‘The Way of Kings’ Read-Along (Week 7)

Posted 14 February, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 0 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 and the schedule of chapters covered.

In conjunction with our read-along, we are also hosting a super awesome giveaway for a chance to win a copy of either The Way of Kings or the follow-up, Words of Radiance, out in April! The giveaway contest is courtesy of Tor.com; please click on the link for details on how to enter.

Hi everyone! A little late this week, I had a test earlier this week and things are just starting to pick up a bit on my end so there wasn’t much time to hammer down my thoughts for this week’s questions. So the following questions are covering Chapter 43 to Chapter 50 and were kindly put together by Sue @ Coffee, Cookies and Chili Peppers. As always, SPOILERS ahead! 🙂

1. What did you think of the replacement for the delightful Lamaril, or rather, what did you make of his wife, who seems to do all his work? She assumes that chasm duty is the worst punishment that she can throw at the bridge crew, so were you surprised that Kaladin saw an opportunity in it so quickly?
They are, err, quite a bundle of joy, aren’t they? I took quite a disliking to them right away. I don’t think I had a particular reaction to Kaladin accepting their newly assigned duties so quickly; he’s always searching for new opportunities to break out, to advance onward, for the betterment of the bridge crew. He’s really taking charge at this point, which is great.

2. Please use this opportunity to list all the imaginative ways that you would like Roshone to suffer for forcing poor little Tien into the army. 🙁
Roshone. Him. Yeah. For some reason, when I first read this question, the first thing that popped into my mind was this scene from BBC’s The Thick of It in which Malcolm Tucker just rips a new one into opposition adviser Phil Smith [err, warning as there’s expletives and some graphic imagery accompanying that scene]. Suffice to say, whatever imaginative ways you guys devised against Roshone:

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Too much? How about this?

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(Sorry, might’ve gotten carried away with The Thick of It references; it’s quite cathartic if things are maddening)

3. Finally, somebody is asking questions about the inconstancy of the Parshendi artifacts and how Gavilar changed in the months leading up to his death. What do you make of the accounts that Shallan is reading? Also, what do you think about Shen, the Parshman added to the bridge crew?
This segment frustrated me only because I wanted more answers! While it was interesting and shed some more light into the mystery, it gave quite a bit more questions for us to ponder on =P The accounts do start to look in a lot more into the nature of the Parshendi, the parshmen and what could have possibly have been behind Galivar’s death and their motivations for war. What it could be, I can’t even begin to imagine right now, at least not until we get some more morsels here and there.

As for Shen, it was quite curious; up until this point I hadn’t quite had it in my head that the Parshendi and the parshmen were radically different in terms of what they do and how they are. Adds some interesting complications and dynamics to the group and the group’s plans…

4. Shallan has some seriously bizarre visions or hallucinations. Do you have any new ideas about the nature of the symbol-headed figures: are they good or evil? What about the alternative world and the beads: could that really have been the soul or essence of the goblet that she spoke to before it changed into blood?
While very creepy, my initial thoughts were that the symbol-headed figures might be a wholly different group altogether, outside of good or evil and/or outside of whatever struggle was going on back then. Like the auditors from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld.

As for Shallan’s visions, they really are different compared to Dalinar and Kaladin, like she’s touching on a whole different aspect of whatever happened before/what will happen ahead…

5. Does Kaladin’s dream / vision seem similar to those that Dalinar has been having? He is called the ‘Child of Tanavast, Child of Hope’ and there is mention of an entity called Odium, who appears to be rather bad. Do you have any speculation about these two beings, how they fit into the world that we have seen so far and why the name Odium makes Syl hiss and fly off?
If a reader was not convinced up to this point that Kaladin and Dalinar were going to cross paths and share a destiny of some sort, this event definitely solidified that point. It’s interesting that Kaladin’s dream seems a little more rooted in whatever storm is coming (compared to Dalinar, whose visions also speak of the True Desolation but also focuses a lot on the societies that were operating during the last Desolation). Whoever that entity is in Kaladin’s dream/vision, he certainly feels connected to the larger story with the Heralds, the Radiants and the other forces in the world–and must be bad enough to elicit such a reaction from Syl.

6. We have learnt some more about the events following Cenn’s chapter way back at the beginning of the book. Were you surprised that Kaladin defeated a Shardbearer almost singlehandedly? This still does not explain why he is a slave, but does it bring us closer to guessing?
It does say a lot about what led Kaladin to where he is now, doesn’t it? 😉 Suffice to say, at this point of the novel I’m not entirely surprised that Kaladin was able to defeat a Shardbearer back then; it’s like whatever is happening to him had already kicked in back then. Does it tell us anything else about what is happening to him? Not really, but it’s good that we’re catching up with what happened to him now.

7. I think I made it quite clear last week that I did not trust Kabsal, so I am now feeling rather smug. However, I did not guess at the poison in the bread: did it surprise you as well? Can you see any way that Shallan can reconcile with Jasnah now that the theft has been revealed?
To be honest, even re-reading this book now I still sort of have to wrap my head around how the poison was to be delivered, with the bread, with Jasnah’s understanding of what was going on. I can’t really comment on the latter question because I don’t remember my initial reaction to Shallan admitting the theft to Jasnah, but suffice to say things aren’t looking great for Shallan at the moment, is it?

And those are my thoughts of this week’s chapters in The Way of Kings! What were your thoughts on this week’s events? Let me know here or link up and discuss over at Sue @ Coffee, Cookies and Chili Peppers 🙂

Also, for those who are interested I’m also celebrating my blogoversary this month (seven years!) with a giveaway so feel free to pop on by 🙂

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