Welcome to the first week of discussion for the Warbreaker Group Read! Thank-you very much to everyone who is participating, and to Amanda for providing this week’s questions! If you’d still like to participate, it is not too late. You can read the details of the group read here, but I suggest signing up via the comments here (or whichever is the current part when you decide) instead. 🙂
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Please note that if you have not yet read Warbreaker, that there will be spoilers in these posts. Part One covers the Prologue through to the end of Chapter Twelve.
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?
I’m actually liking it even more than I thought I would. I was acutely aware going in that this was one of Sanderson’s earliest works, but I still should have known better since I’ve read Elantris before and quite enjoyed that one too.
Lightsong has caught my attention the most so far, along with the whole ‘Returned’ business in general. I share his doubts that they are in fact anything divine, but that leads us into the next question. 🙂
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?
No, I don’t think that the returned will turn out to be divine. I think that a social construct has been built around them to feed into this belief, although the why of it is another matter altogether. Still, so far as constructed religions go it seems to be a relatively harmless one.
Although having said that, I think we need to know more about the ‘drab’. Are there other consequences that we don’t yet know about? There almost has to be, right?
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?
The God King’s wrath, she thought drowsily, is decidedly less wrathful than reported.
I was expecting from the very beginning that the Godking would not turn out to be as he was presented. The warnings presented to Siri before entering his chambers that first night fairly much cemented it for me. Then it was just a matter of waiting to see what the differences would be.
It’s interesting, because I see some parallel’s here between the Godking here and Mistborn’s, ‘The Lord Ruler’. Although — and I could very well be wrong here — I don’t think that the Godking is anywhere near as evil. In fact, I actually suspect we’ll find him to be more like Lightsong, doubting if not outright knowing that his divinity is a farce.
As to the role in the story? I wonder if he might be the titular Warbreaker, but I also perhaps think that if I’m wrong in regard to his benevolence, then perhaps he shall be the Warstarter instead. 😛
4. The title – Warbreaker – what do you think it might refer to?
As mentioned, I think it has the potential to be referring to the Godking. I also wonder if it won’t be Lightsong himself though, if the coming war which seems all but inevitable — even if only so that the book can fulfill the title 😛 — is the catalyst for Lightsong to embrace if not his divinity (since I still don’t think that is the case) then at least his power to do what he can to stop the war one way or another. It’s clear that Lightsong cares about people and things far more than he lets on, he was quite affected by the petitioners after all. However, I love this quote of his in particular:
“I try to avoid having thoughts. They lead to other thoughts, and — if you’re not careful — those lead to actions. Actions make you tired. I have this on rather good authority from someone who once read it in a book.”
Also, this is kind of unrelated, but Lightsong is almost certainly going to give his life to save someone, don’t you think? I wonder if it will be Siri or her sister — two other potentials for the Warbreaker title.
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