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Way of Kings Read-Along Final Week!

Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson Read-along

WoK Read-along Final Week!

We’ve reached the end of this epic read-along folks and thank you so much for joining us! I’m your host this week and as usual there are HUGE spoilers if you haven’t read Way of Kings. However, since we’re now at the end, all you lurkers should join in the discussion since you don’t have to worry about spoilers anymore ;-). I’ve included a Link-Up at the bottom so that we can find everyone’s posts easily, so be sure to add yours!

1. Syl’s true nature as an honorspren has been revealed! She once again asks the interesting question: are spren attracted to their element or do they create that element? What do you think? Do you think there are more honorspren or is Syl unique?

So I have to admit that I feel pretty clever, given my theory that Kaladin was gaining power when he was honorable :D. Not exact, but pretty darn close to the truth! I looooove that Syl is an honorspren, though now I’m really curious why she wasn’t as conscious before meeting Kaladin. It seems like she was attracted to his honor more than creating his honor since I recall him being pretty darn honorable before she showed up. It seems like the spren feed off or have a symbiotic relationship with the element that they are associated with perhaps. I really hope Syl isn’t unique, but I’m curious since Szeth doesn’t seem to have an honorspren bound to him….

2. The Parshendi had a whole host of reactions to Kaladin’s power, mostly including fear and awe, though they also seemed to recognize him or his power. Why do you think that is? How do you think the Parshendi hiring Szeth plays into it?

I’m guessing the Parshendi are much more aware of Kaladin and Szeth’s ability to use Stormlight than the rest of the world is. Perhaps their culture remembered it from battling Radiants previously? I’m still not sure if the Parshendi existed all along or have emerged as the apocalypse nears though. It seems to me that perhaps the Parshendi found and hired Szeth to assassinate the king because they knew he would be the best able and perhaps to sow fear of the Radiants’ power in the populace?

3. Dalinar makes some pretty intense decisions towards the end of this book, including trading his Shardblade to free the bridgemen and completely changing how he wants to deal with the highprinces. Do you think these were good decisions?

I admire Dalinar for keeping his oath to the bridgemen, but I can’t help but feel he might regret that decision. Nothing is going to stop Sadeas from just getting more bridgemen after all, so what has Dalinar really done besides help those specific men and place a weapon into the hands of his enemy? I’m glad he has realized that he previous strategy wasn’t working and that he needs to force the highprinces to do the right thing for now, though I wish that wasn’t the case. This whole scene made a really great philosophical point/question though, and I love that Sanderson incorporated that :D.

4. A lot of mysteries surrounding Jasnah are finally revealed! Do you think that she is right and that most Soulcasters do work? Why do you think Shallan and Jasnah both happen to have this soulcasting power? What is Shadesmar really?

I knew she had eaten the bread!!!! I was so happy that there was an explanation for that since I really didn’t want to think there was a plot hole in a Brandon Sanderson book. I should have had faith evidently ;-). It seems a huge coincidence that Shallan ended up discovering she has this power when she was around Jasnah, so I wonder if there is a reason for that as well. I could see everyone thinking that everyone else uses an actual Soulcaster but really everyone has this ability that they cover for. Though I think Soulcasters can be transferred right? So perhaps there are actual fabrials that Soulcast properly, haha. Shadesmar is evidently going to be important since there is a map in the back of my copy, but I still don’t really have a clue what it actually is. Evidently you need to bring Stormlight with you thought?

5. Szeth is once again on a mission, but this time we really don’t want him to succeed! What do you think is going to happen with him and Dalinar in the next book? Do you think Szeth and Kaladin will recognize each other’s power?

Nooooooo! Szeth, don’t do it! I’m hoping for an epic confrontation/meeting between Szeth and Kaladin which makes Szeth not need to complete his assignment and frees him or something. Dalinar can’t die, this is just the way it is in my head!

6. We finally have a better idea where the Parshmen and Parshendi came from! What do you think the real history is there? How did people possibly enslave the Voidbringers and why are the Parshendi now changing?

I knew it! I actually yelled out loud when this was revealed since I previously had been thinking that the Parshmen just didn’t make sense as a species. This is so cool! Also why are people so dumb???? This is such a bad idea! I’m thinking that there was more magic available when the Parshmen were enslaved since it seems unlikely the current magic levels would be able to do it.

7. The last chapter with the Almighty was pretty crazy. What do you think about this vision? What do you think this means for Dalinar’s future and the world’s (universe’s??) future? What is Odium really?

Whoa, just whoa. That was so cool how Dalinar figured out why Sadeas wasn’t actually trustworthy, though it broke my heart a bit. That was super spooky though, the freaking stars were going out! I’m really loving this whole angle of the Almighty created mankind, but there are other bigger and badder things out there in the universe and “God” isn’t actually as almighty as the people of Roshar thought…. Odium is scaring the crap out of me though!

Since this was the last section, there was obviously A LOT else going on! I didn’t want to include too many questions, but I’d love to hear your thoughts on everything else as well. Also, how did you end up enjoying this read-along??

I personally absolutely loved this book! I’m not going to write a full review for it since I feel like I’ve already said everything I can, but it is definitely a five star book for me! It was epic but the writing was just so much fun that I never felt strained trying to read each week. The best part is: there are eight more books coming!!!!!!

Don’t forget to link up!

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings -Anya

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Comments

  1. Here at last, better late than never, I hope.

    This read along has been an eye-opening experience for me, and I appreciate the contributions of all the hosts and participants. I really enjoyed how everyone shared their thoughts and reactions while reading, especially since I’d say that the book provided more than the usual amount of question fodder. Unlike you, I think I’ll need some downtime for my poor, overtaxed brain to recover before I tackle the next book, but I know it’ll be just as amazing as this one!

    A Shardblade salute to you all!

    Here’s my link:

    http://bookvulture.livejournal.com/3154.html
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  2. I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you again Anya for inviting me along to this read-along! It was my first read-along ever and I just loved it! Wonderful experience and I loved discussing such an EPIC story with you all ♥

    I was blown away by Syl’s big reveal and Kaladin honing into his powers that way! Gah it was just SO freaking awesome XD I think she was initially drawn to Kaladin because of his abilities with Stormlight but maybe since Szeth isn’t acting like the Radiants of old, defending the weaker, then he doesn’t draw Spren. I definitely agree with you that Kaladin’s powers were something the Parshendi recognized. If they really are the same creates as the Voidbringers as Jasnah was telling Shallan then I guess it makes sense for old enemies to recognize one another on some level like that.

    I was under the impression that the King Szeth faced at the end who admitted to hiring him was the one who’d hired Szeth all the way back to kill Elhokar. Now maybe the consciousness of the Parshendi are involved in that move in some way…I guess we’ll have to wait and see on that one haha

    Dalinar’s choices at the end there will certainly stir things up from here on out. I think he has a very dangerous road ahead – especially without his sword left to defend himself…since it’s now in the hands of a conniving arse! >.< I still think Dalinar did the right thing though – and if he manages to survive through this thing, and save the bridgemen too, I'll be a happy girl :D

    And yeah that end vision of Dalinar's broke my heart too – and also chilled me to the bone O.O

    Thanks for hosting xx
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  3. Well, even Szeth doesn’t really find honor in his deeds, even though he feels honorbound to follow the rules of the Oathstone. Perhaps if he had an honorable master who instructed him to protect the weak, etc. then his actions would be honorable and he would attract an honorspren. I wonder if you can have more than 1?

    Syl seemed to feel that Dalinar was a better man without the Shardblade….and that makes me wonder about the Shardbaldes – and about those who covet them (like Sadeas). I am really curious to see how this plays out in Book 2.

    I definitely don’t want Dalinar to die either! But what if that is the catalyst for Kaladin? I can just see how that would come about.

    8! 8 more books planned!?! Hooray!!!!

  4. I agree! Such a great, epic ending. Can’t wait to dive into the next book!
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  5. Maybe Syl was dormant before, because there was so little honor in the world around her? Sad thought, but I think that could be it!

    With Dalinar as the highprince of War, maybe he could declare that no one is going to be using slave bridges anymore. Then he could save these particular men, as well as eliminating the whole unethical practice!

    It’s an interesting point, that it seems more than a coincidence that Shallan uncovered her skill while with Jasnah. Maybe people with Radiant powers tend to attract or awaken others with similar powers?

    My link: http://tethyanbooks.blogspot.fr/2014/03/read-along-way-of-kings-by-brandon.html
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  6. Such a good book!! And a great ending – still lots of questions but so many satisfying moments in Section 5!
    Dalinar and Kaladin finally meeting was awesome and it seems that Kaladin will certainly meet Szeth seeing as he’s now Dalinar’s honour guard. I only hope that somehow he can persuade Szeth around – please no Mr Sanderson to Dalinar dying (or Kaladin for that matter!)
    Thanks for the questions this week.
    Really looking forward to No.2 now!
    Lynn :D
    http://lynnsbooks.wordpress.com/2014/03/05/way-of-kings-by-brandon-sanderson-readalong-week-10/

    • I love all the questions though since I’m now getting a great picture of just how epic this series is going to be :D

  7. I think I missed the detail about the stars going out (the Daleks are coming! OT) but that last chapter about Odium and the Almighty just blew my mind completely. So many questions now about what’s really going on on the all-encompassing level, very eerie. The reveal about the parshmen was also very eerie, I hope they really address it in the next volume as to why they did it.

    Thank you again for hosting this awesome readalong and for telling me about it, I had a lot of fun re-reading the book and chatting with everyone about it :)

    My WoK RAL

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