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Rhythm of War Reread: Chapter Ninety-Five

Well, howdy there, me peeps and chickies! Welcome back to the Rhythm of War Reread, as we go back in time to see the Battle of Narak from a very different perspective. Venli views the scene from a much-too-close-and-personal position, and in the process she increasingly is confronted by the truth of what she has—and hasn’t—done, and who she really is deep inside. The storms strip away all the pretense and disguise, leaving her face to face with herself. At least for a little while. Come on in and chat with us about it!

[This was the end of the world.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Reread: Chapter Ninety-Four

Welcome back to the Rhythm of War Reread, my friends, where we have reached one of the most brilliant, frustrating, shocking, exciting, and worrying chapters in the series so far. (At least in my opinion.) This is the week we finally get to talk about the third day of Adolin’s trial, with its many twists and turns, and they are convoluted indeed. Oh, Mayalaran… Come on in and join us!

[He suspected the Radiant relationship would never be the same again.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Reread: Chapter Ninety-Two

Welcome back, my friends! This week we’re following Venli as she assists and then converses with Raboniel. There are a few surprising revelations, a lot of Spite, a reward, and a breathtaking gift. We do some guessing about the timing, as usual. We’re nearing the end of Part Four, so things are beginning to ramp up to the Avalanche. Come on in and join the fun!

[Confusion can mean you have realized your weakness.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Reread: Chapter Ninety-One

Hey, it’s reread day! A fan-fave chapter this week, as we return to the Bridge Four novella. Part Four has only one POV from Kaladin: the nightmare that Wit disrupted. The rest of his arc is told from the perspective of various members of Bridge Four. This week, it’s the newly-wakened Teft, reflecting on his progress and what it means to be Bridge Four. We also learn more about his traumatic past, as he sees it from a new angle, and watch as they work through various plans of action.

[You couldn’t change the past, only the future.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Reread: Chapter Ninety

Hey, y’all! Welcome back to the Rhythm of War Reread! Things are getting hot up in here, as Adolin goes into the second day of the trial, and it goes… hmmm… not well, exactly, but possibly not as badly as he thinks it did. He comes out of it feeling like he’s completely failed, though. Failed himself, failed his father, failed his people, failed the world… and that feeling of failure, combined with one of the chief causes of the perceived failure, leads Shallan to decide on a really bad idea as a solution. So bad, in fact, that she doesn’t even share it with Adolin. All in all, it’s a very up-and-down sort of chapter. Come on in and join the discussion, as we talk about the highs and lows.

[Today, he would have the stage all to himself.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Reread: Chapter Eighty-Eight

Hey-oh! Welcome back to the Rhythm of War Reread, where we dig into every chapter in excruciating (not to say excessive) detail! The flashbacks are coming quickly these days, making up for the complete lack of flashbacks in Parts One and Two. Of sixteen chapters so far in Part Four, this is the fifth flashback, and the penultimate one for this Part. (There’s one last flashback in Part Five, and it’s the most beautiful flashback ever, I think.) Anyway, this is the chapter where the two future paths of the listeners are set up, with two opposing spren coming into play. Come on in and join the discussion!

[I gave up my dreams. But I will not give up our minds.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Reread: Chapter Eighty-Seven

Welcome back to the Rhythm of War Reread, as we finally get to launch into Adolin’s trial in the honorspren fortress of Lasting Integrity. The witnesses against him are just full of surprises, and… well, let’s just call it mixed results for Day One, okay? To top it off, Shallan and Pattern get up to some creative hijinks, and honorspren are gullible. Fun times! Come on in and join the discussions!

[So… trial by witness, right?]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Reread: Chapter Eighty-Six

Oh, hey, it’s Thursday again! Funny how that happens almost every week. So here we are to tackle this week’s chapter, and it’s not really a fun sort of chapter. It’s Venli’s flashback perspective, and Venli nearing her most Odium-controlled level of pride and selfishness. She’s thoroughly convinced herself that she has a right to make life-and-death decisions for her entire people, even though she knows none of the actual authorities would agree with her judgments, and that makes it a frustrating sort of chapter. It’s also a very sad chapter, because there are just a few minutes where she almost gets out of Odium’s control, and then she very deliberately steps back in. Well, ups and downs notwithstanding, come on in and join the discussion!

[Royalty? She liked the sound of that.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Reread: Chapter Eighty-Five

Hey there, my friends! Welcome back to the Rhythm of War Reread—and welcome to one of my personal favorite chapters! This is another in the Bridge Four sequence, where Kaladin’s arc (and more) is seen from the perspective of various B4 members. This week, it’s Dabbid. Prepare for a wonderful combination of heartbreak, pathos, and joy as we see pieces of several character arcs touching.

[Stupid was a choice.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Reread: Chapter Eighty-Four

Welcome back to the Rhythm of War reread! If you aren’t into the science-y scholar-y stuff, this is probably not your favorite chapter. It is one of mine, and as a bonus we get bits of ancient history and Cosmere touches too! Along with creating some very clever weapons, Navani gets Raboniel to assist her in an experiment that results in a tremendous fabrial breakthrough. We’ll see the weapons come into play many chapters from now (November-ish?), but we’ll have to wait a year beyond that to see what she does with the breakthrough. These unfinished series…!

[Energy will be conserved.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Reread: Chapter Eighty-Three

Welcome back to Urithiru! It’s Willshaper Week up in here, as Venli starts to develop her powers. I won’t say control them, exactly, because she’s not that good at it yet, but she’s taking the first few steps. Also, Lift is back! (Sorry, those of you who dislike her. She’s one of my favorite characters, probably for much the same reasons y’all dislike her, so… oops.) Anyway, it’s a long chapter full of good stuff, so come on in and join the discussion!

[Timbre vibrated with excitement inside Venli.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Reread: Chapter Eighty-Two

Hey, it’s Thursday again, and time to get back to Shadesmar! This week we get a lot of irritation from Mraize’s manipulation of Shallan (and Radiant, and Veil), as he persuades her to do more of his dirty work. Then Adolin gets a series of disappointments from a legendary deity, as the High Judge turns out to be… less than reasonable.

[Save your husband, your kingdom, and your world all at once.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Reread: Chapter Eighty

Welcome back, y’all. It’s Thursday again, so here we are! This is a weighty chapter: pain and agony, but also beauty and humor. Weird combo, eh? It’s Kaladin’s only POV in Part Four. (The rest of his arc is told through the eyes of his Bridge Four companions.) There’s a brutal nightmare, a ray of hope, a plunge into despair, brightness, an elegant Cryptic, and Wit’s story entry for this book. Come on in and join the discussion!

[Dogs can’t be dragons!]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Reread: Chapter Seventy-Eight

Welcome back to the on-going, in-depth, nit-picking reread of Rhythm of War! Heh. This week we’re back in Shadesmar, where Shallan is once again hiding from memories, but learns some interesting things nonetheless. Adolin, meanwhile, is learning the weird and complicated ways of the spren (some of them, anyway), and then they both discover something astonishing.

[The High Judge, it appeared, was human.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Reread: Chapter Seventy-Seven

Welcome back to the Stormlight Archive Rereadings of all the things! This is a big, big chapter, flashback though it is. About the same length as the prologues, this is our sole flashback to the day of the treaty feast, and some of the incredible events that led up to the assassination. Voidspren, and Heralds, and betrayals, and slaves, and Honorblades… It’s a doozy of a chapter, so come on in and let’s discuss it.

[She suddenly felt very, very small. She hated that feeling.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

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