Way of Kings Read-Along Week 3 :D
Welcome to week three of our lovely Way of Kings read-along everyone! Wow, I had been a little nervous about getting this week’s reading done in time and then three hours later I was done and in a blinky daze, haha. I’m a little sad that this week didn’t feature Shallan and Jasnah, but I shall sigh and hold on for our awesome female characters to come back ;-). This week is hosted by Lynn! As usual, there will be spoilers up to chapter 19!
1. After the Chasmfiend attack there were a number of altercations. Two of these that particularly drew my interest were: the little scene where Wit ridiculed Sadeas – which seems to be a dangerous thing to do given that this could result in a dual or assassination – any ideas about why Wit seems to enjoy provoking Sadeas so much and: during the discussion with the King, Dalinar and Adolin – it seemed that the King became fleetingly suspicious – and later in the story the same look of suspicion crossed his features again during conversation with Dalinar. What do you think is going on in the King’s head in relation to Dalinar?
Haha, Wit! Love this guy. I’m thinking that he might be a little bit bitter about his role in life, but also likes to take advantage of his privileged position to make fun of whoever he wants. It is kind of his job after all ;-). I’m really worried that the king is going off the rails as far as his paranoia. It would make a lot of sense given the childhood he had and how he has grown up, but a mad king is a very dangerous thing. He also is very clearly weak compared to his father, which isn’t all that surprising, but all the most troublesome. I’m seeing violence in the future for that plotline.
2. We seemed to get a little more insight about why the bridgemen are not given shields of protection – what did you think of the reasoning behind this and what do you make of Sadeas – is he trustworthy or not?
So it sounded like Sadeas didn’t want anything that would slow them down at all (which makes it seem like they should train shouldn’t they??), which I guess makes sense if you don’t care a lick about human life. I’m willing to place my trust in this vision person that Dalinar saw and trust Sadeas for now. He seems to be the kind of person that I don’t like, but that does stick to his principles. This makes him trustworthy as long as his principles align with what you are trusting him with.
3. Elhokar has suspicions about attempts on his life – is he paranoid or not and, if not, who do you suspect might be responsible?
Just because you think everyone is out to get you, doesn’t mean you’re wrong! Especially if you’re the freaking king of a divided and warring land. I’m thinking assassins from another kingdom could easily be responsible, though they would obviously have to have infiltrated Dalinar’s people to be on that plateau. I really don’t think it’s unreasonable for Elhokar to be worried about assassins though and kind of wish Dalinar took that threat more seriously.
4. Kaladin is a very intriguing character, what did you make of the latest bridge scene where he put himself at the front of the bridge and then his actions following that? Did you think it revealed anything more about him?
Ahhhh, love that scene! Kaladin is becoming a favorite due to his honor and his apparently blessed nature. I’m so excited to find out where his luck is coming from since it’s obviously way more than just chance that he didn’t get hit and has survived so long. I’m also so so proud of him for risking himself and then helping the wounded. That was definitely the best way to win the respect of his crew since they long ago gave up on the ideas of bravery and honor it seems.
5. During Elhokar and Dalinar’s later discussion, the king said that Dalinar was becoming more like Gavilar near to his end ‘When he began to act … erratically” It seems like Dalinar is becoming more like his brother. Do you think this is significant??
Oo, I really loved that comparison. It seems clear from Gavilar’s last spoken and written words that he was having some sort of instinct or communication about the future as well. I suspect that whoever is trying to communicate to Dalinar was previously communicating with Gavilar and had to switch to Dalinar when Gavilar was assassinated. I’m also really excited that Dalinar has been looking into the last words and trying to sort out his visions. Obviously this book he is listening to (so funny that men have to be read to) is important given the title ;-).
6. We finally witness one of Dalinar’s visions. Do you think there is any significance about the visions always taking place during a storm and what were your feelings about this particular vision?
Gah, that vision!!! Possibly my favorite chapter so far >.>. Since the storms charge up the shards, I’m thinking there is magical energy in them. Therefore, perhaps our mysterious dream person can only communicate during storms since they need the magic that the storms contain? I loved the creepiness of the Midnight Essence monsters and actually took a moment to really visualize them the best I could in my head (they ended up looking kind of like No Face in Spirited Away when he gorges >.> *don’t judge me* <.<). I also loved meeting some Radiants in their full glory and finding out more about the world pre-history. Woot female Radiant :D.
The Radiants’ armor just makes me want a video game more since we could work to get better and better armor and eventually get Shardplate :D *wants all the shiny*.
Also, I loved the snark regarding the caption on the war-camp map, hehe.
What did you think of this week’s reading? Link me up and be sure to link up on Lynn’s post!
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