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Interlude I-9



Welcome to my liveblog of Rhythm of War! Index post here. Beware of spoilers.

Interlude I-9 (Taravangian / The Sword)
Icon: Compassionate Taravangian is on top today.

Title: Are we meeting Nightblood? I’m not sure how I feel about that.


“Moving meant more pain. Staying in bed meant more anguish.”

That’s a mood right there. Beautiful concision to convey his situation. A great line.

Yes, as expected he’s trying to work through Szeth. It’s got to be tough manipulating people when you only remember your plan some of the time.

It’s a little disturbing how Taravangian thinks of himself as two people. They are both named Taravangian but they aren’t the same person, in his mind.

Yay Renarin! This is a conversation I didn’t know I wanted to happen in this way. I’m glad Renarin is taking the initiative.

Renarin’s compassion is a good match for today’s Taravangian. I wonder what changed in his visions to trigger this meeting?

Ah, and Szeth is there as well, after all.

Taravangian thinks Nightblood can work against Odium. That’s encouraging (sort of)
He knows Szeth’s dad died? Where does he get his intel? (Also, what does that mean for the honorblade? For the rest of Szeth’s family?)

Hm. Nightblood will only work if wielded from inside one of Odium’s visions. That’s going to be tough to pull off.

And Szeth refuses out of principle. Smart move on his part, since he doesn’t have the same knowledge the reader does, but it’s hard to see after Taravangian revealed that Renarin is a blindspot and asked Szeth to consult with Dalinar. Looks like we don’t get the first attempt in an easy way.