Oathbringer (2017) by Brandon Sanderson

Like its predecessors, Oathbringer builds towards an epic conflict while centering around a handful of key characters who seem all too small for the challenges ahead. And like its predecessors, the book manages to be thoroughly thrilling and insightful. While Book 1 and 2 managed to make me laugh and whoop with excitement more, Oathbringer, a comparatively longer and more somber read, lands up entertaining through a deeper exploration of serious internal conflicts.

While still an absolute page turner (I read the book in a week), it definitely had moments that felt repetitive. This disrupted the pace of an otherwise well edited text. I personally would think it might help Sanderson, who is excellent at describing action, to not indulge in this strength too much. And while I loved the philosophical musings, they felt static at times, which when contrasted with the story’s setting, felt uncharacteristic. If the same philosophical scenes had some more dynamic, I think they would have worked better. This is often done in films where characters move and enact other activities while conversing so as to give the audience more to look at than just two people talking.

Still, I mark this criticisms because the rest of the book is so good. So do not hesitate to read it.

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