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  1. This chapter read as a pretty explicit confirmation of bi Shallan/Veil IMO honestly... like even before her DID developed Shallan has had some interesting descriptions of Jasnah since TWoK that seemed pretty. Not heterosexual to speak quite frankly. The comments Veil were making seemed to be a bit more than just making observations as a con artist. It really came across as explicit attraction (the comments about the legs???? and then the breasts????!!!!!!!) and like Subvisual Haze mentioned, Veil has tended to be more open about her desires than Shallan.
  2. Whenever anyone asks if they're the only one who has [insert opinion here], no, you're not... you just have to check the main chapter discussion thread to see that a few people complained as well lmao. There's usually a few people who will agree, unless your opinion's really out there... Anyways, Kaladin never actually dealt with his core issues. He just managed to succeed at what he wanted in the first book, finally saving everyone he cares about, which allowed him to feel better for a while - but that never actually dealt with the fact that he can't always save everyone and his inability to come to terms with that. Kaladin has multiple issues that he's successfully distracted himself from and repressed, but as I see it, in book 4, they're all coming to a head; his lack of self-worth outside of being a soldier, not knowing when to let go and stop taking responsibility for the wellbeing of other people, et cetera... and his depression is always gonna be there at times and be an issue, not always for a specific reason, as it's a matter of brain chemistry that can't be controlled, but this time, the other unresolved conflicts Kaladin has within himself are compounding the depression. (I also have to add, there will always be the possibility that Kaladin might become suicidal because of his depression. Like... that's just how it works. It's not going to go away, it's something Kaladin will always have to deal with. It's not a simple matter of just feeling "mopey" from time to time, and I really dislike how that word keeps being used in relation to Kaladin.) IMO, Brandon had Kaladin mentally hit rock bottom and be taken off duty for the purpose of taking his character in a different arc. If it was still looking like Kaladin would remain a depressed soldier, still unable to deal with fighting the Singers/handle losing people, and that would just continue for the entire book, then yeah, maybe I'd call the arc repetitive. But the author clearly intends to actually do something with Kaladin's issues and take him in a different direction that will likely finally allow him to self-reflect and heal in a way that may allow him to say the 4th Oath, so... That said! I think it's fair if people feel emotionally drained or upset, because it is upsetting to see Kaladin like this. If it's not something you want to read, fair enough, and you're not insensitive for feeling that way. But I really do digress with the idea that Brandon still intends to follow the same story beats for Kaladin.
  3. Kaladin's depression is really hard to read, but Brandon's also taking him in a different direction this book which is super interesting and refreshing... like, we've never had to see Kaladin in a position where he can... be relatively close to normalcy or outside of combat/war for a while. I think this will help his depression a lot! I've mentioned it before in the thread for the last chapter, but Kaladin's had unresolved issues since TWOK, and has clear issues about his self-worth (as in, he thinks being able to fight is the only thing he's got going for him. which... kal, no....) which he might be finally able to actually deal with, when he was just brushing them off or using objectives/his duties to ignore before. So... I know this is tough. His depression is emotionally draining for me too just because of how much I sympathize with and love Kaladin. But I really think this will be worth it in the end and that Brandon is writing him at the lowest we've seen Kaladin yet for a reason, and I don't think readers should give up yet.
  4. I've seen a few people worried about Kaladin and Shallan becoming repetitive re: their mental illness, but I dunno. In Shallan's case, we still haven't actually seen all the trauma in her past (amazingly) so I'm not surprised that her illness is an ongoing problem since this actively informs her DID. As her mental health's progressed on-screen with every book, it's actually never read as repetitive to me? Though I can see some people just didn't like her fracturing into multiple personalities. But I feel optimistic that we'll see a positive and significant progression with her this book (after another downward spiral, albeit). Regarding Kaladin, he always found a temporary solution to cope with his depression in previous books... but they were never long-term solutions, as we can see in RoW. Sure, managing to protect and uplift Bridge 4 carried him through, but how can that still carry forward when the stakes grow higher and it becomes impossible to do in a planetary war? His realization of and inability to deal with that seems to be driving both his current depressive episode and his failure to speak the 4th Oath. This is not mentioning other issues also causing him to spiral, such as no longer being able to divide his side and the Singers/Fused into an Us vs Them mentality, what seems to be growing PTSD, et cetera. Hence why he's hit rock bottom now, because what was once his coping method is no longer sustainable (and he has a much larger group to look after, which I'm sure doesn't make his stress and the pressure any easier). All that said, the point I'm trying to make is that he won't be able to significantly progress in dealing with his depression until he actually faces his root conflict, the one thing he's never been able to come to terms with: he can't save everyone. And this isn't to say it'll solve everything, because his clinical depression will always be there and isn't driven by a specific trauma, but it will help him progress as a person. I really do think that once this is dealt with, Kaladin's mental health will become substantially better, and won't be taking up so much of his POV. So while I understand why seeing Kaladin at his worst again might come across as... tiring? To the reader, I can also see why Brandon thought it was necessary for him to hit rock bottom again. On the plus side, fighting does seem to be exacerbating his issues a lot and Syl mentions in her interlude that Kaladin seems to be sleeping better after being taken off active duty, so he'll likely be making gradual steps towards getting better throughout the book. Taking him away from fighting and placing him as a surgeon will also be super interesting for his character development, I think, as it was where he would have ended up if everything had worked out instead of going... catastrophically. (As an aside, while I think Kaladin is kind of naturally an edgy person, calling him an edgelord feels... pretty reductive of his actual issues.)