Way of Kings Read-Along – Part III


This week’s host is Lynn of Lynn’s Book Blog and covers chapters 14-19. Here we go!

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?
I like Wit and think he’s a good guy. Sadeas, on the other hand, seems like a bad person. I like to think that’s why Wit gives him such a hard time. In answer to the second question, nothing good! I think the king is paranoid and he’s probably worried about Dalinar simply because he’s so competent. Either that or someone is directing his suspicions towards Dalinar…

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?
Well, the thing with the bridgemen makes it clear that Sadeas is a bad person. However, I like to think we can trust Dalinar’s visions, which would mean that Sadeas is trustworthy, at least enough that he’ll help Dalinar defend the king.

3. Elhokar has suspicions about attempts on his life – is he paranoid or not and, if not, who do you suspect might be responsible?
Elhokar is definitely paranoid but in the case of the saddle, he might be right to be. Although I hope Sadeas turns out to be trustworthy, he is an obvious suspect since he’s benefitted from the accident (or “accident”, as the case may be).

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?
From the very first chapter, it was already clear that he was a good guy who valued the lives of his men. This chapter made it clear how brave and self-sacrificing he was willing to be.

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??
I’m not sure. Depending on why Gavilar was killed, it could mean Dalinar is in danger. It’s also possible that on his brother’s death, some kind magical force passed to him. I’d be very curious if his brother was also having visions before he died.

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 would guess they’re somehow powered by the storm, in the same way their money is recharged by a storm. The vision was fascinating! I suspect it was true and it’s another thing that makes me suspect reincarnation may be part of the explanation for everything that’s happening. 


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5 Responses to Way of Kings Read-Along – Part III

  1. Lynn

    That vision was super strange as far as visions go. I mean, Dalinar was taking part in the vision and actually saved the ‘woman and child’ – made me laugh when he called her ‘woman’ and she told him off. And those creatures! Kind of makes you want to carry a poker around with you, just in case…
    Lynn :D
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    • It was very strange! I’m not sure how to explain the fact that he still had his fighting skills and was able to change events in the vision. His interactions with his “wife” were very funny :)

  2. nrlymrtl

    I think you are right in that Sadeas can be protected with the King’s health but anyone below that? Not likely! Everyone else is a tool or a resource for him to use to further himself or protect the King.

    Yeah, we don’t know why Gavilar was killed. What if his search for the Words is why he was killed? As Dalinar gets closer and closer to understanding his brother, he may become a target too. Which would be a little ironic as his nephew, the king, is so paranoid about being killed.
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    • Even if he can be trusted, I kind of hope Sadeas has to pay for his mistreatment of the bridgemen somehow. That jerk.

      Dalinar seems like such a great guy, I hope he figures out what’s going on before he’s in danger because of it!

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