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Warbreaker, Part 3
Brandon Sanderson
Multicast performance, adaptation
GraphicAudio, 7 hours

Warbreaker, Part 3
Brandon Sanderson
Brandon Sanderson was born in 1975 in Lincoln, Nebraska. In 1994, he enrolled at Brigham Young University as a Biochemistry major. From 1995-1997 he took time away from his studies to serve as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Upon his return, he became an English major. It was in 2003, while Brandon was in the middle of a graduate program at BYU, that he got a call from an editor at Tor who wanted to buy one of his books. In December of 2007, Harriet Rigney chose him to complete A Memory of Light, book twelve in Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series.

Brandon Sanderson Website
ISFDB Bibliography
SF Site Review: Warbreaker, Part 2
SF Site Review: The Gathering Storm
SF Site Review: Warbreaker, Part 1
SF Site Review: Warbreaker
SF Site Review: The Mistborn Trilogy

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A review by Ivy Reisner

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  This is the finest, as well as the final, installment of the Warbreaker trilogy of audiobooks.  Brandon Sanderson proves to be a master at hiding things in plain sight. He managed to hide an entire mythical army right out in the open.  He also hid the true enemy, the force behind all of this, and when that enemy is revealed, it is both logical and surprising.

  Everything that was promised in the beginning is delivered. Armies of Lifeless soldiers march on Idris. An attempt is made on Susebron's life.  It's just not fulfilled in the ways we're led to expect. We're led to question the source of a lot of the information, and how things transpired because of the characters' responses to that information. Much like Vivenna had to rethink her time in Hallandren in part two, we are made to rethink much of the story in part three. So much of the meaning of the early scenes is changed by the revelations at the end, my first impulse was to start listening all over again. It's one of those works that only benefits from a second go through.

  Some events are easy to predict. Given how many times we're told that the Returned can use their Breath once to heal someone and then they die, it's no surprise when one the Returned does exactly that.  Those are in the minority, and serve to involve us and ground us in the story.

  Lightsong learns the truth about his past, and he is transformed by these experiences, and especially from that revelation, from someone who joked about his divinity, to someone who could proudly declare himself a god, and live up to it.  Vivenna casts off the identity of sacrificial princess, for choices that are both logical and surprising. Her movement, from competent, to helpless, and back to competent, but in a greater way, is one of the most interesting in the book. Vasher's past is revealed, and it makes sense of one of the best lines from the beginning of the book: 

 
                The guard turned away, apparently convinced that Vasher was no lord.
              He was right. And he was wrong.
 

  The dénouement ran longer than it needed to for the sake of this story, but it did a good job of setting up a potential sequel.  This is a compelling universe, and I hope Brandon Sanderson writes more in it.

  The audio quality is, as always with Graphic Audio, splendid.  The voice acting was fantastic. The sound effects were appropriate and. the voice alterations done to imply thought or magic helped pull the listener into the story.

Copyright © 2010 Ivy Reisner

Ivy Reisner is a writer, an obsessive knitter, and a podcaster. Find her at IvyReisner.com.


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