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Everything We Know About The Heralds

Welcome back to your refresher series on The Stormlight Archive! As we prepare for the release of Rhythm of War, we’ll be doing our best to help you remember who’s who and what’s what from the past. Last week, we did a Stormfather’s-eye view of the history of Roshar, from creation to a couple of centuries before the “current events.” This week, we’ll take a look at those pivotal characters, the Ten Heralds, beginning with their birth and going right up through what we know of their current condition and whereabouts.

[“We chose this burden willingly. Well, we can choose to drop it if we wish.”]

Everything We Know About the History of Roshar

Hello out there, all you fans of The Stormlight Archive! Welcome to a new series of articles here on Tor! As we eagerly anticipate the release of the fourth book, Rhythm of War, it seems a good time for a brief summary of what we know about various aspects of this epic series. This week, we begin with an overview of the history, so far as we know it, of the planet Roshar and its inhabitants.


Oathbringer Reread: Epilogue and Ars Arcanum

Lyn: Hello, everyone, and welcome to… stars and stones. Can it be? The final installment of the Oathbringer reread‽ It doesn’t feel as if it’s been almost two and a half years, does it? But we started back in January of 2018.

Alice: … no way. Just… are you kidding me? ::checks calendar:: Wow. You’re right, of course.

L: Hard to believe, isn’t it?

A: SO hard. At the same time, this has been a steady milepost in my weeks for a long time, and it will feel really strange not to have that Wednesday deadline and Thursday discussion!

[Can you not stay a little longer?]

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Oathbringer Reread: Chapter One Hundred Twenty-Two

Welcome back, friends, to the penultimate installment of the Oathbringer reread. It’s been a long ride, but we hope you’ve all enjoyed it! This week ties up a handful of loose ends, and sets the stage for events to progress over the next (in-world) year before Rhythm of War picks up. We’ll check in on most of our favorite characters to see where they are and what they’re doing, now that Odium’s anticipated “easy victory” has fallen apart and his forces have withdrawn.

[Oh my. Now this should be interesting.]

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Oathbringer Reread: Chapter One Hundred Twenty-One

Welcome back to the Oathbringer reread! We’ve moved on to the next chapter, finally, but it’s still the same long day. This week, we’ve only got eleven point-of-view segments to look at! There are a few uncommon ones, too, so come on in to the aftermath of The Battle of Thaylen Field.

[We can win. But each victory scars us a little more.]

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Oathbringer Reread: Chapter One Hundred Twenty (Part Two)

Reread ahoy! Welcome back to the Oathbringer Avalanche, as we polish off the remaining twelve POVs in this crazy long chapter, beginning with Adolin fighting the thunderclast just after Venli speaks her first Ideal. This wraps up the battle part of the finale, but there’s still a ways to go. Buckle up, and let’s ride this thing. Hands in the air! (Also, apologies for the mixed metaphors.)

[It’s over.]

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Oathbringer Reread: Chapter One Hundred Twenty (Part One)

Alice: Welcome back to the Oathbringer reread yada yada yada crazy avalanche! This week we’ll take the first nineteen—yes, nineteen—POVs in this long long chapter, up through Venli’s first scene.

Lyn: We’ve got a LOT to cover and this reread is going to be a very long one, but… most of us have a lot of time on our hands this week, right? We hope that you’re all doing well and that your families and loved ones are safe and healthy in the midst of this global pandemic. In times like this, it’s so important to maintain social connections—and hey, this reread is one of them, albeit a very distanced one! We’re thankful that we can have this chance to escape from the problems of the real world together, and allow ourselves to submerge into the world of Roshar and the wonderful characters that Sanderson’s given us. Enjoy the reread this week, take care of yourselves and each other, and remember—the most important step a man can take is the next one.

A: And wash your hands!

L: … and stop buying all the TP. (Sorry; jokes are how I cope.)

[Journey before destination.]

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Oathbringer Reread: Chapter One Hundred Nineteen

Good morning, Sander-fans! This is an exciting week for the reread, as we’re in the very last chapter before the climactic ending and things are really starting to heat up in Roshar. The final battle is underway, our heroes are gathering for the last stand, and Dalinar is flexing those Bondsmith muscles in entirely new and unexpected ways. Put your hands up, because this roller coaster is about to take the final plunge!

[You cannot have my pain.]

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Oathbringer Reread: Chapter One Hundred Eighteen

Welcome back to the Oathbringer reread, where we are just now teetering on the top of the roller coaster ride that is the climax of this novel. Emotions are riding high as our heroes believe that all is lost and the enemy’s forces will prevail. Without further ado, let’s jump right in, shall we?

[You cannot have my pain.]

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Oathbringer Reread: Chapter One Hundred Seventeen

Welcome back to the continuing avalanche, O Rereaders of the Tor! It’s just getting crazier by the chapter; this week, we take a few steps forward on multiple fronts (nine-count-’em-nine POV characters!) and have some awesome mental images to swoon over. (Okay, maybe that’s just me?) Anyway. Onward!

[Take a deep breath, my friend. I’m afraid that this will hurt.]

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Oathbringer Reread: Chapter One Hundred Fifteen

Welcome, fellow Sanderson fans and Cosmere enthusiasts, to ::ominous chord:: the beginning of the Battle of Thaylen City. We’re poised at the top of the roller coaster in this chapter, waiting for the descent. The calm before the Everstorm, if you will. And here’s where the POVs really begin to start switching as well, as Sanderson generally tends to do in his climaxes. We’ve got a lot to discuss, so without further ado…

[Urithiru was under attack.]

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Oathbringer Reread: Chapter One Hundred Fourteen

Welcome to Part Five! The Oathbringer Reread has reached the final part, and things are getting crazy. This week, though, we take a step back for Dalinar’s final flashback chapter, wherein he visits the Nightwatcher and gets more than he bargained for. Come on in!

[You’ll be in her power, in there. And you don’t get to pick the cost.]

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Oathbringer Reread: Interludes Thirteen and Fourteen—Rysn and Teft

Buckle up, folks, it’s moving faster all the time! I know, I’ve been pointing out for the last few weeks that we’re in the beginnings of the Avalanche, but these two chapters, along with the last four chapters and the next seven (excluding the one remaining Dalinar flashback) all take place in a two-day period. The Interludes are now directly tied to the main action, and things are exploding everywhere. Come on in!

[It couldn’t be easy, now, could it. Not in his storming life.]

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