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Warbreaker Read Along Part 4

 It’s week 4 of the Warbreaker Read Along hosted by Naithin at Once Upon a Time. This week is chapters 35-49, and this will contain spoilers if you haven’t read those chapters!

1) So, pretty much everything has been flipped up on its head in this section. Which particular revelation was the greatest shock to you and how has it impacted your view of the book as a whole?

OMG the mercenaries :(. I was completely fooled. Even though Vivenna makes good points, since they really did warn her not to trust them, it’s just such a typical fantasy trope to have “untrustworthy” heroes. Trust Sanderson to turn a trope on it’s head an actually make them villains in the end!

2) Vasher is perhaps one of those things who we’ve had flipped over on us. Turns out he may have once been a scholar, even! Vasher and Viveena have quite the conversation about Awakening and Returned and skate across the topic of ‘Type 4’ Awakened Objects, which the story implies to be objects like Nightblood. Vasher is completely unwilling to discuss it any further – any guesses as to why?

I’m betting that at some point Vasher was in some secret group trying to discover more about Awakening, and through their experiments Nightblood was created. And I bet when Nightblood first woke up, he did a lot lot lot of damage. I bet Vasher doesn’t trust anyone else finding out that Type 4’s exist, since he doesn’t want more death released on the world, especially since it’s been alluded to that Nightblood was supposed to be ‘good’ because he command was to protect or something, ie he only brutally murders bad people…

3) Siri’s conversation with Treledees perhaps indicated that for all the disregard he shows for Siri, that he may in fact still care for the God King. If true, does this clash with their idea of simply holding onto the Divine Breath until the return of another, or how could you see it being reconciled?

I can definitely see Treledees being a little bit off his rocker and thinking that his love of the God King somehow translates into doing what is best for him and the future God King, etc. Fanatics are generally able to twist logic to their side no matter what they claim to love or stand for :(.

4) We’re so far through the book now, and the War has yet to come. Do you (still?) see it as inevitable, or do you think that it may yet be headed off?

I’m definitely thinking it’s going to be headed off, by Warbreaker :D who ever that is ;-). With all this scheming and people saying it’s inevitable, it usually turns out that, haha, it’s not inevitable :D.

Woot, time for the dazzling finale! :D What did you think of this section?

-AAnya from About The Story

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Comments

  1. I’m certainly getting a little more itchy wanting to find out who (or what) will be the titular ‘Warbreaker’ of the book.

    I wonder if it is Vasher, if Warbreaker used to be his old Returned name (if the theories circulating about him being a returned prove correct.)?

  2. I would love to know how Nightblood came about. What did it cost to create? Does it have to have a simple command embedded at creation? How do you destroy a Type 4, if needed? etc. Who can hear Nightblood? If it is only Vasher, why? Because I think I would enjoy such snarky commentary in my head most of the time. Tho it would make it hard to maintain a straight face during team meetings. Hmmm… how many of them are not pure of heart?

    • I’m pretty sure that anyone touching Nightblood can hear him, since remember Vivenna thought she heard a voice in her head when she was touching the sword?

  3. I’m definitely skeptical of the priests’ story because the Breath stored in the God King can’t do anyone any good if he can’t voice a command to use it.

    • I am really confused by the point of keeping all that store of Breath: what IS the point if it can’t be used? I hope we get some answers soon! :D

      • Yeah, I mean they say at one point that Peacegiver (I think that’s his name) told them to save it for him, but I feel like there must be something else given how valuable and powerful that much breath could be. It just doesn’t seem like religious devotion would be enough to keep the priests from using it if there wasn’t something more….

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