Rhythm of War - Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War

By Brandon Sanderson

  • Release Date: 2020-11-17
  • Genre: Epic
Score: 4.5
From 2,065 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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  • Come for Adolin, stay for Teft

    By Pandas Eat Rage
    Shallans still the worst
  • Throughly Enjoyable.

    By EFraze77
    Couldn’t put it down in many many parts. A lovely bit of escapism and adventure.
  • A Fun Read, But Not As Good As Previous Books

    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. That being said, I did I feel at times the narrative wasn’t as well put together as the previous stormlight books, and I don’t entirely agree with the page count, as I feel like Brandon could have cut maybe 75-100 pages if he wanted to to speed up the story. I loved Navani though. Looking forward to Stormlight 5!
  • Excellent book, slowest out of the series

    By Dolemike007
    Excellent book to my favorite Fantasy Epic series. At the end of each book in The Shardlight Chronicles it seems that the characters are vastly overpowered and essentially ‘Neo’ of their universe. I love how Sanderson still finds ways to scale back, put into perspective, or write characters that have real struggles with godlike powers. I would have to say this is probably the slowest book in the series so far, and the most depressing. Characters that we have watched become so strong overtime just fall apart or are tested beyond their limits. I am not going to lie, at times it was a hard read. That being said, it does pick up tremendously towards the end and the pay off is worth it. I definitely would recommend as a must read if you are a Sanderson fan!
  • Wow.

    By Connorbane
    Brandon Sanderson continues to impress and improve as a writer. Lost all sense of time while reading, almost like I was a kid again. Although it does start a little slow on my opinion.
  • 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.
  • 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.