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The Full Spoiler Review of Brandon Sanderson’s Oathbringer (Stormlight Archive #3)

OATHBRINGER IS HERE!

Okay, forgive the shouting, but this day has been long awaited! Actually, that should probably say “this month,” since we hope you all got your copy last week and have had plenty of time to read it by now. Because we have Things To Discuss! Settle in with your spren and your libation of choice, and let’s get to it.

[United, new beginnings sing: “Defying truth, Love. Truth, defy!” Sing beginnings, new unity.]

Spoiler-Free Reactions to Beta Reading Brandon Sanderson’s Oathbringer

Here we are once again, oh friends of the Cosmere, this time eagerly anticipating the release of Oathbringer, third volume in The Stormlight Archive. Brandon Sanderson has outdone himself yet again, I think you’ll agree. As we await the day when this brick arrives on our doorsteps, e-readers, and audio players, here’s another bit of entertainment for you: reactions from those who have read, carefully freed of any spoilers. Not, however, free of teasers…

[If nobody asked questions, then we would never learn anything.]

Edgedancer Reread: Chapters 19 and 20

Here we are, my friends, already at the end of the Edgedancer reread. Can you believe it? It’s been a lot of fun, and now we’re hitting the finale, with thunder and lightning and Heralds, oh my! Join Lyndsey and me as we watch the climax play out, in and above the Tashi’s Light Orphanage. Discussion and pancakes, ahoy!

[I will listen to those who have been ignored.]

Series: Edgedancer Reread

Edgedancer Reread: Chapters 17 and 18

Alice: Welcome back to the penultimate episode of the Edgedancer reread! Lyndsey is back with us this week, fresh off her spooky tour of the haunted places of Massachusetts. How fitting, as Lift makes a paranormal discovery of her own this week…

Lyn: It’s appropriate that we dive into these two chapters just before Halloween, because storms above is chapter 18 a creepy one. The Everstorm approaches, no one is what they seem, and food is scarce in this week’s installment of the Edgedancer reread!

[Everything was wrong; it had been since Darkness had first stalked her.]

Series: Edgedancer Reread

Edgedancer Reread: Chapters 15 and 16

Well, hello there, Edgedancers! It’s time for another run at the reread, so we can polish it off before Oathbringer destroys all other books.

Things are getting heady up in here, what with internet Indicium info searches, crazy assassins, flying minions, and friendly swords. But no pancakes this week. Also, no Lyn, because she is up to her eyeballs in sewing up gorgeous costumery for an Event this weekend. We’ll miss her, but we’ll soldier on anyway.

[“Will you fight them, little Radiant?”]

Series: Edgedancer Reread

Edgedancer Reread: Chapters 13 and 14

Lyn: Welcome back, Edgedancers! We’re getting close to the Oathbringer release now (one month! ONLY ONE MONTH!) and whether you’ve been reading the preview chapters here on Tor.com or holding out for the full book, things are starting to feel more real! Until that massive tome is in all of our greedy hands, however, we’ve got this reread to tide you over. And with an Everstorm on the way, pancakes to eat, and scribes to harass, things are beginning to heat up for everyone’s favorite Edgedancer!

[Sunset is coming, along with that storm.]

Series: Edgedancer Reread

Edgedancer Reread: Chapters 11 and 12

Alice: Greetings and hallucinations, oh ye Edgedancer rereaders! Welcome back, as Lyn and I take aim at the next two chapters—did you realize we’re halfway through?—with our profound wisdom and insight! Ummmm… well, profound something, I’m sure.

Lyn: Profound appetite. Definitely appetite.

A: Anyway, there aren’t so many shenanigans to consider this week, but plenty of typical-Lift-style snark and some not-so-typical contemplation and deduction.

[Maybe I can get you one soul. Perhaps a tax collector… ‘cept they ain’t human.]

Series: Edgedancer Reread

Edgedancer Reread: Chapters 9 and 10

Lyn: Things are starting to get a bit… darker in this week’s reread! (Get it? GET IT?) Prepare to learn a bit more about Darkness and his motivation (Good? Bad? We’ll leave that for you to debate in the comments) and glean some more information about the Philosopher, those odd little cremlings, and… what’s this? SZETH MAKES AN APPEARANCE?

Alice: Hello, Darkness, my old friend…

L: Oh no you didn’t just start a sing-a-long. ♫ I’VE COME TO TALK WITH YOU AGAAAIIIIN… ♪

[As soon as you feel you’re getting a handle on things, the day is done, the night falls, and the light goes out.]

Series: Edgedancer Reread

Stormlight Archive Refresher: The Knights Radiant

As we continue our groundwork for Oathbringer, the next doorstopper entry in The Stormlight Archive, we now present to you another entry in our refresher series. This time, we’re going to review what we know of the Knights Radiant—a brief synopsis of the history, the orders, and the individual members.

WARNING: Spoilers for The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance, and Edgedancer.

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

Edgedancer Reread: Chapters 7 and 8

Brightlords and ladies, parshendi and spren! Have you gotten your fill of speculation after reading chapters 10-12 of Oathbringer? Well, you’ve come to the right place, because this week Alice and I are tackling chapters 7 and 8 of Edgedancer! These chapters are considerably meatier than those we’ve analyzed so far, so strap in and prepare yourselves for some Diabolical Deeds, Awesome Adventures, and Scrupulous Spren! Alice, you got any more fun alliterative descriptions of these chapters?

Alice: Edgedancer Eavesdropping and Purloined Pancakes, naturally!

[Darkness’s breakfast: Mission accomplished.]

Series: Edgedancer Reread

Edgedancer Reread: Chapters 5 and 6

Welcome back to the Edgedancer reread! This week we will be covering chapters 5 and 6, in which Lift has some pretty sobering thoughts about orphans and how they’re viewed in society, meets a Stump, and discusses snot with a philosopher. Gripping, we know. No worries though, we’ll get to the good stuff soon.

Edgedancer can be found in the Arcanum Unbounded collection, or if you wait a few more weeks you can buy it as a separate e-book (or mini-hardcover). Meanwhile, this reread will contain spoilers for both The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance. We do ask—or even insist—that any spoilers for the early-release chapters of Oathbringer be marked as spoilers and white-texted.

[“That wasn’t meant to be helpful.” “Yes, but it was honest, which is the cornerstone of a good philosophy.”]

Series: Edgedancer Reread

Edgedancer Reread: Chapter 2

Greetings, Edgedancers! My name’s Lyndsey, and your intrepid and faithful Alice and I are here to bring you chapter two of the Edgedancer Reread! We’ll be switching back and forth throughout this post, discussing our thoughts in “real time,” as it were, so strap in and prepare for some awesomeness.

[And pancakes. So many pancakes.]

Series: Edgedancer Reread

Edgedancer Reread: Chapter 1

Greetings, oh fans of the Sanderson! We are here today to bring you yet another reread!

This one is specifically intended to lead up to the release of Oathbringer, which I’m sure many of you are reading in the serialized form released here on Tor.com. Today, we begin an accompanying reread of the novella Edgedancer, released in the Cosmere short works collection Arcanum Unbounded. This is, as noted in the AU postscript to the novella, an opportunity Sanderson took to fill in some of the details for Lift and Nalan which needed to happen between their appearances in Words of Radiance and the next time we see them in Oathbringer. Note: this reread will contain no spoilers for Oathbringer. Read along, then, and lets start right in!

[He certainly was a strange Voidbringer. Come to think of it, she’d never seen him act the least bit interested in consuming someone’s soul. Maybe he was a vegetarian?]

Series: Edgedancer Reread

Warbreaker Reread: Chapter 58 and Epilogue

Welcome back to the Warbreaker reread! Last week, everyone was either rescued or died to save someone else. This week, a solution to that Lifeless army is finally identified and put into action, and Our Heroes are poised to begin the next phase of life on Nalthis.

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!
[“They are your responsibility now. Do better with them than I did.”]

Series: Warbreaker Reread

Warbreaker Reread: Chapters 56 and 57

Welcome back to the Warbreaker reread! Last week was full of chaos and terror: Siri and Susebron were captured, briefly reunited, and then separated again; Vasher was tortured while Vivenna searched for him; and Llarimar revealed Lightsong’s past as they awaited their fate. This week, Vivenna frees Vasher, Lightsong remembers his purpose, and Siri & Susebron are reunited yet again. The Avalanche is nearing a smashing conclusion.

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!

[He just fell out the third-story window, plummeting toward certain doom. Of course he’ll live!]

Series: Warbreaker Reread