Happy Monday everyone! For the group members who are involved in the reading of The Way of Kings, it means that this Monday is another fun start to discussing part three of the novel. And there is so much to discuss.
For those who have not read the novel please note that there will be spoilers in this discussion.
1. Part III reunites us with Shallan, who we haven’t seen for a few hundred pages, and separates us from Dalinar and Adolin for a few hundred more. How do you feel about leaving characters behind for such long stretches? Did you lose any of your connection to them during the break?
I can understand why he leaves some characters in the background during some of the parts, but it makes it somewhat difficult for me since when a character reappears I have to refresh my memory as to where we left them. And I have to remind myself about the minor characters as well like Kabsal. However, given the size of this novel I can’t blame the writer for my poor memory. Once I get back into the character’s story I marvel about how well he keeps the story moving and flowing.
Also, I think this tactic heightens the sense of suspense. For example in Book Two when Dalinar and Jasnah were communicating, Jasnah mentioned that she had a ward complete a drawing for Dalinar to look at. When I read that I was like, “Oh yeah Shallan is still Jasnah’s ward, I wonder what’s going on with her quest.” This made me want to find out more about her story. And this kept me reading.
2. So far, how would you compare this to other epic fantasies you’ve read? Does it remind you of any other series?
I haven’t read many epic fantasies so I really can’t compare it. The only series I’ve read is Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and for some reason I have a hard time comparing this work with other authors. It just doesn’t seem fair to the other authors. If I was a fantasy author I would hate to always hear, “Well it ain’t The Lord of the Rings.” However, if all epic fantasies are this well written and entertaining I would be willing to read more of them.
3. How do you feel about the masculine and feminine arts? If you’re female, do you think you’d be content to stick to scholaly pursuits, or would you rather do something physical, like go to war? If you’re male, would you be willing to forgo learning to read, even if there were women around to read to you? What about the food? Does the spicy for men and sweet for women restriction fit your own tastes?
There are parts that I like. I love that women are scholars and I think I would fit in. If I could afford it, I would stay in college forever. I love to learn, explore, think, and challenge my beliefs. But having my gender decide what employment I could pursue would annoy me. I’m not big on being told what I should and could do. Besides I love spicy food. Don’t get me wrong, sweets are good, but spicy is better. So far, I am not understanding why there is such a division between men and women. Why can’t the men read? Why can’t women have spicy food? I just don’t get it. I am curious to find out why. What happened in their world to create these strict divisions?
4. What do you think of the flashbacks to Kaladin’s childhood?
I’m enjoying the flashbacks. There is so much mystery about Kaladin. These flashbacks help explain his actions. Also, the flashbacks are quite informative about the lighteyes and Kaladin’s hatred of the lighteyes. I prefer reading the flashbacks instead of the author just telling us in a couple of lines about certain situations. I think it rounds out his character in a fun, entertaining, and informative way. And it keeps me guessing about Kaladin and it keeps me wanting to learn more.
5. Do you have any theories yet as to where the story is headed? What do you most want to see in the last quarter of the book?
I really don’t have a theory as to where the story is heading. As of now, I am just enjoying the ride. The author has so many characters and storylines going that I just can’t figure out what is going to happen.
I am hoping that there will be some resolution and not every aspect will be a cliffhanger since this is a first in the series.