It is Wednesday folks and that means it is time for the third discussion on Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. This group read is led by Carl and Grace has been kind enough to provide the questions for this week.
Please note that there will be spoilers. If you want to follow all the discussions please visit this page. Let the fun begin!
1. During the past week there’s been a lot of speculation as to the quotes at the beginning of each chapter. Now that we finally know the answer, does it change anyone’s opinions of the Lord Ruler?
I hadn’t really formed an opinion of the Lord Ruler. I was starting to wonder if he really existed. From the quotes it seems that he did at some point. I’m still questioning if he really has lived for so long or is there some type of sham going on. Is there a long line of Lord Rulers?
The quotes I think attempt to show that the original Lord Ruler struggled in the beginning and may have been a semi-decent man. This leads me to wonder what went wrong when he assumed power. Why the incessant need to control the masses by destroying everything they knew and forcing them to believe in the Lord Ruler and his form of religion or way of life.
2. What did you think of Elend’s group of subversive nobles? Do you think that Kelsier is right to dismiss people who could be potential allies, or is this another case of his anti-nobility biases showing?
My gut is telling me that Sanderson is leading us directly into a trap. But I haven’t figured out what the trap is. I know he is amazing at plot twists. Is he trying to convince Vin to trust Elend so she will betray Kelsier? Or is he maintaining Kelsier’s character so he will be the downfall of the group? How’s that for not answering the question at all.
And most of the nobles seem content to studying the issue and not taking real action. Would they be willing to set the books aside and become men of action? I’m sorry, I don’t seem to be answering the question at all but adding more questions.
3. What’s your favorite part of the book so far?
I really enjoy the interactions with Vin and Elend. Even though the nobleman is a spoiled brat I think he has some type of depth. How could I not love a character who does his research while at a ball? The balls that Vin attends are quite revealing. They show that Kelsier is mostly right, many of the nobles don’t give a dang about the skaa. Some of the actions and comments are quite callous. However, Sanderson is starting to let us in a little and is showing us that not all of them are hopeless…or so it seems. I’m becoming like Vin and not trusting of Sanderson’s motives at all. I feel he has a big surprise in store for us. The anticipation is killing me.
4. Now that Kelsier’s plan has hit some major stumbling blocks, what do you think will happen next? Do you think he can still succeed in defeating the Lord Ruler?
The group’s employer is now gone so I can’t wait to see how Kelsier keeps the crew together. Not many of them thought they would succeed and this latest turn of events demonstrates how difficult the task is…and with terrible consequences. But I’ve said in the past, I love cheering on the underdogs. So I would like them to give it a good go. And if the Lord Ruler captured any informants, Kelsier and his group may be ratted out. Will the Lord Ruler start to hunt them down and force the crew to kill him and overthrow the government in order to survive?
Bonus: For anyone who has read “The Way of Kings,” were you surprised at all to see Hoid pop up? What do you think of his role here?
I’m going to be completely honest. If I hadn’t read in one of Grace’s reviews that Hoid popped up in a different Sanderson novel I may not have noticed. My memory is not so good. Given this, I have no clue as to his role. Is he some type of messenger?
Next week Lynn will provide the questions. It is raining today in London so I’m think this will be a great day to snuggle on the couch and read part four.