The overall story arc moves forward with some exciting confrontations and further development of main characters’ back story, this time Shallan. Fortunately Kaladin and others are not forgotten.
The 1000+ pages make for a long book but it is paced quite well, building momentum for a breathtaking finish but with enough moments in between to make for a book that is hard to put down. I found it fascinating all the way through and deeply satisfying.
Best of all is one moment near the end, which lingers on. A certain assassin in white enters the battle field just at the moment when a flicker of hope has appeared and turns everything upside down. It is moments like these that give a unique satisfaction because I, as a reader, has envisioned this confrontation for a long time and when it happens, Brandon somehow writes it in a way that exceeds even my imagination. That is pretty impressive to me and proof that this writer is something special. A moment like this is also something that makes me envision an extremely cool movie scene, though I have no idea how this story could possibly be made into a movie.
Worst of all is the wait for book three, for which Mr. Sanderson has finished 25% of pre-writing according to his website today. But then again, I read the first two books on a Kindle and I severely missed the artwork, so I will have to buy the hard backs and read them again to get the complete experience.
All you need to know is that if your are a fan of fantasy books and you have yet to discover The Stormlight Archive then you need to give this series a chance. It comes highly recommended.
Written By Steen
Online: Wednesday, December 3, 2014