Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson, readalong week 2

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Banner courtesy of Anya at On Starships And Dragonwings!

This week is the second installment of our Way of Kings readalong being hosted this week by the lovely Lisa at overtheeffingrainbow.  (Schedule here)  This week’s chapters cover 7 thru 13.  If you’ve not signed up it’s not too late – it’s a nice steady pace, only about 100 pages per week, so still plenty of time to catch up plus the new book, Words of Radiance, is due out very soon (beginning of March ish) and so this dovetails nicely into that release.  Come on, don’t be shy!

Anyway, if you don’t like spoilers then best to go away about now.  Spoilers there be from here on in and I won’t be responsible for ruining the story for you!!

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’ve not made my mind up about Shallan yet.  I wouldn’t say that she’s all soft and fluffy for sure but maybe she’s not as big a toughie as she likes to think.  I’m not sure that she knows more about Shallan’s family necessarily – that remark came across a little off the cuff as though she simply remembered something about them?  For me, it felt a little as though she was just too busy to even reject Shallan again, kind of reminded me of a parent/child scenario where on the 50th attempt at asking for a party and sleepover the parent just goes ‘whatever’ – there could also be an element that she really needs some help?  It sounds as though she has a bit of a mega task.

2. Yalb comes to the bargaining rescue as Shallan tries to buy books… Do you think there’s going to be a bigger part in events for him to play?

I can’t see him playing more of a part if Shallan is successful with Jasnah – surely he’ll go back to his ship.  But, there’s a small part of me that wonders why Sanderson would make more of his character in the first place if he didn’t intend on using him more.  And, that’s the thing, I really did like Yalb.  So, why not just write somebody very non-descript who helps Shallan but without making readers become attached.  It could of course be simply that Sanderson is very thorough with all his characters.  But, again, I did like Yalb and would definitely welcome a reappearance.

3. Part One ends with a ray of hope for Kaladin, as he rediscovers a sense of purpose… What did you think of the scene in the Honour Chasm, and then with Gaz afterward?

Well, it’s probably too early to make these rash announcements but I find myself liking Kaladin very much – I think he’s undoubtedly my favourite character so far so when he went on his little hike to the Chasms I had a momentary flash of wtf!  I went into a mini trauma, just for a second mind, then I realised that surely Sanderson wouldn’t allow Kaladin to just step off and die – would he??  I hadn’t figured Syl being his saviour though (which was a relief – and btw, was anybody else gutted when she said she was leaving him?  I was like ‘noooooooo’) anyway, I had all sort of harebrained schemes rushing around my head – like he’d step off the edge and only fall twenty feet onto a ledge, then find a cave that leads into the mountains, etc, etc.  Or maybe he’d land in something unexpectedly soft – no further explanations will be forthcoming on that front.   Maybe he’ll tumble down the side and end up caught on a root and then rescued by a giant flying animal of some sort that wants to take him home to feed the family.  But I wasn’t expecting Syl to come back so soon and it was a bloody big relief.  the scene with Gaz was excellent and well deserved – in fact I don’t know how he restrained himself to be frank. Bout time somebody give him a shake up.

4. We catch up with Szeth for an interlude, and things are very different for him… What do you make of his choice to enslave himself – if it is in fact a choice…?

Well, firstly my disclaimer  ‘I’m an idiot and probably read that bit too fast’ – but, I thought he was sort of already a slave when he was sent to kill King Kholin??  But, I have no idea what this little piece of stone is that when somebody holds means they can command him.  Not to mention why he feels compelled to tell them the truth – I mean, I don’t want to come across as a big fibber but surely if he’s just kept his mouth shut!!  Clearly he’s much more honorable than me.  It almost sounds like he has some kind of punishment inflicted on him – the reason I thought that was the fact that he’s also forbidden to take his life.  This way he has to take his punishment with no escape.  Did I mention that I’m the world’s worst guesser?

5. We also meet Dalinar Kholin, Jasnah’s father, and get something of a hint that he’s important where the Radiants are concerned… What do you think Dalinar’s ‘fits’ might mean?

I’m not even going to attempt one of my stupid guesses on this one, I’ve used them all up for this week already.  He genuinely seems to be having messages sent to him – whether he’s interpreting them correctly remains to be seen but clearly after the hunting scene it’s clear that he isn’t a coward so something is driving him.

What’s going on with Syl and her strange development – is she really what she thinks she is?

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13 Responses to “Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson, readalong week 2”

  1. Lisa (@EffingRainbow)

    I am a bit confused about Szeth and what exactly is going on with him. It might require a reread of what’s gone before… I’m not sure yet. But whatever his deal is, it’s certainly interesting! 😉

    • lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I feel a bit like that. I’m getting to good grips with some of them but some of them are slippery! I kind of thought that Szeth was forced to be an assassin – by whoever was his master at that time – and he sort of seemed to regret the actions he had to take didn’t he. But then this whole stone thing and not being able to commit suicide thing came along. It makes me think that he’s being punished and must remain a slave. No killing himself and escaping punishment sort of thing.
      Lynn 😀

  2. tethyanbooks

    1. I can see it being exhausting having to reject someone over and over, and Jasnah did seem very stressed about her mysterious project (probably not so mysterious, I just don’t know what it is). I hope Shallan can help, and then get persuaded to not rob Jasnah!

    4. I was under that impression as well, that he was a slave when he was ordered to kill the king. I thought it had to do with his being “Truthless” (I think is what he said). He seems to really relish his punishment, though. I wonder how he got in this position.

    • lynnsbooks

      Yes, I’m hoping that Jasnah will come good in the end. Szeth – that’s going to be an unusual story I’m guessing. Quite looking forward to it because I’m pretty certain that none of my crazy guesses on this story so far are going to be correct.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Miss Mimz

    haha I like your comment about ‘stupid guesses’ cause like you, every guess I venture feels wrong or WAY overly-simple. Since Sanderson is so brilliant, I feel like we can never fully guess what he has up his sleeve anyway >.< I feel like Kaladin is my favorite character so far too – his storyline really has me the most curious for sure. I love Syl too and their interactions together – especially when she came back right in time there!! I'm really liking Dalinar and Szeth too but it may be too early to say for sure LOL Wonderful answers ^^

    • lynnsbooks

      Yay, another for team Kaladin. I do really like his character. Syl is lovely – I was totally distraught when she said she was leaving!
      Dalinar is pretty awesome – all this talk about him being a coward is totally way off the mark.
      Thanks
      Lynn 😀

  4. Anya likes dragons (@OnStarshipsBlog)

    I’m suspicious that Yalb will show up again and probably where you least expect him to 😉

    I was totally thinking that Kaladin would jump and end up finding some crazy new place and go on an adventure *sigh* hopefully he’ll get free soon still D:

    I think that Szeth was already a slave as well and the assassination was just another mission. I’m thinking he is a very long-lived being that has a very non-human life to lead >.>

    Oo, maybe Syl actually isn’t a windspren and is something completely different, that could be so cool 😀

    • lynnsbooks

      Yeah, about Syl, did one of the chapter headings start off with something being hidden?? I must go and take a look – I wonder if something has been hidden in Syl or, like you say, if she’s not really a windspren at all but something different – her intellect is improving, her memory, everything? It’s very interesting.

      Yes, I’m hoping for good things for Kaladin soon!

      Lynn 😀

  5. nrlymrtl

    I think Jasnah has a megatask too. I forget what she is working on, but that’s why rereads are fun. I think Shallan has the right skill set to be of use, if Jasnah will let her.

    Oh yes. I was quite sad when Syl left Kaladin. Ouch. But she came back and made a huge difference. Imagine if she had not reappeared with that leaf. This would probably be a very different story.

    I was also under the impression that Szeth was ordered to assassinate King Kholin, and it would make sense that he was ordered to do so by whoever was holding his Oathstone.

    • lynnsbooks

      I know, I was wracking my brains about what was going to happen when Kaladin reached the Chasm!

      Szeth’s story is very intriguing – I’m looking forward to reading what exactly is going on there!

      Lynn 😀

  6. suecccp

    1. Perhaps, knowing Shallan’s past, Jasnah was expecting her to give up far more easily? I can see how a tyrant of a father would be expected to create mousy children.

    2. I have to agree with you that I don’t expect Yalb to play a bigger role just yet, but he seems far too significant for a throw-away part.

    3. It shows the standard of his writing that Mr Sanderson could make us all panic about Kal, even though we all knew in our hearts that he would survive to become a true hero. I was also upset when Syl left as this struck me as a Very Bad Thing!

    4. You’re not an idiot: the Parshendi held his Oathstone and sent him to kill Galivar. I don’t understand why they threw the stone away afterwards though, but I am sure that we will finally find out.

    5. I think that we should be paying a great deal of attention to Dalinar’s visions, even if we do not know where they come from. It seems like a Desolation is approaching and the world needs to get ready to fight.

    Good point about Syl: is she actually a windspren?

    • lynnsbooks

      1. Good point.
      2. I do like Yalb and I hope Sanderson brings him back into the story.
      3. Yes, we all had little panic attacks – I was desperately trying to think of how he would get out of the situation – giant eagles? No – done already!, pfft!
      4. Actually, why would anyone throw the oathstone away – it doesn’t really make sense?
      5. Well, we’ll certainly be paying more attention after this week’s chapters!
      Lynn 😀

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