I had such mixed feelings on finishing this book and I think I’m still processing, so while this isn’t a normal book review, here’s a brain dump:
- I’ve been reading for almost a whole month and I’m really glad I’ve finished it.
- I can’t believe it’s over, I want to keep reading forever.
- I can’t believe the fourth book isn’t written yet
- I can’t believe how much action was packed into the last 200 pages.
- Have I actually been holding my breath for the last 2 hours?
- How many plot-twists is it possible to fit into the ending of one book?
- How long will it be until I can get my hands on the next book?
- I need to know what will happen next.
- Why, Brandon, why?!
- Shallan and Adolin <3
- But Kaladin…
- So many feelings, I just can’t process.
- Bridge Four forever!
- Life before death, strength before weakness, journey before destination
I’m actually still in shock from some of the things that happened at the end of the book, and all joking aside, I’m actually really gutted that I can’t just move onto the next book, having read the last ones back-to-back.
The book does feel like it’s so long it probably could have been split into two parts quite easily, there’s definitely ‘stages’ to the book where you can sense it could have been a good point to break. I mean, look how huge it is (and no, that’s not an espresso mug)!!
Until I can form coherent words and sentences, I’ll leave you with some of my favourite quotes from the book:
“That wasn’t so uncommon a feeling for him. He felt good lots of days. Trouble was, on the bad days, that was hard to remember. At those times, for some reason, he felt like he had always been in darkness, and always would be. Why was it so hard to remember? Did he have to keep slipping back down? Why couldn’t he stay up here in the sunlight, where everyone else lived?”
“Failure is the mark of a life well lived. In turn, the only way to live without failure is to be of no use to anyone.”
“‘The question,’ she replied, ‘is not whether you will love, hurt, dream, and die. It is what you will love, why you will hurt, when you will dream, and how you will die. This is your choice. You cannot pick the destination, only the path.’”
““I will take responsibility for what I have done,” Dalinar whispered. “If I must fall, I will rise each time a better man.””