Chaos and stability, the mist was both. Upon the land there was an empire, within that empire were a dozen shattered kingdoms, within those kingdoms were cities, towns, villages, plantations. And above them all, within them all, around them all, was the mist. It was more constant than the sun, for it could not be hidden by clouds. It was more powerful than the storms, for it would outlast any weather’s fury. It was always there. Changing, but eternal.
Hey everyone, and welcome to the second week of the Well of Ascension readalong! Sorry this wasn’t up at midnight; a major electrical storm with 70mph winds kept knocking out the power, and Virginia is a bit of a mess right now.
For anyone who missed last week’s discussion, it can be found here over at Stainless Steel Droppings. This post and the comments will contain major plot spoilers for Part 2 of the book, so if you haven’t read it you might want to stop reading now.
The above artwork is Koloss by JasperSandner. It seemed fitting considering that there’s an army of 20,000 Koloss’ marching toward Luthadel. I’m curious how Lekal is able to control them and whether that control is going to be strong enough to keep them from turning on him and causing chaos.
One of the most interesting things about this week’s reading is that we know that somebody in Vin’s inner circle is a Kandra. Does anyone have any guesses as to who it might be? We’ve eliminated some potential candidates, but not everyone, and it’s starting to have a major impact on how affairs in Luthadel are playing out. We already saw that with Lord Straff and the way that he anticipated Elend’s moves in their negotiations up until he decided to threaten to send Vin against him.
Speaking of Kandra, I’m loving watching the relationship between Vin and OreSeur unfold, and I loved hearing more about Kandra nature and beliefs. I think that once Vin gets over her jealousy that the two of them will make great friends. I’m also willing to bet that jealousy is at least a small part of why Vin doesn’t like Tindwyl. She’s giving advice to Elend on how to be a better king, and he’s listening to her and spending a lot of time with her.
How do you think Elend’s doing as a King? I’m liking Tindwyl’s influence on him, and was frustrated by the fact that Elend got deposed right when he was finally starting to be acceptable in fulfilling his new position. Thus far, Elend’s been too idealistic to be an effective ruler. Much as democracy is nice, I don’t think that Luthadel was ready for it quite yet, and the Council is making the city weaker than it needs to be when facing a shitload of armies. Elend needed to have been able to make his own decisions and have them carry authority, otherwise the Council is going to act out of self-preservation rather than taking risks that might allow Luthadel to come out on top.
What do you guys think about Zane? I’m intrigued by the voices in his head and the way that he doesn’t listen to them, but I’m hoping that he will listen to them when they demand that he kill Straff. That would be an incredibly convenient thing for him to do, so I doubt that it’s going to happen. Do you think he’s got it in him to kill Vin, or will he rebel against Straff? I’m not sure that he’s even capable of beating her.
As far as other potential discussion starters go, what parts of this week’s reading stood out to you the most? What do you think is going to happen next?