Book Review: Rhythm of War (The Stormlight Archive #4) by Brandon Sanderson

Publishing Date: 2020

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 2.4/5

Review: Well, the long awaited installment is here while being heralded as the greatest epic fantasy series of all time. While I think this is below average in the series, this complete body of work was well executed.

Shallan is back within her multiple personality disorder that no-one seems to find strange. As with “normal” multiple personalities, those distinct mental constructs are not aware of their hosts. Shallan is able to utilize all of her personalities that serve her specific functional requirements. So, not so much a disorder yet rather rampant narcissism. Adolin reflects her persona as they ride the one-dimensional train.  Jasnah should have been the focus of this novel as she is believable and written with depth. Sadly, she is like skipping a stone.

Kaladin rocks as usual while most supporting characters are minimized. No subtleties here. Too bad, as a good supporting character can round out a MC and add depth to the story line. Shallan is just a shit show from start to finish. Navani is built like Shallan: as a heroine genius that knows and saves all while snuggling wif her manly man-Prince/King. Just….barf.

The novel jumps around quite a bit and the background of the Fused and Heralds seems to shift to fit the new story line. At best it was confusing but mostly felt rushed and compressed. If you are seeking closure, tough shit. There is no such thing when a popular series has more money to make.

An average continuance that seeks to entertain.

Uncrowned (Cradle #7) by Will Wight

Publishing Date: 2019

Genre: Epic Fantasy

Rating: 4.5/5

Review: Wow. Just when you think the last novel cannot be topped. This was brilliantly done in that the surprising shift in the story line takes you into a new and exciting progression of character development. The Tournament is epic as are the various factions that surround.

Ghostwater (Cradle #5) by Will Wight

Publishing Date: 2018

Genre: Epic Fantasy

Rating: 4.2/5

Review: This was a very imaginative installment in the Cradle series. Pocket worlds with hidden treasures is right up my dungeon-esque alley.

Lindon continues to grow in interesting ways as does Eithan, Yerin and Mercy. Dross is a hilarious addition with witty and sometimes acerbic commentary.

Glad I stumbled upon this author.

Soulsmith (Cradle #2) by Will Wight

Publishing Date: 2017

Genre: High Fantasy

Rating: 3.8/5

Review: A really good follow up that is low on the side of world building and high on movement. Our reluctant and too nice hero, Lindon, is progressing in class with sheer will and determination. How can you not like him?

This is mostly novella in length and suffers for it. Compression is never an author’s friend unless they are of the long-winded British variety.

Get it!

 

 

Unsouled (Cradle #1) by Will Wight

 

Publishing Date: 2016

Genre: High Fantasy

Rating: 4.6/5

Review: This started out a bit clunky. Stilted dialogue and magic terminology, confusing in presentation. Everything soon makes a bit more sense as you move through some interesting landscape while the magic is revealed.

The movement is great and helps build depth of character. The marriage of fantasy and scifi is executed brilliantly, where there is little difference between the two.

I look forward to Lindon and his travels. The only downside is that these novels are more novella in length.

Rhythm of War (The Stormlight Archive #4) by Brandon Sanderson

Publishing Date: 2020

Genre: High Fantasy

Rating: 2.4/5

Review: Well, the long awaited installment is here while being heralded as the greatest epic fantasy series of all time. While I think this is below average in the series, this complete body of work was well executed.

Shallan is back within her multiple personality disorder that no-one seems to find strange. As with “normal” multiple personalities, those distinct mental constructs are not aware of their hosts. Shallan is able to utilize all of her personalities that serve her specific functional requirements. So, not so much a disorder yet rather rampant narcissism. Adolin reflects her persona as they ride the one-dimensional train.  Jasnah should have been the focus of this novel as she is believable and written with depth. Sadly, she is like skipping a stone.

Kaladin rocks as usual while most supporting characters are minimized. No subtleties here. Too bad, as a good supporting character can round out a MC and add depth to the story line. Shallan is just a shit show from start to finish. Navani is built like Shallan: as a heroine genius that knows and saves all while snuggling wif her manly man-Prince/King. Just….barf.

The novel jumps around quite a bit and the background of the Fused and Heralds seems to shift to fit the new story line. At best it was confusing but mostly felt rushed and compressed. If you are seeking closure, tough shit. There is no such thing when a popular series has more money to make.

An average continuance that seeks to entertain.