Rhythm of War - Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War

By Brandon Sanderson

  • Release Date: 2020-11-17
  • Genre: Epic
Score: 4.5
From 1,678 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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  • 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.
  • Brandon Sanderson-Productions

    By ANIME. Not Batman.
    Team work, makes the dream work. Thank you for your dreams.
  • 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.
  • Bringing it all together

    By brcl18
    A fantastic read as always from Brandon. It is fascinating to see how he is beginning to tie the entire Cosmere together! I can’t wait for his next Cosmere novel!
  • Not as good as the others.

    By Craxous
    The book just revolves around everyone having the same inner turmoil. Author projecting his own feelings on every character?
  • Overly long, but it has good parts

    By Gig 'Em '06
    Parts of the book were great, but the middle thousand pages of this book are long and boring, making this the weakest entry of the series. If you have come this far in the Stormlight archive, you’ll have to get through this book, so here are some tips if you’re struggling: It is safe to skip all of the Venli / Eshonai flashbacks. They just repeat information from the earlier books with virtually nothing new. There are a lot of these chapters, and they interrupt the more interesting parts, so skipping them will make the pace much better. Part one, two, and five contain 99% of the story (and are very good), while the middle two parts are mostly repetitive filler. If you’re in parts 3 and 4, and a chapter is dragging on (many of them do), it’s safe to skip ahead. You won’t miss anything that you can’t figure out from context later on. When you’re done, visit the Coppermind website to read about any parts that confused you. You can even get a quick summary of every chapter, which will fill in anything that you missed skipping the boring middle of the book (but don’t worry, it won’t be much). Good luck, and fingers crossed for a more consistent book 5!