Part Five – The End
Well, here we are folks. The end of the line. The book has been read cover to cover and now it is time to lay our thoughts bare. Avert your eyes if you’ve not yet enjoyed Warbreaker for yourself! Spoilers ahoy!
This weeks — our last weeks — questions come from my co-host, the awesome Amanda from ‘Ramblings‘. Been quite a ride, thanks for helping make this group read happen! 🙂
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 the
intentions of several characters we suspected. How do you feel, now
that everything’s out in the open?
Do we know what Blushweaver’s intentions were? I’m not so sure of that. We were given Lightsong’s impression of her intentions… Still… Given how things were in this last section, I’m a little more willing to assign some weight to the idea that she honestly meant well.
Still, that’s just a smaller part of the question. How do I feel about everything being out in the open?
A little uncertain on that point, really.
It is clear to me just how early a volume this was in Sanderson’s career when weighed against more recent works. You can actually see leaps and bounds in his ability volume to volume.
So while I’m not displeased with how everything shook out here, and I certainly enjoyed my time with the book, it just isn’t quite up to what I would consider to be Sanderson’s potential.
Part of it is that I want to read it again just to see how many of the various twists and turns are actually properly foreshadowed. Some of it I can see already just from hindsight — i.e., Denth and co. — but I wonder if it was adequate for just how drastic some of the changes were.
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?
It sort of has, actually.
But not too much because of anything further the book did. At least, not directly. Lightsong’s actions at the end — although foreseen — prompted me to consider perhaps a little more the definition of Divinity I’ve been using.
[dih-vin-i-tee]. noun, plural di·vin·i·ties.2. deity; godhood.3. a divine being; God.4. the Divinity, ( sometimes lowercase ) the Deity.5. a being having divine attributes, ranking below God but above humans: minor divinities.
The one I stuck on was the first listed, the quality of being divine. I don’t think it’s really arguable that Lightsong performed an action imbued with the quality of being divine at the end there, is it?
Then there is the fact that… well, I won’t go over it again, but if you are curious, can check out the whited-out section of my answer to Question 3, Week 3. That alone may not make them outright Gods, but it certainly imbues them with certain attributes of divinity.
So are they divine? In a sense, yes. Yes they are. Are they truly Gods? I don’t think so.
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?
Facebook status: It’s Complicated.
Really though; it seems perhaps Vasher really did keep a hold of it in order to try protect the world from it. Whether that simply be the destructive power it possesses in its own right, or perhaps the more worrying thought of someone else learning how to craft more of them. A thought so worrying that Vasher slew the original creator for. A friend, and sister of the aggrieved Denth.
As for the object itself; this calls for more white-out time! It is a spoiler potentially for the Mistborn series, right up until the very end of it I believe. If you’ve already read the series to completion, feel free to select the text. If not, you may wish to hold off. This information does however build upon what was said in Part 3 (linked above), regarding the Cosmere.
Another side effect of a Shard being on a world is that there is often an element on that world that shares in some rather fantastical properties. In the world of Mistborn (I forget it’s name) it is Atium.
On this world, in Warbreaker, I am betting that the special metal used to create Nightblood is the equivalent. The reason it could be awoken was because it once was alive! Albeit indirectly via the Shard of Adonalsium.
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?
I’d rate it as a book worth reading if you’re a fan of Sanderson and have ran out of other things of his to read. I’d rate it as the least enjoyable book he’s put out (including the earlier still release, Elantris).
Still a good read. Not a great read, but a good one. The worst Sanderson has to offer is still pretty decent.
The problem is one of comparison, even within his own works. There is a large bound between the quality of this and Mistborn. Then there is a gigantic expanse of space separating that and The Way of Kings or Sanderson’s contribution to the Wheel of Time books.
So yes. If you like Sanderson, and you’ve got nothing else, pick it up. Otherwise, grab something else!