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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.

Now, as new technological discoveries 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.

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©2020 Brandon Sanderson (P)2020 Orion Publishing Group

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Chapters all out of order.

thi seems like it would be a great story but there is something deeply wrong with the audio book itself.

entire blocks of chapters (from about 69-79 appear to have been cut and past multiple times throughout the book. so that the story keeps jumping back forward and then back and then forward across entire sections.

I cannot follow what's going on and it's incredibly frustrating

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Exit point for most readers?

I have been looking forward to this book for so long. I even went back and read Oathbringer to make sure I was up to speed. Unfortunately, I was glad when this one was finally over. I doubt I will persist with the rest of the series, which is a genuinely disappointing outcome.
I suspect that in years to come, the publishers will be clearly able to identify this book as the exit point, for all but the most avid fans.
There is nothing wrong with the story itself, it fits into the expected framework - In the overall construct of the full epic, this book slots into the journey as the 'things get worse' section,
As usual, the picture painting is a wonderful backdrop, for characters which are full of life.
The issue for me is, there is no relief for the reader. The story unfolds as a constant, heavy, downward GRIND. I understand the nature of 'things get worst', but the way this is executed in this book, is excruciating and unrelenting. For me it was almost too much effort to keep going.

I am sure many will say, wow that's great story telling! The author is taking the reader on the loss of hope downward spiral, 'with' the books characters. I too acknowledge the skill here.
For me, where it goes wrong, is in the no relief on the way down. No rest stops to catch your breath or reflect. The two chapters at the end are too late.
I have read that Brandon describes writing a storm-light book as a huge team effort. i don't doubt it, but i do wonder why no one in the 'team' mentioned the overwhelming grind? Maybe the entire team are devotees?
I also acknowledge its somewhat rude of me to judge how an author with such skill chooses to structure the novel. I am sure everyone knows exactly what they are doing. Regardless, the book is written and out, you can't un-write something in the wild.
Maybe I am the only one who has had this experience. As such, these words must be taken as a single individual's opinion, and worth what opinions are worth.
So why am I so disappointed? Recently someone described to me, that the best stories are the ones you find yourself reading, and you don't want to end. I guess for me, the storm-light series has ended.

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Painfully bad edits every time a certain character is named

Whenever the male narrator says the name of the character Adolin, the name has been dubbed over the original recording. The dub is extremely obvious and sounds like it was done by an amateur. All chapters concerning Adolin are excruciating to listen to as a result. Considering the hype and buildup around this book it’s depressing that such a low quality recording has been offered.

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Looooong...

I enjoy the series and was excited when this book dropped. It’s about 20 hours too long with many scenes so dragged out. Love the series but the pace can be sooooo slow. Listen to it at at least 1.25 speed is my advice.

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Another great installment

How good is Brandon Sanderson!?

Thrilling throughout, incredible world building, hidden and not so hidden cosmere action and the ole Sanderlanch at the end. 5 stars. Now we wait...

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Book four

Below expectations, over explained and characters are a bore to listen to. did not live up to books 1 to 3.

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Fall from grace

worst book of the series by far, I really struggled to get through it. flashbacks I didn't care about. character development was weak.

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loved it

everything about this series is amazing I love the story I love the way its written and it's fantastic well done. very well done

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Remarkable imagination

An artful rendition
of a story using words which bring characters and landscape to life.

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Too many boring bits

I found the mental issues of most of the characters depressing. The jumping back in time confusing. Some of the names of the characters similar so struggled to remember which character was which. The story was way to long and I am not sure I will read the next one although I still want to know what happens.

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  • Jeremiah W.
  • 12-12-2020

mental health issues

With a side of story, most of this book is about how broken Kaladin and Shallan are and it was a chore to listen to large parts of the book with the emotional payoff at the end not being worth the time(57 hrs).

this book will be the one you skip through large parts if you ever reread the series.

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  • Thomas
  • 11-12-2020

Get woke, go broke?

Did Brandon Sanderson go to a liberal arts college and ask them what they think it feels like to be a stricken solder with PTSD? You know in the last 3 books, where sometimes you have to sit through the more uneventful chapters to get to the juicy stuff, you know those chapters of fluff that are there to bulk the story and maybe build on one small insignificant piece of the story? This book is made up almost entirely of those boring chapters. In fact I think the liberal arts college he took advice from even told him to stop writing about war, and write about mental health issues instead.

This book feels like a Huffington Post editor got to it.

It got to the point where I no longer even cared about Kaladin and what was going to happen. The last 10 chapters I listened too just so I could finish the book.

This is nothing to the first three. This is a total and absolute shame on the series. Sure, it build the world, but it was just so DULL to read.

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  • Aa
  • 01-12-2020

Sanderson’s worst book

He did everything wrong in this book.
I am very disappointed
Too bad could have been a good book.

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  • JustGotWicked
  • 21-11-2020

Another Perfect addition.

Once again Brandon Sanderson has woven a complex and compelling story.
The latest installment to The Stormlight Archive is absolutely fantastic.
Everyone has kind of split up and is doing their own thing, yet Sanderson still manages to make everything they are all doing feel relevant and integral to the plot moving forward.
The different characters are all dealing with their own things and each time a chapter ends you wish you could spend more time with them to find out what is going to happen. But then you are immediately drawn in to the new story line and wanting to follow that one.
There was a few times where I think things were beginning to drag, but then you realize it was all stuff you needed and didn't know you wanted.
This is hands down the best modern fantasy series, and with only 1 book left I am going to miss every one of these characters moving on to the final 5 books to the series.
Personal preference makes me wish that the story will continue with these characters instead of moving to a different story / arc because I really enjoy the first 3 Mistborn books but I just can't not get into the following 3 books.
The story and setting changes in such a jarring way and i just don't like the new characters and setting. I only hope this is not the case when The Stormlight Archive moves on to the next 5 book phase.
I really hope Brandon has learned from Mistborn and either sticks to the stormlightning in a bottle he has created, just like with the characters from the first 3 Mistborn books and keeps the Stormlight characters he has already created.

If you are reading this series then no doubt you will love this book. if you haven't then I suggest you begin from The Way of Kings and enjoy the ride (or in this case, the lashings through the storm)

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  • Yedidya Cohen
  • 07-12-2020

What a STORMING ride!

each new Sanderson book is like the best hike I've ever had. Satisfying and memorable.

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  • Sarah
  • 03-12-2020

Love Sanderson’s work

I did not want this to end. Loving travelling this journey with the characters. Thank you Brandon, Michael and Kate!

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  • Linus Stenlund
  • 23-11-2020

Brandons best book so far

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it is expertly composed and keeps you constantly engaged and looking forward to whatever comes next. It stings somewhat that there is a long wait till the next book, but i feel satisfied whit how this part ended.

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  • Ziv Lavee
  • 23-02-2021

Not enough Rhythm

unlike the previous books, despite being informative, this book didn't have much rhythm and excitement that made you want to continue to the next chapter.
It was still good, but it is not as good as the previous ones.

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  • elroy
  • 18-02-2021

Truly epic

Didnt think it was possible, the best series keeps getting better and better.

Diving deep into the character mental states with excellent execution and some of the most realistic depictions of depression and mental illness i've read.

10/10

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  • Joshua
  • 06-02-2021

As Always

This was another truly amazing addition to The Stormlight Archive. I have laughed cried and felt many other emotions in the time spent reading this. And now I wait for the next book, to continue this wonderful story.

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  • samy rendall
  • 20-11-2020

The file has stopped working 😭😭😭

Help me audible. The file has stopped working. All other books work fine. Help :(

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  • Jimmy p widdle
  • 20-11-2020

stopped working

sadly have had the same issue as everyone else. The book just stopped working. which is highly frustrating as it was a really good story!!! the score is for the fact the audible packed up not for the story or the author both of which I rate highly

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-11-2020

Won't Play

After about 7.5 hours in, it stopped. Restarted the app and the same thing. Restarted my phone and the book still won't play. I'm reluctant to download it again as I might loose my original purchase and have to buy it again. Until it stopped I was loving the book.

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  • Johan Sjogren
  • 30-11-2020

Not as good as prior books

My least favourite book in the series so far (actually my least favourite Brandon Sanderson book). It lacks the magic touch of the prior books and there is IMO too much detail/focus on the fabriels, magic research and expansion of the universe the book is set in without explaining what is going on

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  • Alexander Baker
  • 21-11-2020

audio file not working....

amazing book but Audible your player has stopped working 5 hrs in. PLEASE FIX THIS!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-11-2020

Fix your player don't ruin this book

As other reviews the player stops working 15 hours in.
Other audiobooks still work.

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  • Manny
  • 26-11-2020

Best One Yet!!!

Fantastic addition to the whole cosmere series. Sanderson ramps up the scale to an astronomical level, your favorite characters get development in a very unique way that i've rarely seen in books, especially the whole mental health aspects. Exploring the effects of how a prolonged war and tragedy will have on a mind. Great performance as always from Micheal Kramer and Kate Reading. Looking forward to the next book.

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  • Shaun
  • 09-01-2021

Disappointing

Not much happens in the book and it takes a long time for not much to happen. Characters are starting to get boring and repetitive.

Didn’t feel the need to pay much attention to the book and just wanted to get it finished.

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  • TomS
  • 21-11-2020

Failed by the app

Sadly the this is the first book (out of over 100) that have just stopped working after 30 odd chapters. I've had to delete and redownload twice now and refind my place.

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  • steven
  • 20-11-2020

oh lord here we go again

only a few hours in and after book 2 I thought we had seen the last of broken Caladin the sullky hero. Then book 3 we had broken Dalaran. Aaand now it seems we got broken Caladin back .not sure I can handle 57 hours of a sulky hero

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