Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson, readalong week 4
Better late than never! Things have conspired against me this week. Firstly long working hours, secondly, my kindle running out of battery which meant I couldn’t read on my journey to work and back and thirdly my laptop temporarily ‘died’ last night and I had a couple of hours in limbo! Anyway, without further ado onto the questions which this week are being hosted by the lovely Micheline over at Lunar Rainbows. If you haven’t yet got round to picking this book up – then what you waiting for. Come and join us. Beware of spoilers for the rest of the post.
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?
I think maybe he is in some way a descendent of the Knights Radiant. I also think he has some sort of ability to use magic although I don’t think he’s aware of this, and that’s what accounts for his ‘luck’ during battle. It’s almost as though he has, or creates, an invisible shield.
2. We were introduced to Navani, King Gavilar’s widow and the current King Elhokar’s mother. What was your initial impression of her? There seems to be some complicated history between her and Dalinar, do you think she might end up being an ally or an eventual hindrance?
Not sure really what to make of her just yet. Clearly Dalinar has feelings for her and it seems like she has toyed with him in the past – or was she toying? It seems to me that she chose Gavilar because he was the first and obviously would become King. So, maybe, she really preferred Dalinar but was too ambitious to turn down the opportunity to marry the future king. And now of course, Gavilar is no longer around…
3. What did you make of Sadeas’ maneuver against Dalinar to gain the King’s favor by being named the High Prince of Information? How do you reconcile his actions with the advice Dalinar received ”to trust” Sadeas?
I still really don’t trust him. I think he’s going to try and undermine Dalinar and this new position gives him the perfect opportunity. I can’t help wondering if, when Dalinar was told he could trust Sadeas, there was another meaning to the advice – like, Dalinar can trust Sadeas to behave like a rat!
4. Were you surprised when Rock admitted to Kaladin that he was seemingly born being able to see the Spren and therefore could see Syl following Kaladin around? That led to a pivotal point for Kaladin, gaining Rock’s favor and then Teft’s. What were your thoughts on that whole scene? Can you speculate as to why some people are able to see the spren when others can not?
Maybe the Spren decide who can and cannot see them? I’m not sure about the Rock, I like his character and like seeing the friendship he’s developing with Kaladin and Teft. Perhaps he was born with this gift just like some people can use magic, or some people can foresee things? I loved when she was getting naffed off with him being too respectful with her – I like her sense of fun.
5. We got to see Adolin confront his father Dalinar because of his visions and lay all his cards on the table. Clearly Adolin thinks his father is losing it and his words seemed to shake Dalina’s own convictions as well. Do you think this will have a lasting effect on Dalinar’s belief in his visions? Not to mention his acting on them? Moreover, do you think Adolin will ever be convinced that there is more to Dalinar’s visions any time soon?
I feel a bit sorry for Dalinar because he seems to be going through a bit of a doubtful period, like, he’s unsure now whether the visions are real and he’s actually thinking there’s something wrong with him. I’m not really sure what’s going on with Dalinar – he seems to be pushing Adolin into his shoes somehow – as though he thinks he’s not going to be around.
6. As if in further indication of Dalinar and Kaladin’s collision course towards one another, Dalinar has agreed to train a bridge crew – without putting them directly into assault or harm’s way (of course, love these two!!) do you think their joined efforts might be enough to change the way the the other High Princes go about things during battle? Especially Sadeas?
Well, even though the High Princes seem to have a total disregard for the slaves you can’t help thinking that they might start to see the sense in both what Kaladin is doing and also Dalinar. If Kaladin continues to train and train his men too it makes sense because they’ll be fitter and will reach their destination quicker therefore lessening the chances of being shot at by already waiting Parshendi. No matter how much disregard the High Princes have for the slaves they must see the sense eventually!
I loved this week’s reading. Kaladin is really coming into his own. The scene where the bridge men had to go on retrieval mission in the chasms was really intriguing. What about the Parshendi growing their own armour – quite literally growing it! Sanderson is such an amazing author.
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- Lunar Rainbows
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- The Caffeinated Life
- On Starships and Dragonwings
- Doing Dewey Decimal
- Book Vulture
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