Answers to the Beta-Readers’ Reactions to Brandon Sanderson’s Oathbringer

We’re ba-ack! It’s time to reveal the answers to the list of beta-reader reactions to Oathbringer that we posted a few weeks ago. Hopefully you’ve all had time to make some guesses as you read through the book—and hopefully some of the reactions included enough information to let you make informed guesses!

So check it out, and see how many you got right!

WARNING: DO NOT READ THIS BEFORE YOU’VE FINISHED THE BOOK!! It will be chock full of massive, soul-destroying spoilers.

As you know, I recently spent some time combing through the beta spreadsheets for a selection of amusing, teasing, insightful, or otherwise interesting reactions, with permission from the beta community in general. Some of these were originally a single comment, some were combined from multiple comments, and in many cases I simply listed a selection of the reactions to a single event. I’m pretty sure you don’t care ...

Spoiler-Free Reactions to Beta Reading Brandon Sanderson’s Oathbringer

Here we are once again, oh friends of the Cosmere, this time eagerly anticipating the release of Oathbringer, third volume in The Stormlight Archive. Brandon Sanderson has outdone himself yet again, I think you’ll agree. As we await the day when this brick arrives on our doorsteps, e-readers, and audio players, here’s another bit of entertainment for you: reactions from those who have read, carefully freed of any spoilers. Not, however, free of teasers…

With permission from the beta community, I have combed through the spreadsheets for a selection of amusing, teasing, insightful, or otherwise interesting reactions. In some cases I have cherry-picked from a handful of comments and strung them together as one; in others, I have given a sequence of comments all reacting to the same event; and in many places, of course, I simply chose one that I particularly liked.

Ground rules:

These ...

Edgedancer Reread: Chapters 15 and 16

Well, hello there, Edgedancers! It’s time for another run at the reread, so we can polish it off before Oathbringer destroys all other books.

Things are getting heady up in here, what with internet Indicium info searches, crazy assassins, flying minions, and friendly swords. But no pancakes this week. Also, no Lyn, because she is up to her eyeballs in sewing up gorgeous costumery for an Event this weekend. We’ll miss her, but we’ll soldier on anyway.

The Awesomeness

Chapter 15: Lift finds the where Darkness’s minion had her hired info-seekers working, complete with all three minions. Wyndle takes his courage by the vines and sneaks in to watch, listen, and not get caught. Lift waits tensely while musing on deep philosophies, then ducks into the shadows as the minions depart. The assassin stops, looks at Lift, consults his sword, and turns away. Wyndle reports that while he didn’t understand ...

Warbreaker Reread: Chapters 54 and 55

Warbreaker Brandon Sanderson Welcome back to the Warbreaker reread! Last week, Vasher and Lightsong each suffered their own form of torture. This week Vivenna and Nightblood seek Vasher, Lightsong learns more of his history, while Siri and Susebron are the rope in a tug-of-war between the real priests and the fake ones. This reread will contain spoilers for all of Warbreaker and any other Cosmere book that becomes relevant to the discussion. This is particularly likely to include Words of Radiance, due to certain crossover characters. The index for this reread can be found here. Click on through to join the discussion!  

Chapter 54

Point of View: Vivenna, Vasher, Siri, Vivenna, Lightsong
Setting:
T’Telir slums, the God King’s Palace
Timing:
The following morning

Take a Deep Breath

Vivenna approaches a beggar, seeking information about disturbances in the city. For the price of a colorful handkerchief, he suggests that she look near ...

Warbreaker Reread: Chapters 52 and 53

Warbreaker Brandon Sanderson Welcome back to the Warbreaker reread! Last week, Siri was taken captive, Lightsong withheld his vote on the war proposal, and Vasher was captured when he went to rescue Siri. This week, Vasher is tortured physically, and Lightsong psychologically. The Avalanche is at full steam now. This reread will contain spoilers for all of Warbreaker and any other Cosmere book that becomes relevant to the discussion. This is particularly likely to include Words of Radiance, due to certain crossover characters. The index for this reread can be found here. Click on through to join the discussion!  

Chapter 52

Point of View: Lightsong, Siri, Lightsong
Setting: Lightsong’s Palace, the God King’s bedchamber
Timing: The same evening as Chapter 50 and 51

Take a Deep Breath

Lightsong drinks and watches his servants bring in and pile up the things he’s been given by his worshippers over the years, and engages ...

Warbreaker Reread: Chapters 50 and 51

Warbreaker Brandon Sanderson Welcome back to the Warbreaker reread! Last week, Vivenna and Vasher spiked one of Denth’s guns by rescuing Nanrovah’s daughter. This week, the priests debate, Siri is trapped, Vivenna is worried, and the gods vote. Well, most of them do. Then Vasher attempts another rescue, which goes… poorly. Can you say Avalanche? This reread will contain spoilers for all of Warbreaker and any other Cosmere book that becomes relevant to the discussion. This is particularly likely to include Words of Radiance, due to certain crossover characters. The index for this reread can be found here. Click on through to join the discussion!  

Chapter 50

Point of View: Lightsong, Siri, Vivenna, Lightsong
Setting: The arena and Susebron’s palace corridors
Timing:
A few days after Chapters 48 and 49

Take a Deep Breath

Lightsong and Blushweaver walk together on the gods’ level of the arena, where all the gods will ...

Warbreaker Reread: Chapter 49

Warbreaker Brandon Sanderson Welcome back to the Warbreaker reread! Last week, those in positions of theoretical authority moved toward taking actual responsibility. This week, Vivenna and Vasher rescue an innocent victim and spike one of Denth’s plans. This reread will contain spoilers for all of Warbreaker and any other Cosmere book that becomes relevant to the discussion. This is particularly likely to include Words of Radiance, due to certain crossover characters. The index for this reread can be found here. Click on through to join the discussion.  

Chapter 49

Point of View: Vasher, Vivenna
Setting:
Various neighborhoods of T’Telir
Timing:
Indeterminate; several days after Chapter 46

Take a Deep Breath

Vasher watches through the window as Vivenna, unaware of his presence, practices Awakening. He muses that despite her mistakes she’s learning much faster than she should be, even at the third Heightening. His use of the Awakened rope by which he’s ...