Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Way of Kings RAL Week 4

This is the 4th week of our Brandon Sanderson's Way of Kings read along and this week I am the host! (Hi!)  It's kind of incredible how this story starts out epic and just continues to suck you in more and more as you go.  The way Sanderson manages to flawlessly weave his world-building into the story, piece by piece the world just expands right before your eyes! Gah! I'm in awe, and I'm gushing so, moving on...  Remember, anyone is welcome to join in at any time here so if you've been meaning to read this one it's not too late to hop on board.

*Week 4 - Chapters 20 - 27
Caution: Major Spoilers Ahead!

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?

He must be connected to the Radiants of old, right??!  But what kind of throws me off is that he lost his Shard be he still has all the epic battle skills?  I wonder if there isn't even more to it than that.  He clearly doesn't need any storms or even to feel true danger to be able to blow people away so I'm kind of dying to find out his secrets...

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 wonder about her, she might have really had feelings for Dalinar - and she may still but I'm still not sure about her..it seems she may have played with Dalinar's heart a bit.  BUT maybe she can offer some help if King Gavilar went through something similar, she's the only one who could offer any kind of perspective to Dalinar.  God know he sure could use an ally at the moment o_O

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?

Ugh, Sadeas is really rubbing me the wrong way.  He seems so conniving but at the same time it almost seems too obvious to suspect him of anything more than being opportunistic.  I'm really beginning to wonder if Dalinar can truly trust him at all - maybe he's just meant to not focus his attention on him because he should focus it elsewhere but I'm not convinced that means he can trust him.

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 can not?

I was floored by the revelation that Rack could see Syl - and his people sound fascinating to be able to see what they see and the fact that they sort of worship the Spren too! I think maybe more spiritual cultures might be more connected to the Spren but that is complete speculation at this point. More than anything though, I was relieved that Kaladin finally had someone in his corner.  He's such a honorable man, I can't imagine him not gaining some followers as people get to spend more time with him.  I think Rock and Teft really changed the game and I really want to see where it all will go from here.

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?

That was such a poignant scene, because I can understand why Adolin is worried for his father but at the same time I think Dalinar's visions are real and that he really is getting messages from the Almighty.  The confrontation certainly seemed to shake Dalinar and have him question his convictions but the way he felt repulsed on the battlefield makes me think Dalinar himself is changing at his very core because of these visions and soon he won't be able to pretend anymore, he'll have to follow his purpose.

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 honestly can not wait for these two to cross paths!!  I think that if Dalinar is successful with a bridge crew with minimal risk for the bridgemen, he could completely change the way they all do battle.  Not to mention hsi regard for the bridgemen might convince Kaladin that all lighteyes aren't evil.  Anyways these two NEED to team up and kick some serious butt!

Extra bits: 

As always, the flashbacks to Kaladin's youth are uber-insightful and compelling.  So much of the details we get there are relevant to how Kaladin acts and thinks today...and seeing his childhood with his family and friends just adds a whole other layer to his character.

* I'm curious about the statement that Dalinar doesn't lie - only because it almost sounded like he was incapable of lying, but that might just be the way I took it >.<

* I loved that bit at the King's supper with Wit and how he literally insulted everyone that passed by except Dalinar.  I was already a fan of Wit but that made me love him even more!

Don't forget to check out all the other posts for this week's read-along questions:

12 comments:

  1. I'm loving Wit as well. I hope we get to see more of him. Like you, I'm suspicious of Navani. I hope she will be an ally, but I'm sure I believe she will. I didn't really hone in on the comment about Dalinar not being able to lie. Interesting. I didn't really think of it that way but you're right. Maybe there's more to be revealed there. I can't wait for Dalinar and Kaladin to cross paths. I worry that it won't happen until near the end of the book, but like you, I'm definitely rubbing my hands together in anticipation. :D

    My WoK Post

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  2. Here's my link, I'll be back tomorrow to comment!

    http://coffeecookiesandchilipeppers.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-way-of-kings-by-brandon-sanderson_22.html

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  3. Here's my link: http://dabofdarkness.com/2014/01/22/the-way-of-kings-read-along-part-iv/

    Haha! Yes, Wit and his comments on all the diners. He even said some of the ladies smelled bad! And the comments on the hats!

    Yeah, even if Dalinar says to trust Sadeas, does Sadeas have to be so rude? Such a peacock? So dismissive of anyone below him in station? Jerk.

    At least Kaladin will have one person now who knows he isn't just crazy-talking to himself. Since Rock can see the Spren, and talk to her, that would mean they're both crazy.

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  4. I think your gushing is totally warranted!

    Here's my link:

    http://bookvulture.livejournal.com/1482.html

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  5. Wit is absolutely hilarious and adds a lot of needed comic relief when things have been tense otherwise. Whenever he pops up into a scene I am guaranteed to be suppressing laughter so I don't annoy people in public... >_>

    Also, I wonder if Kaladin's powers have anything to do with his spheres going dull so quickly? It seemed rather suspicious when it happened and could be some form of foreshadowing, but I'm not entirely certain.

    Here's my link, by the way! Thank you for hosting this week :D
    http://novelreflection.wordpress.com/2014/01/23/the-way-of-kings-read-along-week-four/

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  6. Sorry I'm a bit late.
    My link:
    http://lynnsbooks.wordpress.com/2014/01/23/way-of-kings-by-brandon-sanderson-readalong-week-4/
    I do like Wit.
    I can't help thinking that Dalinar and Kaladin are starting to change - especially Dalinar, the way he felt during battle - he's literally feeling like a Knight Radiant, because they only use their blades to protect. It's like he feels disgusted with the killing which is how they felt. Then watching Kaladin with the spear - again its as though he's starting to experience more of what the Knights Radiant felt.
    Rock is a fascinating character and I really like him. He's definitely been the lynchpin in turning things around with the bridgemen.
    Lynn :D

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  7. I like your thoughts on Sadeas. I wonder if he's just untrustworthy in a petty way (he might harm Dalinar's reputation, or make him angry, but not like, destroy the kingdom), and Dalinar needs to be focusing on the more serious threats? And yeah, Dalinar and Kaladin definitely need to get together and be awesome side by side!

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  8. Ever since you guys started mentioning connections to the Radiants, yeah, I agree, Kaladin must certainly be connected!

    I think Wit might be an important ally for Dalinar, especially since it feels like Dalinar is becoming isolated from whatever else is going on with the Court and with the war. I think the line "Dalinar doesn't lie" is interesting as well and reinforces the kind of man that he is. He sort of reminds me of Ned Stark in a way, lol

    - Lianne @ caffeinatedlife.net

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  9. I'm loving Kaladin's relationship with his brother but I'm terrified about what is going to happen since he keeps talking about how he failed him D: *bites nails*

    So agreed about Wit's actions towards Dalinar, that Wit has a good head on his shoulders ;-)

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  10. Awfully late with it, but here's my link:

    http://overtheeffingrainbow.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/the-way-of-kings-read-along-week-4.html

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  11. Sorry I am so horribly late: sometimes my life is just far too complicated! :D

    1. I don't think that we are going to see any of our characters turn out to be Knights Radiant reincarnated, BUT I can certainly see Kal as the first new Knight when Dalinar gets the old order up and running.

    2. I am not ready to make a decision about her just yet, although I agree that Dalinar probably deserves some support.

    3. I agree with you about Sadeas - is he really a bad guy or is that too obvious? I have a horrible feeling that Dalinar has to allow himself to be betrayed, but that just seems mean.

    4. Rock has really won me over - I loved his admission about adding the droppings to everything! I hope that we learn more about his people because they sound so interesting.

    5. Yet again, I agree: Dalinar is being changed and molded into something entirely different. Mr Sanderson does seem to like forcing his characters through major changes, so this doesn't surprise me. I loved how Andolin returned to his father and apologized later - it was rather touching and yet showed a great deal of thoughtfulness in the young man.

    6. There paths are definitely going to cross at some point, but I doubt that it will be due to something obvious.

    Wit strikes me as knowing much more than he should: perhaps he agrees that Dalinar is the way to survive the Desolation.

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  12. I really like Wit as well. It's obvious that something is going on with Kaladin, but I'm not sure what it is. I'm excited to find out!

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