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Rhythm of War
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Publication information
Genre(s) Epic fantasy
Publisher Tor Books
Publication date November 17, 2020
Media type Hardcover
Pages 1230
ISBN 978-0-7653-2638-6
Preceded By The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance, Edgedancer, Oathbringer, Dawnshard

Rhythm of War is the title of the fourth novel in The Stormlight Archive,[1] which was released on November 17, 2020. The character focus in this novel is on Venli, with flashback sequences including her sister, Eshonai.


After forming a coalition of human resistance against the enemy invasion, Dalinar Kholin and his Knights Radiant have spent a year fighting a protracted, brutal war. Neither side has gained an advantage, and the threat of a betrayal by Dalinar's crafty ally Taravangian looms over every strategic move.

Now, as new technological discoveries by Navani Kholin's scholars begin to change the face of the war, the enemy prepares a bold and dangerous operation. The arms race that follows will challenge the very core of the Radiant ideals, and potentially reveal the secrets of the ancient tower that was once the heart of their strength.

At the same time that Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with his changing role within the Knights Radiant, his Windrunners face their own problem: As more and more deadly enemy Fused awaken to wage war, no more honorspren are willing to bond with humans to increase the number of Radiants. Adolin and Shallan must lead the coalition's envoy to the honorspren stronghold of Lasting Integrity and either convince the spren to join the cause against the evil god Odium, or personally face the storm of failure.


Cover art for Rhythm of War by Michael Whelan


"It has been almost twenty years since I first outlined The Stormlight Archive," Sanderson spoke back in December. "Back then, I didn't think anyone would be interested in this crazy epic I'd devised - and it's been so thrilling to see enthusiasm for it grow to such heights over the years. Book four finally gets to one of the foundational scenes I conceived from the beginning. In fact, it might be the very first big scene I imagined, and my favorite in the entire series. A part of me can't believe people are finally going to be able to read it. Less than one year now! Life before death, Radiants."

Brandon Sanderson[3]

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