Discussion in 'Brandon Sanderson' started by Zashara Sho'am, Nov 16, 2020.
I finally got to read this! I needed to reread the whole series first, which turned out to be very wise because I remembered almost nothing of Oathbringer, and Words of Radiance was also pretty dicey.
I wasn't really into part 1, but part 2 got me super hooked.
- I LOVED the end of the trial, which I figured the deadeyes would be pivotal to in some way. I was so invested in Adolin trying to reach Maya as she was freaking out and then when she finally managed to get those words out, I felt this surge of triumph and then immediately burst into tears. I loved it SO MUCH.
- I was pretty shook by Pattern seeming to betray Shallan in the middle there and I would never have guessed that Formless *was* Shallan or that she'd had another spren. I totally thought someone was just messing with Pattern's memory too somehow.
- I tried but I was really not interested in all the technical details about light and sound and all the things Navani and Raboniel were working on. I'm glad there's a kind of science behind the magic, but wow it was just too much detail for me.
- I enjoyed how depressed Kaladin was, in the sense that it feels like it's who he IS right now and not something that's going to be fixed in a book and then he'll be a "normal" happy person again. I like books that deal with trauma, but this just felt like an especially real depiction of something that you have to live with and you may have some good days and bad days but it's a weight that is a part of you. I REALLY loved seeing a fantasy book that looked at mental health treatments.
- All of the flashbacks with Venli and Eshonai annoyed me. I feel like I already knew as much about their history as I cared to from other books and interludes, although I did like the bits with Venli's mom.
- I agree with the other comments here, the ending with the tower didn't really surprise me. I was just waiting to see if it would be Navani, Rlain or Dabbid that ended up bonding it.
- It's been a loooong time since I read Elantris and I've only read the first three of the Mistborn series (also long long ago) so I figure I'm missing a ton of references and easter eggs in these books, but when they opened that box and were like hey it's a seon my eyes just froze and re-read that sentence over and over again. Those types of connections will never stop being exciting to me.
- If Taravangian is the new Odium, is he still bound by the old Odium's bargain? I feel like the next book is going to be wild if their big battle is ten days from the end of this book!
Spoiler: Rhythm of War
I loved the part with Maya too. It was very emotional, being the first time we really hear her say more than a word.
When I read the book, I figured out that the color-changing, energy-absorbing sand came from a different world in the cosmere. I just got the White Sand trilogy from the library. You would think that the title alone would have been a hint, but I didn't put it together until I saw it change early on in the story. Also I forgot about the seon part, although I didn't know what those were until after the fact either.
I believe Odium is still bound regardless of the "host". In the very last chapter, he says something along the lines of not being able to harm Wit, but is glad that he can still affect his memory.
I LOVED it.
And thought there were quite a few pandemic references.
Yeah Brandon has been adamant that all the writing was done before the pandemic became a thing, but it's certainly easy to find apt references in the book.
Oh, I did not know that. I just assumed they were on purpose pandemic references
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