Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Way of Kings RAL Week 9

I can't believe it's already the 9th week of our Brandon Sanderson's The Way of Kings read-along!  As much as I'm excited to know all the secrets it contains, I'm already dreading the massive book-hangover that will no doubt hit once we're all done D:  This week was truly mind-blowing so without further ado: let's get discussing!

*Week 9 - Chapters 58-65*
Caution: Major Spoilers Ahead!

1. Adolin has a change of heart, not only about his father, but about how he views the war. How do you think this will affect the story going forward?

I'm glad that things finally shaped up for Adolin to see that his father has not lost his wits.  It was such a burden to carry around for nothing, not to mention distracting when there are bigger fish to fry.  I feel like having Adolin's support & trust will help Dalinar regain his confidence and trust himself (and his instinct) more.

2. Elhokar reveals that he sees figures with symbol heads, which sound suspiciously like the ones Shallan keeps drawing. What do you make of this?

I don't know why, but I feel like those symbol heads are a bad omen.  They didn't act outright aggressively towards Shallan but they felt very ominous to me.  Considering what we already know about King Elhokar, I can't shake the feeling that they hold some darker intentions. I have to say that I was outright surprised that Elhokar was seeing the figures too - what a twist!

3. What do you make of Dalivar's most recent vision? Was the king he talked to really Nohadon, author of The Way of Kings? If so, what do you think the timeline is? What happened before and after what Dalinar saw? Were the strange, rock-like corpses really Voidbringers?

I believe that Dalinar truly did speak to Nohadon. I don't thin the visions are necessarily in chronological order, nor would they need to be.  I think the Stormfather choses what visions to share with Dalinar at the right time to reveal the necessary bits and pieces in order to help Dalinar come to his own conclusions about these events.  That way, he'll be able to use his knowledge in his own time better.  As for the creatures, I believe them to have been Voidbringers yes.  That battle was probably a Desolation where all those people died trying to fight them off.  I truly don't know what could have happened after what Dalinar saw. I hope his words might have encouraged Nohadon somewhat - maybe even encouraged him to begin writing his book ;-)

4. Dalivar and Navani finally share a passionate kiss, and then start conducting a covert romance. What are your impressions of the relationship? Has your opinion of Navani changed at all?

I didn't get the impression that Navani changed at all, I just feel like we didn't know enough of her to assess her actions properly.  I think she is being truthful in her admittances to Dalinar that she had loved him and wished they could have been together even back then.  I feel like I trust her more now than I did initially...though of course I could be way off.  I'm too trusting for my own good sometimes >.<  Anyways if I'm right, I feel like their relationship could help Dalinar gain some stability - not to mention peace of mind.  So I'm all for that!!

5. Kaladin's decoy plan works almost miraculously well. How do you see this affecting the story going forward, and in what way? Address the issue both for Kaladin and his men, and for the war at large.

I'm a tad bit worried at the implications of Kaladin's choices here.  I understand the reasoning and necessity behind it but at the same time I'm still conflicted about their war with the even more so than before.  And if the war is wrong,well Kaladin's actions could alienate the Parshendi even further...not to mention the huge target it put on Kaladin himself.  It truly was ingenious though and if the Parshendi didn't revere their dead so it never would have worked.  I don't know, it's a double edged sword I guess.

6. So Moash wants to kill someone out of vengeance. Any guesses who or why?

I have absolutely no guesses on this one.  None whatsoever.  I'm loving learning a bit more about Moash and I'm glad he seems to have finally come around where Kaladin is concerned but I feel lie we still don't know enough about him or his past to venture a guess.  I suppose it could be anyone for any number of reasons.  All I know is I can not wait to find out!

7. Why do you think Sadeas abandoned Dalivar as he did? Was this done intentionally? Was it planned in advance? What are your thoughts?

Holy $#!\! that scene floored me!  I mean, I was cursing out loud and shaking my head in disbelief.  Remember what I said in Q.4 about being too trusting?!  I should have seen this coming but I was totally content believing Sadeas had finally come around.  And that that GIANT douche-nozzle goes and pulls this EPIC betrayal?! GAH!!  I can't even.

*takes a few deep, calming breaths*

I have to hand it to that slimy creep though, he executed his plan flawlessly -  it really was epic.  I think now more than ever Sadeas sees Dalinar as a threat.  King Elhokar was begining to see the value of Dalinar's plan to abandon the war and for whatever reason Sadeas needed to get rid of him.  I seriously hope Dalinar survives and gets to be the one to stick it to Sadeas though!

*Extra Bits*

I've got nothing this week - all the notes I jotted down were addressed in the questions above and I'm choosing not to try and think up of anything else remotely clever to say.  I'll just go ahead and continue reading XD


  1. Yes, I too was floored both by Elhokar seeing the strange symbol headed figures - and by the way, no wonder he's been so paranoid - and also by Sadeas.

    I must now go and finish reading!
    Lynn :D

  2. I think you make an excellent point about Navani not changing,but us not knowing enough about her before. Now that I know she's all scholarly and smart, and I definitely like her better. :D Also a good point about Sadeas executing his plan well. At the very least, he's proven himself a shrewd enemy to be watched out for.
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  3. I was too trusting of Sadeas, too. Maybe it was the combination of everything else; his visions were proved true, he regained his son's respect, he won the heart of the girl he'd loved for a long time, the king was finally listening to him, and even Sadeas seemed interested in his ideas. Things were going so well, I didn't think to suspect that one of those things might be a trap. I hope there's some other explanation, but it really does seem like Sadeas just decided to eliminate Dalinar.


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