I’m joining the Words of Radiance group read, hosted by Dab of Darkness and Stainless Steel Droppings. At first I wasn’t sure if it was a wise idea since I have a lot of deadlines and such. How would I find the time to read Sanderson’s massive second book in the Stormlight series? But I loved the first group read I participated in for Way of Kings, the first in the series, and couldn’t just sit on the sidelines. So I downloaded the audio book. That way I can listen when I’m cooking dinner, going for a run, and other chores I hate, but have to do.
I had a feeling I’d be late posting and I am. Oh well. At least I’m participating. For those of you who would like to know more about the group read, check out this page for the schedule. This is only the first week of I think ten weeks. Still plenty of time. This week’s questions have come to us via Liesel over at Musings on Fantasia.
Before you read anymore, I should tell you, there will be major spoilers. Please, if you haven’t read this book, do not continue. I love having you visit, but this is a great series. I don’t want to spoil it for you and more than likely, my answers won’t make sense to you since you haven’t read the books.
Here we go:
We basically get the same prologue from the first book except from Jasnah’s POV. She tells Gangnah that her father’s assassin walked on the wall, and it’s ignored. We also see the Parshman leaders immediately take credit for the assassin. What did you make of it all? Insights? Impressions? How will this affect the story going forward?
I was shocked by the Parshendi taking the credit. I was kinda cheering for them in the last book and then I find this out. Not sure what to make of it, to be honest. I mean, we’re only 100 pages in and this book is over 1000 pages. I will say, it started with a bang.
Now I’m fearful for Dalinar. He seems to be going down the same path to achieve similar, if not, identical goals—yikes!
I found it interesting that not too many seemed concerned that the assassin walked on the walls. However, given the circumstances, it’s not surprising. It’s easy to dismiss clues like this when dealing with such a loss.
Andolin and Shallan are unofficially engaged. How do you see this relationship panning out?
I don’t have good feelings about Shallan and Adolin as a couple. Not lovey-dovey feelings at least. I’m wondering if Adolin will train her to fight, though. So far, Sanderson is hinting that Shallan feels more like a warrior. If I was Shallan, I’d be fearful about meeting Navani. That’s a woman I would never mess with.
Kaladin wants to keep his Radiant powers a secret for as long as possible. How successful do you think he’ll be? How long will he remain hidden? Do you think he’ll succeed in training the thousand?
Poor Kaladin and his trust issues. Don’t get me wrong, I understand why he isn’t so trusting. I can’t blame the man, but it could be his downfall. I think he’ll be discovered by a disaster. He’ll use his powers in a time of need since that’s the type of guy he is. And keeping something like that a secret with everything building up might be just too much for the man. I have a feeling that Szeth will be involved somehow with the big reveal.
Jasnah thinks Shallan’s spren is a Cryptic, as opposed to an Honorspren which is what Syl is. What do you think is the significance of this? What does it mean for Shallan? For Kaladin?
I think the spren for Kaladin and Shallan are the perfect companions for each. And Pattern (Shallan’s Cryptic) reminded me that Syl also had to learn or relearn many things before she could help Kaladin. It’ll be interesting to see him “grow” in the story.
How will Kaladin accomplish all of the tasks Dalinar has laid on him? Do you think Dalinar’s plan with the duels will work to stave off civil war and help unite the high princes?
Let’s just say, I’m glad I’m not Kaladin. He’s delegated some of the responsibility but jeez, how much can one man be responsible for. And he doesn’t have a large staff of people he can trust. Knowing him, he’ll take on too much and feel responsible for everything.
As for the duels, I kinda rolled my eyes about this one. I see the point, but I think many of the lords will see past this. However, I need to remind myself that honor is very important in this world. If it was me, I wouldn’t care too much about dueling. But I’m not much of a fighter so I would have been dead long ago. Most of the high princes seem rather childish so maybe this plan will work out beautifully. I’m fearful that Adolin won’t always win though. I know—I’m very pessimistic.
After the incident with the ship, do you think Jasnah is truly dead? Predictions?
I’m hoping she’s not dead. She isn’t the most compassionate character, but when she died I was saddened. I like the way she saw things and how she looked at everything from an intellectual stance. I can relate more to her than to Adolin. And I’m fearful with her dead it will take the rest a lot longer to figure things out. Of course that makes for good reading. But the world, even ones like this, needs scholars.
What are your first thoughts/impressions of Pattern? How do you see his and Shallan’s relationship developing?
At first I wasn’t too impressed by Pattern. Then I remembered about Sly not knowing everything at first (and she’s still struggling with her memory) and now I’m curious to see how he develops and what he’ll attribute. Hopefully for the good, but it would be neat if he was more mischievous.
My apologies for being late this week. I’m looking forward to reading (I should say listening) to the next part. Have a great weekend!