Synopsis: The Assassin in White has returned and the Parshendi make their final stand in the war. Kaladin, now a captain of the guard, must protect the royal family, while Dalinar tries to figure out how to keep his people protected. Shallan travels to the Shattered Plains, but her trip goes awry.
Spoiler Free Review:
If you haven’t read my review for The Way of Kings, please do that first! I covered the format, plot, setting, and more in depth.
In this book, we got to follow Shallan’s backstory. Unlike with Kaladin’s, I kind of figured out what the big reveal was going to be ahead of time. I felt like her past chapters were less frequent than they were in The Way of Kings, which I appreciated. They showed what they needed to, but they didn’t overwhelm the present part of the story.
Shallan in the present was so fun to watch. She starts off as such a timid girl because she is still quite young and has never left home before, but she grows into herself so much. Throughout her journey to the Shattered Plains and her time there, she learns a lot about herself and what she can do.
I absolutely loved the dynamic between Shallan, Kaladin, and Adolin. I loved that Shallan and Kaladin would just insult each other whenever they were around each other. I loved how Adolin and Kaladin were reluctant friends and I especially loved the dynamics between Shallan and Adolin. It was just so fun and these were definitely my favorite parts of the book.
Dalinar was my favorite again. There is just something about that is so…respectable and honorable about him and I just love him. I am very excited that Oathbringer will be focused on him!
THINGS I DIDN’T LIKE
I thought the interludes in this book weren’t as insightful or as interesting as the ones in TWOK. They just felt kind of irrelevant. I know Lift is a popular character among fans, but her one chapter was just annoying to me. Maybe they will make more sense later on, but for now, I didn’t love them.
The ending actually felt a little rushed to me. It felt like the conflict and the resolution both came about very fast, and some of the revelations felt like they came out of nowhere. Normally, Brandon does such a great job with weaving in hints for the big reveals, but either they just weren’t there this time or I didn’t pick up on them.
Kaladin made some decisions that I found so stupid. I was so frustrated with him for a fair amount of this book. He eventually got it together, but it definitely was a little bit of a struggle to get through.
This book overall gave me some problems. It was just so long and intimidating that I had trouble wanting to pick it up. I definitely enjoyed it, but there was something about this one in particular that made it feel like I took absolutely forever to read it.
There is still so much about this series I love and so much I want to know. The ending of this book changes everything, and I can’t wait to read Oathbringer. I am going to wait a bit before then because I think reading the first two within a couple of months of each other burnt me out.
Overall, I think I enjoyed this book about equally compared to TWOK. I truly can’t wait to see where this series goes! So far, these two books have already covered a lot of ground, so it could go anywhere from here.