader Cosmere theory, so be prepared for that.

[Find a new purpose.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Read-Along Discussion: Chapter Fourteen

Welcome back to Tuesday! This week, we’re back in Kholinar for Interesting Developments on the Fused side of the war… and they are very interesting. Not to mention terrifying. On the assumption that you’ve already read Chapter 14, “Voice,” come on into the discussion and let us know how you feel about the probable direction things are taking.

[Extinction is the natural escalation of this war.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Read-Along Discussion: Chapter Thirteen

Welcome back to the discussion! Last week, we saw Kaladin’s arc take an abrupt turn into the unknown. This week, assuming you’ve already read the new chapter, we’ll focus on Shallan. As she deals with internal struggles, we see the events of the previous day turning to a set-up of the next part of her journey. Come on in and discuss!

[Answers. All of them.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Read-Along Discussion: Chapter Twelve

Welcome back to the read-along! We’re back with Kaladin this week, but this time with Adolin and Veil. Shenanigans, weddings, and poignant amateur therapy, as well as a few answered questions… which may or may not make various readers happy. Come on in, and join the discussion!

[Come on, Brightlord Master Highmarshal Stormface. ]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Read-Along Discussion: Chapter Eleven

Welcome back to the read-along discussion, on this fine Tuesday morning. We’re taking a sharp turn in this week’s new chapter—which of course you’ve already read. After all that time in Hearthstone and the Shattered Plains, we’re leaping over to Kholinar today. Yes, it’s finally time to get inside the head of our new main character, Venli, the listener turned Regal turned Radiant. Along with her private thoughts and plans, we’ll have lots of information about the Fused to discuss, so come on in and join us.

[We are all timid when we begin.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

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