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Rhythm of War - Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War

By Brandon Sanderson

  • Release Date: 2020-11-17
  • Genre: Epic
Score: 4.5
From 1,783 Ratings


An instant #1 New York Times Bestseller and a USA Today and Indie Bestseller!

The Stormlight Archive saga continues in Rhythm of War, the eagerly awaited sequel to Brandon Sanderson's #1
New York Times bestselling Oathbringer, from an epic fantasy writer at the top of his game.

After forming a coalition of human resistance against the enemy invasion, Dalinar Kholin and his Knights Radiant have spent a year fighting a protracted, brutal war. Neither side has gained an advantage, and the threat of a betrayal by Dalinar’s crafty ally Taravangian looms over every strategic move.

Now, as new technological discoveries by Navani Kholin’s scholars begin to change the face of the war, the enemy prepares a bold and dangerous operation. The arms race that follows will challenge the very core of the Radiant ideals, and potentially reveal the secrets of the ancient tower that was once the heart of their strength.

At the same time that Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with his changing role within the Knights Radiant, his Windrunners face their own problem: As more and more deadly enemy Fused awaken to wage war, no more honorspren are willing to bond with humans to increase the number of Radiants. Adolin and Shallan must lead the coalition’s envoy to the honorspren stronghold of Lasting Integrity and either convince the spren to join the cause against the evil god Odium, or personally face the storm of failure.

Other Tor books by Brandon Sanderson

The Cosmere

The Stormlight Archive

The Way of Kings
Words of Radiance
Edgedancer (Novella)
Rhythm of War

The Mistborn trilogy
Mistborn: The Final Empire
The Well of Ascension
The Hero of Ages

Mistborn: The Wax and Wayne series
Alloy of Law
Shadows of Self
Bands of Mourning

Arcanum Unbounded

Other Cosmere novels

The Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series
Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians
The Scrivener's Bones
The Knights of Crystallia
The Shattered Lens
The Dark Talent

The Rithmatist series
The Rithmatist

Other books by Brandon Sanderson

The Reckoners


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  • Disappointing

    By djc10031
    Got better by the end but reading this book was like trying to slog through Game of Thrones. Love the series but this book was just meh.
  • Hold on tight

    By Udhewbavxhsn
    This book will send you reeling up and down an emotional rollercoaster. Get ready to have your own heart bruised, healed, and regrown stronger. Life before death, strength before weakness, journey before destination.
  • Brandon Sanderson-Productions

    By ANIME. Not Batman.
    Team work, makes the dream work. Thank you for your dreams. Stories and songs gave me strength to stand in the face of death many times over. My memories faded to preserve my soul. Like memories of light, they have returned to heal a fractured past. It was terrifying at first, but with Kaladins help, I am “whole” again.
  • Not a good effort

    By Roblediv
    Sanderson is great, but this book was rushed, plain and simple. The story’s structure is not nearly as coherent as other books in the series. The themes and character arcs also took no new directions, and their struggles and eventual successes have all started becoming formulaic and easily expected. Simply put, these two majors flaws made it hard to read, and even harder to care. Please don’t rush your books, Mr. Sanderson. Don’t ruin this series like the wheel of time 5-10 were ruined.
  • Well put together

    By Jefllo
    This was one of Brandon’s slower books, I think, but if you like a slow, savory plot with a steady build up, then this is the book for you. I really enjoyed seeing all the character arcs and development of the plot, and the payoffs were perfect.
  • Sanderson is Brilliant, But Not Today

    By Aikidoman777
    I have read everything written by Mr. Sanderson. My respect for him started with his finish of The Wheel of Time series. In that series, I felt as like Robert Jordan would at times lose his pace and delve into such detail I became bored and frustrated as a reader. This is precisely how I feel reading this installment. I LOVED the precious books in this series and I’m about 20% into this book and I just couldn’t care less about these characters. NOTHING HAPPENS .... and it is maddening. Therefore, my plan is only to read this on my next flight as a way to fall asleep. At least this way I will get some utility from the purchase. I will update this review in 2022 when I get around to this book again. FINISHED THE BOOK ... moved from 2 to 3 stars. Part One was deadly boring but the remaining 75% of the book was good.
  • Beautiful!!!

    By Iam_Micco
    What a fantastic read. Awesome!!!
  • Disappointing

    By Eporrini
    I’m sure this review will be seen by few and appreciated by even fewer, but I felt the need to write it. I’ve read almost all of Sanderson’s books and he’s one of my favorite authors. That said, this book was perhaps the most uninspired of any work he’s done to date. His focus on the emotional depth and journeys of characters has morphed into psychotherapy. Everyone has a hang up that must be dealt with over thousands of pages in agonizing detail. Also, as of late anyone of the dozens of important characters have an invisible shield that guarantees their safety. SPOILER - The fact that the tower was taken and (almost) no one of import was killed shows us the authors personal attachments to the characters may be impeding the balance needed to showcase a battle of good and evil, protagonist vs antagonist. I hope more people speak out to him via reviews, everyone giving him 5 stars and a false sense of creating yet another “masterpiece” will not help his development or the story.
  • Terrible Book

    By Whocares1952
    Terrible book full of useless details. Story moved incredibly slow. Super disappointed
  • Mind boggling

    By Martlutho
    Not going to say too much. Brando Sando has a galaxy sized brain. Navani and Raboniel were playing 5D chess, Shallan and Adolin had no idea what was actually going on, and Kaladin was well...Kaladin. The way the Cosmere begins to intertwine is unbelievable and the implications in all the Cosmere books to come can only be imagined.