Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson, readalong week 3,

Banner courtesy of Anya at On Starships And Dragonwings!

Banner courtesy of Anya at On Starships And Dragonwings!

This week I will be hosting the questions for our readalong of Brandon Sanderson’s Way of Kings.  It’s amazing how this story just grabs you sucks you in – maybe even things you don’t usually particularly enjoy in a story – such as the fight scenes or the internal court politics – Sanderson has a way of just pulling you into all parts of the story even if you didn’t think you’d be inclined!  This week we cover Chapters 14 – 19 – the schedule is here.  Remember – it’s never too late to join the party, everyone welcome and it’s definitely not too late to catch up.  And, of course, obligatory spoiler alert!!  From here on in spoilers will run amok….

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? 

Two things – either Wit suspects  Sadeas of being false to the King and is so provoking him deliberately, or, Wit himself is the false one and perhaps he hopes to make Sadeas take drastic action which could result in him being banished by the King.  It’s difficult to imagine that Wit would be going for the second option – given it means he would be dead in the process!  I wonder if Wit thinks Sadeas is untrustworthy.   In terms of Elhokar I’m not quite sure what this look of suspicion or doubt is when he’s in discussion with Dalinar.  Personally I would say that Kaladin is the King’s most loyal advisor but maybe Elhokar thinks the fits Dalinar is experiencing are something else??  Maybe he thinks he’s being controlled by them and will advise him poorly or have ulterior motives?

2. We seemed to get a little more insight about why the bridgemen are not given shields of protection – what did you think of the reasoning behind this and what do you make of Sadeas – is he trustworthy or not?

Well, as horrible as it sounds I suppose there was a grim sort of truth in what Sadeas said – in leaving the bridgemen exposed the enemy was more interested in firing upon them than the army!  It’s still a pretty horrendous thing to do – maybe he could have used his army to distract the enemy in other ways !  I’m not sure what to make of Sadeas – the above callous logic definitely shows he can be a cold and ruthless character.  I can’t help having a little bit of a niggle in the back of my mind that when Szeth assassinated the old King – Sadeas was conveniently out of the way (acting as a decoy).  Okay, this may be unreasonable and Dalinar seems to trust him but the way he treats people generally makes me think he will take any measure to be successful regardless of the cost to human life and so I’m inclined to be suspicious of him.

3.   Elhokar has suspicions about attempts on his life – is he paranoid or not and, if not, who do you suspect might be responsible?

Well, it could be a coincidence but it did seem as though somebody had tampered with Elhokar’s saddle – okay, the damage could have been caused by a buckle but it seems a bit unfortunate that this should happen when the King just happens to be taking part in a hunt – a hunt which everyone knows he will want to lead.  As to who could be a suspect – well, I do seem to be banging on the Sadeas drum but I suppose seeing as I’ve already said he seems to be a bit dodgy I’ll stick with that.  Plus, he has the King’s ear so perhaps he’s the one making Elhokar doubt Dalinar – then again I could be VERY wide of the mark!

4. Kaladin is a very intriguing character, what did you make of the latest bridge scene where he put himself at the front of the bridge and then his actions following that?  Did you think it revealed anything more about him?

I wasn’t surprised by his actions, in fact I expected him to behave this way.  He’s trying to gain the trust of the crew after all and also I don’t see him as the sort of character to skulk at the back, all protected, while others face danger.  I thought the fight scene was quite revealing (both fights actually – the one with the young boy in the flashback).  There was definitely something odd – it’s as though he’s using magic without even knowing – when he ran at the chasm with the bridge, yelling at the top of his voice at the enemy – they became confused.  It was also interesting to note that other members of the crew started to help him of their own free will when he was attempting to heal the injured members.  He’s definitely going to have their respect soon, if not already.

5. During Elhokar and Dalinar’s later discussion the king said that Dalinar was becoming more like Gavilar near to his end ‘When he began to act … erratically”  It seems like Dalinar is becoming more like his brother.  Do you think this is significant??

It made me wonder if Gavilar had also been experiencing the beginnings of hearing voices or having fits in the same way that Dalinar is now doing? And maybe if that’s the case this ‘voice’ is now talking to Dalinar?

6. We finally witness one of Dalinar’s visions.  Do you think there is any significance about the visions always taking place during a storm and what were your feelings about this particular vision?

That vision was crazy!  Not only is Dalinar having a vision but he’s actively taking part in it and making a difference?  How is that even possible?  I do think it’s curious that Dalinar’s episodes come during the storm – as though there’s something in the weather that affects him?

I thought it was interesting that we spent some more time looking back at Kaladin’s younger years, particularly his young lady friend – I couldn’t make out if she’d developed a crush on him or vice versa – or both!  I definitely think that Kaladin has something different going on when he fights – like he’s tapping into something,  plus, what was the significance of the spheres being drained – as though he’s using their energy maybe??

No doubt lots of ridiculous guesses – but at least I’m consistent and I only make such wild suggestions to make everyone else look brilliant!

Looking forward to everyone’s discussions 😀

Other discussion posts are here:

  1. Dab of Darkness
  2. Tethyan Books
  3. Lunar Rainbows
  4. Musings on Fantasia
  5. Over the Effing Rainbow
  6. There Were Books Involved
  7. Coffee, Cookies and Chili Peppers
  8. The Caffeinated Life
  9. On Starships and Dragonwings
  10. Doing Dewey Decimal
  11. Book Vulture
  12. Novel Reflection

– See more at: http://musingsonfantasia.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/free-books-free-books-free-books-way-of.html#sthash.jNNlshe9.dpuf

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17 Responses to “Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson, readalong week 3,”

  1. tethyanbooks

    A lot of your guesses are similar to mine, so maybe we’ll both be right! (or very wrong :D)

    I also suspect Sadeas, but for different reasons! I thought his callousness was just kind of the norm for Alethi lighteyes. Dalinar is an exception, and everyone’s whispering about how he’s turning weak and crazy. I’m not sure what Sadeas would stand to gain, but I think whoever’s sending Dalinar visions wants him to kill Elhokar, leaving Dalinar to step in to rule.

    I definitely got the impression young Kaladin’s lady friend had a crush on him. She was a bit blatant with her idea that he ought to become a soldier, because then he might become a lighteyes… and could then court her. Young Kal seemed so oblivious, though!

    My answers: http://tethyanbooks.blogspot.ch/2014/01/read-along-way-of-kings-by-brandon_15.html

    • lynnsbooks

      Ohh, nice theory about the voices wanting Elhokar to be killed so that Dalinar can step in.
      Yes – I suppose she was a bit blatant about him becoming a lighteyes. He didn’t seem to understand why she was acting so strangeley.
      I’m keeping my fingers crossed for our guesses being spot on! If not, well, misery loves company – so I’m told! 😀
      Lynn 😀

  2. Miss Mimz

    Ooooh, nice theory, Kaladin DOES seem to be using the sphere’s energy – he seems to be having the same sort of enhanced abilities in combat that Dalinar himself displayed on during the chasmfiend debacle! And speaking of which, Dalinar’s visions were incredible weren’t they?! The info about the Radiants and how they arrived in the world, the invitation for Dalinar to join their ranks?! Woah. I like your theory about Gavilar possibly having visions himself when he was King, I’d never thought about it but it really does make sense!

    Oh I also really enjoyed those glimpses into Kaladin’s youth; I hope we get even more, he’s such an intriguing character ♥

    Here’s my answers: http://www.lunar-rainbows.com/2014/01/way-of-kings-ral-week-3.html

    • lynnsbooks

      Ooops – I seem to have almost mirrored your words above in my response to Tethyanbooks – quite unintentional!
      Ah, yes, Dalinar also had great fighting skills, I’d completely forgotten about that – I definitely think those two are some how tapping into magic. I know – asking Dalinar to join the Radiants – i was thinking that when that farmer guy woke up he wouldn’t have a clue what had just happened (not to mention it made me laugh when he called his wife ‘woman’ and she had a go at him about it!)
      Yes, I think that somehow, whoever is now speaking to Dalinar was also speaking to Gavilar.
      Lynn 😀

  3. DoingDewey

    I’m suspicious of Sadeas because of how he treats the bridgemen too! It’s hard not to hate on someone who’s so obviously a bad person. I think he might actually be loyal to the king, but I might be happier if he turned out to be a traitor and then was found out. I also like to think that Wit gives him such a hard time because he shares our assessment of Sadeas as not a nice guy. Here are my answers.

    • lynnsbooks

      I’ll probably be wrong about Sadeas – after all Dalinar seems to trust him – but, even so I still don’t really like him! I suppose he’s a bit obvious to be the out and out baddie isn’t he!
      Lynn 😀

  4. Bookvulture

    What a lot of developments this week! Here’s my link:

    http://bookvulture.livejournal.com/1260.html

    • lynnsbooks

      Yes, it was a really exciting week. Looking forward to reading your thoughts.
      Lynn 😀

  5. suecccp

    1. Because nrylmrtl lat the cat out of the bag about Wit being Hoid, I doubt that he is trying to undermine the king – it is much more likely that he suspects Sadeas of treachery.

    2. Yep – Sadeas is someone that I find rather repellent and so it is hard to trust him at the moment.

    4. I had missed the enemy’s confusion, but Kal is definitely using magic of some type, which is why his gems got drained.

    5. Snap! This seems likely to me.

    • lynnsbooks

      1. Interesting. Wasn’t aware of this Hoid before – I like that Sanderson sets a lot of these in the same worlds.
      2. Sadeas = sad ass! LOL
      4. Well, you know me – I could have read it wrong but I’m sure there was something – I forgot to highlight it!
      Lynn 😀

  6. conflicteddesires

    Perhaps Kaladin is unknowingly manipulating Stormlight like Szeth did? *ponders*
    I’m quite late on this, but here’s my post:
    http://novelreflection.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/the-way-of-kings-read-along-week-three/

    • lynnsbooks

      I think he’s definitely performing some form of magic – maybe without his own knowledge, but nonetheless.
      Lynn 😀

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  8. nrlymrtl

    I hear the drumbeats of the Sadeus drum! Is he a bad guy or just a scumbag to any below him? Hmmm…. I haven’t decided yet if he is a threat to the King or his family, but I do know I want him to go down for how he treats the bridgecrews.

    Ah, young Kal and his first crush. So cute. Stuck in a hick town with only 1 ruling family, and Kal’s family being the next closest in station….well, I guess it would mean she could only associate with the surgeon’s kids, and probably only as a kid.

    • lynnsbooks

      Yeah, Sadeus – it’s very easy to dislike him isn’t it! In one respect I don’t trust him and then in another I think I must be wrong because Dalinar trusts him and so does the Knight Radiant – unless he meant something different when he told Dalinar he could trust him.
      Lynn 😀

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