This week’s reading covers chapters 35-49 of Brandon Sanderson’s “Warbreaker.” A lot happened in this section! Many thanks to Amanda and Naithinfor hosting this groupread.
The image to the left is A Story for the God King by punker–rocker.
The discussion below will contain major plot SPOILERS. If you haven’t read the book, you’ll want to stop reading now. I’ll post a spoiler-free review when we’re done with the book.
1) So, pretty much everything has been flipped up on its head in this section. Which particular revelation was the greatest shock to you and how has it impacted your view of the book as a whole?
I had definitely been taken in by Denth & Co., even though I had suspected that they were making war more likely rather than less. Those assholes! I didn’t even like Vivenna, and I still found myself angry for her. Being fooled so thoroughly definitely makes me appreciate Sanderson’s writing even more than I already had. I’m starting to warm up to Vivenna now that she’s realizing what an idiot she’s been.
Oh, and the scene with the Allmother impressed me a lot. Lightsong is my favorite character in the book thus far, but he doesn’t fit in very well at the Court of the Gods. I was surprised that Allmother was willing to trust him, and I wonder whether he’ll be able to prevent the war.
2) Vasher is perhaps one of those things who we’ve had flipped over on us. Turns out he may have once been a scholar, even! Vasher and Viveena have quite the conversation about Awakening and Returned and skate across the topic of ‘Type 4’ Awakened Objects, which the story implies to be objects like Nightblood. Vasher is completely unwilling to discuss it any further – any guesses as to why?
Well, Nightblood is definitely a sentient object. There’s the morality aspect, of course, and I wonder what the cost is to create such an object. Something like Nightblood could be quite dangerous in the wrong hands.
3) Siri’s conversation with Treledees perhaps indicated that for all the disregard he shows for Siri, that he may in fact still care for the God King. If true, does this clash with their idea of simply holding onto the Divine Breath until the return of another, or how could you see it being reconciled?
Even if he’s got good intentions, cutting someone’s tongue out is a strange way of saying you care. Let’s not forget the fact that without his tongue, the God King couldn’t use the Breath to help anybody if the need arose. I still think Treledees is up to no good, and I’m glad that Siri is able to hold her own against him and use what little power she has going for her.
4) We’re so far through the book now, and the War has yet to come. Do you (still?) see it as inevitable, or do you think that it may yet be headed off?
I think that it will be headed off in the most epic manner possible. It’s coming down to the last 200 pages (give or take), which is when Sanderson novels start to get insane.
See everyone next week for the final set of discussions!