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!!!!!!
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