It’s the middle of the week, and I’m in Copenhagen, exploring the wonderful lands of Denmark! Since I’m obviously very preoccupied with eating smorgasbords and Danish pastries, I am handing the reins over to my boyfriend to share his current read with us all!
We’ve been doing this a few weeks now so I won’t explain how it all works here, but if you’re new and want to find out how and get involved, check out my first What Are You Reading Wednesday post for a full rundown of what it’s all about! 🙂
Anyway, over to Sean!
His current read
Sean: I haven’t been reading a lot recently, but Brandon Sanderson is my favourite author and I’ve been waiting for Oathbringer since I finished Words of Radiance (the second book in the Stormlight Archive series).
I preordered the book and started reading it the second it arrived, but I’ve been too busy to finish it in 48 hours like the two previous books! Since this is the third book, I won’t go into details about the plot, but in a nutshell, I’d say the series is epic fantasy unlike Sanderson’s usual books, which are shorter and much less in-depth in comparison. The Stormlight Archive feels like it’s on a much grander scale – the world feels bigger, and we get to know the character and their story in a lot more detail than we’ve seen in his previous works.
The chapters are split between three very different main characters, spanning multiple different places. One is a prince leading an army, one is a slave belonging to another prince’s army, and the other is a scholar. Their paths end up intertwined due to a shared mission, which makes their previous problems/fights seem insignificant.
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO PICK UP THE BOOK – COVER OR CONTENT?
Although the UK cover looks great (I really dislike the US covers in comparison), I would have picked it up no matter what was on the cover. After starting with the Mistborn trilogy, I learned that Sanderson had created the Cosmere, a universe linking many of his different books. Some characters appear across multiple different books, such as Hoid, who we know very little about, appearing in multiple books set on different planets. I’m going through every book in the Cosmere to put together all the pieces of the puzzle, plus the first two books in the Stormlight Archive are my all time favourite books.
WHO’S YOUR FAVOURITE CHARACTER SO FAR, AND WHY?
The book switches between characters often, and every time I see the next chapter switch to another character, I think: “damnit, I don’t want to know about this character, I want to know what happens next with the current one!”
This happens every character swap!
If I was forced, I’d say Kaladin, due to his fight from son of a doctor to slave to something more.
WILL YOU FINISH THIS ONE?
Undoubtedly! And then I’ll catch up on the rest of the Cosmere!
THIS BOOK REMINDS ME OF…
In terms of scale and scope, it reminds me of epic fantasies such as The Name of the Wind and Lord of the Rings, with each book in the Stormlight Archive being over a thousand pages. However, in terms of ease of reading and great character development, it’s closer to the Mistborn trilogy.
WHAT KIND OF READ IS THIS? (SLOW BUT INTERESTING, CAN’T PUT IT DOWN…)
It sounds strange to say it, but it feels like I’m still at the beginning of the book 350 pages in, so I don’t know how the pacing will be throughout the rest of the book. However, if it’s anything like the last two books and continues how it currently reads, each chapter leaves you wanting to know what happens next – but sometimes you may be waiting a few chapters to get back to a particular character! Luckily, all three main characters are interesting and it never feels like I want to skip ahead to quell the curiosity the previous chapters left me with.
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