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Rhythm of War Reread: Interlude Six

Welcome back to the Rhythm of War Reread, O My Chickens and Peeps! As we wrap up the second set of Interludes this week, we’re back in the head of good old King T—and it’s a weird place these days. It’s an odd blend of promising insight and frightening foreshadowing, and we have mixed feelings about it.

[A thousand wrong plans were no more useful than a single wrong one.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Reread: Interlude Five

Cosmere Chickens ahoy—in more ways than one! This week’s reread involves two actual Cosmere Chickens, along with all the rest of us peeps. Join us in the reread for Lift’s interlude, with Wyndle being his adorable self, interrupted by yet another of those characters most of us love to hate. Also, That Everstorm, with all it brings… And chickens. Did I say chickens?

[A dangerous and unknown shadow, moving mysteriously from place to place, never seen. Always feared.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Reread: Interlude Four

Greetings once again, me hearty Cosmere-Chickens! This week, we tackle the first of the Interludes between Parts Two and Three, in which the former bridgeman and current bearer of Jezrien’s Honorblade… cuts rocks with it. Um. Oh, and carries them around, because why not. He also makes plans with his new god to make life as miserable as possible for Kaladin. This makes us Very Not Happy.

[He Who Quiets. He who hauls rocks.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

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]

Before Rhythm of War: A Quick and Dirty Recap of Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive

Before we get to the much-anticipated goodness that is Rhythm of War, the fourth book in Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive series, here’s a handy overview of the series to date—a chance to check in on the status of all the major players, courtesy of Sanderson beta reader Paige Vest! This should go without saying, but this article is something of a highlight reel and contains spoilers for the first three books of The Stormlight Archive, as well as the novellas Edgedancer and Dawnshard. If you haven’t yet read the books, beware spoilers below!

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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.]

Series: Oathbringer Reread

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.]

Series: Oathbringer Reread

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.]

Series: Oathbringer Reread

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.]

Series: Oathbringer Reread

The Pain of Elantris: Depression in the Fantasy of Brandon Sanderson

Thursday, October 10 is World Mental Health Day, and to commemorate the day, Brandon Sanderson beta readers Paige Vest and Ross Newberry are revisiting the author’s work to explore mental illness in comparison to the Hoed, the fallen Elantrians from Brandon’s first published work, Elantris. [Read more]

Ideal Heroes: Mental Illness in Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive

When you hear the word “hero”, what’s the first image that comes to mind? Someone big and strong and confident and perfect? Well, in Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive novels, the heroes aren’t quite what you’d expect.

In the following conversation, Sanderson beta readers Paige Vest and Ross Newberry take an in-depth look at these less-than-ideal heroes and how reading about their exploits has inspired more than one “broken” person to keep up their own fight. Please be aware that this article includes frank and deeply personal discussion of mental illness and touches on depression, anxiety, trauma, suicidal ideations, and self-harm, in terms of both fiction and personal experience—addressed with the intention of illuminating the experiences of the characters and the perspective of readers who see their own struggles reflected in the series.

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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.]

Series: Oathbringer Reread

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