Brandon Sanderson is finally releasing the third book in the fantasy series, The Stormlight Archive. Set to eventually include ten books in total, fans of Sanderson’s work will be delighted to know that a detailed look at the cover design for the upcoming book, Oathbringer, has been revealed by Tor. Featuring a number of images and descriptions of the design process by artist, Michael Whelan, the new cover depicts a scene from the upcoming novel.
The first two books in the series, The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance, follow main characters: Kaladin, Shallan and Dalinar within the world of Roshar. Full of exceptional world-building and character design, this series focuses on detail. Demonstrating high fantasy at it’s finest, Sanderson builds the world of Roshar from the ground up. As you move through the books, you slowly uncover bits and pieces of the world. Fantastic histories unfold as you learn about Roshar, which is slowly moving towards war. Full of twists and shifts in character perspective and time, slowly, you come to realize how everything is connected.
Following in the footsteps of the previous books in the series, which focused on Kaladin and Shallan respectively, Oathbringer will primary focus on Dalinar.
Dalinar Kholin’s Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost: The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction, and in its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified.
Nestled in the mountains high above the storms, in the tower city of Urithiru, Shallan Davar investigates the wonders of the ancient stronghold of the Knights Radiant and unearths dark secrets lurking in its depths. And Dalinar realizes that his holy mission to unite his homeland of Alethkar was too narrow in scope. Unless all the nations of Roshar can put aside Dalinar’s blood-soaked past and stand together―and unless Dalinar himself can confront that past―even the restoration of the Knights Radiant will not prevent the end of civilization.
The Way of Kings was one of my favorite reads of last year. Shortly after finishing it, I bought the second novel, Words of Radiance. However, the announcement of the release date of Oathbringer led me to put off reading it. Due to the depth of the novel, as well as it’s length, I decided that it would be better to wait until closer to the release date of the next book in the series. Now that we finally have a glimpse of what’s to come, I will be picking up Words of Radiance as soon as possible.
For fans of epic fantasy, now is a great time to check out Sanderson’s incredibly detailed and captivating series, as Oathbringer is set to release on November 14, 2017.
Who’s ready for more Sanderson this fall?
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