Quotes from Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson

Here is a collection of quotes from Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson. If you are interested in my review you can find it here.

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“Sometimes a hypocrite is nothing more than a man in the process of changing.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Oathbringer

“To love the journey is to accept no such end. I have found, through painful experience, that the most important step a person can take is always the next one.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Oathbringer

The most important step a man can take. It’s not the first one, is it? 
It’s the next one. Always the next step, Dalinar.
― Brandon Sanderson, Oathbringer

“I will take responsibility for what I have done,” Dalinar whispered. “If I must fall, I will rise each time a better man.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Oathbringer

Yes, I began my journey alone, and I ended it alone. 
But that does not mean that I walked alone.
― Brandon Sanderson, Oathbringer

“The most important words a man can say are, “I will do better.” These are not the most important words any man can say. I am a man, and they are what I needed to say.

The ancient code of the Knights Radiant says “journey before destination.” Some may call it a simple platitude, but it is far more. A journey will have pain and failure. It is not only the steps forward that we must accept. It is the stumbles. The trials. The knowledge that we will fail. That we will hurt those around us.

But if we stop, if we accept the person we are when we fall, the journey ends. That failure becomes our destination. To love the journey is to accept no such end. I have found, through painful experience, that the most important step a person can take is always the next one.

I’m certain some will feel threatened by this record. Some few may feel liberated. Most will simply feel that it should not exist. I needed to write it anyway.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Oathbringer

“The trick to happiness wasn’t in freezing every momentary pleasure and clinging to each one, but in ensuring one’s life would produce many future moments to anticipate.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Oathbringer

“A journey will have pain and failure. It is not only the steps forward that we must accept. It is the stumbles. The trials. The knowledge that we will fail. That we will hurt those around us. 
But if we stop, if we accept the person we are when we fail, the journey ends. That failure becomes our destination.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Oathbringer

“But merely being tradition does not make something worthy, Kadash. We can’t just assume that because something is old it is right.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Oathbringer

“Some men, as they age, grow kinder. I am not one of those, for I have seen how the cosmere can mistreat the innocent – and that leaves me disinclined toward kindness. Some men, as they age, grow wiser. I am not one of those, for wisdom and I have always been at cross-purposes, and I have yet to learn the tongue in which she speaks. Some men, as they age, grow more cynical. I, fortunately, am not one of those. If I were, the very air would warp around me, sucking in all emotion, leaving only scorn.
Other men…other men, as they age, merely grow stranger. I fear that I am one of those. I am the bones of a foreign species left drying on the plain that was once, long ago, a sea. A curiosity, perhaps a reminder, that all has not always been as it is now.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Oathbringer

“Life was about momentum. Pick a direction and don’t let anything—man or storm— turn you aside.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Oathbringer

“As long as you keep trying, there’s a chance. When you give up? That’s when the dream dies.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Oathbringer

“Love wasn’t about being right or wrong, but about standing up and helping when your partner’s back was bowed.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Oathbringer

“Plan every battle as if you will inevitably retreat, but fight every battle like there is no backing down.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Oathbringer

Quotes from Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

“Honor is dead. But I’ll see what I can do.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance

“Why hasn’t anyone killed him yet?”
“Dumb luck,” Wit said. “In that I’m lucky you’re all so dumb.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance

“The only time you seem honest is when you’re insulting someone!”
“The only honest things I can say to you are insults.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance

“Do not let your assumptions about a culture block your ability to perceive the individual, or you will fail.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance

“I ain’t grouchy,” Teft snapped. “I just have a low threshold for stupidity.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance

“A woman’s strength should not be in her role, whatever she chooses to be, but in the power to choose that role.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance

tags: jasnah-kholin227 likesLikeWhat is a woman’s place in this modern world? Jasnah Kholin’s words read. I rebel against this question, though so many of my peers ask it. The inherent bias in the inquiry seems invisible to so many of them. They consider themselves progressive because they are willing to challenge many of the assumptions of the past.

They ignore the greater assumption–that a ‘place’ for women must be defined and set forth to begin with. Half of the population must somehow be reduced to the role arrived at by a single conversation. No matter how broad that role is, it will be–by-nature–a reduction from the infinite variety that is womanhood.

I say that there is no role for women–there is, instead, a role for each woman, and she must make it for herself. For some, it will be the role of scholar; for others, it will be the role of wife. For others, it will be both. For yet others, it will be neither.

Do not mistake me in assuming I value one woman’s role above another. My point is not to stratify our society–we have done that far to well already–my point is to diversify our discourse.

A woman’s strength should not be in her role, whatever she chooses it to be, but in the power to choose that role. It is amazing to me that I even have to make this point, as I see it as the very foundation of our conversation.
― Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance

“I don’t talk to myself because I’m crazy.”
“I do it because I’m awesome.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance

“Words are where most change begins.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance

“Kaladin frowned. “Wait. Are you wearing cologne? In prison?”
“Well, there was no need to be barbaric, just because I was incarcerated.”
“Storms, you’re spoiled,” Kaladin said, smiling.
“I’m refined, you insolent farmer,” Adolin said. Then he grinned. “Besides, I’ll have you know that I had to use cold water for my baths while here.”
“Poor boy.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance

“Power is an illusion of perception.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance

“I can see what you’re up to.”
“Five foot six inches,” Shallan said. “I suspect that’s all I will ever be up to, unfortunately.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance

“How . . .” Dalinar said. “You fell into a chasm!”
“I fell face-first, sir,” Kaladin said, “and fortunately, I’m particularly hard-headed.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance

“The world isn’t fair? What a huge revelation! Some people in power abuse those they have power over? Amazing! When did this start happening?” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance

“Expectation wasn’t just about what people expected of you. It was about what you expected of yourself.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance

Short Book Synopsis: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

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Shallan is the main focus in this book, and we get her flashbacks featured at times throughout the book. The flashbacks slowly reveal the gradual destruction of her family, and the details of her two potential murderous and/or abusive parents.

The Interludes introduce Lift and follow Eshonai as she, at first, reluctantly changes to stormform and then stages a coup, taking complete control of the Parshendi.

We start the prologue with Galivar’s assassination told from Jasnah’s perspective. We see the horror she witnesses and her bond and eventually Soulcast for the first time.

The main story starts with Shallan and Jasnah traveling by ship to the Shattered Plains. Jasnah tells Shallan of Shallan’s betrothal to her cousin Adolin. Shallan continues her teachings until she is woken during the middle of the night and witnessed the murder of Jasnah.

In an attempt to save the rest of the crew, Shallan soulcasts and causes the ship to sink.

She makes it to shore but is unable to soulcast a simple stick when she tries. She eventually joins Tvlakv’s slave wagons and heads towards the Shattered Plains.

Meanwhile, Kaladin sets up training exercises for other bridge crews and begins experimenting with his newfound Adhesion abilities. He gets upset when he finds out that Brightlord Amaran arrives in Dalinar’s camp.

Dalinar keeps trying to unite the Highprinces by using his authority as the new Highprince of War. In one of his flashbacks he and other Knight’s Radiant fight against a Thunderclast in the middle of a Highstorm.

Back to Shallan, she eventually joins Tyn’s caravan and joins with them to defend against bandits and winning over a group of deserters that were chasing them.

Tyn assumes she can’t really be who she says she is, so Tyn takes her on as an apprentice con artist. She eventually finds out the truth, but is killed by Shallan using her Shardblade.

Tyn assumes she can’t really be who she says she is, so Tyn takes her on as an apprentice con artist. She eventually finds out the truth, but is killed by Shallan using her Shardblade.

Adolin starts winning some duels and obtaining pieces of shard plate, following his father’s plan to unite the high princes. Renarin trains with Shardblade and plate while Torol Sadeas works against Dalinar, consolidating power and sending troops on gemstone raids when it is not his turn.

Szeth attempts to kill Dalinar, but Kaladin defends him. Kaladin tells Szeth he is a Windrunner just like him, but Szeth flees in confusion and anger.

Shallan finally arrives at the Shattered Plains in the middle of a conference between the King and the Highprinces. She informs the royal family of Jasnah’s death and cons her way into being hired by Seberial. Using her Lighweaving skills, she takes on the persona of “Veil” and does some work for the Ghostbloods. She uses them in an attempt to learn about Urithiru and warn Dalinar of the Parshendi Voidbringers.

During the day she manages Sebarial’s books and courts Adolin, who she begins hitting it off with.

Kaladin continues training the bridegemen, promoting more men capable of command so he can delegate more patrols and guard duty.

He attempts training like Szeth to walk on chasm walls, but instead flies high above the ground in control of his abilities.

Moash reveals his dark secret and out to kill the King. Kaladin is torn – he knows the king is week and should be killed, but he has sworn to protect him.

Adolin makes a mistake, and accidentally challenges four Shardbearers at once to a duel. With Kaladin’s help, Adolin manages to win the duel and Kaladin asks for a boon from the king; a challenge with Prince Amaran, but he is arrested at his declaration.

Kaladin stews in prison and is visited by Wit, who ends up making things worse. When he is eventually released, Kaladin learns that Adolin demanded to be imprisoned as long as he was, which softens Kaladin’s feelings towards Adolin and lighteyes in general.

An assassination attempt on Dalinar during a scouting mission leaves Kaladin and Shallan at the bottom of the chasms, but both used stormlight to survive the impossible fall. They both don’t trust each other at first, but they both lighten up and share some of their pasts with each other. Kaladin kills a chasm fiend with Shallan’s shardblade but then realizes he has lost all contact with Syl because he is involved in Moash’s scheme to kill the King.

The countdown clock ticks towards zero. Dalinar prepares an assault against the Parshendi. Kaladin and Shallan make it back to camp and Shallan insists on going on the assault, having mapped out a good amount of the Shattered Plains in her trip with Kaladin, who stays behind with a wound to his leg.

Dalinar leads his army, guided by Shallan, to the centre of the Shattered Plains to end the war once and for all. Kaladin falls into a deep depression over his loss of Syl and his injuries, before having an epiphany that he must protect the incompetent king from assassination.

He confronts Moash and almost dies before uttering the words:

I will protect even those I hate so long as it is right. 

When he speaks these words, Syl returns and becomes his shardblade once again. He fights off Moash and Graves who flee after failing to kill the King.

Dalinar and the Alethi army encounter the Parshendi, who have taken on a strange new form. A portion of them fight while a portion of them sing a strange, foreboding song. The Alethi manage to win, but not in time to stop the Everstorm from coming at the same exact time as a Highstorm.

Szeth arrives at the scene of the battle to finish the job on Dalinar, but Kaladin intervenes and stops Szeth, driving him away.

Shallan solves the age-old puzzle and finds the portal. She activates it using her shardblade and the Alethi are transported to Urithiru, making it through the Highstorm and Everstorm.

Dalinar, Shallan, Kaladin, and Renarin gather in Urithiru and declare themselves as Knights Radiant.

Did I miss anything? What were your favourite parts of Words of Radiance? Let’s talk about it in the comments.
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Book Review: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

Hello dear readers, today we continue on the path of The Stormlight Archive with the second of the three currently released books: Words of Radiance.

I reviewed The Way of Kings last month and did a summary of it to refresh my memory for when book four comes out.

The fourth book Rhythm of War comes out in a few months and I am beyond excited, so I am giving the first three the love they deserve.

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Title: Words of Radiance
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Rating: ★★★★☆
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Expected by his enemies to die the miserable death of a military slave, Kaladin survived to be given command of the royal bodyguards, a controversial first for a low-status “darkeyes.” Now he must protect the king and Dalinar from every common peril as well as the distinctly uncommon threat of the Assassin, all while secretly struggling to master remarkable new powers that are somehow linked to his honorspren, Syl.

The Assassin, Szeth, is active again, murdering rulers all over the world of Roshar, using his baffling powers to thwart every bodyguard and elude all pursuers. Among his prime targets is Highprince Dalinar, widely considered the power behind the Alethi throne. His leading role in the war would seem reason enough, but the Assassin’s master has much deeper motives.

Brilliant but troubled Shallan strives along a parallel path. Despite being broken in ways she refuses to acknowledge, she bears a terrible burden: to somehow prevent the return of the legendary Voidbringers and the civilization-ending Desolation that will follow. The secrets she needs can be found at the Shattered Plains, but just arriving there proves more difficult than she could have imagined.

Meanwhile, at the heart of the Shattered Plains, the Parshendi are making an epochal decision. Hard pressed by years of Alethi attacks, their numbers ever shrinking, they are convinced by their war leader, Eshonai, to risk everything on a desperate gamble with the very supernatural forces they once fled. The possible consequences for Parshendi and humans alike, indeed, for Roshar itself, are as dangerous as they are incalculable. 

Character Perspectives

Words of Radiance focuses more on Shallan’s story. She is a main character throughout the first book, but was second fiddle to Kaladin. Now Kaladin takes a step back and his story is more of a supporting role to Shallan.

I am not the biggest fan of Shallan, she seems foolish and selfish, but she becomes more likable in this book than in the first. Each chapter focuses on a small handful of characters, and the overlap in this book is a lot more than the first.

I like that we don’t just get current events and experiences though. We are also getting the backstory for whomever the main character of the book is. It is adding a wonderful amount of depth to the world and I am loving every minute of it.

Character Development

With each backstory we are getting, we discover the world more and more. Within the first two books of the series we explore maybe a tenth of the world, but each chapter let’s us explore a little more each time.

I also think Sanderson does a wonderful job at letting characters grow as the story continues. We already see their struggles and their fears right from the start, but then we get to explore it more, further our understanding of it as the characters come to realize them, and then we watch them grow.

Sanderson is a master of worldbuilding and I honestly don’t know of too many other authors that are able to do what he does in this series.

The Plot Thickens

Each chapter that I finish of Sanderson’s work blows my mind. He is able to take your understanding of his worlds and tear them apart in an instant.

Too often he opens your eyes more to the entirety of his realm, and its really amazing.

What makes me enjoy this book even more is that we get the “bad guy” perspective. Too often books come from the good guy’s perspective, and we don’t really get a chance to see the decisions made by the other side.

Words of Radiance allows us to explore their thoughts, their feelings, and their struggles almost as much as Shallan’s and her allies. I think that it really helps us empathize with them and the story becomes a lot less black and white, there is much more gray.

Final Thoughts

I absolutely love Words of Radiance and the rest of the series. I think it is a terrific example of what a high-fantasy book can and should be. The world is so vast and unknown, the plot so enticing and suspenseful, the magic so well developed, and the characters so well written and developed.

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Short Book Synopsis: The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

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The book begins with a look at the Heralds, who are the leaders of the Knights Radiant. They have been in a thousands of years long war with the Voidbringers. We find out that the Heralds are cursed and ultimately will die in battle stopping the Voidbringers, where they will be tortured in a place of fire and brimstone before being reborn.

After countless rebirths, the Heralds abandon their roles and condemn one of their kind to the place of fire and brimstone for eternity. The Knights Radiant die off without their leaders or are consumed by corruption, leaving only their shard bladed and shard plate as a remnant of their legacy.


Fast forward thousands of years and we get the story from the perspective of Kaladin, Shallan, Dalinar and Szeth, who live unconnected lives from what we can tell.

Seth is sent to Kill Galivar, the king of the Alethi people and brother of Dalinar, which he succeeds in. The Parshendi take credit for the assassination, and the Alethi wage war on them, starting the War of Reckoning.

After his brother’s death we read the story from the perspective of Dalinar, who read Galivar’s final message; to read a book titled The Way of Kings, in which he starts questioning the Alethi way of life and their political beliefs. He also begins having very vivid visions, where he remembers and interacts with Knights Radiant from thousands of years ago, which makes him doubt the stories that have been passed down for generations about the Knights.

Amongst chapters from the perspective of Dalinar, we get a few from his son Andolin, who struggles to accept his father’s change of heart. Though he doesn’t outwardly state it, he is constantly in doubt of whether or not the man he has respected and looked up to, his father, is truly going mad and seeing things.

Meanwhile, Kaladin, a darkeyed (basically the lower class) peasant with a burning hatred for lighters (basically nobles) has trained with his father to become a surgeon before volunteering to go to war for his local lord. He did this so that his younger brother would not die in battle, but Kaladin ultimately fails.

Kaladin uses this pain to grow stronger, and even defeats an enemy Shardbearer singlehandedly. Kaladin rejects his spoils of war; the blade and plate, as they are taken by his lord. Kaladin is branded and sold into slavery to hide the truth of the events.

Now a slave, Kaladin is forced to serve as a Bridgman in the war in the Shattered Plains. Basically his role is to run in the front lines carrying a giant bridge with the rest of his squad so that cavalry men can ride across large chasms. Bridgemen are easy targets for Parshendi archers.

Over time, Kaladin and his soldiers train to become a more coherent unit, and eventually a pseudo-family, which gives Kaladin a will to live.

After teaching his men to use the bridge as a shield, Kaladin ruins one of the raids and is punished by being left out during a Highstorm, basically a death sentence. He survives by unknowingly absorbing the energy from the spheres he is holding, and he begins to learn to control his power to save his men from the life of a bridgeman.

Across an ocean, Shallan, a minor lighter, plans a daring plot to switch her family’s broken soul caster with one belonging to Jasnah Knohlin, niece to Dalinar. After a few rejections, Shallan eventually becomes her pupil and uses struggles to come to terms with what she must do because of her relationship with Jasnah and her love of her new life.

Things get more complicated when Shallan is unable to use the soul caster, until one day she accidentally turns a goblet into blood just as Jasnah walks into the room. Shallan tries to hide this by masking her own suicide, but realizes that Jasna’s stone is unable to soul cast, and Jasnah has the ability to souldcast on her own.

Jasnah begins instructing Shallan in the skills of soul casting, and the two prepare to travel to the Shattered Plains to meet with her uncle Dalinar and discuss the origins of the Knights Radiant and their war with the Voidbrigners.

Obviously there is more to the story than just the above summary, but I think these cover most of the major plot points.

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This week’s Top 5 Tuesday comes from the one and only, Bionic Book Worm. This is the last Top 5 Tuesday of the year, and the topic is 5 books that I want to find under the tree.

Mistborn – Wax and Wayne Series

I bought myself the original Misborn Trilogy some time ago, and fell in love after the first book. I’m in the process of finishing the original trilogy, and would love to see a book or two from the second series under my tree.

The Rhythm of War

Though not technically released yet, I have heard that the fourth book in the Stormlight Archive’s series can be pre-ordered for its’ 2020 release. It is probably my favourite series right now, so if Santa didn’t get this for me, you can bet I’ll get it for myself.

10 Games to Play in Your Head by Yourself

I heard about this book through a YouTube channel that I watch, and it sounded like a really interesting concept. It’s supposed to help you pass the time, so I thought it would be perfect for me.


The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek

Good Mythical Morning is one of my favourite YouTube channels to watch, and the two hosts Rhett and Link wrote a book together, so of course I want to get my hands on it to read it!

Surprise Me!

I have actually received a few books that were given to me that I didn’t ask for, and I have enjoyed them quite a bit. Just because its not on my list, doesn’t mean I won’t like it. Some times a random book will be a terrific find.

What are some of the books you want to find under your tree this Christmas? Let me know in the comments.