Tag: Books: Readalong


‘The Way of Kings’ Read-Along (Week 5)

Posted 29 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 28 to Chapter 32 (including the interludes), the questions kindly put together by Allie @ Tethyan Books. As always, SPOILERS ahead! πŸ™‚

Oh, and before I continue, be sure to drop over at Anya from Starships and Dragonwings tomorrow, January 30th, as she will be posting up details for the super awesome book giveaway contest that we are featuring courtesy of Tor.com and fellow read-along hosts πŸ™‚

1. Dalinar made a very dramatic decision at the beginning of this section. Do you think it was the right one? What do you think will happen to him, Adolin and (and the not-united Alethi) if he follows through?
I felt really bad for Dalinar in this sequence. I feel like his decision was made more out of giving up, his frustration over his visions, his condition and the lack of unity amongst the Alethi coming to a head. I have a vague recollection of what happens to him after he made this decision but suffice to say at this moment it might not be the best decision. You need someone of his perspective in the king’s court to moderate Sadeas and the other sceptical and conniving brightprinces out; Adolin has his strengths but he’s also young and his approach is more akin to the other princes in court.

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‘The Way of Kings’ Read-Along (Week 4)

Posted 22 January, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 4 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 20 to Chapter 27, the questions kindly put together by Lunar Rainbows. As always, SPOILERS ahead! πŸ™‚

1. We seem to be getting more and more proof that there is some ”luck” or magic at play when it comes to Kaladin’s safety, survival and his skills – especially during those battle scenes. Even when performing that Kata in the Chasm, there was something incredible about his movements according to the rest of the crew. Initially the blade seemed to be the source of his skills (to me at least) , what do you think might be fueling his powers? Do you think they’re getting stronger?
Like the first time I read this novel (or at least the impression that remained from that read), I’m honestly not entirely sure what to make of Kaladin’s abilities and what could possibly be fuelling is abilities. This time around though, I have a feeling that Kaladin is probably connected to the Radiants/early historical events in a similar way that Dalinar is. I can’t think of an exact moment when this thought occurred to me but given that Kaladin and Dalinar’s stories seem similar/important in some way, I wouldn’t be surprised if Kaladin’s abilities have something to do with the past and the Radiants.

On the flip side, I am curious as to what circumstances Kaladin faced the high prince for a Shardblade–it’s been such a tease trying to find out more about that incident! =P

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‘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 πŸ™‚

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.

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‘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…

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‘The Way of Kings’ Read-Along (Week 1)

Posted 1 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 and the schedule of chapters covered.

Happy New Year! πŸ™‚ Ahh! I can’t believe I almost forgot that the event started today *blushes* But here we are, at the start of Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings, th first volume in his Stormlight Archive series. As I mentioned in my introductory post a few weeks ago, I’m re-reading this novel, not only in preparation for the second novel that’s coming out this year but also to pick up more on the story and see if it changes my opinion of it πŸ˜‰ Conveniently, it also counts for the A Year of Re-Reading 2014 challenge that I’m participating in.

But that’s enough on that, on to the questions! πŸ™‚ SPOILERS ahead!

1) Is this your first Brandon Sanderson experience? Any expectations going into this read along?
Nope. I’ve read a number of his previous books (feel free to search my blog for reviews on his other titles–the only one I never got around to reviewing was Elantris, which was also the first book I ever read by him) so naturally my expectations when it comes to reading his books are pretty high πŸ˜‰ He’s actually my favourite modern fantasy author, so there’s that too =P But going into this read along, I’m expecting a bit more from myself, to see if I can grasp some of the details of the storyline a bit better and understand the character motivations more. I’m hoping the questions accompanying the week’s assigned chapters will help guide my reading, and thus my thinking and attention to the story. But no pressure! πŸ™‚ Filling out that answers below, it’s a bonus that I don’t remember much from the book to begin with =P

2) In the Prelude to the Stormlight Archive, we see that Talenel (Taln) died and his sword is unaccounted for. Jerzien and company have decided it is best for 1 to suffer instead of 10. What do you make of this scene?
Firstly, re-reading this prelude was a lot more epic than I remembered, lol. Secondly, it raises so many questions about the world and the circumstances that warriors found themselves in. Thirdly, the fact that Taln’s sword is unaccounted for is rather chilling; I reckon it’ll pop up again somewhere unexpected. And finally, doesn’t the mention of the Desolations remind you a wee bit of the Norse concept of Ragnarok? But about that scene, I thought it was interesting because I was wondering if having that 1 to suffer instead of 10 was an attempt to end the endless cycles of participating in the Desolation–or escape it.

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