Yes! It is time to discuss the next section of Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. For the past several weeks we have been reading and talking about this novel and it just keeps getting better and better. I highly recommend this book!
Carl is hosting the group read. Lynn was kind enough to supply the questions for this week. If you would like to follow all of the discussions please visit this page. And please note that there are spoilers.
1. Well, we finally got our long awaited view of the Lord Ruler, firstly just a brief glimpse during the executions and then during the fight with Kelsier. What do you now think about him and the myth’s surrounding him? And, given his strength do you think he can be beaten?
All along I’ve been thinking that the Lord Ruler is just a fake and that there was no way he could live that long. When we first got a glimpse during the executions I kept thinking, “don’t back down, he’s a fraud.” Then when he fought with Kelsier I started to think that maybe I was just being stubborn and hated to be wrong. His powers and strength were much greater than I imagined and I think there might be something to the man. There is a very good reason why the nobles and skaa fear him…he’s one scary dude.
As for the question do I think he can be beaten? Well, I have a little confession. After finishing the reading for this week I could not put the book down. I had been so good for all of the other readings but after the fight with Kelsier I could stop…I tried for about a second and then gave in. Okay, it may have been a nanosecond. So I won’t answer this question out of respect for my fellow members of the group read.
2. What was your reaction to Kelsier’s response to finding Marsh dead? I can’t help feeling that there are going to be some serious economic repercussions to destroying the crystals – what sort of impact do you think this will have, not just on the nobles but on the Skaa?
I’m a firm believer that every action has a reaction. At the time when he was destroying the crystals I was cheering him on. I liked Marsh and when I found out he was brutally murdered I also wanted vengeance. And I respected Kelsier and his actions. He knows how valuable Atium is to him and to others and yet he was willing to get rid of it to hurt those in power.
Yet, I have a feeling that the Atium was important for other reasons. Why else keep the Pits so secret and such. Does Atium have any connection to Deepness. Did he doom everyone, not just the Lord Ruler?
3. Finally, each week we learn a little bit more of the Lord Ruler’s history. And each week it has a different impact. This week’s snippets had the same impact – I was really interested in the excerpt when he mentions that the Darkness is not as oppressive when higher up in the mountains – do you have any more ideas about the Darkness?
I do enjoy these little snippets since I like mysteries. Scooby-Doo was one of my favorite shows as a kid and I still enjoy solving mysteries. Saying this, I still have no idea about the Deepness. Apparently I did not learn enough sleuthing skills from all those years of watching my favorite dog detective. Does it have to do with the Mists and Ash? Is the Deepness connected to the Lord Ruler and his powers? Is Old Man Withers the Lord Ruler?
4. I was wondering about Elend and Vin – they’ve also had their ups and downs this week but seem determined to work round them – can you see anything of a future for these two or is there too much history between the nobles and Skaa and too much difference and prejudice between the two?
I’m a hopeless romantic so I always think that there is a chance (when it comes to books—I may be more realistic in real life). And seriously, this is the perfect way to get even with his dad for tricking him into having relations with a skaa woman and the consequences. However, I don’t think this is reason enough to have a relationship. When he went to the executions to save Vin he made me wonder that there just might be hope and that he really cares for her. It took bravery, with a hint of naiveté, to try to intervene.
Next week is the final discussion for this novel and seriously people, I can’t wait. After this I will be participating in a group read of Neverwhere. And then there will be group reads for the next two books in the Mistborn series. I may have to hide those books so I don’t crack and start reading them too soon. It took a lot of will power last night not to start on book two…I don’t know if this strength will last…I want to know what happens next!