1. There were a whole bunch of character revelations in this last section of the book. We now know who Warbreaker is, and what Blushweaver’s motivations are, and who was behind the war, and the intentions of several characters we suspected. How do you feel, now that everything’s out in the open?
I feel that all my major questions about the characters have been wrapped up while still leaving the story open for further exploration should Sanderson want to return to it. I especially like how the title Warbreaker can refer to not only the character with that name but to a number of the characters as they scrambled around trying to stop the war.
From my first read through, I can still remember being shocked by Bluefingers’ actions and surprised by the age of both Denth and Vasher and the source of contention between them.
2. At the beginning of our group read, I asked if you thought the Returned actually were divine. We saw Lightsong change his mind on his own divinity, and learned a bit more about the Returned. Has your answer about divinity changed, then, since the beginning of the book?
I am not really a believer in divinity to begin with, but for this book, I believe Lightsong met this story’s definition of divinity in the end. Vasher’s parting comments in the Epilogue were interesting because they so mirrored many of the doubts and internal arguments that Lightsong had throughout the novel.
3. Now that we’ve seen Nightblood in action, firsthand, and know more about its history, what do you think about it as an object? What are your thoughts about Vasher’s relationship with the sword?
Well, Vasher did a naughty thing bringing Nightblood into the world. On the other hand, he has been paying long penance keeping Nightblood out of trouble. I can see that Nightblood will always need a keeper, one of the noble variety preferably.
Nightblood did provide me with some good entertainment throughout the novel. In this section, I especially liked how it managed to get itself off a lake bottom and back to Vivenna and then Vasher.
4. Lastly, what are your final thoughts on Warbreaker? How did it compare to other books you’ve read, and to other Sanderson, if you’ve read more by him?
As a re-read, I caught myself catching a lot more of the subtler points. To me, that is one of the things that makes a book worth re-reading. While the humor of Tonk Fah and Denth was entertaining the first go around, I was keyed to pay more attention to it this time and pick up on some of the meanings behind the humor. Also, hints about Vasher’s identity and the history of Hallandren and Idris were sprinkled throughout the novel.
I have read 2 other Sanderson novels so far and I would put this equal to Mistborn in entertainment level but a little below The Way of Kings. All three have been excellent epic fantasies and I don’t hesitate to recommend them to folks who enjoy the genre.
What happened to Lightsong’s squirrel?
Did anyone else find Blushweaver’s exit from the storyline abrupt?
It’s good to see that Vivenna will finally take a holiday. Perhaps Siri and Susebron will get a honeymoon.
I hope Llarimar will go back to his family now and not raise some Lightsong cult that goes on to be the foundation to some new religion of zealots 300 years down the road.
Brandon Sanderson has Deleted Scenes! over HERE on his site. Hooray!