Welcome Everyone! Sorry I am little late this morning – have a headcold and I am running late with EVERYTHING (just in case you were feeling special). Anyhoo, this week, Over the Effing Rainbow (I just love saying that name) is our host, so make sure to swing by her place.
Here is the SCHEDULE in case you want to jump in and join us. Anyone is welcome.
Chapters 7-13 are covered. Spoilers are having a party below!
1. Shallan’s determination pays off, but Jasnah Kholin seems to change her mind a bit suddenly, and when Shallan isn’t expecting her to. She mentions knowing of Shallan’s family… Do you think perhaps she knows more than she admits? Or is she really just a bit more soft-hearted than she lets on?
I expect that Jasnah knows something of the history of the family, maybe more than Shallan knows. Perhaps that is sinister, or full of ulterior motives, but I am not sure.
As far as Jasnah changing her mind, it shows that she is capable of reassessing, especially when presented with new info. While she is very firm, perhaps more so than she needs to be in some cases, she does seem fair. Now is she knew what was going on in Shallan’s head concerning her fabrial, she would definitely be taking a different tact.
2. Yalb comes to the bargaining rescue as Shallan tries to buy books… Do you think there’s going to be a bigger part in events for him to play?
Hooray for Yalb! Shallan almost spoiled it, but Yalb was expecting her innocence and took the lead in that ruse. How funny! I honestly can’t remember if we see more of Yalb or not. I hope we do because he is an entertaining character and his name is fun to say.
3. Part One ends with a ray of hope for Kaladin, as he rediscovers a sense of purpose… What did you think of the scene in the Honour Chasm, and then with Gaz afterward?
Yeah. Kaladin was in a dark place. I hope we don’t see him return to that place again (mentally or physically) again. And that scene is also one of the reasons I like Syl so much. Her care-free spirit showed up at the perfect time to give him something else…..a leafy poison. Ha! But more than that, she also uses a little bit of logic, pointing out that if this is the lowest of the low, if nothing worse can be done to him and the men in the same pit with him, then why not give it a try?
As to the scene afterwards with Gaz…haha! OK, so my man and I were listening to this scene in the car as we were coming home from a movie and when Kaladin informed Gaz of the new rules, a fervent ‘Yes!!’ escaped from me, much to my man’s amusement. And Kaladin is still a somewhat fair-minded man. He used a mix of fear and reward to get what he wanted – the physical intimidation followed up with a weekly bribe. I can see how that would work for many people. Just think of government work – verbal abuse every weekday, but rewarded with a paycheck. 😉
4. We catch up with Szeth for an interlude, and things are very different for him… What do you make of his choice to enslave himself – if it is in fact a choice…?
Even upon a reread, Szeth is still a bit of a mystery to me. I think he might have a little control over who enslaves him, but someone always holds his Oath Stone. Or, perhaps, way, way, way down the line he will fulfill his Oath and then he can be free of the enslavement? that’s a random guess from me. Feel free to point and laugh.
While Szeth is able to be in hiding with his current idiot masters, I don’t like them. Ordering him to cut on himself, with a dirty blade, for amusement? Hmm….I think I see a better use for that blade.
5. We also meet Dalinar Kholin, Jasnah’s father, and get something of a hint that he’s important where the Radiants are concerned… What do you think Dalinar’s ‘fits’ might mean?
For some reason, I thought Dalinar and Jasnah were Brother, sister. But I probably didn’t listen carefully. Anyway, I really like Dalinar. He seems to be an upstanding kind of guy in a nest of vipers and intrigue. And since I know what is meant by the ‘fits’ at this point in the story, I will just gloss over it. Later, we learn a bit more, which leads to more questions, and that is one of the things I really like about this book. We keep learning more about this world, and the history of it, and those pieces keep coming together to make a greater picture, but then I have bigger questions.
Did anyone else pick up on that little reminiscence of Shallan’s? Where she was thinking about her father and how he died and that blade forming out of mist? I had totally forgotten about that and on a second read through, it definitely holds significance.
I thought it was great of Kaladin to go around and introduce himself to the men, one way or another getting their names. Definitely makes a new beginning with the Bridge 4 crew.
My Fellow Spren