- Hardcover: 1243 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books (14 November 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 076532637X
- ISBN-13: 978-0765326379
- Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 6.1 x 24.9 cm
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It was by far the easiest to read, but that may be because less world building and character introduction were required. I found Dalinar's flashbacks to be a little tedious to experience, but, like everything in this series, it is placed for a purpose. The plotting in this series is incredible. There are developments that you are pretty sure will happen, and they're delightful to experience. But , there are also a lot of unexpected developments, which are thrilling. I am left at the end of this book feeling satisfied to have had some blanks filled in, but also filled with mysteries unsolved and wonder at how the author managed to pull off such a magnificent story (again).
This book is mostly focused on Dalinar and Shallan, with Kaladin a firm third. I really enjoyed the further development of Adolin, whom I've come to like, and Bridge 4. Happily, a few people who were interludes in books 1 and 2 have entered the main storyline, two of whom are favourites of mine. In book 1, I was enraged when POV shifted from Kaladin, as he was the only one I cared about. In book 2, I felt that way about Shallan's story. In this book, even though each POV chapter ended with the same high tension, I didn't feel the same anguish at parting with the POV character, because I am/ have become invested in most of the characters and their storylines, including interludes.
For the first time, I took this book slowly, and was full of joy during my 3 days reading. Now only a few more years to go 'til book 4...
But I'm 500 pages in and I've stalled.
So far Kaladan has gone flying and Shallan has gone to the basement and found something odd. I'm not even worried about giving you a plot spoiler because hardly anything has happened.
It's more like a dry historical document, giving the politics and background presidense rather than moving the story along. Right now I'd give anything for camaraderie and frenetic place of a bridge run.
At least it would feel like something was happening in the story because right now the author so caught up in the small world building details it's become rather dull.
The Stormlight Archives is a series with a grand vision. Written by prolific American author, Brandon Sanderson, there is so much to love about these books. The world he has created is something truly unique, which you don’t see very much of these days. The whole premise is that there are is a constant barrage of predictable storms that hammer across the world, all in the same direction. This leads the world to develop in areas protected from the buffeting winds, such as leeward sides of mountains. As well as this, the closer the land is to the storm’s origin, the more devastating the effects are. As such, most of the land is unable to support the plants and animals that we know. Instead, the author has created a new, believable, ecosystem. Trust me, this in itself is an amazing feat.
But it doesn’t stop there. Fans of Brandon Sanderson will be familiar with his love of magic systems. The Stormlight Archives features its own system that, honestly, I cannot do justice to in the space of a whole article, let alone as a component of one. It involves Gods, spirits, an entire other world. And again, it works! Now, all this just covers a small part of the world building that goes into this series. There is so much depth to it all that it’s easy to immerse yourself in what is basically an incredibly alien world without thinking anything is overly strange.
As if that wasn’t enough, world building isn’t even the most impressive part of this series. The absolute icing on the cake is the characters. There are a handful of POV characters, each fully fleshed out into real people. They each have their own desires, their own goals, their own character arcs. They have their own strengths and, importantly, their weaknesses. I haven’t read a book in a long time that made me care as much about the characters as this series. As a very unemotional man, even I felt my eyes getting a little watery at each character’s conflicts and actions during the climax. Personally, I believe this stems from their flaws. With a few thousand pages to work with, you get to know each character so intimately that you can relate to their desires and understand why they fail when they do. This, in turns, makes their successes so much more meaningful and emotionally satisfying.
So, I realise I sound like quite the fanboy over this. It’s actually hard to pinpoint anything wrong with it but… There is one thing that really bugs me. It stems from the writing concept “show, don’t tell”, something I’ve heard Brandon Sanderson himself espouse on many podcasts. Instead of telling the reader “Sam was sad”, you show them with something like “Sam wept quietly, tears turning to mud on the dirt floor.” Yes, they both convey that the character is sad, but the second one does it in a way that includes the reader, making them associate with the feeling rather than just knowing what they’re feeling. This series kind of breaks that rule, as part of the magic system involves these spirits, called spren. There are spirits of just about everything, including emotions. So, whenever a character has a strong feeling, like pain for instance, the line “He was surrounded by painspren” appears. It just felt a little cheap to me, especially when everything else is so well written.
After all that, you can probably guess that I highly recommend getting into this series. Don’t be put off by the size of the books, each one being around 1,000 pages. In fact, if you get it in ebook format you don’t even notice it. Instead, just dive in and get immersed in an amazing world filled with intriguing people.
There were a lot of dragged out moments that seemed unnecessary and tended to lose the pacing far too much. I can see that this book is a huge stepping stone for the rest of the series, and there is a good chance I'll end up looking back on it fondly once everything is fully revealed, but as such it falls shy of a perfect score due to those moments. In particular, Shall and POV- I found her excruciating in this book, which is a shame as I really enjoyed her on the first two books.
For any fans of truly epic fantasy, like Wheel of Time, this is a must read.
It’s a long wait between Stormlight Archive books but very worth it. Extremely high quality.
Looking forward to book 4.