100 Book Challenge, Fantasy, Fiction

Book #27: Oathbringer

If you haven’t read The Way of Kings or Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson, then nothing in this blog post will make any sense.  So go and read the review I did for The Way of Kings and then decide if you’d like to commit to three 1,000 page books.  I think you should, but you know, epic fantasy might not be your thing.

Instead of going through a synopsis of a book that is the third in a series, instead I’m going to digress.  One morning, I woke up with the most vivid dream on the edge of my mind.  It was a story about a young woman with an amazing skill to imbue hand-carved wooden stamps with magic.  It was an occupation found in the world she lives in and she was very gifted at it.  The story moved forward in time to find her now approaching middle age with a husband and seven children, teaching her craft to those of her children who had an interest, and she was now preparing to send her oldest child, a boy, to her homeland to learn from a different stampolier.  Yep, that’s the name my brain invented for a master of stamp magic.

That sounds cool, I thought.  Amazing what my brain made up in my sleep!  I told the whole thing to my kids over breakfast and they got super excited.  But this is the first time I have ever written it down and 90% of the details I told to my kids are now lost.  How did the girl end up in the place where she found her husband?  What’s her backstory?  What do the stamps do?  Why am I dreaming about stamps, of all the weirdness??  I have no idea.  It’s gone.

What’s this got to do with Brandon Sanderson?  The man has written 3,000 pages of an epic story that still has at least 7,000 pages to go, if all ten books he’s projecting will average the amount of the first three.  HOW DOES HE DO THIS?!  I didn’t write down that very second what I dreamed about and now most of it’s gone and he’s got the whole picture of 10,000 pages worth of writing somewhere, hopefully not just in his head.  I hope he has multiple backups of his hard drive.  Or maybe he has an astonishing memory.  Nope, I don’t believe it.  It’s written down somewhere.  Probably in a highly secure vault because you know those notes are going in a museum someday.

Goodreads rating: 4 stars because my brain gets tired after 700 pages.  But it’s really 4.87 stars because Shallan.  I mean, wow.  And Dalinar.  And Kaladin.  And all the things.  Oh, and Hoid. Duh.


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