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  1. From the album Gallant Watercolor

    While re-reading Way Of Kinds I decided to do a watercolor depiction of Gallant. The coat isn't as black as I would have liked, because of how hard it is to get shading right with watercolor. Overall, though, I think it turned out good!
  2. Hello everyone! I just joined the forum and I thought I'd share an image I made a little while ago of Kaladin leaping across a chasm at the end of WoK! Thank you!
  3. I have been listening to the Kaladin album over and over again since it went out, and I think it is a priceless addition to the experience one can have of the Way of Kings. As the songs of the album are reflecting the events in the book, I wanted to write an article describing my interpretation of each song and what they refer to. So I sorted them by book chronology, and tried analyzing them as best as I could ! The goal here is to deepen the experience, and show this awesome soundtrack some love ! I also added an extra section at the end, listing the main themes and leitmotivs I found throughout the album (like the Stormlight sound for example). This work is not definitive, and I may have misunderstood things ! Comments are always welcome, and I would love to improve this with your help, my final goal being annoting my copy of WoK with some briefs descriptions of what track should be listened to and when. Without further ado, here goes ! Songs sorted by chapter: (spoiler free analysis) Oathpact Abandoned: Prelude The epic start of this tune represents legendary figures. It quickly fades into a grim, pessimist ending, leaving an impression of shame and despair. This song tells of former heroes, abandoning their companion to his fate. As the title suggests, an Oath has been broken, and will set fateful events in motion. The Assassin in White: Prologue Drums are beating as a celebration is going on. It is a day for joy, for peace has been achieved. However, a figure in white stalks in the castle, represented by a deep bass under the drums. After a few guards are killed, the music shifts to a rushing, dark tone, as guards are unable to even understand what is decimating their ranks. Once Szeth finds Gavilar, we hear the epic tones of a duel, before a single voice sings as Gavilar falls from the balcony during what seems to be an eternity. The track ends with a sad Dalinar theme played on the cello, as he helplessly runs in the gardens to find his brother dead. Honor is Dead: Chapter 2, Honor is Dead: Kaladin is a slave, locked in a van, full of regrets and remorse. He has seen too many tragic events, and has no plan to escape, as his last attempt caused even more killing. The very light and depressed start of the song reflects that mindset, before an event that will change his life radically transforms the end of the song as a windsprend begins to befriend him. The Shattered Plains: Chapter 4, The Shattered Plains Kaladin, locked up in the slaver’s wagon, first witnesses the harsh environment of the Shattered Plains. We can hear the Alethi warcamps and the sound of men training, before a chasmfiend shrieks in the distance. Finally, the last seconds are a humming choir, the leitmotiv of the Parshendi populating these lands. Bridge Four: Chapter 6, bridge Four The song begins with voices grunting and yelling rythmic motives, maybe Gaz and Sadeas’s soldiers forcing the bridgemen to run, or even bridgemen themselves staying in rhythm through these chants. We can hear a voice, possibly Kaladin’s, panting with exhaustion as the cries continue. The Parshendi throat singing then begins, foretelling the arrival on the battlefield and the increasing danger. The aggressive violins and trumpets make for a chaotic battle scene, all while the panting and yelling continues. Bridgemen are being targeted in the middle of this hellish scene, and hope is gone. The voices gain in intensity, full of panic and despair, and all there is is running forward. SasNahn: Chapter 9, Damnation Here, Kaladin is at rock bottom. He’s lost everything and everyone, and is in a place worse than hell. The opening of the track vanishes like an old memory, and a sour oboe shows the grimness of Kaladin’s depression. He now feels defined by the brand on his forehead, a dangerous slave until death. The choirs symbolize his abandon of all hope of ever escaping his conditions, with notes reminiscing those of “Oathpact Abandoned”. Honor Chasm: Chapter 11, Droplets On his way to the Honor Chasm, Kaladin almost feels relieved, hence the light beginning of this music. Everything will soon be over: no more suffering, and no more struggling. In front of the chasm, violins tell us of the tragic beauty of this place. At the very last moment though, the note is held as Syl comes back with a blackbane leaf, not knowing what her gesture means. The light flute and bells are Syl trying to convince Kaladin that Life is harder than Death, and that Kal’s duty is to live and keep fighting through every day. As Kaladin’s resolve ignites again, the music gains a more positive tone, accompanying on his way back to the camp, a new man full of determination. The Blackthorn: Chapter 13, Ten Heartbeats This track can be listened to while reading the Chasmfiend hunt scene: the first choirs represents the urge of Dalinar’s charge rushing to aid Elhokar and protect his nephew, before fighting the chasmfiend on his own. As he catches the huge claw threatening to crush Elhokar, the music becomes more tense, with a very aggressive Knights Radiant theme sounding while Dalinar lifts the monster’s claw. The fight keeps going, before the beast is finally defeated and Elhokar rescued. But to me, this song also is about the Blackthorn, an Alethi general with great renown. The martial atmosphere and quick violins show us Dalinar as seen by the Parshendi: an unstoppable, terrifying momentum. At the end of the song, Dalinar’s real character appears: honorable and righteous, trying to follow the Way of Kings principles. Sylphrena : Chapter 14, Payday Sylphrena’s entire progression as a character is represented here. First, she wanders with fragmented memories, a windspren playing among others. She then meets Kaladin, and the song tends to get deeper, her personality slowly resurfacing. Her memories coming back, she starts to remember what she is and realizes the depth of the bond she has with Kaladin. She is changing rapidly, and is growing into something unique, something unseen for centuries. You’re in my Spot: Chapter 17, A Bloody Red Sunset After his deal with Gaz, Kaladin is now the leader of Bridge Four. He endorses his role, choosing to take the first position, determined to not let anybody die again. The battle begins, and we can hear the Stormlight motif is used as Kal is already unconsciously using Stormlight. Bridge Four is running, arrows are raining and the Parshendi voices are menacing the bridgemen: they are facing the full extent of the Parshendi wrath, coming at them in waves of angry choirs. However, this song is significantly less despaired than “Bridge Four”: here, the bridgemen are holding on to their lives and the ones of their crew. The Bridge Four leitmotiv concludes on a hesitant note, as, for the first time, no one in Bridge Four got killed. Unite Them: Chapter 19, Starfalls The Knights Radiant’s leitmotiv opens this track, showing Dalinar visions during the highstorm. The solemn ambience of this song resonates with the command Honor gives to Dalinar: Unite Them. In the second part of the song, Dalinar wakes up and wonders how to achieve this enormous task. Interestingly enough, we can hear a hesitating Dalinar’s theme on a lone cello, reflecting his doubts and fears. The beginning Knight Radiant’s theme starts once again at the end of the track, a faint glimpse of the plan forming in Dalinar’s mind and of what is to come. The King’s Wit: Chapter 22, Eyes, Hands, or Spheres Wit is at the King’s Feast, playing on his flute lightly and throwing jokes at guests. The quick flute is of course Wit himself playing the song, and even beatboxing, adding some sharpness of mind and tongue on the more classic and distinguished cellos expected for an event among nobles. Chasm Kata: Chapter 27, Chasm Duty Deep down in the chasms, in that place so calm and otherworldly, Kaladin finds a spear. He then tries a few moves with it, before the violins gain in volume as Kal is getting fully immersed inside his training. What his men are seeing is a man dancing with a spear with total harmony, totally unaware of his surroundings and lost in memories. The song ends quite abruptly when Kal opens his eyes to meet the disbelieved stares of the other men, with a new light of respect in their eyes. Rysn: Interlude I-IV: Rysn (after Chapter 28) The very exotic ambience of this song reminds us of Rysn, the little Thaylen merchant traveling around the world with her babsk. The peculiar instrumentation of this song, with lots of choirs, drums and flutes, sound very much like Polynesian music, reminding of her journey to the Reshi Isles. The lead singer, full of optimism and astonishment, represents Rysn herself. Nota: This is the only song in the album that seems to be directly referencing Book 2. However, the exotic music sounds so much like what we would hear in the Reshi archipel that I had to quote it here. Alethi Codes of War: Chapter 3, Darkness Unseen This music is the main Bridge Four theme, and has been described by the composers as a “Bridge Four training montage music”, a purpose it perfectly fits with. Here, the bridgemen are now Kal’s crew, and train during chasm duty. From slaves, they become fighters, and practice with the spear. Bridge Four Shield: Chapter 32, Side Carry Kaladin and his bridgemen are now ready to try the plan that they perfected while training with the bridge. The more martial version of the Bridge Four theme we can hear reflects their will to stand against the Parshendi and protect each other. However, as we can hear, the song suddenly goes silent, reflecting the sour turn this plan takes and the tragic ending of this battle. Interestingly enough, the Stormlight sound can also be heard at the end of the song, although I could not figure out what it seems to reference. Highstorm: Chapter 35, A Light By Which to See Sentenced to be judged by the Stormfather, Kaladin is hanged outside a barrack during a highstorm. The first seconds show us the empty Alethi warcamps, with a tense, alarm-sounding noise, litterally the calm before the storm. Then, as the rain and winds start, the music becomes more frantic, before, with a blasting Stormlight sound, the stormwall hits Kaladin. The chaotic drums and sounds let us imagine the violence of the elements, with whilrling violins and violent debris beating Kaladin nearly to death. Before he faints, a loud sound resonates, before a surreal silence, and we’re able to imagine what seeing the Stormfather in the eye of the highstorm feels like. Hearthstone (Tien’s Theme): Chapter 44, The Weeping The very soothing and calm beginning of this tune tells us of the temper of Tien and is also reflective of what life looks like in Hearthstone. The singer is presumably Tien himself, humming songs as he manages to calm Kaladin’s spleen during Weeping. The track ends as wardrums and a distant violin starts to resonate, foreshadowing Tien’s destiny… Stormblessed: Chapter 47, Stormblessings Cenn is panicked at the idea of being thrown into his first battle. The beginning of the track is dark, tense, reflecting the terror of the young boy surrounded by enemies. Then, as a radiant sun piercing the darkness, Kaladin Stormblessed and his squad forms around him to protect him, and we feel the awe of Cenn at the sight of the young prodigy. The last voice, humming deeply with a hoarse voice at the end of the song, may represent the Thrill itself, known to be felt by Alethi soldiers at the time. The Day of Recreance: Chapter 52, A Highway to the Sun Inside the vision, Dalinar sees the events at Feverstone Keep, and immediately feels that something is wrong, as we can hear in the stressful singing and violins. A grandiloquent theme follows, showing us the Knights Radiant Orders in all their might, before being quickly counterbalanced by the grim piano and voice, as Dalinar witnesses their betrayal and the ensuing bloodbath among soldiers. 16 Seconds Pre-Death: Chapter 56, That Storming Book Here, Dalinar and Sadeas are in a tricky situation. Surrounded by Parshendi forces, as shown by the strong Parshendi throat singing, and despite the bridgemen’s best efforts, that we can very clearly hear during the beginning of the song, the battle looks lost. After a chance to escape, we can hear Dalinar turning back and returning into the fray he managed to get out of for Sadeas. Wandersail: Chapter 57, Wandersail Hoid’s flute is heard, playing softly playing around a campfire, when Kaladin joins him. As Hoid starts his story, the music takes off to illustrate it, although always guided by the flute: first, with glorious violin and dynamic choirs telling us of the most valiant crew, on the largest ship there is, set to explore the Ocean. After fighting a highstorm on water, the ship manages the prowess to stay afloat, and ventures to faraway lands once the weather has calmed. Crashed on exotic islands, the Wandersail is repaired and the crew meets the Uvaran. All seems well before the flute taakes a sad, grieving tone, witnessing the discovery of the tragic fate of the Uvaran King. The crew is then forced to escape with their guide as the Uvaran society litterally crumbles around them. The story then softly ends, as Kaladin decides to fully assume his role of Bridge Four leader. Three Glyphs: Chapter 62, Three Glyphs Parshendi are heard chanting menacingly as a new battle is preparing. Kaladin, now bridgeleader, starts the bridgerun with his trained crew, and we can hear him drawing Stormlight to protect the other bridgemen. The glorious, epic tone of this track reflects the heroic nature of Kaladin, and the fighting spirit of Bridge Four. The Tower: Chapter 65, The Tower The assault on the Tower begins, with an impressive amount of Parshendi forces represented by the choirs. The rest of the track represent the desperate battle fought by the two generals, before suddenly breaking on a abrupt and dissonant note, as Dalinar realized the betrayal of Sadeas. The end is a sad, hopeless version of the Knights Radiant theme. Tien: Chapter 67, Words This tragic music narrates the death of Tien in Kaladin’s flashback. We can hear the situation getting more and more dramatic, Kaladin realizing he won’t make it in time to save him, before time slows, and a final sword slash is thrown, Kaladin’s world tearing apart as his beloved little brother is killed in front of him. A melancholic version of Tien’s theme is heard at the end of the song, marking his death. Rhythm of Mourning: Chapter 68, Eshonai This very peculiar music can only be interpreted as what Parshendi Rhythm sound like, and what they sing or hum when they attune to a particular Rhythm. Thath (Justice): Chapter 69, Justice The sad, mourning beginning of this track represents Navani’s sorrow and disbelief at the news that Dalinar is dead. Dalinar’s Theme is played on a lone alto violin, strengthening this impression of loss. Sadeas tells her of their defeat, and a few notes from “The Tower” can be heard. A sad version of the Knights Radiant theme is sung by possibly Navani herself, before becoming more aggressive as pain turns to anger and doubt. Main Leitmotivs: Dalinar’s Theme This motif, first heard at the end of “Assassin in White”, represents the character of Dalinar. Slightly melancholic, this theme also sounds extremely determined and righteous, reflecting Dalinar’s personnality. Stormlight being used: This noise shocked me when I first listened to the album because of its very electronic-like feeling. Its most impressive occurrence is in “Highstorm”, and it wasn’t long before I tied it to the use of Stomlight and Surges. Its odd feeling perfectly fits what you would feel while seeing someone using superhuman powers only heard of in legends. Parshendi singing: The Parshendi rhythms play a huge role in their behavior, and they have always be described as singing or humming during battles. The best way to represent Parshendi is therefore this very raw and deep singing, multiple voices attuned as one. Most of the vocals in this album are lyricless, and used to describe Parshendi. Bridge Four Theme The root of this theme is “Alethi Codes of War”, but it is played on various occasions, always in moments where Bridge Four acts united as one crew. The Knights Radiant Theme This theme is best heard in the eponymous track. It depicts the Radiants in all their glory, and is sometimes used during Dalinar’s visions (see “Unite Them”). The special “Rainbow Remix” hidden at the end of this track sounds particularly awesome. Tien’s Theme Simply enough, this theme represents Tien in all of his simplicity. It is only heard in two songs, but leaves a striking impression of comfort and a longing for home. Bonus Tracks: (SPOILERS FOR Words of Radiance): Tarah: This sad tune is for Tarah, and especially for the life that Kaladin could have had with her, if their relationship hasn’t ended. Shallan’s Lullaby: Shallan’s Lullaby directly uses the lyrics given in book 2. While the song starts as a dark but soothing lullaby, it suddenly takes a very dramatic turn, as Shallan commits the worst crime, of which this song is an important part. The choirs in the background are calling her name, judging her for her actions.
  4. From the album The King's Wit

    "I wonder if you could do that to a man. Pull him apart, emotion by emotion, bit by bit, bloody chunk by bloody chunk. Then combine them back together into something else, like a Dysian Aimian." For relaxation I decided to play around with color palettes and ended up drawing Wit aka Hoid from the Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson. I loved basically everything about these books so far but Hoid's quips are always a good extra
  5. My take on Kaladin Stormblessed from the Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson. This is when Kaladin was enslaved. Not gonna lie, I almost made myself cry by drawing all that rain and remembering… THAT SCENE IN WAY OF KINGS ;( ( I ended up spamming the gallery with empty posts because the file was too big but hopefully it works now, I'm really sorry...)
  6. I made a Shallan. Will maybe redo the coloring part when I get better at clip studio paint. Just started painting digitally two weeks ago and it's pretty hard uwu
  7. I have a theory regarding how truespren make it back into roshar the first time. This theory came about as a result of the scene where Shallan had to draw Pattern before he could manifest. That seemed odd to me that she had to do that when none of the other new Knights have had to do something similar. I think it has to do less with her drawing him, and more with the amount of creationspren she attracted doing so (the quote says hundreds of creationspren were drawn to her at that time.) My theory comes from an assumption that each true spren type has their own "squires" so to speak. Cryptics have creationspren, Honorspren have windspren, Cultivationspren have lifespren, the Bondsmith spren have gloryspren. ( I posit that there has to be a sufficiently large amount of these "squire" spren in an area to punch a whole between the Cognitive and Physical realm "big" enough for these true spren to come through. For Syl, that mean there needed to be enough windspren, say in a windy area like barren plains or when fighting with a spear, which has been stated to generate windspren. For Pattern, Shallan had to actually be creative enough to draw enough creationspren to allow pattern to fully manifest, rather than poking through like most spren do. Idk, what do you think. I think this theory has holes, but its going somewhere.
  8. I had a question regarding the meaning of the Chapter 57 epigraph. The death rattle states, "I hold the suckling child in my hands, a knife at his throat, and know that all who live wish me to let the blade slip. Spill its blood upon the ground, over my hands, and with it gain us further breath to draw." My question is regarding the meaning of this death rattle. Correct me if I am wrong, but death rattles provide both premonitions and also sometimes an insight into a past event? Further more when Maps dies, he says, "And all the world was shattered!" Maps yelled, back arching, eyes wide, flecks of red spittle on his cheeks. "The rocks trembled with their steps, and the stones reached toward the heavens. We die! We die!" Could this be regarding whatever event happened that formed the Shattered Plains? If so, could this be some sort of indication of the use of Dawnshards on Roshar?
  9. I haven't seen this theory in the forums, so I thought I would bring it up here. Way of Kings, Page 874 "'...I let Tien die, I failed my spearmen, the slaves I tried to rescue, Tarah...' He hadn't thought of her in some time. His failure with her had been different from the others, but a failure was nonetheless." Page 880 "What would have happened to him, if Tarah hadn't coaxed him out of his single-minded dedication? Would he have burned himself out, as she'd claimed?" So who is Tarah? Facts: - A woman from Kaladin's past who came into his life after he took up the spear. Likely after Tien died, because he wasn't dedicated until after that event. - Someone Kaladin failed, but in a different way than the others. Likely she isn't dead, because all the others died. - She helped Kaladin enjoy more in life than the spear. Kaladin's history with Laral shows he is attracted to women. Kaladin describes Tarah as coaxing him, which sounds like something someone would do with flirting. So if she didn't die, how would he have failed her? Could he have been engaged or even married to her and failed to fulfill his obligation because he was sold into slavery? Maybe Kaladin's heart is already taken.
  10. Hello everyone! So for my first post I need an answer for a little dilemma I'm in of possible. I've been a Sanderson fan since he finished WOT and I will forever read anything he writes. Luckily my 10 year old daughter has taken to him as well. She's read all of Alcatraz, Skyward, and is just now finishing up Mistborn and is in love with it. My question is, is she too young at 10 to be reading The Stormlight Archives? I was worried about Mistborn a little but she's so far ahead in reading for her age and we've had some awesome, in-depth conversations about the story and characters, but I'm just concerned that SA might be a little too much. But she wants to read it badly when she finishes Mistborn. Do you guys think she'd be fine with SA if she made it through Mistborn?
  11. I just searched through the site and couldn’t find any other threads talking about this game, so I don’t know how many people even know about it. So if you don’t know about it, a couple years ago Brandon mentioned that they were developing a board game based on and around the war on the Shattered Plains. He even gave out a bunch of promotional Szeth cards/standees with some cryptic game stats on the back alongside the release of Words of Radiance. Supposedly the game was supposed to go to kickstarter sometime in 2018, but that got bumped back. Then today, this troubling news was posted on boardgamegeek.com: I went ahead and sent an email to [email protected] to ask about this. We’ll see what they say. To anyone else interested in this game, I’d encourage you to send them a polite email as well- who knows, maybe if we show them enough support they might revive the game!
  12. This is really just a discussion for everyone to add their ideas onto, but to get it started off: Whether a member dies while fighting the fused, a freak accident, or while protecting someone else, the most likely candidates for who I think will kick the bucket in Bridge 4 would have to be Lopen, Rock, and Teft. While I don't necessarily think they'll have to die in order for Kaladin to swear the 4th ideal, I do think their deaths could be his breaking point. And if there's anything that Sanderson likes to do with characters, it's break them. After working so hard to protect Bridge 4 and essentially bring them out of the trenches, it would tear Kaladin apart to see one of them die- or even get injured as we saw in Words of Radiance with Hobber. So while that's true, the most impactful deaths for the reader would be a character that we've been the given the chance to get to know. And so that brings my first candidate, Lopen. I have to say that he is the most probable character for me as of now. Lopen is sort of like a class-clown in Bridge 4 in that he tends to mess and joke around much more than the others, and so it would come as a shock to the readers to suddenly have him cut down and die, leaving a hole in Bridge 4. Without Lopen, they'd be out of a serious need for laughter and light-heartedness and anyone who knows Bridge 4's story knows that that's something they desperately need. Next up is Rock, but I will admit that I don't think Sanderson will kill Rock- at least not in the first half of the books. The biggest reason he just made my list is because of how much it would hurt the readers. Rock has been a big figure in Bridge 4 since the beginning, and with just that it would make his death heartbreaking. But adding on to how we were able to meet his family in Oathbringer and seeing just how much he cares about everyone around him with the chapters from his point-of-view, the readers would definitely be in tears. Add on the possibility of him dying while trying to tell Kaladin about the Horneater Peaks (of which he always told Kaladin he'd bring him to) and Sanderson has a whole fanbase weeping. Now is the time for Teft. Teft's death seems both logical and inevitable to me. He served as a friend and leader to Bridge 4 and was a major reason for them getting as strong as they currently are with him helping to train them. The only person to play a bigger role in the rehabilitation of Bridge 4 is Kaladin, and Kaladin himself holds high respect for Teft. Bottom line, his death would be devastating to the moral of Bridge 4. Without Teft, I'm not entirely sure how Bridge 4 would carry on. Everything they would do would remind them that Teft isn't there as it was Teft who helped to train them with the spear, first told them of the Radiant powers with Kaladin, and essentially acted as a grumpy uncle. That's all from me. Tell me what you guys think! How would the other members react to one of their own dying? What would it mean for the story? HOW do you think they'd die?
  13. Just what the title asks: If you had a chance to Q&A with Jasnah, what would you ask her? (I'm thinking post-Oathbringer questions) Mine are - What was it like growing up with Gavilar and Navani as parents? As Alethkar's new leader, what do you plan to do about the new Desolation? What do you think of the prohibition of men not being able to read or write?
  14. I'm now on my third trip through the Stormlight books, I realized that on the night of Gavilar's assassination, at the party, Szeth walks by an old man he thinks is drunk... But it's actually Jezrien himself!!!!!!! He says the same thing at the end of Oathbringer before Moash kills him. An Easter-egg across 3 books... nice
  15. I wholeheartedly agree with this statement of Hoid. In that sense, Sanderson had been my favorite storyteller. He had broaden my mind and made me rethink my current perspectives of the world's workings especially when I read SA. Was there ever a point like that for you? Mine is certainly Jasnah's statement about the role of a woman. It is after reading the epigraph that I realize that it is truly absurd to even think that there is a certain "role" we must live up to. It is a refreshing persepective and certainly something that I want to adapt as my own.
  16. Spoiler warning maybe? So the unmade are spren right? And the keeper of secrets tells shallan to ask her son about trust, who im assuming is pattern when she refers to it, in oathbringer when shes at the gate. Heres a theory and prove me wrong if u want my friends and i argue about it, were the unmade the original "higherspren" of honor like the stormfather, only of each order of radiant. But then corrupted by odium before the nahel bond started? Why she says they were made, then unmade?
  17. Hi Sanderfans/Sharders, I will be posting a series of "scrolls" about Moshe Feder, Brandon's Tor editor, on my blog. Moshe was the person who "discovered" Brandon and acquired Brandon's sixth novel Elantris in 2003. In 2005, Elantris became Brandon's first published novel. Moshe has kindly agreed to be interviewed for this series. Here is the first "scroll" in case any of you are interested to check it out: http://shazarose.blogspot.com/2018/08/moshe-man-behind-copper-mind-scroll-1.html This is the first scroll in what is expected to be a multi-short scroll series on Moshe. A future planned "scroll" will document half of Brandon's twin inspiration for including characters like Kaladin, Shallan and Dalinar, who all suffer from various mental health issues, in his Stormlight Archive series. Moshe himself is one half of this inspiration, and I will be documenting Moshe's bout of bipolar that he wants to share in order to help raise awareness about mental health issues. When I asked him if it would be a painful thing for him to share, he had this to say: "Not painful to share. It’s a duty to help fellow sufferers and to work on reducing stigma. When I was Corflu (fanzine fan con) GoH, it was a major part of my speech." Hope you do enjoy the series if you decide to check it out! Warmest Regards Sharon Hooper
  18. Hello all, I have invested some stake in the idea that Cusicesh the Protector is the third Sibling, referred to as a sleeping "they" by the Stormfather in Oathbringer. The Stormfather refuses to divulge more information than their existence and their relation to himself and the Nightwatcher. Cusicesh is described in Interlude I-5 of the Way of Kings as a spren of great size (over 100 feet tall) with four arms and a body with a deep blue center. It* rises out of the ocean at the same time every day (7:46am, though I won't pretend to know what that means,) and looks toward the Origin for the full ten minutes of its "performance". While doing so, it rapidly changes between human faces--male and female. Axies cannot tell if there are any repetitions of the faces shown. People who have watched Cusicesh have reported feeling drained afterwards. From Oathbringer's exploration of the Cognitive Realm, there is mention of a link between humanity and the spren. If the Sibling is "sleeping" as the Stormfather said, I believe they would still need to sustain that interaction with humanity. So, everyday, Cusicesh wakes up from its pseudo-hibernation, drains some energy from onlookers to sustain itself, and looks toward the Origin with longing, bearing the faces of those it bonded with in the past, then goes back to sleep. *Though I believe Cusicesh to be the Sibling in question, my belief does not constitute as evidence for sentience in said spren, so I will use the pronouns given to me from the book for Cusicesh until I am proven correct or other pronouns are given.
  19. Is there some sort of significance to the fact that the prologue to Way of Kings takes place from Kalak's point of view?
  20. 1, would you rather be at the mercy of A, a high storm (with no shelter) or B, a chasmfeined (or however it's spelled) 2, would you rather only being able to own A, shard plate, because your sword is already pretty dope or B, shard blade, because duh 3, would you rather be a A, deceitful (yet rich) light eyes or B, humble (yet poor) dark eyes 4, would you rather be besties with A, Lopen or B, Rock 5, would you rather be stuck with A, chasm duty or B, Wit at a party Put your answers below!!
  21. I run a book club at my university, and the book for this summer is Way of Kings (and possibly WoR and OB as well). We're having mini-meetings every part. I was wondering if anyone had any good ideas for discussion questions or topics or just interesting things they noticed for different sections? For part one we talk a lot about opening world building and first impressions, for the future I have some topics planned (Jasnah's Lesson, Dalinar and authority, The Side-Carry). It's a bit tricky cause it's about 3 first-time Sanderson readers, 2 people cosmere veterans, and one person who's read the rest of the cosmere but is a first time SA reader and I'm trying to make discussion interesting for everybody but non-spoiler-y. Any ideas?
  22. Ever since I read Warbreaker, I have been wanting to re-read the chapters of the storm light archives, where "Ziehl (is that spelled right?)" And "azure" are in it... Because, ya know... But, I listened to the 3 storm light books on audible, so it's much harder for me to find what those chapters are, much less which books they even begin lol If anyone knows what chapters I'm looking for/where to find them, then plz let me know, thx!!
  23. My fiancé and I are getting married and looking for stormlight archieve quotes for a reading. It’s our favorite series and we read the whole thing during our engagement. Any ideas?
  24. Hi! I'm TruthlessofShinovar. I really thought that name would have been taken. I remember last year looking at some Best Fantasy Books lists, and I found Way of Kings as number 1 or 2. The cover and description instantly hooked me. I looked it up on Goodreads, and it became even more interesting. I remember buying the Kindle version that evening because I needed to read it. I think my 16-year-old mind blown with every chapter. (About 500 pages later I bought the physical copy - and the sequel.) A few months after reading WOK I read Elantris, and I loved it. Then Words of Radiance, which I think is even better than Way of Kings. Now, 8 months and three Sanderson books later, I'm currently reading Mistborn: The Final Empire. I love Brandon's writing style in the Stormlight books, but for some reason I'm finding Mistborn's style a bit clunky and exposition-heavy. From reading some earlier and later Sanderson books, I think he really improved on his writing - and especially his dialogue.