The Way of Kings Read Along: Week Four

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Hello, again~ I know I’ve only been posting for this read along, but hopefully with some good time management I can be posting more often soon.  We’ll see – I really can’t stress myself too much or I’ll go insane, haha.  Anyway, this week propelled the book even more so as we begin to finally get some answers and yet are given more questions to consider.  It always seems to be that way though, doesn’t it?  Regardless-  SPOILERS FOR CHAPTERS 20 THROUGH 27 RESIDE BELOW, LIKE KRAKENS IN THE SEA.

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 believe I mentioned in a comment section that I think Kaladin is drawing upon Stormlight without quite realizing it, a more untrained version of what Szeth has going on.  I may be way off the mark, but the series being called The Stormlight Archive makes me think my thoughts could be very much possible.  I don’t know if his powers are necessarily getting stronger, but perhaps more noticeable by others?  Or he could be exhibiting them more since he found a sense of himself again.  I’m not quite sure.

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?

I’m on the fence as to whether Navini scares me or if she’s just a bad ass woman who doesn’t take shit from anyone.  Most importantly, she knows how to use her assets to toy around with others and get what she wants.  This would make her quite a dangerous player if she wished to cause trouble.  I have some inclination that she’s trying to get power herself and may be one of the more important players in all of this to watch.  Overall, her appearance makes me nervous, as does that appointed meeting with Dalinar.  Oh, and the fact that she criticizes her son, THE KING, at the table!  She is certainly crossing lines she should not be crossing… if anything, from what the current atmosphere is like, she’ll end up causing some sort of trouble.  That term femme fatale comes to mind…..

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?

Sadeas, Sadeas, Sadeas… Tricky son of a bitch, that one.  I keep not wanting to be wary of him because of how obvious him being a villain would be, you know?  I keep wanting to know more of his backstory than we do and figure out what makes him tick.  Being named High Prince of Information makes him like the head of the new secret police, and I don’t like it one bit.  Though, perhaps he has a grander plan in all this that isn’t as obvious.  I really want to trust the advice given to Dalinar, but we’ll see, I suppose.

4. Were 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 cannot?

I wasn’t entirely surprised?  I mean, the existence of races that can more readily see the spren isn’t something that seems unheard of.  Perhaps some races are more sensitive to such creatures than others.  I was just happy Kaladin finally has allies.  Rock as a character is absolutely hilarious too, with that whole deal about using chull dung in Sadeas’s food.  Funniest reason to become a bridgeman ever.

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?

I don’t think Adolin will be convinced until some calamity happens where Dalinar can say “I told you so”.  Poor Dalinar, however… He keeps trying to do the right thing but is so torn, which doesn’t help things at all.  His disgust during the battle with the Parshendi, for example, worries me a bit.  The only way to ever convince any of his fellow highprinces or the people close to him is to work at things slowly and not try to cause massive change instantly, which to an extent he’s doing.  The whole confrontation with Adolin, due to how high profile it has become, will be hindersome at best and devastating at worst.  I don’t blame him for questioning the things he’s seen after that.

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 other High Princes  go about things during battle?  Especially Sadeas?

I feel that this collision course can only do good things in the end, especially in Kaladin’s case.  I’m hoping his skills in leading others and perhaps in battle can be realized by better people, elevating his status to a place where he could actually do something.  Kaladin on Dalinar’s side could only be beneficial, it’s just a matter of time to see when he gets noticed and what ultimately comes out of it.  Only with evidence will the highprinces change their ways.  Let’s see if we get it.

Other things:

Kaladin is slowly revealing what actually happened to make him a slave.  From what I can gather, Brightlord Amaram probably did not like the fact he defeated a shardbearer and likely secured Kaladin’s winnings for himself, citing an arbitrary reason that would send the poor man down into the cracks of society.  Selfish bastard.  Ugh.

I managed to get this up only a day late this time!  Perhaps next week I will be caught up and posting on Wednesdays!  Or not.  I do have two exams next week.  GAH.

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6 thoughts on “The Way of Kings Read Along: Week Four

  1. Ditto. I still really don’t trust Sadeas. I keep trying to think what the advice the Knight Radiant gave to Dalinar really meant, or more to the point if it was misleading? Like he really meant you can trust him to behave how you expect!
    I can’t help wondering whether Navini married Gavilar because he was going to become King – but maybe she preferred Dalinar? I’m not sure yet whether she’s going to be good or bad news for Dalinar.
    Lynn 😀

    • That’s a really interesting point, interpreting the words that way! I suppose I keep wanting Sadeas to not be a completely bad person because of how obvious it would be, but it’s definitely still up in the air.
      I wouldn’t be surprised if that was the reason she ended up marrying Gavilar, haha. She seems like she knows how to play the game of politics in Alethkar, that’s for certain.

  2. Navain is an interesting one to watch. I too wonder if she is simply after power, or more. And yes, why did she criticize her son, the king, at the dinner table? Granted, she was being quiet, just chatting with Dalinar, but still. If that was overheard, it would further undermine the king.

    Rock and his culinary skills! Apparently, he still has a few things to learn about low-lander cuisine…like how to over spice a dish so as to hind the pungent flavor of dung.

    Kaladin and his past. I think that whatever happened on Amaram’s battlefield broke his loyalty, and his belief in the current system of rulership. I hope this makes him very, very dangerous to the whole lighteye rulership. 🙂

    Good luck with your exams!

    • Thank you! I have extra time to study for them now that it’s apparently illegal to drive anywhere here thanks to the South not being able to handle snow, haha.

      Rock’s culinary skills are a thing I wish I could indulge in. I wonder if someone’s made recipes based off The Way of Kings? *ponders*

      Kaladin becoming a player in changing the way everything works should (and perhaps shall?) be quite fun, haha ❤

  3. Sorry I am so horribly late: sometimes my life is just far too complicated! :D 

    2. I agree: Navani makes me nervous at the moment. Dalinar is having a tough enough time without yet another complication.

    3. Again, I agree. Sadeas seems all too obvious as the Big Bad and I want a more complex story that that. However, I doubt that Mr Sanderson will disappoint.

    5. I suspect that Dalinar has a long way to go down before he can start climbing back up, but I hope that his sons stick with him.

    6. I am not sure that even evidence will make them think differently, but I might just be too cynical! 😀

    • I feel you on that one, at least with the university controlling my life lol.

      3. I trust Mr. Sanderson on this, so I’ll just keep sitting in my seat and munching on popcorn as things get even more interesting.

      5. His younger son seems reliable in this, I think, which interests me since the poor guy hasn’t gotten a lot of time dedicated to him just yet.

      6. Perhaps if the world starts going to hell they might listen? Lol

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