‘The Way of Kings’ Read-Along (Week 3)

Posted 15 January, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 6 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 14 to Chapter 19, the questions kindly put together by Lynn’s Book Blog. I actually thought I wasn’t going to be able to post this in time as it was a bit of a busy time earlier this week for me so I wasn’t able to sit down and work out my thoughts to the following questions. But here I am now 🙂

As always, SPOILERS ahead!

1. After the Chasmfiend attack there were a number of altercations. Two of these that particularly drew my interest were: the little scene where Wit ridiculed Sadeas – which seems to be a dangerous thing to do given that this could result in a dual or assassination – any ideas about why Wit seems to enjoy provoking Sadeas so much and: during the discussion with the King, Dalinar and Adolin – it seemed that the King became fleetingly suspicious – and later in the story the same look of suspicion crossed his features again during conversation with Dalinar. What do you think is going on in the King’s head in relation to Dalinar?
Gosh, this was quite a complex chapter, wasn’t it? I’m not quite sure what to make of Elhokar, really; I guess the sense that he really means well but then his paranoia and concern of a possible plot against him seems to really colour the whole of his personality and the way I understand his character. It seems to the point that he doesn’t really trust anyone, not even his own uncle, which makes things rather contentious. I can only imagine how much difficulty Dalinar will have in the future if he really is tasked to unite everyone against what is coming.

As a side note, I know it was rather dangerous to do a thing like that but I may have cheered a wee bit when Wit ridiculous Sadeas. After all of his barbed comments this way and that and general shiftiness, it was nice to see him rather uneasy for a change.

2. We seemed to get a little more insight about why the bridgemen are not given shields of protection – what did you think of the reasoning behind this and what do you make of Sadeas – is he trustworthy or not?
On the one hand, bridgemen are seen as expendable, there to work with the bridges in the middle of a battle and that’s that; if they die, they merely purchase some more to replace the numbers they lost. At the same time, I can see them not receiving shields because it would inhibit them from doing their jobs properly, thus the units would lose good material and men. It’s absolutely brutal and demotes these people’s lives to merely a mass but there it is =/

Sadeas is…I remember not liking him the first time I read this book and re-reading his initial scenes, I can see why. I guess it’s also natural because he’s such an antagonist to Dalinar’s character and position and he clearly has his own ideas on how to go about doing things. These chapters really revealed a lot as to what’s going on with the Court, the mindset of these highprinces and the way that politics in general runs in this society so it would be curious to see in later chapters just how sincere he is with regards to truly being in the service of the king.

3. Elhokar has suspicions about attempts on his life – is he paranoid or not and, if not, who do you suspect might be responsible?
I think my opinion of this has remained the same as the first time I read this book: it could be anyone in his court. The highprinces are not as united under the king as it sounds like so it could be a character we haven’t met yet or a fraction…or Sadeas, I wouldn’t wholly rule him out just yet.

4. Kaladin is a very intriguing character, what did you make of the latest bridge scene where he put himself at the front of the bridge and then his actions following that? Did you think it revealed anything more about him?
I think the whole bridge sequence and his actions showed why he was so respected in that opening sequence. I liked the flashback sequence with Kaladin–again, I’m surprised at how young he really is but at the same time the flashback really fleshed out where he came from and who he was then, the ideas he held, etc.

5. During Elhokar and Dalinar’s later discussion the king said that Dalinar was becoming more like Gavilar near to his end ‘When he began to act … erratically” It seems like Dalinar is becoming more like his brother. Do you think this is significant?
I think this is significant. Going back to the Galivar’s last words, it seems like he was on to something at the time of his death. So perhaps Dalinar is also starting to close in on whatever it was that that his brother was looking in on. Besides, we don’t know much about Galivar, do we? Do we know whether he perhaps suffered from seizures/visions as well? (unless they did mention it and I just missed it =P) So yeah, I’m going to take these similarities as significant in the long run 😉

6. We finally witness one of Dalinar’s visions. Do you think there is any significance about the visions always taking place during a storm and what were your feelings about this particular vision?
(Slightly OT but did the vision take place in chapter 19 or 20? I can’t remember at this point, I just tagged my copy of the book and have been plowing through since, lol) Everything seems connected to the storms in this world so I’m not surprised that his visions take place during a storm. I’m not sure what to make of the vision except that it reinforces the earlier idea that’s been swirling in Dalinar’s head about “uniting them.” I am however more curious about the Shardbearers and what had happened deep in the past more than anything; I hope we get to see more scenes from that period as the story progresses.

And those are my thoughts for this week on The Way of Kings. What did you think of these chapters? (Please note: I will be delayed in blog hopping this week for the read-along as classes started this week and I’m still working out a schedule for when to get back to comments (and getting back to previous comments! So behind already ;_;))

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

  1. 1. – Nope, I’m with you – I did a little air punch when Wit brought Sadeas down a peg or two. It’s a shame that the King seems suspicious of Dalinar in a way – or maybe he’s just listening too much to the rumours about him.
    2. I don’t like Sadeas I must admit, perhaps I just need to calm down a bit and think of him the way Dalinar does but at the moment I don’t trust him. He’s too arrogant. But, I hope that Dalinar is right to trust him.
    3. Yep – ditto. Can’t help wondering about Sadeas – I keep going back to when Gavilar was assassinated and Sadeas was playing a decoy – which very neatly kept him out of the way of the fight! I’m probably making too much of that though.
    4. I’m enjoying the flashbacks – I like this style of writing – you get a little story and it’s not as annoying as an info dump. Plus it builds up the story round the character. It’s easier to see now that Kaladin’s father wanted him to be a healer and you can understand why but is natural ability seems to be as a warrior – and he does seem to be draining those spheres somehow!
    5.Interesting – I can’t remember any mention being made of Gavilar having fits before he died.
    Lynn 😀

  2. I don’t like Sadeas at all, either, so it was nice to see him ridiculed a bit. It might be paritally because he is the antagonist of Dalinar, who is one of my favorite characters so far. I think a lot of it has to do with how he treats the bridgemen, though!

  3. You make a good point about this being the reason he was so respected in the army. I hadn’t thought of it like that, but you’re totally right. And the storms do seem to be the center of everything. I can’t wait to find out more about them! 😀

  4. I keep thinking Kaladin is older than his 19/20 years. But the flashback scenes shows how he, and nearly everyone else, has to grow up fast, either by joining the military or apprenticing, or marrying. It makes it very believable that Kaladin can be so mature at his age.

    Dalinar’s vision does raise so many questions about the Shardbearers and how they went from fighting true evil and protecting the common man to being trophies for the rich nobility.

    Good luck with classes! My man’s started this week and we’re already feeling it on the schedule.

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