It’s Wednesday, woot! Time for some awesome Way of Kings discussion *happy dance*. This week is hosted by the lovely Micheline of Lunar Rainbows so be sure to link up your answers and comments on her post! As usual, this post has major spoilers if you haven’t read up to chapter 27!
1. We seem to be getting more and more proof that there is some ”luck” or magic at play when it comes to Kaladin’s safety, survival and his skills – especially during those battle scenes. Even when performing that kata in the Chasm, there was something incredible about his movements according to the rest of the crew. Initially the blade seemed to be the source of his skills (to me at least) , what do you think might be fueling his powers? Do you think they’re getting stronger?
Kaladin definitely has some major in his blood it seems. From the first moment that he picked up that spear in his childhood, it’s been clear that there is something special about his fighting skills. I love that Syl added some special effects to his kata too though, haha. I’m suspicious that he is the descendant of one of the Radiants or something, though who knows with the number of magic systems there are! I’m not sure he’s getting stronger really, since he hasn’t been practicing or anything, but I can’t tell if he was always that lucky in battle since we only got to see the one scene from his past. It would be cool if there was an honor/bravery element to it, where the more honorable he is being, the luckier he gets.
2. We were introduced to Navani, King Gavilar’s widow and the current King Elhokar’s mother. What was your initial impression of her? There seems to be some complicated history between her and Dalinar, do you think she might end up being an ally or an eventual hindrance?
I’m honestly not really sure about her. She seems very scheme-y which is a good quality in a queen mother in this setting, and she clearly knows that her son needs some help with his kingdom, but the way she acts towards Dalinar makes my eyebrows raise. I’m curious about why/how Dalinar had his memories erased, which seems to be making this whole situation more awkward for him.
3. What did you make of Sadeas’ maneuver against Dalinar to gain the King’s favor by being named the High Prince of Information? How do you reconcile his actions with the advice Dalinar received ”to trust” Sadeas?
Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!!!! *makes dinosaurs nom on each other* I mean.. uh… That was crappy of him. I suspect Sadeas really thinks he’s doing the best thing he can do for the kingdom, since no one has told him to trust Dalinar, but he sure is making things difficult. I’m hoping that he does turn out trustworthy in the end since it makes his character delectably deep!
4. Where you surprised when Rock admitted to Kaladin that he was seemingly born being able to see the Spren and therefore could see Syl following Kaladin around? That led to a pivotal point for Kaladin, gaining Rock’s favor and then Teft’s. What were your thoughts on that whole scene? Can you speculate as to why some people are able to see the spren when others cannot?
So it sounds like Rock’s people worship the spren, which is cool. I was certainly surprised but not omg crazy surprised ;-). I can imagine there might be a quality of being worthy of being able to see the spren or even just genetic magic that allows Rock’s people to see them. I’m glad that things are finally starting to look up for Kaladin’s plan and that there are at least a couple of all right guys around him. Though the fact that Teft has admitted that he isn’t trustworthy puts me on edge since I’ve learned to believe Sanderson’s characters when they say these things!
5. We got to see Adolin confront his father, Dalinar, because of his visions and lay all his cards on the table. Clearly Adolin thinks his father is losing it and his words seemed to shake Dalinar’s own convictions as well. Do you think this will have a lasting effect on Dalinar’s belief in his visions? Not to mention his acting on them? Moreover, do you think Adolin will ever be convinced that there is more to Dalinar’s visions any time soon?
It’s kind of understandable that Adolin thinks Dalinar is going nuts, given everything he’s seen. I don’t think this will change Dalinar’s conviction since he’s known all along that everyone who knows thinks that he is losing it. It’s crappy that his son was so crass about it, but I have hope! The whole plan of trying to unite the high princes isn’t going all that well though so perhaps he needs to go back to the drawing board on that one! D:
6. As if in further indication of Dalinar and Kaladin’s collision course towards one another, Dalinar has agreed to train a bridge crew – without putting them directly into assault or harm’s way (of course, love these two!!). Do you think their joined efforts might be enough to change the way the the other High Princes go about things during battle? Especially Sadeas?
I’m so excited!!!!! I can’t quite figure out how Kaladin is going to manage to get Bridge Four transferred, but I also can’t wait to find out *reads ahead* >.>. Given Dalinar’s current situation, I don’t think that he’s going to be able to convince anyone of anything, but I’m hoping that Dalinar can see the potential in Kaladin and help out him and the other bridgemen at least for our merry gang!
So anyone have thoughts on that painting with the giant chull-humanoid looking thing? >.>
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