From this point on there will be spoilers from section four. I’ll avoid end of the book spoilers till next week.
Well, we finally got our long awaited view of the Lord Ruler, firstly just a brief glimpse during the executions and then during the fight with Kelsier. What do you now think about him and the myth’s surrounding him? And, given his strength do you think he can be beaten?
Having finished the book, I’m not going to comment on whether he can be beaten. Overall though my opinion still stands that although he’s a tyrant he still has a function. The executions were chilling, and the Lord Ruler is an evil that must be stopped. If they beat him then they’re going to have to deal with the Deepness, and the consequences will never be the same. I don’t think that it’s an eventuality that they prepared for, but there’s definitely some truth to the legends.
What was your reaction to Kelsier’s response to finding Marsh dead? I can’t help feeling that there are going to be some serious economic repercussions to destroying the crystals – what sort of impact do you think this will have, not just on the nobles but on the Skaa?
I thought that what Kelsier did was suitable retaliation, and it made me respect him even more. He’s an Allomancer and has worked in the Pits, so he knows the value of Atium. He also knows what it’s like to have its power and is willing to destroy it anyway. I can’t help but think though that there’s a twist here that will come back to haunt us down the road. I’m wondering whether the Lord Ruler was hoarding the Atium or using it to hold back the Deepness in some way. Yeah, there will be economic repercussions, and House Venture is going to have to find a new source of income, but I think there’s going to be more than that and it might come back to bite them.
Finally, each week we learn a little bit more of the Lord Ruler’s history. And each week it has a different impact. This week’s snippets had the same impact – I was really interested in the excerpt when he mentions that the Darkness is not as oppressive when higher up in the mountains – do you have any more ideas about the Darkness?
I am very curious about the Deepness. I think it’s related in some ways to the coming of the Mists and to the prophecies. I wish that we knew more about the prophecies, but I think we’ll learn more about them in the next two books. I enjoy the Lord Ruler’s journal; he seems like a pretty decent guy there. I love how Sanderson uses his perspective to tell us about the past and shed some light on obstacles to come.
(I did have another query – but it might be too much??) I was wondering about Elend and Vin – they’ve also had their ups and downs this week but seem determined to work round them – can you see anything of a future for these two or is there too much history between the nobles and Skaa and too much difference and prejudice between the two?
The moment when he was running around as the executions were about to start trying to find Valette even while he knew that she was skaa made me think that there’s definitely hope for those two. Elend’s a bit naive, but he seems to be a genuine person. He’s willing to put himself on the line for Vin even as he believes that she’s about to be executed. That says something to me.
Now… one or two thoughts that involve spoilers (highlight if you want to read them):
During this entire section, I kept thinking “The Lord Ruler wears metal. If he were just an Allomancer, he wouldn’t do that. Maybe he’s a Feruchemist too? I was right! It was neat to see the subtle foreshadowing that Sanderson gave us to let us be able to figure it out on our own. That’s also why I think that the Atium was being used for something, and even though I don’t know what, I think it has something to do with the Deepness. Of course, it could be a red herring, but perhaps not.