Warbreaker readalong. This event is hosted by Amanda and Naithin and we've been reading for four weeks! Here are my thoughts on the earlier sections:
Post 1: Chapters 1-12
Post 2: Chapters 13-23
Post 3: Chapters 24-34
I should warn you that there will be definite spoilers if you haven't read the book, and it might be better if you just go and read the book (totally worth it!).
Onward with the questions:
1) So, pretty much everything has been flipped up on its head in this
section. Which particular revelation was the greatest shock to you and how has
it impacted your view of the book as a whole?
I was quite surprised by the beginning of this section and the twist concerning Denth and the others. In some ways, I feel a bit cheated. I hate twists of that nature in books that I am reading. I feel like authors use that to be like "Look how I tricked you! Hahaha!" When really all it does it pull me away from the story-it puts more focus on the author than the story. End of rant.
Anyway, I was surprised to see that the mercenaries weren't what I was expecting...which means that nothing we've encountered so far has been honest. Now, I'm not sure what to believe about Denth (and Vasher and everyone else) as the story moves forward.
2) Vasher is perhaps one of those things who we’ve had flipped over on
us. Turns out he may have once been a scholar, even! Vasher and Viveena have
quite the conversation about Awakening and Returned and skate across the topic
of ‘Type 4’ Awakened Objects, which the story implies to be objects like
Nightblood. Vasher is completely unwilling to discuss it any further – any
guesses as to why?
I really like Vasher. He seems to be much more honest of a character than I originally thought, and I am glad that Vivenna has teamed up with him a bit. I think it's obvious Vasher is not some run of the mill guy just out to start a revolution. He has deeper connections to the conflict and brewing war. He knows too much to be a random person and the fact that he refuses to discuss Nightblood? Oh yeah, he knows something's up! :)
3) Siri’s conversation with Treledees perhaps indicated that for all the
disregard he shows for Siri, that he may in fact still care for the God King.
If true, does this clash with their idea of simply holding onto the Divine
Breath until the return of another, or how could you see it being
I think this connects with what I was getting at in the first question. Since Sanderson tossed everything around with the switcheroo concerning Denth and the others, you can't take anything we've read at face value. Sanderson has already shown us that things are not what they seem, and while it appears that Tredelees and the other priests are slimy little buggers, that might not be the case. Has it occurred to anyone else that Siri hasn't outright asked someone what is going on? She's talked around it, implied threats, and used her power as Vessel, but there hasn't been an honest conversation.
I really think Sanderson is just trying to mess with our heads and we're in for another twist related to the priests. Given the fact that he released the book serially on his website, I'm convinced we have more twists on the way.
(On that same note, I think we're going to see a lot from Lightsong as we near the end in this same regard-he won't be who we expect him to be either).
4) We’re so far through the book now, and the War has yet to come. Do you
(still?) see it as inevitable, or do you think that it may yet be headed
From what I know of fantasy novels, if you have a standalone, the war better be early on. I doubt there will be a full-blown war at any point in the book. There just aren't enough pages left! I foresee a lot of political maneuvering ahead of all the characters!
I'm still waiting to see who "Warbreaker" is. I'm starting to doubt my belief that it is Siri or Vivenna, but I'm sure Sanderson will surprise me again. :)