‘The Way of Kings’ Read-Along (Week 10)

Posted 5 March, 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 and the schedule of chapters covered.

Can you believe it that we are at the end of the novel and the end of the read-along? It seemed like yesterday I just picked up the tome to start my re-read xD This week we are covering Chapters 58 to 65, the following questions put together by Anya @ On Starships & Dragonwings.

Be sure to pop by my commentary post when it goes live shortly as I will be reviewing/commenting on the novel as a whole πŸ˜‰

In the meantime, SPOILERS ahead πŸ™‚

1. Syl’s true nature as an honorspren has been revealed! She once again asks the interesting question: are spren attracted to their element or do they create that element? What do you think? Do you think there are more honorspren or is Syl unique?
Very good question, I think it might be more of the former than the latter: they are attracted to their element and once they’re in contact with it, they amplify it somehow (like what’s happening with Kaladin; I think his potential was inherent and his contact with Syl just brought it out for him). I have a feeling that there may be few honorspren around; maybe even that Syl is the only one of her kind.

2. The Parshendi had a whole host of reactions to Kaladin’s power, mostly including fear and awe, though they also seemed to recognize him or his power. Why do you think that is? How do you think the Parshendi hiring Szeth plays into it?
This event once again solidifies in my mind that the Parshendi knows a lot more about what’s going on than anyone else does at this point. I think they know something about the True Desolation and the Knights Radiant, perhaps tying in once again to King Galivar and whatever it was that he was investigating prior to his death. Maybe Galivar discovered something that the Parshendi are desperately trying to keep hush about–something that Dalinar is probably in projection to uncover–hence Szeth’s hiring to assassinate him (no!!!!!)

3. Dalinar makes some pretty intense decisions towards the end of this book, including trading his Shardblade to free the bridgemen and completely changing how he wants to deal with the highprinces. Do you think these were good decisions?
In the long run Dalinar probably weakened himself a bit by trading his Shardblade without a back-up one in his arsenal but he has Kaladin in his camp now so that should tip the scales πŸ˜€

4. A lot of mysteries surrounding Jasnah are finally revealed! Do you think that she is right and that most Soulcasters do work? Why do you think Shallan and Jasnah both happen to have this soulcasting power? What is Shadesmar really?
This has to be the only part of the last segment of the novel that I don’t recall much of. I thought Shallan and Jasnah’s abilities to soulcast without necessarily using a Soulcaster was interesting and tells a lot of what potential they have, how strong they are. As for the Shadesmar, I’m not entirely sure, it’s clearly not a vision. Maybe something to do with those strange figures that Shallan can see, the realm in which they come from? Maybe the True Desolation lies there…

5. Szeth is once again on a mission, but this time we really don’t want him to succeed! What do you think is going to happen with him and Dalinar in the next book? Do you think Szeth and Kaladin will recognize each other’s power?
Gosh, I really hope Szeth doesn’t fulfill this mission. But good point about the second question because it totally slipped my mind that Kaladin and his men are now charged to protect Dalinar and his family (was too busy freaking out that Szeth’s master ordered a hit on Dalinar). It should make for a very interesting should they meet, I reckon it might catch Szeth off-guard and throw him off his perfect tune. A confrontation should also send all three characters down the path of discovering more about their abilities and what’s going on…

6. We finally have a better idea where the Parshmen and Parshendi came from! What do you think the real history is there? How did people possibly enslave the Voidbringers and why are the Parshendi now changing?
This revelation was positively chilling to read! I can’t even begin to speculate what happened there that the Voidbringers were enslaved…again, I think it has something to do with the Knights Radiant betraying humanity and the whole world being out of whack (the storms, how vegetation on other parts of Roshar are different compared to the Shattered Plains and other areas, etc.)

7. The last chapter with the Almighty was pretty crazy. What do you think about this vision? What do you think this means for Dalinar’s future and the world’s (universe’s??) future? What is Odium really?
How chilling were those last lines?

“I am…I was…God. The one you call the Almighty, the creator of mankind. And now I am dead. Odium has killed me. I am sorry.”

Can you say screwed? D= Accurate gif is accurate:

I’m going to put the following under spoiler tags, just in case you haven’t read Sanderson’s Mistborn books (review #1, #2, #3):

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Other things I enjoyed about this final segment:

  • Okay, (and I mentioned this in my commentary post) I pretty much punched the air when Dalinar kicked Elhokar’s royal hide and straightened him out, lmao. About time Elhokar got a wake-up call, and it was nice to see Dalinar really take charge. He spent most of this book doubting himself and beseiged by enemies that it was great to finally see him hurling forward with direction and confidence. And LMAO the way he broke the news that he’s courting Navani and that he basically have to just deal with it =P Go Dalinar!
  • Dalinar and Kaladin meeting up and coming to that sort of agreement/arrangement was all sorts of awesome. I’m relieved that they’ve finally met up as at least together moving forward things won’t feel so much like a free-fall…I hope…
  • And a new storyline/conspiracy opens up with Shallan’s father being involved in some really secret sect! Pretty crazy, I wonder if her father had any idea that Shallan had a gift for Soulcasting…
  • LMAO at that knight showing up late…but in all seriousness, yikes.
  • And Wit! I can’t wait to see what the full extent of his role is in this story…

And that’s it! What did you think of the last few chapters of The Way of Kings? I’ve had a blast participating in this readalong, it gave me a better understanding and appreciation of the way events are building up and I’ve enjoyed reading everyone’s comments. I’m not sure when I’ll be picking up Words of Radiance but it should be a heck of a read! πŸ˜€

Thanks again to Anya and Nrlymrtl for hosting this readalong πŸ™‚ Again, you can read my final thoughts on the novel as a whole over at this post (yeah, my links are turning out a little camouflaged with the posts, lmao #oops).

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3 Responses to “‘The Way of Kings’ Read-Along (Week 10)”

  1. I agree whole-heartedly with all your points. It was definitely epic! Guess I need to read Mistborn after I get through Words of Radiance, eh? πŸ˜€

  2. I completely agree with your assessment that Kaladin’s potential was inherent and that Syl sensed it and connected to it so she could help him along!

    I was kind of creeped out by Shardsmar to be honest so I can totally see how it could be tied to the True Desolation like you said! Eeep!

    And omg YES I’m with you: I really hope that Szeth isn’t successful with his new mission. That just can *not* happen. It can’t D:

    The revelation about the Parshendi and Parshmen was TOTALLY chilling. I had not seen that one coming at all and it blew me away. The Parshendi have pretty much infiltrated every single lever of humanity, I shudder to think how bad the situation actually is! And those last words from The Almighty?! So terrible…wow!

    I adored that bit when Dalinar roughed up King Elhokar AND when Kaladin and Dalinar finally got together like you said. Both scenes were incredibly satisfying.

    I hope you can get your hands on WoR soon – I know I’m certainly going to miss chatting with you all when I finally manage to get a copy and read it πŸ™‚

  3. It seems like I really need to check out Mistborn sometime :). I really hope Dalinar survives his inevitable encounter with Szeth. Those last lines were definitely chilling. With the Almighty dead and all, it seems like things are so much worse than I had expected. It seems like WoR is going to be a really exciting book!

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