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  1. Joshua's agent has a twitter post that Nielsen Bookscan just released numbers and Oathbringer is #1 in Hardcover last week. Totaling eBook, audio and print, over both UK and the US, preliminary numbers show that 300,000 copies were sold last week.
  2. Why wouldn't the reference frame of the two span reeds be the span reeds themselves? One span reed is the fixed origin with an orientation representing up/forward. The position and orientation of the other span reed is in relation to this origin. Uniform translations to them both have no effect on the frame. This is the standard reference frame for pairing objects in computer graphics/simulations.
  3. Brandon just posted a snippet on Reddit in honor of his birthday that confirms a Rock POV. This could be a one-time phenomenon, much like the Sadeas POV in WoR. But this makes me wonder whether on not Rock is now one of the characters on the famous chart.
  4. Seth is the closest embodiment of Odium's Champion that we have ever seen. His hatred in WoR was so complete that he hated himself. Remember that Shards are an embodiment of an ideal. Odium cannot hate other people but have joy in causing them harm.
  5. Several people are unhappy that there are so many radiants in the Kholin family (except maybe Adolin; sorry maxal). However, there is an interesting reveal in Edgedancer that gives a possible reason for this. Nalan states that his reasoning for killing radiants is to keep them from grouping together. When left alone, radiants naturally group together, perhaps at the behest of your spren. Suppose you are a spren from the Cognitive looking for someone to bind to. You realize that to succeed, you will need to join up with other bonded spren. But you also see that proto-radiants are being killed off before they can join with others. Your natural inclination will be to bond someone in a group of already existing radiants, so that there is no danger of you being isolated. More importantly, you are going to pick as high-profile a person as possible so that attempts on that person's life will not be easy. Hence, the Kholins.
  6. In many cases, this explanation would work. But Brandon REALLY breaks this in Stormlight with the mis-Jasnah-ist pun. There is no way for that to be a translation. Unless, that is, the name Jasnah is something of meaning that you would translate.
  7. Does anyone know anything about this new Stormlight Novella? It has appeared at 1% on the progress meter on Brandon's page.
  8. I am pretty sure that Kaladin will find his father tending to the wounded in the manor, soon after the scene in the posted chapter. But Kaladin will not stay in Hearthstone for long. There is no safety there; it is a death trap. We may get one chapter of shout-outs to familiar characters, but the story will move on. I think it is clear that he is being set up for a journey bringing the survivors to Kholinar (with the possibility of opening up the Oathgate). He will pick up numerous survivors from other communities, building up a huge mass of refugees. He will find even more refugees piling up outside the gates of Kholinar (because that is exactly where all the people in the surrounding areas will go) and take charge of them as well. He will have to stop the rioting in Kholinar and get everyone to work together for survival. In order to pull all this off, he will say at least one of the leadership oaths (he has already said the protecting oaths).
  9. Regardless of the state of his parents, I am 100% convinced that Kaladin's story in the next book is him leading a wagon train of refugees (from Hearthstone and numerous towns on the way) to Kohlinar. When he gets there, his challenge will be to open the portal. This is the only meaningful way he can protect all these people. Furthermore, we are pretty sure his last two oaths are leadership related. He has both the leadership challenges of organizing all thos people AND stopping the riots against the Empress.
  10. So I have read the changes. I am ambivalent either way. I understand about wanting to make Kaladin a protector other than a killer. But if that is the goal, the part of the story most incongruous with Kaladin the Protector is not the fight. It is before the fight. That line is the part of the story that feels most anti-Kaladin. That is a statement of vengeance rather than protection. And it appears to be unchanged in the revisions.
  11. While it will probably not going to happen in this book, the most useful thing Shallan could do is use Lightweaving to infiltrate Mr. Ts organization. Once Szeth hits Urithiru, he will spill the beans on his old employer, and this infiltration will become a priority.
  12. This is not going to happen for one simple reason: Nightblood's personality is completely incompatible with a Bondsmith. Nightblood wants to kill Evil. He does not care what chaos ensues from his actions; he just wants to kill it. If Dalinar is trying to unite together men that Nightblood think are Evil, it is time to roll the Ego check against the Intelligent Weapon table. He is the perfect Skybreaker weapon.
  13. Galivar is a no-brainer for book 5, as it is Dalinar's book. I had not thought about a Parshendi for book 4, but if that book remains focused on Eshonai as planned, that makes sense. I am less sure about the next book. A herald POV is potentially too spoiler for this early in the series.
  14. The Everstorm just passed the morning of this chapter. If Lirin is still alive, he is currently doing medical triage with the entire town in front of his door.
  15. The climax of WoK was very strong. But I do believe that, for many readers, it set up Kaladin as a traditional power fantasy. This created many expectations that did not line up where Brandon was taking the story. There was a lot of that right here in this forum before the release. About how awesome it was going to be when Kaladin confronted Amaram (without thinking about how this would affect his relationship with Dalinar). About how awesome it was going to be when Kaladin confronted Seth. To say that his story arc is a rehash of WoK is just false. The lessons he learned are completely different. The WoK was learning about being a leader. His 2nd ideal is an oath that gives him a position of power, the savior role. In WoR was learning lessons about being a follower, about being subservient. You see this throughout the book as Dalinar castigates Kaladin for lack of respect. The 3rd is an oath about being bound by responsibility, and not just your personal feelings. This is not a lesson that Kaladin could learn as a bridgeman, when there was no lower that he could go. What Kaladin's story lacked is the power that many thought he had gained at the end of WoK (and which he really didn't). Instead of shifting to an external conflict, his story conflict remained internal. That is the only way in which the two stories are the same.