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Way of Kings Read-Along {Week 3}

Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson Read-along

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!

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings -Anya

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Comments

  1. Yes, Elhokar does seem to be far weaker in rulership than his father was. And he had so many years with his dad before he was assassinated. I wonder if he was shielded from the military and political decisions Gavilar made to unite the kingdom?

    Absolutely! Elhokar is the young king of a new kingdom who has already lost it’s first ruler through violent means. So, yeah, who doesn’t want his head on a pike? While I don’t suspect Dalinar, or the Kholin’s once neighbor nations before being united (I mean, if it was traced to them, they would be squashed if found out), but there is still a long list of possibilities.

    Audiobooks for Men, Old-School!

    Now I need to dig out my papercopy and look at the maps. Ooo! And where is my copy of Spirited Away?

    • Yeah, I feel like this is a regular problem: strong father leads to weak son *sigh* You’d think his father would have been grooming him more :-/

      Haha, and there goes your afternoon to maps and movies ;-)

  2. I’m think Wit’s a great favourite for readers this week (with good reason) ;)

    The vision scene was great, I can’t wait to learn more about the Radiants and that part of history as well.

    And OT but yay for Spirited Away! :D

  3. I agree completely with your answers on this one! Wit is awesome, the king is paranoid but possibly with reason, and Sadeas is ruthless and horrible but probably trustworthy. I also think the storms must be providing some sort of energy for the visions and while it hadn’t occurred to me that the visions might relate to the future rather than the past, I agree that something seems to have passed from Gavilar to Dalinar. I can’t wait to find out more about everything that’s happening :)
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    • Oo, I definitely think that we’ll find the visions are trying to send a message about the future, since that helps a plot a bit ;-)

  4. 1. I get the impression that Wit knows far more than he should about what is going on – he seems rather smug to me.

    2. Living in a society that uses slaves will mean that Sadeas has a very different view of them and their worth, so I keep trying to remind myself not to judge him for treating them like animals. But it still annoys me and makes it more difficult to trust him.

    3. I don’t think Dalinar is dismissive of the possibility of an assassination attempt, but he does question Elhokar’s jumping at shadows all the time. I hope we get an answer about this soon.

    4. Kal is just totally awesome, isn’t he? :)

    5. Sometime I hate Mr Sanderson for giving us so many hints but not the full information . . . but then I remember that it makes his books so amazing to read! :D

    6. I also found this an amazing scene visually. The smoke creatures were awesome in a really dangerous kind of way: I pictured them a little like the water creature in The Abyss. I loved that they were blind. I hope that we get to see more of the Knights Radiant because they were almost supernatural in their impressiveness: and I also appreciated the inclusion of at least one lady in their ranks.

  5. Yeah, just because Elhokar’s paranoid doesn’t mean people aren’t out to get him! It seems a little backwards to me that he’s afraid of assassination, but he encourages his nobles to scheme. I suppose the important factor there is that he encourages them to scheme against each other, not him. All the same, once you’re a scheming noble, going for the throne seems a natural next step.

    Also, my mental vision of the Midnight Essences were also very Miyazaki-esque. :D
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    • Exactly! I’m not sure that Elhokar has thought out how to manipulate his nobles all that well, haha, he doesn’t seem that intelligent to me :(

      Woot, I’m not crazy :D

  6. 1. I’m also really enjoying the scenes where Wit makes an appearance. He’s a very readable character and helps to stir things up – plus I like that he verbally beat Sadeas!
    2. ah yes, I forgot about the guy in the vision telling Dalinar to trust Sadeas. Drat – i was sure I didn’t trust him!
    3. I would definitely be a little bit (just a tiny bit) paranoid if the reason I was the new monarch was because the old one was bumped off! Yep, that would do it for me.
    4. Yes, I loved that scene, especially when the rest of the crew just started helping him – finally, he’s won their respect! (I think)
    5. Why on earth don’t the men read. It’s very odd – wasn’t there a piece in this week where everyone was puzzled and a little bemused because they thought Gavilar had written the words in blood! (and they all couldn’t believe that a King could read and write!)
    6. The flashback was brilliant. I quite like your vision of the monsters being like No Face from Spirited Away – I certainly don’t want to meet any!
    Lynn :D
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    http://lynnsbooks.wordpress.com/2014/01/15/way-of-kings-by-brandon-sanderson-readalong-week-3/

    • 2. Haha, you would not be wrong to keep distrusting him, you never know in Sanderson books!
      5. Yup, since reading and writing is a feminine art! I like that it’s making fun of gender roles :D

  7. Dalinar’s vision was like the best thing ever right?!! Oh it just was riveting. Every last bit of it from those horrible inky monsters, Dalinar fighting them, the *actual* arrival of the Radiants to the world…a man AND woman no less! And then the fact that they invited Dalinar to join with them. Talk about an epic destiny there, I can’t wait to see all of it going down :D And speaking of epic: Kaladin and his heroism! That man is the freaking boss! And he seems to have some sort of enhanced fighting abilities, much like Dalinar exhibited during that battle with the chasmfiend! I really hope they both meet up soon!! Oh and I really missed Shallan and Jasnah too, hopefully they’ll be front and center for the next part! And you’re right about Sadeas being unlikeable but somewhat honorable – 100% where the King is concerned for sure. I also agree with you that yes Elhokar paranoid, but it doesn’t mean he’s wrong!
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  8. I agree that since everything is pointing us toward Sadeas, he may be more trustworthy than he seems. I have the same theories about whoever is communicating with Dalinar, previously doing the same with Gavilar, and about whoever it is using some kind of magic from the storm, or perhaps living in the storm. Those monsters were definitely cool, as was the female Radiant. :D
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