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The Way of Kings Read-Along {Week 2}

Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson Read-along

Way of Kings Read-Along Week 2!

Heya folks, it’s week two for the Way of Kings read-along! This week totally tricked me since I thought I was making great progress on the chapters and then there were these interludes between parts 1 and 2 >.>. I made it though :D. As usual, there are major spoilers if you haven’t read up to chapter 13 in Way of Kings, so you’ve been warned! This week is hosted by Lisa at Over the Effing Rainbow so stop over there to link up your answers :D.
1. Shallan’s determination pays off, but Jasnah Kholin seems to change her mind a bit suddenly, and when Shallan isn’t expecting her to. She mentions knowing of Shallan’s family…. Do you think perhaps she knows more than she admits? Or is she really just a bit more soft-hearted than she lets on?

I’m of two minds on this whole thing. Part of me thinks that Jasnah was interested in taking on Shallan the whole time but wanted to make sure she was dedicated, so it was really just a test. It seems likely that Jasnah wants that kind of determination and skills of persuasion in her pupils. That being said, perhaps she knows that Shallan’s father is dead and the family in a tricky situation and she is planning to use that somehow. I don’t think that Jasnah knows about Shallan’s plot since it seems unlikely Jasnah would then let her anywhere near her soulcaster.

2. Yalb comes to the bargaining rescue as Shallan tries to buy books…. Do you think there’s going to be a bigger part in events for him to play?

Yalb is winning my heart! I’m pretty sure he will show up again later, but it will be somewhere we don’t suspect. Perhaps he’ll show up in someone else’s plot line, or he isn’t really a sailor and is instead some nefarious conman or hero. Who knows!? I’m excited to find out though :D.

3. Part One ends with a ray of hope for Kaladin, as he rediscovers a sense of purpose…. What did you think of the scene in the Honour Chasm, and then with Gaz afterward?

It was interesting to find out that Syl has memories of watching Kaladin back in his soldier days and I was touched that she went off to find a leaf for him since she thought that was somehow linked to his behavior. I was pretty sure Kaladin wasn’t going to jump, since that would kind of be a silly end to his plot line, I just wasn’t sure what was going to change his mind. I’m glad that he’s got his gumption back though, and Gaz totally deserved that attack. I’m really excited to see what he has planned to protect his men and make some changes in his life.

4. We catch up with Szeth for an interlude, and things are very different for him…. What do you make of his choice to enslave himself – if it is in fact a choice?

I’m pretty sure it’s not a choice right? He was enslaved when we first met him, but then those masters threw away his stone. I don’t think he had a choice about not giving his stone to the next person who asked, it seems like he is somehow bound to being enslaved as punishment. It must have been a weird encounter to be told by some random guy that you could take him as your slave if you take the stone in his hand, haha. Anyway, I’m hoping that we continue to find out more about why Szeth is enslaved with this stone, what he did to end up in that situation, and where his powers came from.

5. We also meet Dalinar Kholin, Jasnah’s father, and get something of a hint that he’s important where the Radiants are concerned…. What do you think Dalinar’s ‘fits’ might mean?

I’m so intrigued by these visions/flashbacks/dreams whatever that Dalinar is having :D. It sounds like he might be a Radiant reincarnate? Or somehow tied to those ten that we met in the beginning? It definitely sounds like good advice though, haha, since crazy bad things always have to happen in epic fantasy books eventually, so uniting the highprinces for real would be good. Also, that giant chull sounds terrifying D:

I cannot emphasize enough how much I want there to be a Way of Kings videogame. I want to collect all the pretty sphere currency and sprens >.>. Shiny things! Also, I must admit that I’m getting a teensy bit confused with all the character names and plot lines, wow there are a lot!

What did you think of this week’s reading? Are you reading along or reminiscing with us? Link me up your answers and let me know your thoughts :D.

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings -Anya

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  1. Sorry I am late to the party. Had a headcold, and today, I have nearly defeated it. Nearly. Still drinking tea all day.

    Anyway, Yeah, Jasnah. I like her….but then she is so stern with Shallan. Is it a test, or does she truly not have time? Still, Jasnah, and Shallan for that matter, both have my respect because of these initial exchanges.

    Can you imagine trying to do a social experiment today: Hi, here is my oath stone, and as long as you have that, i have to do anything you say, except kill myself. Hmm…. well, that would be awkward. Though part of me would be tempted to give it a try since there are always plenty of farm chores here.

    Even on a reread for me, there are some minor characters/plotlines that I had totally forgotten about and I can see how it might be a little difficult to keep them all straight.

    • Oh no, I hope you feel better soon D:

      Whoa, that would be a crazy experiment! I bet some psych major wants to try it ;-)

  2. I also think Dalinar might be a reincarnation of one of the earlier characters, and perhaps Kaladin as well. I also wouldn’t be surprised to see Yalb turn up later. I love that about this book! It feels like everything must be incredibly well planned out in advance and I’m sure when all the plot lines come together, it’s going to be epic.
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    • Oo, I would love for Kaladin to start getting flashbacks :D I’m thinking there are a lot of charts when Sanderson is writing ;-)

  3. 1. I have to agree that I think Jasnah was trying to work out just how determined Shallan would be in the face of rejection. I am not sure that being an orphan would have much influence on Jasnah’s decision, but if she knew about the father’s violent temper, that could have a significant impact.

    3. I love the way that Syl is almost waking up to full sentience, so that she remembers seeing the leaf, but doesn’t understand its significance. I was also fairly sure that Kal wouldn’t jump, but I couldn’t see how this would happen.

    4. As with so many aspects of this book, I really hope that we get answers to the many, many questions that we want answered.

    5. It sounds like there is a Desolation on the horizon, so uniting would be a good idea, but I would just be happy if they stopped fighting monstrous chill-beasts and got the war over and done with!

    • 3. Syl was so adorable with that leaf! It would have been a bit crazy for Sanderson to kill off one of the main characters this early, but I suppose I can’t quite say he wouldn’t, ahah.

  4. I really enjoyed this weeks chapters.
    No.4 – this is what I thought. That Szeth must be under some sort of punishment. You could ask why he sticks to it – but I just think that’s his own individual sense of honor.
    It didn’t feel to me that Jasnah really knew about Shallan’s family situation – but if she takes her on you would think she might check it out. I can’t say that I’m totally in love with Shallan at the moment – I don’t like that she’s trying to attach herself to someone who she’s trying to steal from. I feel sorry for her situation and what she’s been through but I don’t like her scheme. Perhaps like Lisa says, she will become too attached and won’t be able to pull it off.
    Lynn :D

    • I’m curious, could a person’s honor really go that far to make them stick to a fate so horrible? I’m wondering if he is cursed or something ya know? So he would die if he disobeyed or whatever, haha.

      Yeah, when we found out that Shallan was planning to steal it was a bit of a hit. I’m loving that she has this complicated character that I don’t completely love though ya know? She definitely has depth!

  5. Oh man, a video game set in this world would be the definition of EPIC. Brilliant idea Anya :D Anyways YES Yalb is winning my heart too – I hope we get to see more of him!! And I thought it was soooo cool how Syl remembered Kaladin from his (their?) past!! She really was the catalyst to get him a little bit of hope back ♥ Oh and I’m with you, Gaz toyally deserved what he got at the end there! I can’t wait to find out more about Szeth either – or ALL the other characters for that matter haha! Great answers Anya ^^
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    • There are definitely enough characters at this point that learning about each of their backstories could fill the rest of the book, haha!

  6. Yeah a game–especially with the chasmfiend-type monsters we saw in this section–would be cool. I, too, find myself tripping over names and family relationships. Before I answer questions, i have to go back and refresh myself on what I read at the beginning of the week, so you aren’t alone there. Great answers. :D

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    • Haha, I feel like I need to take notes and make a character flow chart to be able to discuss each week. I love it when the questions include the character names so that I don’t have to look up spellings too ;-)

  7. Loved reading your answers!! :D This totally needs to be a game, the quests would be so much fun!
    I’ll link up my answers to the Goodreads group later, if I can manage to keep it spoiler free. I “accidentally” finished the whole book… >.>

  8. TEAM YALB! :D

    You make a good point about Jasnah and how much she knows, but I still think she might be up to something since she suddenly changed her mind about taking Shallan on as a ward. Call me skeptical, but there it is. Also, if Shallan doesn’t eventually deviate away from her determined plan to steal the soulcaster and come to Genuinely Care About Her Tutor, I’ll be very surprised…
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  9. It is fun watching you all experience this fantastic book. I love all these characters so much and am aching for the next book. You’ve got some great reveals ahead of you.
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  1. […] It’s week two of the epic readalong of epicness, and this week I am on the hosting duties! This week has brought a whole new dose of epic-level interestingness and some more drama*! If you’re taking part, leave your link in the comments to be rounded up, and let the reader community fun begin! *Epic, that is. Shallan’s determination pays off, but Jasnah Kholin seems to change her mind a bit suddenly, and when Shallan isn’t expecting her to. She mentions knowing of Shallan’s family… Do you think perhaps she knows more than she admits? Or is she really just a bit more soft-hearted than she lets on? I suspect Jasnah does know a bit more than she’s admitting to at this point, though maybe that’s just me… I dunno know, though! She might. Though she does also seem to be a bit regretful of her own reputation for sternness, while she’s talking to Shallan. So maybe it’s both… That said, given Shallan’s real intent behind wanting to become her ward, it’ll be interesting to see which side of Jasnah wins out in the end… Yalb comes to the bargaining rescue as Shallan tries to buy books… Do you think there’s going to be a bigger part in events for him to play? I suspect that there’s a purpose here for every character that’s given more than a minute or two of page time, and at this point that would seem to include Yalb, so I’m hopeful for him! I like him. He’s cheeky, and clever and kind of sweet, in his thieving little rakish way. *Tries to pretend she’s not already wishing for a Team Yalb T-shirt* Part One ends with a ray of hope for Kaladin, as he rediscovers a sense of purpose… What did you think of the scene in the Honour Chasm, and then with Gaz afterward? Sometimes, it really really is about the little things, isn’t it? Bless Syl’s metaphorical boots for her part in this scene! I found this quite moving, and I was quite fiercely glad to see how Kaladin handled Gaz afterward. Serves the scumbag right! As character turnarounds go, this one pleases me and really kicks the story up a gear, taking it somewhere closer to where Kaladin was, personally, at the start of the story. I liked that about it, and Kaladin is definitely a character I’m becoming invested in at this point. We catch up with Szeth for an interlude, and things are very different for him… What do you make of his choice to enslave himself – if it is in fact a choice…? I’m still not quite sure what to make of Szeth, especially after this interlude. That said, I am definitely intrigued. I’ll confess that my mind is somewhat boggled over what could make him commit himself to a life like the one he’s got now. It’s got the odour of ‘zealot’ about it, and that unnerves me a bit. Given how little we know about him yet, he could be quite the unpredictable factor… We also meet Dalinar Kholin, Jasnah’s father, and get something of a hint that he’s important where the Radiants are concerned… What do you think Dalinar’s ‘fits’ might mean?Now there is an Epic Important Factor, if you ask me. This part of the overall story has ‘traditional fantasy’ written all over it for me. If Dalinar is going to turn out to be the prophet-type character here, then I have instant interest, but also instant wariness, because these things generally don’t go well for that character, do they…? There’s already the concern established over his health and his mental wellbeing, and that never bodes well. At this stage I still can’t see how these disparate characters and their stories are going to tie together, but that’s part of the intrigue for me. My eagerness to find out is definitely growing!Here’s what my fellow readers have to say this week – do check out their links for more musings and enthusings!Anya – On Starships And Dragonwings  […]

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