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Rhythm of War: Book Four of The Stormlight Archive (The Stormlight Archive, 4) (edition 2020)

by Brandon Sanderson (Author)

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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)
Oathbringer
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

Collection
Arcanum Unbounded
Other Cosmere novels
Elantris
Warbreaker
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

Steelheart
Firefight
Calamity
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Title:Rhythm of War: Book Four of The Stormlight Archive (The Stormlight Archive, 4)
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Vita prima della morte.
Forza prima della debolezza.
Viaggio prima della destinazione. ( )
  LLonaVahine | May 22, 2024 |
Rhythm of War represents the first time in quite a while that I've read a book which is the latest in an actively ongoing series. So it was definitely a very engaging and interesting reading experience, both in knowing that this was the extent of the story for now, and in getting to see other people's ongoing reactions and predictions as I read.

The book itself, unsurprisingly, continues to live up to the epic scope, themes and proportions (both in terms of content as well as physical book size) of the rest of the Stormlight Archive. The overarching storyline of the conflict between humanity and Odium is significantly progressed and there are plenty of amazing moments both for the plot and for specific characters. The opening and closing parts were definitely the highlights of the book, and I enjoyed the spotlight given throughout to Navani and the Parshendi - particularly as the latter added many more layers of nuance to their culture, their society and their motivations. I also felt that the focus on mental conditions and their effect on individuals on a personal as well as a social level was treated in a realistic and meaningful way.

In addition to substantial worldbuilding for Roshar itself, Rhythm of Waralso brings in significant elements and connections to Sanderson's wider cosmere. While I certainly appreciate the depth and intricacy of his extended universe, I generally prefer my series to be largely self-contained in terms of lore, and without having read more of Sanderson's works, some of the references left me confused rather than engrossed. I also felt that the pacing and distribution of character perspectives was less balanced than in previous volumes. While it didn't really drag, it did mean that certain plot arcs got less attention and thus had a less impactful resolution than I was expecting.

While I therefore wouldn't deem this my favourite book of the Stormlight Archive, Rhythm of War is still an excellent read and (perhaps more importantly) perfectly sets up the next book to provide the big finale to this first arc of the series. So, as is undoubtedly fitting for this book - journey before destination. ( )
  XavierDragnesi | Mar 31, 2024 |
A (Great).

An evil god and his minions make their moves to end a thousands-year-old war. The first few books each had one central story (with a bunch of supporting storylines), while this one juggles all of them in more-or-less equal balance. Objectively, it makes for a weaker book, but as Episode Four Of Five of a series, it's very exciting.

(Mar. 2024) ( )
  comfypants | Mar 30, 2024 |
it took me much longer to read this one than it did the others. it was a slower burn, but was wonderful nonetheless. there were a solid five chapters that i cried through. ( )
  lindywilson | Jan 3, 2024 |
I found myself caught up in the ongoing battle between the Parshendi and the Radiants ... just when I thought I understood the conflict, another aspect was revealed. I appreciate the fact that the conflict is complex - many shades of grey vs. purely black and white. I'm looking forward to understanding more clearly the role of the gods in this conflict. ( )
  tjsjohanna | Jan 2, 2024 |
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“Come on, Brightlord Master Highmarshal Stormface. Change your coat to one that doesn't smell like smoke, then come with me. You don't have to smile. You don't have to talk. But if you're going to be miserable, you might as well do it with friends.”
   “…In surgery, we know that a man in shock should be repositioned so that his feet are up, his head down. But someone who has a wound to the back or neck should never be moved, not until we determine the extent of the damage. Different ailments, different wounds, can require severely different treatments. Tell me, what treatments do you give a person with melancholia?”

   “We…” The ardent swallowed. “Keep them away from anything that might aggravate or disturb them. Keep them clean. Let them be in peace.”

   “And someone with aggressive tendencies?” Kaladin asked.

   “The same,” the ardent admitted.

   “Battle shock? Seeing hallucinations?”

   “You know my answer already, Brightlord.”
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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)
Oathbringer
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

Collection
Arcanum Unbounded
Other Cosmere novels
Elantris
Warbreaker
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

Steelheart
Firefight
Calamity
At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

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