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Oathbringer Reread: Chapter Thirteen

Cosmerenauts ahoy! Lo, on the horizon looms another reread post with Lyndsey and Alice! Or something like that. Anyway, welcome back to Oathbringer, as Shallan gets embarrassed (again) and Pattern expands his vocabulary. Also, Adolin refuses to be embarrassed, which is also entertaining.

Lyn: ::crashes through door:: Did someone say Adolin?

Alice: Welcome back, Lyn! Thought you might enjoy this chapter…

L: What, me? Enjoy an Adolin chapter? NEVER. (Because I’m totally not obsessive enough to be cosplaying him most of this weekend at JordanCon or anything…)

[“Did you knock with one hand or two?”]

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Oathbringer Reread: Chapter 12

Alice: Welcome back, friends!

Lyn: Hello, everyone! I’m back from my staffing duties at Anime Boston and finally feeling less like I was run over by a chasmfiend. I’m so happy to be back in the Ryshadium saddle with Alice for another fun reread—though I’m upset that I missed Syl teasing Kaladin about ::ahem:: relationship matters.

A: This week, we get to watch Dalinar attempt to play politics, with careful guidance from his wife and various scribes. Why don’t people just say what they mean?

L: Because politics.

[Only the Azish would assume you’d want certification that something is broken.]

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Oathbringer Reread: Chapter Eleven

Greetings, oh fans of the Cosmere, and welcome back to the Oathbringer Reread! This week, we jump back in time again, thirty-three years, as Dalinar shows what a warrior armed with Shardplate can do to… well, pretty much anyone without Shardplate. It does have a few disadvantages, though.

[Storms, this power! It felt remarkably like the Thrill.]

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Oathbringer Reread: Chapter Seven

Hello, and welcome back to the Oathbringer Reread! In this week’s chapter, we continue on with Kaladin’s heart-wrenching homecoming before he heads off in search of Wascally Woidbringers.

Reminder: we’ll potentially be discussing spoilers for the ENTIRE NOVEL in each reread. There are no Cosmere connections in this chapter, so read on with no fear of spoilers from non-Stormlight novels. But if you haven’t read ALL of Oathbringer, best to wait to join us until you’re done.

[War flays their souls, and those are wounds I can’t heal.]

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Oathbringer Reread: Chapters Five and Six

Alice: Welcome back to the Oathbringer Reread, as we finally rejoin our favorite (only?) Windrunner and his lovely spren. In keeping with the writer’s adage that “long journeys are usually boring to read”—

Lyn: Except in Lord of the Rings.

A: —we haven’t seen Kaladin since he left Urithiru, on his way to Hearthstone with a pocketful of Stormlight, to protect his family from the Everstorm. This week, we’ll walk the last few miles with him, and discuss what he finds there in the first half-hour or so. (Also, how does that adage fit with “journey before destination”? Generalizations sometimes fail.)

[He hadn’t beaten the Everstorm.]

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Oathbringer Reread: Chapter Four

This week in the Oathbringer reread, we look at foolish oaths, broken oaths, and the necessity of oaths to the fabric of society.

Reminder: we’ll potentially be discussing spoilers for the ENTIRE NOVEL in each reread. The Cosmere implications are minimal this week, though we do address one question. But if you haven’t read ALL of Oathbringer, best to wait to join us until you’re done.

[OATHS ARE THE SOUL OF RIGHTEOUSNESS]

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Oathbringer Reread: Chapter Three

Well, hello again! Good to see you all back with us today, as we travel back in time to the early days of the Kholin campaign to unify Alethkar. Today we’re reading Dalinar’s first flashback, when he was a terrifying teen. We’ll meet an old friend for the first time, as well as one who was a friend and became an enemy. Oh, and we’ll see where Dalinar got the nickname Blackthorn.

Reminder: we’ll potentially be discussing spoilers for the ENTIRE NOVEL in the reread and the comments. If you haven’t read ALL of Oathbringer, best to wait to join us until you’re done.

[Life was about momentum. Pick a direction and don’t let anything—man or storm—turn you aside.]

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Oathbringer Reread: Chapter Two

Welcome back, fellow Stormlight fans! Today’s chapter features a handsome prince (::swoon::), the corpse of a traitor (::cheer::), and a certain grizzled Highprince prepared to do whatever it takes to bring unity to the world (::Bridge 4 salute::).

Reminder: we’ll potentially be discussing spoilers for the ENTIRE NOVEL (and the two previous) in each reread. There’s no Cosmere connectivity this week. But if you haven’t read ALL of Oathbringer, best to wait to join us until you’re done, because there are references all over the book this week.

[Good riddance.]

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Oathbringer Reread: Chapter One

Welcome back to Week 2 of the Oathbringer reread! Last week, we took our third look at the fateful night of the treaty-turned-assassination, from the perspective of the young Listener scout who started it all. This week, we return to Urithiru, where Dalinar is facing a host of problems ranging from personal to global importance—not least of which is how to get anyone to believe him.

[You can find refuge from storms, Son of Honor. Not so with our enemies.]

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Oathbringer Reread: Prologue

Lyn: Well, here we are, folks. Ready to dig into the prologue? I know I am. I’ve got my blue wine at hand, an axe-hound curled on my lap, and the Weeping’s providing a nice backdrop of pattering rain on the windows.

Alice: The Weeping indeed. I get soaked every time I leave the house. Anyway, today we’ll take a new look at That Fateful Night six years ago, when a treaty was signed and a king assassinated. This time, we see it from the perspective of a very frightened young Listener explorer-turned-interpreter, and dig into the reasons it became necessary.

[She wept for the world.]

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Introducing: The Oathbringer Reread!

We’re BA-A-A-A-ACK! Greetings to our friends old and new, and welcome to the Oathbringer Reread! We’ve had a lot of fun over the last few months, what with previews, reviews, cosplay, teasers, spoilers, and speculations. The time has come to launch a chapter-by-chapter reread, using knowledge of the endings to inform discussion of the beginnings. This week, we’re just going to introduce ourselves and the plan, and next week we’ll launch into the actual reread.

[Something Epic This Way Comes]

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After Oathbringer: Speculations, Theories, and Expectations for Brandon Sanderson’s Next Stormlight Archive Book

Oathbringer is here and has been devoured by most of us (probably multiple times, by some of you). We discussed in the spoiler article which of our expectations were met and which were not … as well as a few things that surprised us.

But it’s too early to start speculating on what might happen in book 4, right? Hahahahaha! It’s never too early to speculate, guys. NEVER. So let’s get on with it, yes?

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Answers to the Beta-Readers’ Reactions to Brandon Sanderson’s Oathbringer

We’re ba-ack! It’s time to reveal the answers to the list of beta-reader reactions to Oathbringer that we posted a few weeks ago. Hopefully you’ve all had time to make some guesses as you read through the book—and hopefully some of the reactions included enough information to let you make informed guesses!

So check it out, and see how many you got right!

[Bad. ASS. See, boys and girls? That’s how it’s done. No mercy or “fair play” when things are determined to kill you.]