I’m late again with my posting and it’s only week two of a ten week readalong of Brandon Sanderson’s Words of Radiance hosted by Dab of Darkness and Stainless Steel Droppings. The reading schedule is here if you would like to join. This week’s questions have come to us from Lisa at Over The Effing Rainbow .
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:
1. We learn a little more about Syl and her connection to Kaladin. There are more spren out there, ‘trying…to reclaim what was lost”. Yet Syl was forbidden to come and chose to do it anyway. What do you make of this new information?
I have to admit, I was somewhat befuddled by this. I found it interesting and I want to know more, but I’m hesitant that Sanderson is setting us up for a big twist about the spren. I really like Syl. I don’t want to find out (okay I do, but it will be torture) that she isn’t all that we have been led to believe. However, knowing Sanderson, there will be one twist after another and maybe in the end it’ll be good. Maybe …
2. Chapter 10 is brief, yet intriguing – and kind of creepy! It looks like Shallan was responsible for her mother’s death, among others, when she was young. What are your thoughts on this scene?
Shallan is one of those characters that I feel like I know from the first book and yet I don’t really know her, if that makes sense. There’s so much about her past that hasn’t been revealed except for little snippets like this. Albeit, this revelation wasn’t so little. I’m intrigued about where the author is going with this. We already know that Shallan is capable of deception and stealing. What else is she hiding and what else can she do? I’m kinda on the fence about this one. Part of me likes Shallan and part of me doesn’t trust her.
3. Highlord Amaram is back, and still has Kaladin’s Shardblade. He also seems to be close friends with Dalinar. Do you think Kaladin will tell Dalinar what happened between them? If so, what do you think might happen?
Absolutely not. Kaladin isn’t the type to reveal information about his past to those he doesn’t trust. Like I said last week, he has major trust issues. However, staying out of Amaram’s way might prove tricky for Kaladin. I’m not sure what might happen, but I have a feeling it’ll be entertaining and cringe-worthy.
4. We get an Interlude with one of the Parshendi – the Shardbearer who fought Dalinar, a woman called Eshonai. We finally get a real look at the Parshendi and learn more about what they’re doing on the Shattered Plains. What are your thoughts on this?
I really enjoyed this section. The older I get the more I want to know all sides of story. The Parshendi remind me of Native Americans. They are being decimated and subjugated and are considered evil. War is never a pretty thing and “othering” is dangerous. This section shows that the whole truth isn’t known and that maybe the Parshendi aren’t the evil people as previously thought. I have to admit, I’m always a sucker for the underdog and Sanderson is playing with my emotions on this one. I love that about his books. I never really know who or what to believe. I do know that I’ll enjoy the ride to finding out the truth.
5. Adolin’s first duel doesn’t exactly go as anyone expected… What did you make of how it was won? Do you think it will force people to take Adolin, and by extension Dalinar, more seriously?
That’s a tough question since I don’t think Adolin really knows what came over him. It might force some to take a closer look at Adolin and Dalinar’s tactics, but so far, the highprinces act like spoiled children so I’m not sure one dual will change many minds. I’m curious to see how the dueling progresses from here. And will Dalinar approve of Adolin’s decision? He values honor, but he’s also getting desperate. Desperate times call for desperate measures. It’ll be interesting to watch.
Whew, I’m glad I finally answered the questions. Now I can start reading again! Have a marvelous weekend!