I can’t believe there’s only 30% of this book left to read! These last seven hundred pages have been amazing and I’m excited to see how this book will end in a couple weeks~ I’m so glad I decided to participate, haha. Anyway, this week we’re discussing chapters 43 through 50, with Coffee, Cookies and Chili Peppers hosting! MAJOR SPOILERS ARE IN THE CHASMS BELOW, BEWARE.
1. What did you think of the replacement for the delightful Lamaril, or rather, what did you make of his wife, who seems to do all his work? She assumes that chasm duty is the worst punishment that she can throw at the bridge crew, so were you surprised that Kaladin saw an opportunity in it so quickly?
Everyone’s got it out for Bridge Four, I swear. I mean, I suppose they don’t want the other bridgemen to follow their example, as broken bridgemen seem to be what Sadeas prefers. They’re arrow fodder, barely even human in these people’s eyes. I’m glad Kaladin didn’t let despair overcome him again with the new assignment, and though this opportunity is essentially their last hope, he is dedicated to this (likely) futile plan. I can only hope things go well in the end, but with his track record thus far, I’m afraid we’ll see disaster. But, we have three hundred pages left and the rest of the series, so maybe they will prevail? :O
2. Please use this opportunity to list all the imaginative ways that you would like Roshone to suffer for forcing poor little Tien into the army. 😦
That man needs to fall into a chasm in the Shattered Plains (or pushed, perhaps?), somehow survive the fall, and then get dismembered one limb at a time by a chasmfiend. And then subsequently eaten. Or he could be soulcast into fire. I could also go with him being dragged behind a chull for as many miles as it takes until he is barely alive, then leave him for whatever equivalent of buzzards Roshar has. If the “buzzards” don’t get him, the highstorms will. *laughs maniacally*
3. Finally, somebody is asking questions about the inconstancy of the Parshendi artifacts and how Gavilar changed in the months leading up to his death. What do you make of the accounts that Shallan is reading? Also, what do you think about Shen, the Parshman added to the bridge crew?
The Parshendi have to be getting their Shardblades and plates from SOMEWHERE. Whether it’s from ruins they’ve stumbled upon or if some figure is gifting them, I don’t know. But it seems to be the root of most of the problems. As for our Parshman, he’s definitely got more to him than meets the eye. As do the rest of the Parshmen, I would think. I wonder when they came to be used as slaves by everyone else? And if they have a hivemind type thing like the Parshendi? If they do… I would be afraid of what happens if they all decide to rebel at once.
4. Shallan has some seriously bizarre visions or hallucinations. Do you have any new ideas about the nature of the symbol-headed figures: are they good or evil? What about the alternative world and the beads: could that really have been the soul or essence of the goblet that she spoke to before it changed into blood?
At first I thought they were malevolent beings… Now I’m not so sure. They definitely have something to do with Shallan figuring out how to Soulcast, but the connection with the king and a supposed future demise also bothers me. Or maybe I’m reading too much into things? The alternate world with the beads made me think almost of the atoms binding the goblet together, or seeing the goblet at a more molecular level. At least, this seems like an interesting way to think about it.
5. Does Kaladin’s dream / vision seem similar to those that Dalinar has been having? He is called the ‘Child of Tanavast, Child of Honor’ and there is mention of an entity called Odium, who appears to be rather bad. Do you have any speculation about these two beings, how they fit into the world that we have seen so far and why the name Odium makes Syl hiss and fly off?
It is definitely of a similar source, for sure, but they obviously have different roles to play and therefore receive different messages. I don’t really know what they are, to be honest. Odium sounds like the embodiment of evil from the information we have so far, but perhaps that is too broad of an assessment. Whatever they are, they definitely have a connection to the impending calamity that Roshar will likely face in the near future.
6. We have learnt some more about the events following Cenn’s chapter way back at the beginning of the book. Were you surprised that Kaladin defeated a Shardbearer almost singlehandedly? This still does not explain why he is a slave, but does it bring us closer to guessing?
Kaladin is the best, I swear. I’m not entirely surprised he managed to do it himself, but I WAS surprised that he relinquished his rightful prize to another. I mean, from the past info I thought it was stolen directly from him… But now I can only assume it could have been taken from the man he gave it to. We are definitely closer to the heart of the truth in this matter. Amaram was NOT prepared for that at all. Which begs the question… Why WAS there a Shardbearer in that battle in the first place? *ponders*
7. I think I made it quite clear last week that I did not trust Kabsal, so I am now feeling rather smug. However, I did not guess at the poison in the bread: did it surprise you as well? Can you see any way that Shallan can reconcile with Jasnah now that the theft has been revealed?
Oh, Kabsal. Oh, oh Kabsal… The poison was completely unexpected, especially with the antidote in the jam. Though, Kabsal was acting rather suspicious and I had already thought he had ulterior motives, I just didn’t believe he would actually go to such lengths. At this point, I don’t know if Shallan can reconcile at all with Jasnah, though I think Jasnah has a lot more up her sleeve than I think. She had to have known before. She had to…
So we’ve got a big spooky force that makes our lovely spren hiss, ehh? Sounds like signs of big things going down. 😀 See you next week, guys~