Warbreaker readalong hosted by Amanda and Naithin. I joined in on the readalong for Sanderson's Mistborn a little belatedly, and since I loved the book, I decided more Sanderson was just what I needed (thanks Amanda and Naithin, for reading my mind).
I ended up downloading a copy of Sanderson's novel to my Nook, Homer, since he has been feeling a bit neglected. I love that the edition I downloaded is annotated, and while I haven't really dived into the annotations yet, I foresee lots of geeking out in the future.
Anyway, Amanda sent out questions for this week, so here are my thoughts! (And while I don't purposefully spoil anything, read at your own risk).
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?
is only my second title by Sanderson, but I have already come to expect
a lot from him. His world-building is simply superb. Just like Mistborn,
the world has a distinct feel and tone. I was drawn into it from the
first page, and I was absorbed in the smallest details from the start.
One thing that I do want to mention is that I found myself drawn into
the story much quicker than with Mistborn.
For that title, it took me about 50-60 pages to get a firm hold on
Sanderson’s style and the events in the novel. That doesn’t seem to be
the case for this one (perhaps because it is a standalone title, whereas
Mistborn was setting up a trilogy?).
am also intrigued by the storylines taking place. We’ve already met a
number of characters, and there seems to be 4 parallel stories taking
place with four main characters: Vasher, Siri, Lightsong, and Vivenna.
Siri and Vivenna are the sisters (Siri sent in her sister’s place to
marry the God King), and right now, I am partial to their storylines.
We’ve only seen a little from Vasher, but I’m sure he will pop up again
as we continue. As for Lightsong...at first I was a little irritated
with him, but the last two chapters intrigued me. The idea of a God
discontented with his role and pushing against it...I’m curious to see
where Sanderson takes it.
have to commend Sanderson, again, for creating a lovely system of
magic. I love that it is focused around colors, and the smallest touches
of this system make me smile (the hair changes, etc). I am hoping we
learn a little more about it, as well as more about the Returneds (I
have to say that I REALLY got into that conversation between Lightsong
and his priest in the last chapter).
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?
think that Lightsong is right to question his role as a “God.” It
wasn’t as if any of the Returneds really make a conscious decision to
take on that role, but were forced into it. Lightsong seems to hate it
more than he enjoys it-the constant petitions, rules, and demands on his
time irritate him (obviously). But I think that I understood more of
the system of their divinity during that last conversation he had-about
those who were Returneds coming back for a reason-to issue a warning or
to save an individual’s life. I am hoping we learn more about that as
the story progresses.
for the religion...well, religions have been formed out of need, in a
historical sense. Gods serve to guide and help humanity through all
aspects of life...so I think it would be odd for a whole society to
believe in nothing as opposed to a faulty system of Gods. As for
whether the Returneds should be seen and exalted as Gods? I’m not sure
yet. I want to know more about their roles and how others see them (Siri
and Vivenna mainly).
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?
have only seen the God King through Siri’s eyes as she waits for him to
use her as his wife, so he hasn’t really developed as a character.
However, I don’t think the God King is what the other Gods, priests, or
people think he is. Obviously, there is a story there and we haven’t
heard what it is just yet. I have a feeling we’re going to learn more
about him soon, and what his real role in the kingdom is. I’m sensing
that he doesn’t have the power everyone thinks he does, or, if he does
have power, he refuses to use it the way others want him to. But who
knows...knowing what I do of Sanderson, it will all be a calculated
4. The title - Warbreaker - what do you think it might refer to?
assuming the title has something to do with one of the individuals
we’ve already met. Since war is looming...I’m going to assume that
someone (I’m thinking Vivenna or Lightsong) is going to take on a more
powerful role to break up the chaos and discontent between the kingdoms. I'm kind of pulling for Siri, since I think she is the most interesting so far, but I could be wrong. :)