‘The Way of Kings’ Read-Along (Week 2)

Posted 8 January, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 3 Comments

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Anya from Starships and Dragonwings and Nrlymrtl from Dab of Darkness are hosting a read-along starting in January for Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings. Please check out THIS POST for more details on how to participate, the schedule of chapters covered and how to learn more about a giveaway that Tor is hosting.

Happy Wednesday! Here we are, at another week of The Way of Kings Read-Along (or in my case, Re-Read-Along). This week we are looking at Chapters 7 to Chapter 13 (including the interludes), the questions kindly put together by Lisa @ Over the Effing Rainbow. As always, SPOILERS ahead! πŸ™‚

1. Shallan’s determination pays off, but Jasnah Kholin seems to change her mind a bit suddenly, and when Shallan isn’t expecting her to. She mentions knowing of Shallan’s family… Do you think perhaps she knows more than she admits? Or is she really just a bit more soft-hearted than she lets on?
I think it’s a bit of both. Jasnah was pretty preoccupied earlier in the book when we first met her and I think it was in that moment of repose that she was able to recognise something in Shallan’s perseverence. Then again she seems pretty informed about what’s going on around her–politics and the like–so she may have suspicions about Shallan and her family’s situation so maybe she accepted her as her ward to keep a close eye on her, see what happens next…

2. Yalb comes to the bargaining rescue as Shallan tries to buy books… Do you think there’s going to be a bigger part in events for him to play?
Hehe, I like Yalb, he’s amusing. Kind of need more of that sort of light-hearted, bombastic energy given what our main characters are in the middle of at the moment. Him coming in and helping Shallan at the book shop certainly makes it seem like he has a bigger role to play as the story moves along but given his occupation and Shallan staying as Jasnah’s ward, I’m not so sure.

3. Part One ends with a ray of hope for Kaladin, as he rediscovers a sense of purpose… What did you think of the scene in the Honour Chasm, and then with Gaz afterward?
My impression of Kaladin so far is that he is a fighter. Even at his lowest, even as he was ready to just give up and end it all in his latest chapter, he could never, really. I think the first time I read this I was more or less convinced that this was it for him but re-reading it a second time, that inner strength/sense of perseverence stuck with me.

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I think the scene at the Honour Chasm was something Kaladin needed to go through, sort of re-orient himself and what he was striving for now before he could move any further.

By the way, I like that we’re starting to get some flashback scenes from Kaladin’s past. The reader gets a sense of Kaladin’s background, when he started learning about healing and what sort of man his father was. You also see a different side to Kaladin, the more fiery one who hasn’t really seen the world yet but has all of these convictions, this desire to prove himself.

4. We catch up with Szeth for an interlude, and things are very different for him… What do you make of his choice to enslave himself – if it is in fact a choice…?
That’s a good question, I haven’t quite made up my mind about this. There’s just so much about the Parshendi that we don’t know, how they are as a people and how they operate with the sort of mission that Szeth was tasked with. Szeth, in the last chapter we read him in, struck me as the type who’s not a mere stone-hearted assassin, that there was this tinge of regret he had in killing Galivar. I wonder, if his enslavement was his choice, whether it was done so out of some measure of remorse for what he had done…

5. We also meet Dalinar Kholin, Jasnah’s father, and get something of a hint that he’s important where the Radiants are concerned… What do you think Dalinar’s ‘fits’ might mean?
Dalinar, as his chapters show, is a talented and dedicated soldier who’s more about getting the job done than about politics and paegentry. I think it’s because of this that his character is so fascinating with these “fits” and visions that’s supposedly experiencing: is he really mad? Or, if he isn’t, why is he the one experiencing these things? I wonder if this might have something to do with his brother, Galivar seemed pretty into prophecy and the mythic stories and The Way of Kings

And those are my thoughts for this week on The Way of Kings. I don’t think it was as fleshed out as they could have been, I’m sort of half-asleep typing my thoughts out at the moment and am therefore leaving more question marks than actual speculation/analysis. *blushes* This latest section continues to bring the reader deeper into the world in which these characters inhabit (although I admit, Shallan’s chapter in chapter 7 just kept going on forever! Could’ve been much more condensed, IMO) What did you think of these chapters?

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3 Responses to “‘The Way of Kings’ Read-Along (Week 2)”

  1. I, too, really liked the flashbacks we got of Kaladin’s early life. If we get more of those, it will help flesh out his character a lot more as we go along. And I came to the same conclusion about Dalinar’s “madness”–that it might have something to do with his brother’s death and message. Great answers. πŸ˜€

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  2. Yes, the flashbacks were interesting – thanks for the reminder! I’d quite forgotten about that but it was good to look back at this upbringing.
    I think it’s going to prove unanymous that we all like Yalb. He’s a good character and I could definitely stand to read some more about him and his antics – plus you need him when you go shopping! Negotiating skills AND a pirate – oh yes!
    the Dhalinar chapter was very intriguing. He’s clearly not mad and he’s even more clearly not a coward as everyone seems to be currently thinking. He does seem to be the sort of character who could make a big difference.
    Lynn πŸ˜€

  3. I really enjoyed the Kaladin flashback scenes. I wonder what ended up tipping him over from being a doctor to a soldier. Was it just young rebellion? I hope these flashbacks continue forward to show us how he got to where he was in his second chapter (the enslaving)!

    The more I think about it, the more I really wonder what the war is about, and what the Parshendi are up to with the assassination/war-starting. I think there’s a lot more than meets the eye there. I think we need a lot more information about that before we can figure out what was going on with Szeth’s royal assassination.

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