The violent Everstorm rips across Roshar, awakening the parshmen. Dalinar tries to get the whole continent to work together to stop the Voidbringers, but is met with complications because of his past. Kaladin, Shallan, and Adolin go on a dangerous mission together.
Spoiler Free Review:
I have a feeling this is going to be such a hard review for me to write! I love this series and the characters, but I struggled with this book. There are just so. many. words. and I had a hard time finding the motivation to pick it up. If you haven’t read my reviews for The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance, I would suggest reading those first.
I was very excited because I knew going into this book that there would be a focus on Dalinar’s past and he is one of my favorite characters. I realized that I actually don’t like chapters from his POV, but I like him more when he is seen from other characters’ POV. The story we get of his past in this book was…rough to say the least. I was really questioning for a long time if I should even like him, because he did some terrible things, but I overall really loved the message that came out of exploring his past.
There were a lot of scenes in this book that I really enjoyed. Some were really meaningful, while others were funny and awkward (specifically talking about Dalinar’s butt). I love the way that this series deals with depression, guilt, self-hatred, and grief. Scenes that deal with these things always end up really impacting me.
To me, one of the strongest things about this series has always been Bridge Four and their bond. In this book though, Kaladin and Bridge Four are not together for the majority of the story. Bridge Four characters get their own chapters in this book, but it just didn’t feel the same and it was something that I was really missing.
The romance in this book has it’s moments, but a lot of the time it feels kind of awkward and based on the fact that they can joke around with each other.
I didn’t love this book because it felt like not a whole lot happened, especially for 1,200 pages. There was a bunch of stuff about Kholinar and Shadesmar that seemed too drawn out. I feel like a lot of characters were focused on that I didn’t necessarily want to hear about. It just fell a little short for me, but I still love the series and characters.
I’m nervous and excited for Rhythm of War. This book really feels like a turning point in the series, especially given the revelations at the end of the book. I’m super curious about who will get flashback chapters in the next two books. I want to see more of Renarin, but I feel like he always kind of gets pushed to the side.