Wednesday, January 22, 2014
The Way of Kings Read-Along, Week 4
1. We seem to be getting more and more proof that there is some ''luck'' or magic at play when it comes to Kaladin's safety, survival and his skills - especially during those battle scenes. Even when performing that Kata in the Chasm, there was something incredible about his movements according to the rest of the crew. Initially the blade seemed to be the source of his skills (to me at least) , what do you think might be fueling his powers? Do you think they're getting stronger?
I think it's a definite possibility. Now that he's focusing them, honing them in a lot of ways, his abilities are growing. Whatever is fueling them would naturally grow stronger. I have to say, I also think they're tied to Syl somehow. She was buzzing around him in the chasm and the others--even aside from Rock--could see her. I don't think her showing up right when Kaladin would need this kind of help, is a coincidence. Whether she's the actual source, though, or just a byproduct of something else that's happening, though, remains to be seen.
2. We were introduced to Navani, King Gavilar's widow and the current King Elhokar's mother. What was your initial impression of her? There seems to be some complicated history between her and Dalinar, do you think she might end up being an ally or an eventual hindrance?
She seems very confident, very sure of herself. Intriguing. She's also definitely a schemer. I can't help but think that whatever happened to Dalinar that made him forget his wife entirely might have something to do with her. If they have history, then at the very least she would have known who his wife was. I'm very interested to learn more about her and what their history together entailed, and what she might know about his wife. Whether she'll be an ally or a hindrance, though, is hard to say at this point. She's still too swathed in mystery to say what her intentions are.
3. What did you make of Sadeas' maneuver against Dalinar to gain the King's favor by being named the High Prince of Information? How do you reconcile his actions with the advice Dalinar received ''to trust'' Sadeas?
Obviously Sadeas is both cunning and ambitious. He's also observant enough to figure out how to manipulate the king. As the king is young and, as pointed out by his own mother, not the strongest of kings, this may not be particularly difficult, but Sadeas managed to outwit Dalinar, so he's obviously someone to watch out for. I don't know how to reconcile trusting him yet. Either the voice is wrong (which could prove to be disastrous) or there's more to him we just haven't seen yet. Who knows? Maybe he will do great good as High Prince of Information. No idea how that could be the case, but I guess we'll see.
4. Where you surprised when Rock admitted to Kaladin that he was seemingly born being able to see the Spren and therefore could see Syl following Kaladin around? That led to a pivotal point for Kaladin, gaining Rock's favor and then Teft's. What were your thoughts on that whole scene? Can you speculate as to why some people are able to see the spren when others can not?
It was definitely interesting to find someone else who can see Syl. The more we learn about Rock, the more I like him. He was the first to recognize what Kaladin was trying to do and support him. Plus, he obviously has an interesting past. Even Kaladin was confused about exactly what Rock meant about being born with the ability to see Spren, so I don't think we have any hope of understanding it yet, but hopefully Rock will explain more at some juncture. Overall, I'm really loving this team dynamic Kaladin is establishing. If certain people are born being able to see Spren--no idea how or why that would be--but in terms of the story, it would suggest that Kaladin may have need of Rock at some point. Not sure for what, but it's an interesting fact to file away for now.
5. We got to see Adolin confront his father Dalinar because of his visions and lay all his cards on the table. Clearly Adolin thinks his father is losing it and his words seemed to shake Dalina's own convictions as well. Do you think this will have a lasting effect on Dalinar's belief in his visions? Not to mention his acting on them? Moreover, do you think Adolin will ever be convinced that there is more to Dalinar's visions any time soon?
In a way, this might have been a good thing because at least now Dalinar now knows where his son stands. Yet, it's always disheartening to hear a statement of unbelief from a close family member. I hope it doesn't discourage Dalinar too much. I think if the visions keep coming, though, he won't be able to help but do as they tell him to. It's all too real to him to be ignored. If things stay as they are, I don't think Adolin will ever believe anything about the visions other than that they're delusions in Dalinar's head. For him to believe, something significant would have to happen like he himself seeing them or perhaps some part of them materializing in the real world.
6. As if in further indication of Dalinar and Kaladin's collision course towards one another, Dalinar has agreed to train a bridge crew - without putting them directly into assault or harm's way (of course, love these two!!) do you think their joined efforts might be enough to change the way the the other High Princes go about things during battle? Especially Sadeas?
I doubt the actual training and ideas will do much. They'll have to demonstrate the value of this in the field, and it will have to be significantly better than the system already in place. I really hope Dalinar can accomplish it, though. That, and trying to get other princes to work with him to take a plateau. Of course we can see the value of his ideas, but no one else is very convinced as yet. Every time he talks about it or approaches someone, I get excited for him. I hope he accomplishes his aim and revolutionizes the system sooner or later.
I really liked the image of Kaladin and his men sitting around the fire, eating stew and talking and singing. Who wouldn't want to be a part of that crew, as opposed to all the others. I also liked the way Kaladin managed to not be manipulated by the apothecary. Only someone with some education could make the connections and come to the conclusions Kaladin does. I'm glad he'll have a way to make some money and further his own plans, now. It's always nice to see a forward-thinking character who finds ways around the limits imposed upon him.
Also, where's Shallan? I keep hoping to get back to her story. I miss her. Hopefully in this next section.
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