Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson readalong week No.5

537a7-wordsofradgroupread250This week is No.5 of the Words of Radiance readalong.  If you’re not joining us for this yet you’re still not too late to join in with all the goodness and discussions.  Or, if you’ve already read or are reading then please feel free to just jump on in here with your thoughts.  Everyone welcome.  The schedule is here.  Let’s get straight to it – the usual alert about spoilers applies of course – if you don’t want to know spoilers ahead of reading this then stop right here!  Can’tkeepsecretspren are running amok below:

1. Sebarial and Palona seem to be quite good fun. Do you accept them at face value, or are they playing a much deeper political game? Are you concerned that Jasnah’s intelligence on them seems to have been wrong?

I kinda liked Sabarial and Palona and thought they seemed fairly straight forward and I enjoyed their interaction.  They seem relatively harmless at the moment – but who knows with Sanderson.  Sabarial seems to be one of those people whose bark is worse than his bite.  He likes to appear grumpy, curmudgeonly and rude and yet I like him!

2. When Kal finally works out how to alter gravity, he sees a shadowy world with a distant sun. Is this Shadesmar, or do you think that there is yet another parallel world in this universe?

I was kind of assuming that Kal was seeing Shadesmar so I’m going with a ‘yes’ on this one.  I do feel like I should reread that section to see if there are any clues.

3. Renarin has demanded to be trained with the other Bridgecrews. Am I the only one to find him unbearably cute? Do you think that Kal can eventually train him to be partially competent with his Shards?

I really like Renarin – it’s probably because he likes books!  I think one of the best things about him is his willingness and enthusiasm.  He reminds me of a puppy running around wagging his tail.  Not sure how good a soldier he’s going to make but it surely can’t do any harm to learn some basic skills.

4. Shallan has learnt how to use her Surgebinding to adopt disguises. What did you think of her meeting with the Ghostbloods? Do you think that she can fool them successfully long enough to discover anything? Any ideas on why they want to remove Amaram?

That whole changing appearance ability was pretty awesome to be honest.  That really opens up a whole load of possibilities.  Yet more impressiveness from Shallan.  That meeting with the Ghostbloods was scary and creepy – I hope she can fool them for long enough!!  I wouldn’t like  them on my case after all.  I confess I’m at a loss as to what they want with Amaram.

5. Ok, so I was wrong: sorry, Elhokar, for assuming that you had made another rubbish attempt at a fake assassination. Were you surprised that Moash was involved in such an organized conspiracy? Do you agree with the ‘patriots’ and what do you think Kal should do about them?

I was really surprised about Moash.  I know we had the earlier hint about him having the opportunity but I didn’t really want to believe it was true.  Plus I was shocked at the speed with which he’d become involved with the group and the fact that he trusted them.  After all, they’re talking about assassinating a king here!  I don’t really agree with what they’re doing.  They may have a point but I don’t really like their methods.

6. We are seeing much more of Shallan’s family life. Can someone explain why nobody has killed her father yet? Also, is anyone concerned about the girl that Nan Balat has his eye on: will he become a wife-beater himself?

I suppose if one of them does kill Shallan’s father then they are, in a way, no better than he is!  Well, that’s why I think someone hasn’t killed him yet.  I would be concerned for any girl that Nan Balat has his eye on – but that’s because I’m not really fond of him or his unpleasant disposition.  He does seem to have a cruel streak – whether he would revert to his father’s methods – I’m not sure.

7. Any guesses about the identity of the messenger who speaks to Shallan at the fair? Also, what do you make from the sections of the Words of Radiance that are included at the beginning of the chapters?

I thought that the messenger had a feel of Wit – I can’t really give any pointers as to why, it was something about the voice.  The sections from the Words of Radiance are a bit of a puzzle.  I think I’d like to go back and read them all one after the other to see if there’s a connection.

This week’s questions are being hosted by Sue over at Coffee, Cookies and Chilli Peppers so stop on by there to check out her thoughts – they’re always very illuminating!


7 Responses to “Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson readalong week No.5”

  1. TBM

    I thought it was Wit as well that spoke with Shallan, but gosh who knows. Sanderson is always leading us one direction and then he pulls the rug out. I was surprised by Sabarial. Like you, I like the man. Maybe I’m getting old and I can relate to grumpy people now 🙂

    And yes, I’m worried about the girl Balat likes. Actually I would be worried about any girl that the brothers liked. Such an odd family.

    Ah, poor Renarin since your description of him as a puppy is pretty accurate.

    • lynnsbooks

      I can’t help wondering what Sanderson has in mind for Renarin. He’s fairly low key at the moment but I can’t help thinking he has a bigger role somehow.
      Lynn 😀

  2. nrlymrtl

    I think letting Renarin soldier with the men will give him that sense of belonging that he lacks with people of his own status. He is shunned for his epilepsy to the point that even his immediate family don’t really want to talk about it – they give it a pet name (Renarin’s blood weakness). Whereas you have all sorts of misfits (physical, psychological, and emotional) in the Kaladin’s crew.

    I think that if Shallan or one of her brothers did kill her father (and I think everyone, including Shallan, believes it was her) they did it out of the need to protect themselves or others. They haven’t spent the last X number of years dominating, intimidating, beating, and torturing those around them. So, of course they are better than him, even if they planned to kill him. But, in this case, based on Shallan’s little flash backs, i don’t think it was premeditated.

    • lynnsbooks

      I think Renarin will definitely achieve a feeling of ‘coming home’ if he practices with Kaladin’s men. He has the right temperament doesn’t he? He’s not lofty or arrogant.

      Shallan and are brothers are without doubt better than their father and I can well imagine them needing to do something so drastic in self defence – their father seemed to be getting worse and more violent the deeper into trouble he got. I was wondering about why he never shouted at Shallan? Perhaps in some way he was scared of what she could do?

      Lynn 😀

    • lynnsbooks

      Oh, btw – I probably didn’t explain myself very well with No.6. What I really mean is that they wouldn’t feel very good if they killed their own father – even though he is quite horrible! It would be something that was definitely hard to live with.
      Lynn 😀

      • nrlymrtl

        Ah. I see your point. The fact they are good people means they would feel miserable over the need or accident (depending on how it plays out) of killing a parent.

      • lynnsbooks

        Yeah, I sort of think that they’d probably feel guilty forever – even if their actions were totally justified.
        Lynn 😀

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