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  1. I just realized that Navani's story in this book was very similar to Shai's in The Emperor's Soul. It's an interesting contrast because I still feel that The Emperor's Soul is the highest quality writing Brandon has produced to date, and in almost every regard I found it's story and the character of Shai more interesting/sympathetic than Navani and her story in RoW.
  2. There was another Cryptic even before Testament that Shallan murdered while a toddler. Also she killed her twin while in the womb. Shallan is a Russian nesting doll of surpressed murder memories.
  3. When asked about Kaladin uniquely being able to use his powers in Urithiru, Brandon noted that Kaladin was as close as possible to the 4th oath. He knew the words, and the Stormfather was ready to accept, but Kal just couldn't bring himself to say them. (I think there might have been 3 distinct times in Oathbringer where Kaladin could have sworn the oath if he was willing: when using the windspren to split the highstorm, when the windspren gather to him in Shadesmar aboard the Honorspren vessel, and of course near the end by the Oathgate). Too bad, I was hoping for a more mystical "Kaladin is special!" explanation there.
  4. I took it as a simple “conditions change, but a shard would normally tweak the magic system to compensate”. If Devotion was unshattered, the Reod would have been easily fixed if not preventable in the first place. Same with the effects of BAMs imprisonment, Honor is his prime would have just sundered the necessary bonds to prevent the fallout to spren and singers.
  5. I'm guessing he has always looked like that since the moment he became immortal, that was just how his body looked the moment he stopped being mortal. Not all heroes need to fit the traditional physical template we have in our minds etc. Story-wise I found him fun. His complete lack of decorum and the way he seems to say the most immediate silly thoughts on this mind are entertaining. One moment that actually made me laugh out loud was him quietly writing in his journal during the middle of the trial and Adolin hoping that he wasn't doing one of those word puzzles that Jasnah enjoys
  6. Renarin is a kind person and a socially awkward weirdo. I find that combination endearing.
  7. The Ars Arcanum lists the 10 essences of Roshar and to each essence/Herald/Radiant order is listed a Primary and Secondary Divine Attribute. I wonder if the Radiant Oaths themselves are a progression from the Primary Divine Attribute to the Secondary Divine Attribute. In the case of Windrunners the primary attribute is Protecting, and the secondary is Leading. The 2nd and 3rd oaths focused on protecting, but the 4th seems a transition oath to broader duties of leadership. I would expect the 5th to be extremely leadership focused.
  8. She's a hypercompetent and brilliant girlboss. She's the perfect avatar of a worldview that suggests if only we put the smartest rational people in charge, all the problems of the world would fix themselves through sheer intelligence. The institution of slavery and a caste-based society with rigid cultural gender roles are no match for the smart person in charge.
  9. They both see the same future possibilities (Renarin is essentially hacking into Odium's futuresight). If Odium plans to change something in the future, Renarin can respond to that planned action with his own action to potentially negate it. From there it dissolves into an "I know that you know that I know..." intellectual stalemate. Thus from Odium's perspective Renarin's actions cannot be predicted. If you've read Dune a similar idea is explored there.
  10. Well he was definitely lying about Kaladin having the Honorblade, but he might have known at this point that an honorblade was truly missing.
  11. Way back in WoR Tanavangian made reference to one of the Honorblades going missing when trying to convince Szeth that Kaladin couldn't be a Radiant. I had assumed he made the whole thing up on the spot, but the part about an Honorblade going missing seems to have been true. I wonder if he knew back then that it was the blade from Szeth's father.
  12. They never specified the champion needs to be mortal. Couldn't Odium just send one of the UnMade? Sure they can be captured under very special circumstances, but good luck killing one in a duel.
  13. He mentioned it completely in passing, no idea how T came to this information:
  14. I feel like the book was trying to set up an "oh no, Kaladin is angry and he's going to become Odium's champion" moment, but that's ridiculous. Maybe it was making the point that Rayse was deluded enough to think he could tempt Kaladin into becoming his champion?
  15. It can't be unintentional that Kaladin is completely without (non-Syl) relationship prospects 4 books into this series. Nor can it be a coincidence that the childlike and carefree nature of Syl has been corrupted by Kaladin's sadbrains and knowledge/dwelling on the inevitability of death/loss.