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Commentary: The Way of Kings

Posted 5 March, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive #1)
By: Brandon Sanderson
Format/Source: Mass bound paperback; my copy

Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soiless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter.

It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor that transform ordinary men into near-invincible warriors. Men trade kingdoms for Shardblades. Wars were fought for them, and won by them.

One such war rages on a ruined landscape called the Shattered Plains. There, Kaladin, who traded his medical apprenticeship for a spear to protect his little brother, has been reduced to slavery. In a war that makes no sense, where ten armies fight separately against a single foe, he struggles to save his men and to fathom the leaders who consider them expendable.

I first read this book in 2012 (review. Of all of Brandon Sanderson’s books that I had read to date, it was actually my least favourite. It still contained everything I loved about his writing and his storytelling but it felt dense, bogged down and stretched out at times that compared to his other novels, I actually zoned out at times. I thought maybe a re-read would change my opinion of the book; maybe there was something I was missing, maybe I just wasn’t in the mood for a sprawling epic at the time. Anya then gave me the heads up late last year that she and another blogger were planning a Way of Kings read-along and thought now would be a good time to re-read the book, especially with the second volume in the series coming out shortly. And here we are 🙂 Spoilers ahead if you haven’t read the book!

This book is part of the A Year in Re-Reading: a 2014 Reading Challenge that I am participating in.

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‘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 😉

In the meantime, SPOILERS ahead 🙂

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.

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‘The Way of Kings’ Read-Along (Week 9)

Posted 26 February, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 2 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.

Whoo-hoo, I was able to finish answering these questions on time! lol (I mentioned half-coherently last week that I was going to be delayed because it’s been busy on my end)

Anyway, so here we are at Week 9 of the read-along 🙂 This week we are covering Chapters 58 to 65, the following questions put together by Liesel @ Musings on Fantasia. I do apologise in advance if my responses are rather scant this week; I had finished the book some time ago and was busy this past week so details are a bit murky and overlapping now for me *blushes* SPOILERS ahead as always 🙂

01. Andolin has a change of heart, not only about his father, but about how he views the war. How do you think this will affect the story going forward?
Sort of a \o/ moment when he did have a change of heart tbh, a moment of clarity and maturity (with other matters in his life). I think the threat of his father abdicating and everything else that has been happening recently just sort of gave a whole new perspective to Andolin and his surroundings and his peers. Going forward, I think he will be in closer counsel with his father on war and Court matters (I hope! Don’t need any more family drama, lol).

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‘The Way of Kings’ Read-Along (Week 8)

Posted 19 February, 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.

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.

Happy Wednesday! Here we are at Week 8 of the read-along. This week we are covering Chapters 51 to 57, the following questions put together by yours truly 🙂 It’s a big week so here we go…SPOILERS ahead as always 🙂

01. What do you think of Dalinar’s latest vision concerning the Radiants? Can you make sense of them? Do you think Jasnah will prove or disprove Dalinar’s visions? And what did you think of Dalinar and Navani’s almost moment? 😉
His latest vision was really interesting because up until now it’s always been in reference to the last Desolation but now the figures in his vision are talking about the “Night of Sorrows”, references to the True Desolation ahead. So which is it? Are his visions something different altogether or did the Radiants see ahead and knew what was coming? Or both? I love that things are coming together here and thought to get Jasnah to double check on some of the references made in his visions (finally? Though the suggestion gave Renarin a moment to shine ;))

As for Dalinar and Navani…lol, can I just say poor Dalinar, trying to keep it all together? He’s at a point where he thinks he’s going mad, everyone’s turned against him, his political standing is shaky at best and now Navani’s presence is threatening whatever remains of his notions of what is proper. But go Navani for the initiative, lol. We’ll have to see what happens there (another storyline that I do remember from my first read through) 😉

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‘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.

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