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Rhythm of War Reread: Chapter Fifty

It’s another Reread Thursday, my chickens and peeps! This week, we’re back with Dalinar and Jasnah for some carefully planned and coldly executed shenanigans. (Is that a contradiction in terms? Can you plan shenanigans, or do they just have to happen?) In any case, Dalinar does a lot of musing this week, and gets thoroughly disrupted by Jasnah and Wit taking care of business. Come on in and join the discussion!

[You cannot tame a feral axehound with kind words. You use raw meat.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Reread: Chapter Forty-Nine

Greetings, O Chickens and Peeps of the Cosmere Fandom! Welcome back to the Rhythm of War reread, wherein we consider darkness, light, Light, Connection, and the determination of Our Heroes to resist the occupation of their home. Kaladin and Navani are working out their plans, large and small, and figuring out what the next step is—so they can take it. Inadequacy and exhaustion are simply not sufficient cause to quit.

[I’m not in any shape to fight. I’m going to do it anyway.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Reread: Chapter Forty-Eight

Greetings once again, my peeps and chickens, and welcome back to another installment of the Rhythm of War Reread! This week is our second flashback chapter, as Eshonai has further interaction with the humans. It’s a disturbing mixture of impressions, and honestly, in my view the humans don’t come out looking very good, even though Eshonai thinks they’re great. That’s the interesting part of a reread—you know too much to accept things at face value! Come on in and let us know what you thought about it!

[Yes, there was more than one way to explore.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Reread: Chapter Forty-Seven

Cosmere Chickens Ahoy!! Welcome back to the Rhythm of War Reread, as we arrive at our very first (in this book) Dalinar POV. And it’s a doozy. Battles, allies, enemies, fabrials, Connections, revelations, ancient history, new abilities… There’s a ton of action and information packed into this chapter, so let’s get to it.

[I once thought I knew the extent of your abilities. I have abandoned that ignorant supposition.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Reread: Chapter Forty-Six

Welcome back to the Cosmere, my peeps and chickens! This week we rejoin Navani and Kaladin as they face their “new normal” in their own places and their own ways. Politics, spren, fabrials, nightmares… all this and more. Join us for the discussion, won’t you?

[This was all… all wrong. This wasn’t real… was it?]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Reread: Chapter Forty-Five

Oh, hey there! It’s Thursday again, and time for a new Cosmere Chicken-Scout gathering. This week in the Reread, at long last we reach the first of the flashback chapters. Through the viewpoints of both Eshonai and Venli, we begin to learn of the culture of the listeners, before it gets all messed up by the Voidspren and other meddlers. Come on in and join us!

[What is a secret but a surprise to be discovered?]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Reread: Chapter Forty-Four

Welcome back to the Rhythm of War reread, as we launch into Part Three this week! We’ll pick up just a few steps away from where we left off at the end of Part Two: with Kaladin working his way through the Tower, hoping for a way to escape pursuit and hide his friend. Watch for the parallels between the current situation and some of Kaladin’s flashbacks; there’s some very deliberate reflection going on up in here.

[No thoughts. Thoughts are dangerous. Just move.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Reread: Interlude Six

Welcome back to the Rhythm of War Reread, O My Chickens and Peeps! As we wrap up the second set of Interludes this week, we’re back in the head of good old King T—and it’s a weird place these days. It’s an odd blend of promising insight and frightening foreshadowing, and we have mixed feelings about it.

[A thousand wrong plans were no more useful than a single wrong one.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Reread: Interlude Five

Cosmere Chickens ahoy—in more ways than one! This week’s reread involves two actual Cosmere Chickens, along with all the rest of us peeps. Join us in the reread for Lift’s interlude, with Wyndle being his adorable self, interrupted by yet another of those characters most of us love to hate. Also, That Everstorm, with all it brings… And chickens. Did I say chickens?

[A dangerous and unknown shadow, moving mysteriously from place to place, never seen. Always feared.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Reread: Interlude Four

Greetings once again, me hearty Cosmere-Chickens! This week, we tackle the first of the Interludes between Parts Two and Three, in which the former bridgeman and current bearer of Jezrien’s Honorblade… cuts rocks with it. Um. Oh, and carries them around, because why not. He also makes plans with his new god to make life as miserable as possible for Kaladin. This makes us Very Not Happy.

[He Who Quiets. He who hauls rocks.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Reread: Chapter Forty-Three

And so ends Part Two, our Cosmere Chickens! It’s been a wild ride so far, and we’re only getting started. It seems like all hope is lost, but as we know, that only means that we’re in for a long upward climb as our heroes make their way out of the mess in which they’ve found themselves.

[Kaladin stepped off the edge.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Reread: Chapter Forty-Two

Greetings, Oh Ye Chickens of the Cosmere! We’re back with the penultimate chapter in Part Two, in which many things come crashing down: stairways, soldiers, Syl’s mood, Navani’s throne… Yeah, it’s one of those chapters. Oh, don’t worry, there’s worse to come. But that’s for next week. This week, we have a “famous last stand” and a proud surrender.

[Odd, that she should feel most a queen in the moments before the position was taken from her.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Reread: Chapter Forty-One

Good morning and happy Thursday, my Cosmere chickens! I hope your week has been going better than Kaladin and Navani’s is, and that you are staying safe and healthy out there as the world slowly opens back up (here in the United States, anyway). Today in the reread we’ll be watching as Urithiru continues to slowly fall to the Fused and Regals. It’s like watching a very slow train wreck. Navani is trying desperately to throw rocks at the switch that will divert the train to another track, but…

Well. Let’s dig in and see what happens, shall we?

[We are immortal, and so think nothing can ever surprise us — and that makes us complacent.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Reread: Chapter Forty

Alice: Heya, O Chickens of the Cosmere!

Lyn: Awww, you’re coming around to it! I told you this chickens thing was fun. I feel like we need t-shirts or something…

A: Oh, I could definitely get into that!

L: Well, chickens and t-shirts aside, we’re about to dive back into the Fall of Urithiru, so I hope you’re all holding onto your feathers, because the plot is continuing its descent into darkness. Navani has one last slim hope of saving the Tower, but it really is a slim one, and the Sibling finally begins communicating with her openly in an attempt to save their own figurative butt. Join us, won’t you?

[“I want to make certain you understand the situation fully. In case you want to consider a different plan.”]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Reread: Chapter Thirty-Nine

Well, my Cosmere Chickens, here we are. The Tower falls, our heroes are in danger, and things look as if they can’t possibly get any worse. Which, of course, means that they will get worse, and in spectacular fashion, but for now we’re left here in the darkness to theorize and speculate. Why is it specifically the garnets that Raboniel inverts in the Sibling’s gem matrix? Does Lirin have a point, or is he almost as much a monster as Moash? Will Kaladin ever come to terms with the wretch within him and swear that Fourth Ideal? And why is he the only Windrunner still functioning when all the others have fallen unconscious? We’ll discuss these subjects (and more) in this week’s installment of the Stormlight Archive reread. Won’t you join us?

[It had been going so well.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

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