Way of Kings Read-Along 5!
Time is flying! I can’t believe we’re already 500 pages in, pretty much half way done :D. I was so excited for more interludes with some of our old favorites this week, though of course a certain meeting I had been hoping for hasn’t happened yet, gah! This week is hosted by Allie of Tethyan Books! As usual, there will be spoilers if you haven’t through to chapter 32!
1.Dalinar made a very dramatic decision at the beginning of this section. Do you think it was the right one? What do you think will happen to him, Adolin and (and the not-united Alethi) if he follows through?
Nooooooooo, Dalinar have faith! Though maybe this will give him a chance to get out of the spotlight and really delve into what his visions mean >.>. Or go and act on them how he needs to? I’m worried that Adolin won’t be able to fill his father’s shoes all that well since he is much more war-hungry it sounds like. Dalinar kind of has to follow through at this point though, right? Or maybe he’ll have a vision that convinces him otherwise :D.
2.We’ve gotten to see a little more of Shinovar with Rysn the apprentice merchant. In terms of plants and animals, it seems to be pretty much like our world. How do you think it happened that there’s such an ‘ordinary’ place, or what do you think might have happened to turn the rest of the world so unusual? Given this and the chapter on Szeth, do you have any more ideas on what the meaning of his “Truthless” title might be?
Omg I love how much evolution has been used in the plant-life of this world! It makes complete sense that a violent enough weather pattern would lead to plants evolving to protect themselves during those violent periods, whereas places that are sheltered from those kinds of storm wouldn’t have that pressure on plants to evolve extra protection. I haven’t quite figured out what Szeth did to earn his banishment, but it must be pretty bad! The label Truthless seems to imply that he was dishonest, but that seems kind of a small crime for his extreme punishment….
3. Shallan and Jasnah’s story has returned! Based on Jasnah’s words to Dalinar, and the clues Shallan is picking up, what do you think Jasnah’s project is about? What do you think she hopes to accomplish?
Woot! I am horrible at codes and hinting, so I have no idea what Jasnah was talking about, haha. I suppose she is trying to figure out what really happened with the Radiants and what might be coming in the future. I suspect there will be a great conversation between her and Dalinar when they can speak freely :D.
4. Concerning Shallan, it’s starting to seem that her drawing ability is a supernatural gift. Do you have any theories on the bizarre figures Shallan accidentally drew behind the king?
Gah creepy! I’m suspecting that she has some slight psychic powers that got expressed through her drawing. She thought the heads looked like glyphs right? So it sounds like they were representing abstract concepts instead of people exactly, but I’m suspecting it has something to do with some nobles trying to go against the “dull” king (I quite like him though, especially since Jasnah approves of him).
5. Back to the bridge crews, now that we’ve seen a bit more into Gaz’s perspective, does he seem any more sympathetic? Why do you think he owes Lamaril money?
I really like that we started to get a bit of Gaz’s perspective. Every character has these hidden layers and I definitely am feeling bad for Gaz and the fear he has from his missing eye. I can understand why he is so unhappy given that he realizes the horrible things he is allowing to happen. I also get his position though, since there really isn’t much he can do without risking his own life. I’m hoping that some more interesting development happens with Gaz :D.
6. Kaladin has won over his bridge crew, and enacted a brilliant plan to protect them—which utterly ruined the military strategy. Do you think his plan was a good one, or should he have seen the chaos coming? What do you think will happen to him next? Also, what do you think he’ll do if he figures out the real reason why bridgemen aren’t allowed shields?
Gah, this scene was heart-breaking! I totally didn’t think of that either, so I feel for Kaladin. I think he kind of suspects the real reason for the bridgemen’s exposure, even if he hasn’t admitted it to himself. I worry that finding it out for real will push him back into his depression though :(. I’m so worried about what he is going to do next now, since things seem to once again be quite bleak. Wouldn’t it be a great time to be recruited to someone else’s army >.> *nudges book* Haha.
So I kind of wanted to see Shallan’s portrait of the king, but I also am glad that we didn’t since it might have given me nightmares >.>. Also I freaking LOVED the spren researcher :D. I really hope we get to see more of him in the future since his people sound so cool on top of the fact that he is doing exactly what I would do in that world, haha. Alespren! *dies*
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