Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Read Along of Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson: Part 1

You can see Amanda and Naithin’s Part 1 post, and the links to the other blogs taking part, here.

This week we have read up to the end of Chapter 12.

1. All right, let's start easy - how are you liking the book so far? We've been introduced to a lot of characters and started several stories now. Any in particular catch your attention? Anything intrigue you?

The book caught me up straightaway and I am having a very difficult time not reading ahead of the schedule.

We have met some interesting characters, but the thing that is driving my interest at the moment is the amazing magic system. Wow! I was impressed with the world building in Mistborn: The Final Empire, but this has really blown me away. It is such a sideways move from our own world that I am delighting in every new scene and character.

At the moment I am most interested by Vasher and Nightblood: there is so much that I want to know about these two! How did they meet? How was Nightblood created? How does it kill people? What are they doing in T’Telir? What? Why? Who? How? Where? When?

2. The Returned are all treated as Gods, but at least one of those Gods doesn't believe in his own divinity, despite seeing potential visions. Do you think the Returned will prove to be divine? How do you feel about the religion built up around them?

I guess it depends what you mean by ‘divine’. The certainly seem to be divine in that they could be immortal if they kept taking a Breath every week and they are superhuman in size and possibly other ways as well. Many religions worship gods that require sacrifice from their followers, although the fact that they need something so intensely personal from their worshippers does seem strange. I was intrigued by the suggestion that they are only Gods until they find someone for whom they will sacrifice themselves.

I can understand why a religion would grow up around people who return from the dead: it seems like a very logical step to take for the rest of society. However, it seems that the Returned are now so removed from that society that they are in danger of losing touch with their purpose in coming back. It is hard to imagine Blushweaver sacrificing herself for anyone. It seems very important that they are kept ignorant of their previous lives, so we do not know if their characters change in the process of Returning. I would like to know why their dreams are considered to be prophetic: are their examples of them coming true?

3. The God King didn't turn out to be the way he's presented and thought of in this world. Any ideas on what his role will be in this story?

I am not at all sure that he is as all-powerful as the priests say he is. He certainly seems to be much more tolerant of Siri than we were led to believe. I loved her little outburst:
Will you please just get on with it?
I guess he finds her interesting or amusing enough to not kill her, but at the moment he seems to be involved with doing a huge amount of nothing.

4. The title - Warbreaker - what do you think it might refer to?

It seems like it will be a person or thing that can end a war, but I have no idea who or what it is. I find that I am very unsuccessful at predicting what will happen in Mr Sanderson’s books! :)


  1. I want to know more about their dreams as well. It certainly does seem as if Lightsong is having some sort of prophetic visions, as those war-like images came on rather unbidden. I wonder if there is a spark of divinity in them, even if they aren't necessarily "gods."

    I finished this section in one day last week and it's been KILLER to wait until today to start the second section!

  2. I tried very hard to predict who or what Warbreaker might be but I bet I'm miles off!

    Considering the God King has done nothing so far he may well be bored and Siri is new and different, that doesn't man he won't turn out to be nasty if he gets bored again.

    I'm so glad I can read on now and find out, it's going to be a struggle sticking to the schedule.

  3. Nightblood is definitely one of my favorite "characters" so far.  I wanna see it kill someone just to learn what it does.  I also like the way that Vasher can be so laid back about leaving his sword lying around because he knows that the sword can take care of itself.  :)

  4. I wondered if they might have been memories from before his death, but the priests seem to be very good at keeping him ignorant of past events.

  5. Nightblood is a bit like a grenade with a dodgy pin: he is perfectly safe to leave near people you don't like! :D

  6. The God King is certainly intriguing: I am curious about what he stares at all day . . . :D

  7. I completely neglected Vasher and Nightblood in this weeks answers! But yes, they intrigued me too. We're still very much in the dark as to their motivations. We are possibly being lead to believe he is a 'good' guy simply because he was a PoV character in the prologue, and we don't often see a book start with PoV of evil.

    Still, this may not be the case. I do wonder though if Nightblood's creation is how Vasher lost all the breath he had the first time.

  8. I feel like Vasher is more of a Neutral character, rather than Good or Evil, but we shall see.

    Nightblood is very mysterious, especially as we do not know if he is unique. It makes me think of Elric and his sword Stormbringer in Michael Moorcock's books, but it so long since I read them that I am not sure if that is a good comparison.

  9. I agree that the God King probably isn't as powerful as we are led to believe. In fact, I'm wondering if all the rules that Siri was given was to try to keep some big secret that it's really just a Wizard of Oz stunt being orchestrated by someone and she's going to ruin everything, ha!

  10. It was very hard to stop at this spot - and it is my second time through. Can you imagine starting a serious relationship - marriage, even arranged - under these circumstances? If you really hit it off later, you would have all these funny stories to tell your friends at board game night. But if you never really hit it off, it would just be a series of sad, awkward moments to confide to a lonely diary.

    I also enjoyed learning about Vasher and Nightblood. What a curious duo. 

  11. Somehow I don't see the God King at a board game night! :D

    But, to be serious, it is possibly the most awkward opening to a marriage that I can imagine, although he hasn't actually raped Siri, which is the only thing that could make it worse. I have the horrible suspicion that the past wives didn't live long enough to get too lonely . . . :(


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