1) Is this your first Brandon Sanderson experience? Any expectations going into this read along?
This is my first Sanderson book. I’ve heard great things about all of his books, especially the world building, and so far I think it’s as good as I hoped and dreamed.
2) In the Prelude to the Stormlight Archive, we see that Talenel (Taln) died and his sword is unaccounted for. Jerzien and company have decided it is best for 1 to suffer instead of 10. What do you make of this scene?
I’m really curious to see when/if Jerzien and company show back up. In fact, I’m contemplating the idea that Kaladin might be a reincarnation. Either way, this scene really hooked me in with its hints at a massive good vs evil battle playing out in the background of the future events that are the focus of the book.
3) What did you think of Szeth’s fighting abilities and the fight scenes? Any thoughts on the crystalline sphere and King Gavilar Kholin’s last words?
Wow, does Brandon Sanderson do epic. The fighting abilities were very unique and very well explained. I liked that Szeth could only use magic in specific ways, since anything else would have made him over-powered. No predictions on the sphere yet.
4) Each chapter proper starts with a few words from a dying person, their station, and status in life. Any thoughts on what these portend?
I’m curious if shard blades collect the words of the dying or contain souls or some such. I’m listening to an audiobook and I really want to go back and see if there’s any pattern, but so far that’s been too much trouble.
5) Kaladin went from warrior to slave in a matter of the first 2 chapters. Care to speculate on the details of how his life changed so drastically?
No, I’m not sure which hints I’ve gotten are from chapters past chapter 6. I hope Sanderson stops keeping us in suspense soon though.
6) Sylphrena (Syl) the Windspren seems attached to Kaladin. Are you enjoying her character? Do you like the Spren in general in the world building so far?
She’s awesome! She’s so much fun. I loved where she was surprised to have a nickname. I like that she’s so attached to Kaladin because it gives the impression that he’s someone special with an interesting future and that’s helpful when he’s getting through some rough patches. I adore the world building so far. I think Sanderson is incredibly creative. The Chull are a great example of this. Until they were described, I assumed the animals pulling the carts were like ox or yaks, so when they suddenly have claws and turn out to be giant crabs… that’s cool!
7) Shallan Davar has finally caught up to Brightness Jasnah Kholin and her soulcaster. Jasnah and the jeweled fabril can change stone to smoke; what else do you think it can do?
Actually, until I read Nrlymrtl’s post, I kind of thought they could turn any substance into any other substance. The fact that they can only turn stone into other things makes that a more reasonable power. I’m not sure what the limitations on its power might be, but I would be surprised if it turns out that it can be used to create living creatures.