The Read Along is being hosted by Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings.
This week’s questions were supplied by Grace. You can follow the links to everyone else’s answers here.
We read up to the end of Chapter 25.
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 feel very smug that for once I was right about something like this: normally I am totally wrong if I make a prediction about anything! :D
As for the Lord Ruler, as I said in my answers last week, I think he started out a decent bloke and was corrupted by absolute power. So, no, my opinion of him has not changed.
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?
I am not sure how effective they could be. We all know that teenagers rebel against their parents and this could simply be an example of that. However, they might be in earnest in their desire to change the system, in which case they might be very useful allies. One problem could be the dedication level of each individual: it is much easier to sound rebellious when you are in a group. It could be that some of them truly believe what they are saying whilst others are merely agreeing for other reasons. I think it would be dangerous to approach the group as a single unit and much more sensible to speak to each individual separately. I am quite sure that Kel is very biased against the nobles, though we shall see if he is right this time.
3. What's your favorite part of the book so far?
That is a tough question. I think my favorite part is still the first description of Kel's allomancy fighting. It was breath-taking in its visual imagery and the description of magic unlike any I had read before. Simply amazing!
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?
"Major stumbling blocks"!??!???!?!??! That is a slight understatement!
I assume that the quotes from the Lord Ruler's Diary are meant to foreshadow Kel's journey to becoming the next head of state or at least the power that places the next ruler in position, which means that he must succeed somehow. However, I have no idea how that will happen, or what he will do next. I do think that the remaining army will be important, as will his new-found determination to shake the skaa out of their acceptance of defeat. Perhaps he will target the Lord Ruler individually, hoping that by removing the head of government the whole of the oppressive society will collapse. He will never give up trying, not now that he has both revenge and social injustice motivating him.