This one was my least fav of the series. I still liked it but... it confused me. There were new characters introduced that played crucial roles that dThis one was my least fav of the series. I still liked it but... it confused me. There were new characters introduced that played crucial roles that didn't really fit into the overall story. I also don't really know what happened at the end with the main... thing... so, I ended up feeling pretty unsatisfied with the conclusion. I wouldn't mind reading a follow-up because I feel like a lot was left missing from this book. Oh well. Overall, the series was very good....more
The only reason this one isn't 5 stars is because it had a couple parts that made me raise an eyebrow or two. Other than that, still a very good read.The only reason this one isn't 5 stars is because it had a couple parts that made me raise an eyebrow or two. Other than that, still a very good read. Interesting plot, realistic characters, and great writing. Imho. ...more
Well written. Interesting perspectives. Made me smile. Made me cry. Sweet and heartfelt. It's definitely more of a kids book than I was expecting, thoWell written. Interesting perspectives. Made me smile. Made me cry. Sweet and heartfelt. It's definitely more of a kids book than I was expecting, though. Not that that's a bad thing. Just a fact. I liked it. I'd recommend it to almost anyone. Very easy to get through in a few hours. ...more
**spoiler alert** Dang it. I knew I shouldn't have started this damn series. Now I'm gonna be waiting forfreakingever for the next ones. Dumb. Dumb. D**spoiler alert** Dang it. I knew I shouldn't have started this damn series. Now I'm gonna be waiting forfreakingever for the next ones. Dumb. Dumb. Dumb.
I love how excited this book makes me. Like literal edge of my seat, hands gripped tightly on my head, feet bouncing around, anxious for what is to come. I love it.
Recap of spoilers so I don't forget while I wait 10 years for the next one:
Jasnah and Shallan start out on a ship ride to the Shattered plains. Shallan starts noticing a spren in a pattern shape, she names him Pattern. Shallan starts noticing she can absorb stormlight and Pattern starts talking to her and getting smarter like Syl did. Jasnah tells Shallan about them both being potential radiants. Jasnah also tells Shallan she is betrothed to Adolin. Then assassins attack and Shallan sees Jasnah get stabbed in the heart and Shallan soulcasts the ship to nothing and wakes up later on shore w/Jasnah's trunk. She gets picked up by the caravan of slavers that were carrying Kaladin and she acts her way into being awesome and gets them to take her to the shattered plains. They run into a caravan and highway robbers made up of army deserters. She converts the army deserters to help protect her and the caravan and the army deserters, including Gaz, start to follow her and listen to her. She meets Tyn, a conwoman, in the caravan and Tyn takes Shallan "under her wing" and teaches her conwoman stuff.
Meanwhile, back at war, Kaladin and his bridgemen have been made bodyguards to the king. They also do patrols around the plains. The king almost gets assassinated by falling off the balcony. Dalinar keeps having the visions and writing appears on the walls with a countdown to some day of doom. Adolin starts to duel again as a plan to usurp Sadeas's influence and steal shards. Dalinar almost gets killed real good by the Assassin in White, but Kaladin and Adolin fight to fend him off. Kaladin falls with Szeth over the side and sees his powers and Szeth sees Kaladin's powers and is really confused and runs off. Kaladin and Moash start to train against shardblades and meet Zahel, the master swordsman guy (who I suspect is a herald). Renarin starts to practice wearing shardplates. Oh yeah, Kaladin met Wit last book and was given a pipe and told a story.
Shallan runs into patrol that happens to have Kaladin on the plains and she cons him out of his shoes by pretending to be a Horneater, thanks to Tyn. Shallan reads a message sent to Tyn from the Ghostbloods that show they are behind the assassination of Jasnah. Shallan summons a shardblade and stabs/kills Tyn. The soldiers all fall in line behind Shallan for realsies and they make into camp. Shallan cons Sebariel (no idea if that name is right and I'm too lazy to look it up) into giving her money and letting her stay with him. Navani is super sad about Jasnah and won't meet or help Shallan. Dalinar is unsure about her but keeps the casual betrothal. Adolin is smitten. Kaladin doesn't trust her and they butt heads. Shallan uses her powers of illusion to infiltrate the Ghostbloods and spies on Amaram to get in good w/the org.
Kaladin tries to tell Dalinar about Amaram being a lying bastard but Dalinar looks into it and doesn't believe him. Adolin fights in a duel against 4 people and starts to lose. Then Renarin jumps in to help... sorta. Nobody else will so Kaladin pops down there and they turn the fight around and win. They ask the king for a boon for Adolin to duel Sadeas, but Kaladin asks for a boon to duel Amaram and the king loses his shit and arrests Kaladin and lets Sadeas slip away free. Kaladin feels extra super betrayed. Dalinar comes to visit but still doesn't believe him about Amaram, though Kaladin plants a seed of doubt by questioning why someone so honorable wouldn't help Adolin in the ring. Kaladin and Syl's bond starts to fade the more hatred Kal gets against Amaram. Adolin stayed in prison the whole time Kal was in jail and they bond a bit.
Kal practices flying around like Szeth and gets good at it. He figures out Moash was behind the balcony assassination and agrees to meet w/the people (one guy is called Graves) behind it. He doesn't agree to help them for a while, but finally says he will let them assassinate the king when he figures out the Roshare is the one who killed Moash's gparents and his punishment was only to be banished, and not arrested. Kal thinks Elhokar is a shitty king and the "infected limb needs to be amputated". Syl starts getting more and more faint and Kal has trouble drawing in stormlight.
Shallan gets in real good with the Ghostbloods. She and Adolin get closer and she tells him the Voidbringers might be the Parshmen. Meanwhile, the parshmen discover a new form to change into and their shardbearer Eshonai, though reluctant, agrees to the change. She is afraid it will bring back the old gods and they don't want that, which is why they killed Gavilar in the first place. She wants to sue for peace, but after she transforms she gets totally taken over by the red voidbringer spren and her eyes turn red and she becomes all crazy and tries to transform all the parshendi and kill all the humans. Some parshendi, led by Thune, escape before being forced to transform. Shen left Kal after Kal gave him a spear and said he trusts him.
Navani and Dalinar (who are totally together, society be Damned!) work on a plan to attack the parshendi full out on the plains during the weeping (no high storms time). Shallan wants to explore the plains so they go out and Kal and Shal fall into the chasms and everyone thinks they are dead so they leave them behind. A highstorm is about to hit so Kal and Shal try and find their way out. They get attacked by a chasmfiend and Kal hurts his leg but can't find Syl because he "killed" her when he tried to suck in stormlight as he fell into the chasm. Shal and Kal hide out in a shardblade cut little alcove to wait out the highstorm. They bond and share parts of their dark pasts. they survive and make it out. Dalinar is surprised, but the bridgemen stood guard and knew Kal would be back.
Before they leave for the big battle, Dal brings Amaram to face Kal. Dal tricked Amaram into revealing that he stole the shardblade and was a liar and Dal banishes him from the camp and takes away his title... sorta. Kal doesn't think it's enough, but he is grateful that Dal believes him now and did what he could.
Dal and army sans Kal, the king, and some insubordinent high princes move out to the plains to attack. Shal searches, with Navani's help, for the Oathgates. Shal shows Dal that she is a potential radiant and tell him his job is to gather them, not refound them. Which makes sense with the whole "unite them" thing. Shen pops up in warform and tells Dal that the parshendi went nuts and his people are gone and they are planning something batshit crazy. They start to attack each other and the Parshendi start singing up the Everstorm. Then the stormfather sends a highstorm to "cleanse" them because he is all broken and nuts. The storms are about to collide and the fighting is going crazy. They mostly win, but are still stuck in the storms until Shal can find the oathgate. The assassin in white attacks Dal and Dal does pretty ok fighting him off but cant' keep it up. Everyone tries to help but are no match, until Kal shows up. Kal saved the king from being assassinated and it brought Syl back to life and made him a full out radiant by him saying he'd protect everyone, even those he hated. Kal dumped the king w/the Herdazians (lol) and flew to save Dal.
Kal and Szeth fight while everyone else gets on the plateau for the oathgate. Shal activates it and uses her non-tarnished shardblade to activate it and get everyone to safety. Kal defeats Szeth when Szeth figures out that he was right and shouldnt' have been a truthless and didn't have to murder everyone. Kal calls bullshit and says he is a coward. Szeth unbonds his blad and kal cuts him up and leaves him for dead, but doesn't kill him straight out.
At some point or other one of the Heralds (Nin?) goes around killing radiant potentials who have "sinned". He tries to kill Lift, a 13yo girl-thief, but she uses her powers to heal a kid (Gaux? Garx? Gawx? Something like that). Everyone thinks it's a miracle and they name him Prime and then he pardons Lift for her crimes and Nin can't do anything. Nin has a spren that is like a plant thingy and they can heal and slide around w/out friction. Lift calls it her "awesomeness" and frequently accuses her spren of being a voidbringer, lol. Love them.
Nin shows up at the end to heal Szeth and make him a skybreaker. So... that is prob going to bite Kal in the ass later. Wit also shows up in some forest where Jasnah appears, very not dead. She did something like... else...opening? Or something. Whatever. She is a radiant and I think she escaped by going into the cognitive realm. Wit says the how the everstorm is going to hit and change all the parshendi and Jasnah says "that didn't happen last time" so they are in totally new territory and basically know nothing. Wit is most likely a Herald, though I'm not sure which one. Talanat? is the herald they think was the almight because he was an Honor guy and his spren is the stormfather. Dal bonds the stormfather by becoming a radiant by saying he will unite people. He is bondsman. Kal, Dal, Shal all meet and then Renarain shows up as a radiant as well. The truthwatcher. He "sees" which I take it means he sees the future. So... that's a hell of a lot of Kholin's being radiants, but whatever. Not sure what Wit's deal is. He goes around giving sage wisdom to people, like Kal while he was in jail and he told him the story of Fleet.
Amaram grabs Telanel before the Ghostbloods can try and assassinate him. Telanel is the Herald of war, I guess.
I think that's mostly it... Oh yeah and Ryst? Rhys? The merchant trainee. She dropped off a giant chull and almost died, but was left mostly paralyzed to heal up. She has radiant potential.
K. THAT'S it. Oh damnit and then Teft noticed some of the bridgemen glowing and Syl say's the windrunners aren't just one radiant with powers. It gets passed on or something? Then Lopen sucks in some stormlight and starts to grow his arm back. Yay Lopen! ...more