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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

Rhythm of War Reread: Chapter Seventy-Six

Welcome back to the reread! This week we’re back in Navani’s basement office turned library turned laboratory, where a world-changing breakthrough is about to happen. Also, Raboniel is a fashion plate after Adolin’s own heart, and it turns out that Navani and Adolin are, in one sense, fighting the same battle: to be treated as individuals rather than as stand-ins for the errors of their ancestors. Come on in and join the discussion!

[You have earned that, and my gratitude.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Reread: Chapter Seventy-Five

Heigh-ho heigh-ho, back to Shadesmar we go! This week, the reread finally hits the chapter where we return to Adolin and Shallan! I know different readers feel differently about the characters, but for myself, this feels like a refreshing break from the constant strain of the Urithiru-under-the-invasion vibe. Anyone else? Just me? Well, let’s go talk about it.

[Has anyone tried asking them?]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Reread: Chapter Seventy-Four

Here we are again, so it must be Thursday! This week, the reread returns to “present time” Venli, to show some major character progression in our favorite Willshaper. (Okay, our only Willshaper, but that makes her our favorite, right?) Now, though, Rlain is stepping forward in the narrative, along with Lirin and Hesina. Come on in and join the discussion!

[It was brave, but I don’t know how useful it will be.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Reread: Chapter Seventy-Three

Welcome back to the Rhythm of War reread, as we launch into Part Four! Today’s Cosmere Chicken-Scout input comes from Nazh, who has apparently been busily researching Rosharan writing systems. As for the actual chapter, we’re back in the past with Venli and Ulim, as he uses blatant flattery and empty promises to undercut any existing love and loyalty she might have. It’s a bit frustrating to watch, but easy to see how he manipulated her into betraying her people on multiple levels. Come on in and join the discussion!

[You will be great. Everyone will recognize your majesty.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Reread: Interlude Nine

As we reach the last of the third set of Interludes in our Rhythm of War reread, we return to one of the most controversial characters: (former) King Taravangian. He’s having an emotional day, with all the angst that brings him; to further mess with him, he receives a visit from Renarin and Szeth-in-disguise. Since neither conversation goes the way he’d planned, he ends the chapter in tears. Does this make him more sympathetic? Or… not really? Come on in and join the discussion; we’ll talk about that.

[Eventually he chose pain.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Reread: Interlude Eight

Welcome back to the Rhythm of War Reread, where this week we get to hang out with our favorite little larkin, Chiri-Chiri. Oh, and Rysn, of course. And Vstim. For those who haven’t read Dawnshard recently, we’ll be doing a brief review of what happened with Chiri-Chiri and Rysn in that story. For those who haven’t read it at all… you might want to skip this week. The chapter itself has implied spoilers for Dawnshard, and the discussion will be a veritable free-for-all of explicit spoilers. Don’t say we didn’t warn you! With that, come on in and join the discussion (unless you want to avoid those spoilers)!

[My wisdom does not extend to the dealings of gods.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Reread: Interlude Seven

Welcome back to the Rhythm of War Reread, as we start in on the third set of Interludes. This one takes us to a place we’ve been several times in Part Three—the Emuli campaign—but this time from Szeth’s POV instead of Dalinar or Jasnah. Szeth has always been a bit unhinged, and IMO he seems to be getting worse. Gavinor is remembering how to be a little boy, so that’s a much more positive note in an otherwise slightly skeery chapter. Come on in and join the discussion!

[I have been given a duty. I will do it well.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Reread: Chapter Seventy-Two

This week, the reread comes to the final chapter in Part Three, and in typical Part Three fashion, it leaves us in the slough of despond. The title, “Outmatched,” really says it all. This is one of Navani’s worst moments, as all her accomplishments turn out to have only served the enemy’s purposes. It promises to be a somber discussion, but please, come cheer us with your participation!

[“They said we couldn’t outthink you.”]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Reread: Chapter Seventy-One

Welcome back to the Rhythm of War reread, as we reach the penultimate chapter of Part Three. It is a surprisingly upbeat chapter, sandwiched as it is between two very low points for other characters. While Dalinar does receive confirmation of the bad news the reader has known since the end of Part Two, his dismay is overshadowed (at least for this reader) by the things he does, sees, and experiences—and the direction he plans to take next.

[So he’d begun to look for options.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Reread: Chapter Seventy

Welcome back to the Rhythm of War Reread, as we reach the final events of Part Three. There are three chapters left (including this one) but they’re all the same set of events. This week is mostly Kaladin’s effort, with just a moment of realization from Navani. Kaladin’s effort, however, is extremely painful as well as exciting. It has its moments of triumph, but mostly, it’s painful. On that enticing note, come on in and join the discussion!

[I had a nightmare.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Reread: Chapter Sixty-Nine

Oh, hey, it’s Thursday again, and time for another installment of the Rhythm of War Reread! We rejoin Navani in her lab this week, and I promise not to geek out on the physics this week. Or only a little, anyway. It’s not like there aren’t other things to talk about—like the formation of Towerlight, and Navani’s inadvertent and wholly unintentional betrayal of the Sibling. Come on in and join the discussions! [Can we really afford pickiness right now?]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Reread: Chapter Sixty-Eight

Welcome back, my peeps and Cosmere ChickenScouts! It’s flashback time on the Rhythm of War Reread today, as certain family relationships are explored and a new form is acquired for the listeners. Eshonai, young though she is, takes the lead in trying to bring all the listeners together as a single nation. She sees the humans as a growing threat, and longs to see her people come together in mutual self-defense.

[Our goal today will not be to win a battle, but to promise a new beginning.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Reread: Chapter Sixty-Seven

Happy Thursday! Welcome back to the Rhythm of War reread, as we go through “Song of Stones”—a very fitting title for such a beautifully descriptive chapter. Venli’s POVs are often frustrating for us, but not this one. It’s a blend of honest introspection, new discovery, and ancient lore, calculated to make some of us very, very happy. Come on in!

[Today she was going to see what it really meant to be on this path of Radiance.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

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