This week’s discussions focus on the last 200 pages of a Sanderson novel, so expect MAJOR plot spoilers. If you haven’t read the book, don’t worry–I’ll be posting a spoiler-free review sometime in the not-so-distant future.
1. There were a whole bunch of character revelations in this last
section of the book. We now know who Warbreaker is, and what
Blushweaver’s motivations are, and who was behind the war, and theintentions of several characters we suspected. How do you feel, now that everything’s out in the open?
I was taken by surprise when I found out that it wasn’t the high priests who were behind the plots of war. Blushweaver might have been naive and stupid, but she was still Lightsong’s friend and didn’t deserve to die. I was glad to see Susebron come into his own; he seemed almost childlike at the start of the book, but that innocent sense of morality is what will enable him to wield his vast power without abusing it.
2. At the beginning of our group read, I asked if you thought the
Returned actually were divine. We saw Lightsong change his mind on his own divinity, and learned a bit more about the Returned. Has your answer about divinity changed, then, since the beginning of the book?
I still don’t think that they’re actually Divine, but they do serve an important purpose. I still see the Returned as something kind of like the Elantrians from one of Sanderson’s other novels–they exist because of a natural process that’s present in the world, we just don’t know what it is yet.
3. Now that we’ve seen Nightblood in action, firsthand, and know more about its history, what do you think about it as an object? What are your thoughts about Vasher’s relationship with the sword?
Nightblood is one of the best characters in the entire novel. I love the way that the command “destroy evil” backfired, since Nightblood isn’t entirely sure what the word “evil” means. Even though Vasher doesn’t seem to like the fact that Nightblood exists at all, he’s definitely attached to the sword, otherwise he’d have destroyed it a long time ago. I’m curious about the fact that Nightblood seems to be gaining more maturity and experience as he spends more time out in the world–he seems a lot like the Returned in that regard.
4. Lastly, what are your final thoughts on Warbreaker? How did it compare to other books you’ve read, and to other Sanderson, if you’ve read more by him?
It’s definitely not as polished as some of his other works, and lacks some of the subtleties that make me such a bit Sanderson fan. At the same time, it still makes for a good read. It’s imaginative and unlike any other fantasy novel that I’ve read. The use of color as a source of power is unique.