Thursday, February 6, 2014

Way of Kings RAL Week 6

Once again I have to apologize for posting late with my post...but I am one day ahead of last week so hopefully by next week I'll have fully caught up ;-) Anyways, I think it's mind-blowing that we're already at week 6 of this read-along!  And man did things ever heat up this week - Wow!!  Without realizing it, I even read ahead one chapter because I was so engrossed in the story LOL  So let's get to discussing:

*Week 6 - Chapters 33 - 42
Caution: Major Spoilers Ahead!

1. Both Kabsal and Jasnah have spoken to Shallan about stealing the Soulcaster, and both have done so in a pretty lighthearted manner, considering how serious it would actually be to steal it. Do you think Kabsal was telling the truth when he brushed off Shallan’s questions about his plan to steal the Soulcaster? Is he still interested in stealing it? Does he have other, deeper motives??

I honestly hope that Kabsal doesn't have any deeper and more sinister motives but at this point I can't be sure. He seems genuine enough but I'm not convinced his motives are all that honorable when it comes to Jasnah or anything relating to her.  I'm not sure if Kabsal was being 100% forthright with Shallan about much of anything to be honest.  I think his attraction towards her is likely real but I feel like he know more about Soulcasters than he let on.  And I also wonder if he knew more than he let on about any plants to steal or the Soulcaster...I don't know, he just seemed overly nonchalant and in a hurry to change the subject; not to mention get away.

2. By the end of the section, Shallan has found out that she'll be able to return home in one week, but she's torn between wanting to continue her studies, and being able to take the stolen Soulcaster home. So far it looks like her theft hasn't been detected, but do you think she’ll be found out before that time? Do you think she should leave, or might decide on her own to stay? Could something else happen to make her stay?

I'm truly hoping that Shallan sees the light and opts to stay put.   To me her family don't seem especially worthy of all the trouble she's putting in helping them...though I can certainly see why she feels obligated to, seeing as they're her family and all >.<  but it seems obvious that she's becoming a better person in her new-found independence.  It seems that both Shallan and Jasnah are benefiting from their interactions and debates with one another.  I also have an inkling that Jasnah will desperately need her Soulcaster sometime soon... and  I shudder to think at what might happen if that moment comes and Shallan has already left O_O

3. How much do you think Jasnah actually knows about the theft of her Soulcaster? Is it even remotely possible that Jasnah is still in the dark about it? If she knows, did she in fact dupe Shallan with a fake, as Shallan theorizes? Or did Jasnah let her steal it? Why??

It is possible that Jasnah has yet to notice the switch of her Soulcaster but it seems unlikely to me.  She doesn't strike me like the kind of woman who misses even a single beat.  I wonder about her not mentioning it at all though.  Could she have found a way to fix the broken one currently in her possession?  Or even switched it back with her own somehow? Either way I think she might even suspect Shallan to be the culprit but that's complete speculation on my part at this point.  I just hope if I'm wrong on all counts that Shallan replaces it before Jasnah even notices haha

4. During the Highstorm, Kaladin experiences a lull during which the wind and rain stop, he feels no more pain, and he sees an enormous “face of blackness, yet faintly traced in the dark”. The face is described as, “Inhuman. Smiling.” Was Kaladin just hallucinating? If not, do you think this being had something to do with recharging the sphere? With Kaladin somehow feeling better before the storm kicked up again? Or could this being be malevolent? Thoughts/theories??

I think the face in the Highstorm might have been the Stormfather himself and he likely did charge the sphere; either directly or indirectly, through the Highstorm itself.  It was almost like Kaladin died during that lull and came back to life, though he probably was just very close to dying and was recharged by the storm and the sphere.  Whatever that face was, I think it regarded Kaladin in a positive way and meant to help him.  At least, I hope so because if the 'presence' in that Highstorm was malevolent, I literally shudder to think at the faith of our beloved Kaladin...

5. Before Kaladin is forced to endure the Highstorm, he tells his men to come out after the storm is over; he says he’ll open his eyes and look back at them, and they’ll know that he survived. Kaladin obviously survives, and everyone in Bridge Four is really glad about that. But we haven’t yet seen a reaction from anyone other than Kal’s men. Do you think Kaladin’s survival could have a wider impact than just giving his own group of bridgemen hope?

I definitely think Kaladin's survival will have a wider reach than just the bridgemen - though that in and of itself was impressive enough considering how they all were at the start of this.  He certainly made himself into quite the legend with those 'last' words though, didn't he?  And even though we all knew he was going to survive - it was still brilliant when he did!!  I think that when everything starts to go down, his survival will gain him widespread notoriety and more than likely reverence.  He seems likely to give hope to the masses at large in the future.

6. We learn quite a bit about Teft in this section… kind of. But pretty much everything we learn just leads to more questions. What do you think about these “Envisagers” Teft mentions? How much do you think Teft knows about Kaladin’s ability to use Stormlight? It seemed like Teft became wary of Kaladin after he recovered – why? Do you think he'll tell Kaladin about what he knows?

Teft seems to know an awful lot about the legends of old, doesn't he?  Certainly much more than he's leading everyone else to believe.He put two and two together and knew exactly how to give Kaladin what he needed to heal which was great.  What worries me is how reluctant Teft was to believe what his mind already knew about Kaladin.  It was more than that though, he seemed to outright dread it.  I'm curious about the Envisagers though and I hope Teft reveals more - hopefully he goes to Kaladin before going to the Envisagers themselves though...just in case!

*Extra bits*

I'm still loving Syl more and more - a new favorite scene was her staying by Kaladin during the high storm.  The way she stood before him as if to protect him from the worst of it!! ♥

* Jasnah's take on justice was interesting, to say the least.  I wonder what role she'll take on when the Desolation strikes?

* As usual, the flashbacks into Kaladin's  youth were captivating -  and equal parts heart-breaking.  His father's revelations and continued bad-luck really make me feel for the family as a whole.  And piece by piece they help create a bigger picture for Kaladin's character.


  1. "To me her family don't seem especially worthy of all the trouble she's putting in helping them." <<<--- Omg, I totally totally agree. From what we've seen of them they do not seem like the greatest people ever...

    Oooh, I like your theory that maybe Jasnah has found a way to fix Shallan's Soulcaster! And as much as I'd like Shallan's theft to continue to go unnoticed... :((( I don't think that's too likely either.

    "his survival will gain him widespread notoriety and more than likely reverence. He seems likely to give hope to the masses at large in the future." <<<--- This is exactly the vibe I'm getting, as well. It seems like the kind of thing that might end up garnering more than just "fame". I'm super curious to see what it does to Kaladin's reputation, what form it takes, and how long it takes for the word to spread.

    "It was more than that though, he seemed to outright dread it." <<<--- This occurred to me too, and it almost felt like he wasn't dreading Kaladin, but what Kaladin's appearance *meant*. It feels to me like whatever is the cause of Kaladin's powers (or of the need for someone *with* Kaladin's powers) is actually a really bad omen for the world in general. =S

    And yes, SYLLLL!! I loved how she protected him from the Highstorm, and how she fought off the deathspren as well. So heartbreaking and wonderful at the same time. My feels!! ;)

  2. Omg I loved it so much when Syl had her armor on and was trying to defend Kal <3 :D

  3. Syl is turning into an awesome character, more so with each chapter. I wonder how it works when two spren conflict, like with Syl beating off the Death Spren? Maybe it is like a person beating off dedicated leeches - they're mindless but still driven.

    Jasnah's philosophy lesson is an interesting to contemplate. Had Jasnah and Shallan been out to a play or the opera and were simply strolling home when the cut throats attacked, and Jasnah killed them, I don't think Shallan would have so many doubts as to the 'rightness' of her actions. But because she basically set out to lure them into a deadly trap, there are all these morality questions. Intent matters, as Shallan concludes. Yep, definitely worth a think.

    I like learning how Kaladin had to face some tough life decisions, albeit through his parents, at a young age. He could see how and why his parents took an action, but not feel 100% comfortable with it. It must have weighed on him, seeing those spheres for so many months, being told over & over that they were him and his education, his future. Yet knowing the questionable way his family came to possess them.


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