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Week 2 – April 9th – Chapters 9-15 (105 Pages) – Over The Effing Rainbow
Week 3 – April 16 – Chapters 16-28 (112 Pages) – Stainless Steel Droppings
Week 4 – April 23rd – Chapters 29-39 (111 Pages) – Dab of Darkness
Week 5 – April 30th – Chapters 40-48 (107 Pages) – Coffee, Cookies & Chili Peppers
Week 6 – May 7th – Chapters 49-57 (110 Pages) – Lynn’s Book Blog
Week 7 – May 14th – Chapters 58-65 (102 Pages) – Over The Effing Rainbow
Week 8 – May 21st – Chapters 14 66-74 (104 Pages) – Books Without Any Pictures
Week 9 – May 28th – Chapters 75-81 (103 Pages) – Musings on Fantasia
Week 10 – June 4th – Chapters 82-END (94 Pages) – Coffee, Cookies & Chili Peppers
We basically get the same prologue from the first book except from Jasnah’s POV. She tells Gangnah that her father’s assassin walked on the wall, and it’s ignored. We also see the Parshman leaders immediately take credit for the assassin. What did you make of it all? Insights? Impressions? How will this affect the story going forward?
Grace: I was glad to see something we already knew about happen in the prologue, but from a different point of view. It’s been several years since I read The Way of Kings, and to be honest, my memory is not quite as fresh as it could be.
Mike: Honestly I felt like it was a bit long, but otherwise pretty good. The perspective we saw it from last time was more interesting, and probably the best way of looking at it. What I think was important wasn’t the assassination itself, but the magical land of beads that sometimes want to be an object and sometimes don’t. If you can’t handle the beads, you’ll drown in them.
Grace: The beads were very trippy, but I also thought the Parshman taking credit was interesting. During most of The Way of Kings, we only experienced the Parshmen as enemies or passive slaves. This shows them in a completely different light.
Mike: I don’t think they had anything to do with the assassination. They decided to take credit for it as part of a conspiracy.
Andolin and Shallan are unofficially engaged. How do you see this relationship panning out?
Mike: Well, I wanted Jasnah and Kaladin to hook up, so whatever. I hope the Andolin and Shallan thing pans out.
Grace: Shallan doesn’t seem to be the marrying type. She’s too independent and scholarly. Then again, you never know. She seems open to the idea, at least.
Mike: Ha, wrong! Go back and re-read that first book. I think you’re confusing Shallan with Jasnah. This is the woman who wanted to study under Jasnah but was convinced by her brothers to go halfway across the world to steal her shit.
Grace: Exactly. If he comes between her and her obligation to her family, I don’t see things ending well.
Mike: That’s nonsense. If anything, her brothers will be dead!
Grace: And good riddance. Assholes.
Mike: There was only one sadistic one and the rest were just pathetic.
Grace: It would still be nice to see her outside their influence.
Mike: I still think you’re wrong and you’re just trying to project Jasnah onto Shallan.
Kaladin wants to keep his Radiant powers a secret for as long as possible. How successful do you think he’ll be? How long will he remain hidden? Do you think he’ll succeed in training the thousand?
Grace: There’s no way he’s keeping his powers secret. He already isn’t very good at it. Case in point: even tattoos won’t stick to him.
Mike: “Your tattoos won’t stick. Gah, I guess he’s a Knight Radiant. Get him!” That’s ridiculous.
Grace: It’s not just one thing though but a lot of little things piling up. People who see him and interact with him enough will get suspicious that something strange is going on. And with Dalinar rambling about his dreams, the Knights Radiant are gonna be on everyone’s mind very soon.
Mike: Yeah, but he’s a darkeyes. Nobody’s gonna think he’s important at all. He just has to not suck on Stormlight and he’s good.
Grace: The folks from Bridge Four will know, and the thousand will soon find out. Surely there’s at least one of them that might out him.
Mike: No, all of Bridge Four loves him, and he’s not gonna tell the other bridges. And as for training them, he’ll be successful. It’s not hard to train men. You appoint officers then make them train other people. He’s already got Bridge Four, so it’ll be easy.
Jasnah thinks Shallan’s spren is a Cryptic, as opposed to an Honorspren which is what Syl is. What do you think is the significance of this? What does it mean for Shallan? For Kaladin?
Mike: They just have different powers, that’s all it means.
Grace: Although I think it’s ironic that Shallan gets a “liespren” after that stunt she pulled on Jasnah. Although, it’s interesting to see that Shallan, Jasnah, and Kaladin all had different kinds of spren. It shows that world is changing, and fast.
How will Kaladin accomplish all of the tasks Dalinar has laid on him? Do you think Dalinar’s plan with the duels will work to stave off civil war and help unite the high princes?
Grace: I think the duels working is a pipe dream. Dalinar’s an idealist, and people have become so corrupted that they’re not going to listen to him even if he promises miracles. However, I envision him earning a lot of respect from the people in the camp who have very little power, and that might mean something when shit hits the fan.
Mike: Those duels are gonna be very interesting for everyone, even people you don’t suspect. More than likely the duels alone won’t cut it, but it will have an effect. If you lose all your Shardplate to the crazy dude’s son, you’re getting your wings clipped and are gonna have to listen to him cause he has all the winning cards. If anyone went to war with him, he would have the majority of the shards.
After the incident with the ship, do you think Jasnah is truly dead? Predictions?
Mike: No comment.
Grace: She’s dead, Jim.
What are your first thoughts/impressions of Pattern? How do you see his and Shallan’s relationship developing?
Grace: He’s such a cute little terrifying mathematical symbol. I’m a fan.
Mike: He’s like a little kid. He’s got an understanding of concepts, but has a very literal sense of the world, so when Shallan relays a human concept to him he’s like “Wait, what? That doesn’t make sense. That’s a lie.” I also like that “mmm” thing he does in the middle of a sentence.
Grace: This further reinforces the fact that I want a spren too!
Mike: Just make a baby and genetically alter it to give you superpowers, and bam, there’s your spren!
Grace: See everyone next week for…
Mike: No, what are you doing?! You have to conclude! You can’t just end.
Grace: Well I just did. The end.