Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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Five months after traveling to a post-apocalyptic future where collectives reign supreme and individuals have been hunted to the verge of extinction, Maggie Harper was returned to her own time until the threat to her life could be neutralized. She thought Marcus and the others would return for her within a few weeks, and now she’s beginning to worry. 

When travelers from the future finally show up to collect her, it’s not who she expected. With the return of her memories, she wants more than ever to see Marcus again, but a snake-like woman whose abilities are a perfect match for Maggie’s, an injured Traveler, and decades of civil unrest to wade through all stand in the way of their reunion.

Meanwhile, Marcus and Karl traipse through the countryside, trying to neutralize Colin, who’s promised to brutalize and murder Maggie if he can get his hands on her. When a collective woman is left for dead, Marcus heals her, hoping she’ll be the key to killing Colin and bringing Maggie back. But she may prove as much a hindrance as a help.

The team struggles to get their bearings, but things happen faster than they know. The collectives are coalescing, power is shifting, and the one called B is putting sinister plans into action. If the team can’t reunite and get a handle on the situation, their freedom and individuality—perhaps their very identity—will be ripped away before they can catch their breath.

Way of Kings Read-Along, Week 3

1.    After the Chasmfiend attack there were a number of altercations.  Two of these that particularly drew my interest were: the little scene where Wit ridiculed Sadeas - which seems to be a dangerous thing to do given that this could result in a dual or assassination - any ideas about why Wit seems to enjoy provoking Sadeas so much and: during the discussion with the King, Dalinar and Adolin - it seemed that the King became fleetingly suspicious - and later in the story the same look of suspicion crossed his features again during conversation with Dalinar.  What do you think is going on in the King’s head in relation to Dalinar?

Not sure why Wit likes to ridicule Sadeas. It could be many different reasons. One might be simply that Sadeas is the kind of guy that's got a lot of pride and is fairly prickly about it. For someone like Wit, who thrives on reaction to his ridicule, Sadeas has made himself the perfect target. Of course, it could be more complicated than that too. We know that Dalinar and Sadeas have different ways of protecting the king, and that Adolin hates Sadeas. Maybe this is a case of Wit being loyal to one of them and his ridicule of Sadeas is his way of showing who he's siding with. Or, maybe he knows something about Sadeas no one else does, but for whatever reason can't expose him, and so settles for trying to humiliate him. It will be interesting to see where it goes.

As for the king, a little later we see him talking with Dalinar. His suspicion, based on what he says later, is probably either because he believes 1) that Dalinar truly is going mad or 2) that he's growing soft, and away from the generally held beliefs of their culture. He talked about how erratic his father, Gavilar, became just before his assassination (question 5). Obviously, the king didn't like that behavior in his father, and now he suspects Dalinar is following in his brother's footsteps.

 2.    We seemed to get a little more insight about why the bridgemen are not given shields of protection - what did you think of the reasoning behind this and what do you make of Sadeas - is he trustworthy or not?

It's one of those things that seems like it makes sense, but when you really think it through, it doesn't. If they would show loyalty to their men, and that they value their sacrifices, not only would the bridgemen live longer, but they would do their jobs better, and make for a more effective army and battle.

I can't decide about Sadeas. He seems fairly honorable, and his reasons for why he believes and does what he does--as we've seen them so far--seem valid, but there may be more to him that we aren't seeing yet. Perhaps it's because he's the major opposition to both Dalinar and Andolin, and we're already totally rooting for both of them, but there does seem to be something negative about him that makes us not want to trust him. Guess we'll find out. 

 3.    Elhokar has suspicions about attempts on his life - is he paranoid or not and, if not, who do you suspect might be responsible?

This is a really fascinating aspect of the story to me. Normally, it would be easy to dismiss it as mere paranoia, especially considering what happened to his father. I think Dr. Phil would have something to say about that. Yet, what if he's not paranoid. What if there is something to his fear, and we just can't see what it is, yet? I always perk up when they start talking about this because I'm so interested to see where it goes.

 4.    Kaladin is a very intriguing character, what did you make of the latest bridge scene where he put himself at the front of the bridge and then his actions following that?  Did you think it revealed anything more about him?

Kaladin = Awesome. Sauce. Seriously. That was so great. Kaladin understands what true leadership is. That one act of leadership and, you know, proactiveness, will probably take him farther and give him more power over his own life than everything he's done since becoming a slave combined. He's obviously destined for greatness, and we have already seen how he's earned, at least to some extent, the respect and perhaps even loyalty of those around him. What he did inspired them to act, to help him, save the fallen. Definitely an inspirational scene.

5.    During Elhokar and Dalinar’s later discussion the king said that Dalinar was becoming more like Gavilar near to his end ‘When he began to act … erratically”  It seems like Dalinar is becoming more like his brother.  Do you think this is significant?

Yes. It seems to me that perhaps it has something to do with the bloodline. Perhaps Gavilar was having the same visions and receiving the same messages because for some reason their family is meant to unite the kingdoms. When Gavilar was assassinated, the mantle fell to his brother. Maybe it even had to do with those last words, written to his brother in blood that magically transferred the responsibility somehow. That's my theory, anyway.

 6.    We finally witness one of Dalinar’s visions.  Do you think there is any significance about the visions always taking place during a storm and what were your feelings about this particular vision?

I thought it was fascinating. For myself, I really love to learn about the past in fantasy worlds, be it cultural history or just past memories of characters. I think the fact that it happens during the storms must be significant. He always hears the same voice, trying to tell him things, and the visions only come during the high storms, which seems to indicate, then, that perhaps the owner of the voice lives in the high storm, perhaps?

This obviously took place during a pre-historic time. Things like the Shardbearer history, when there were many of them in an order and such, have obviously been lost, so it was fascinating to see a time when Shardplate wasn't as rare. I really liked the black smoke beasts. Those were pretty cool. I couldn't quite tell what Dalinar was supposed to get from the vision, though. Obviously it all points toward uniting the people, but even that is hazy. Will he unite the ten kingdoms against the Parshendi? Or unite them with the Parshendi? Hard to say. Can't wait to see more visions, though--hopefully--and try to glean a clearer picture.

Overall, I really enjoyed these chapters. Here's what other bloggers thought:

How did everyone else like this section?


  1. I tweeted it! Kaladin sounds like a true leader which is trick to do.

  2. I really need to read more Brandon Sanderson books (the only ones of his I've read were his installments of the Wheel of Time). The library just always has SUCH a long line for any of his books.


    Good luck on your free promo! I will share on my facebook page about it.

  3. I grabbed the freebie and tweeted it. I love Brandon Sanderson but have not read The way of Kings yet. I need to move that up in my TBR pile.

    Lacie @ Rainy Dayz Reviewz

  4. 1. Good point - I never thought about that - the King could simply be listening and believing all the rumours about Dalinar.
    2. Agree. I definitely find it hard to trust Sadeas - hopefully Dalinar is right and I'm wrong (otherwise Dalinar might have to find out the hard way)
    4. Kaladin is a great character. I love that he's a healer and warrior - it seems somehow fitting. I keep thinking that somehow he's using magic and draining the spheres himself?
    5. Good thinking - it does seem that Dalinar is becoming more and more like his brother so perhaps the mantle has fallen to him.
    6. I just stopped over at Lunar Rainbows and the suggestion there was perhaps Dalinar is somehow connected to the Knights Radiant. I like that theory.
    Lynn :D

  5. I loved the vision, too! I think maybe he was just supposed to see what Alethkar once was, to prompt him to try and correct what it has now become. I also don't really see what the Parshendi have to do with anything yet, though. I'm sure there's more explanations to come!

  6. 1. It could just be as simple as Sadeas being easy to upset, but I hope it is something more complicated.

    2. It seems like they should really be trying to gain and then hold the plateaus so that they have a 'front' advancing across the area and there would deb no need to run these guys ragged all the time. But then, they wouldn't be able to retreat to their attack-proof craters and relax . . .

    3. Yep - everything we think about the king will change if this is proved one way or the other.

    4. I totally agree - awesome sauce!

    5. I didn't think of the blood connection as important, more that the two men had similar beliefs and ways of thinking, but perhaps they are the descendants of the 'voice'.

    6. I agree - I always love more details about every Fantasy world that I read! This vision seemed to confirm the importance of uniting the people against whatever the heck those black smokey things were. The inclusion of the Knights Radiants shows how far modern society has fallen from where it needs to be.

  7. Good point about Kaladin's proactiveness giving him some power over his life again. So true. Even if he is a slave, and the lowest slave there is, he still can make some decisions about his life.

    Dalinar and his vision - those smoke beasties, so foreign. Like big bags of smoke wrapped in claws and teeth. Messed up. And yeah, I loved the scene but I wasn't too sure what it all meant for Dalinar. Perhaps the disembodied voice, that guide, just likes reliving certain fights?