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Lyndsey Luther

Rhythm of War Reread: Interludes 1 (Sylphrena, Sja-Anat, Into the Fire)

Hello, my Cosmere Chickens, and welcome to the first REAL installment of the Rhythm of War reread! (I don’t really count the read-along posts, because we couldn’t reference anything that happened later in the book.) This installment covers the first set of interludes between parts one and two.

[We can never know another man’s heart, Brightness Sylphrena, but we all know what it is to live and have pain.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Introducing the Rhythm of War Reread!

Welcome back to the Stormlight Archive ongoing reread project! We hope you had a thoroughly fantastic holiday season, and wish you all the very best in the coming year. Now that you’ve had a chance (we hope!) to read Rhythm of War

L: And Dawnshard, and hopefully the rest of the Cosmere given how Cosmere-connected this book is—

A: we’re almost ready to plunge into the detailed chapter-by-chapter discussion, with spoilers for the whole kit and caboodle. This week, we’re just going to talk about Part One a bit more, and introduce the set-up for future discussion.

[Part One: Burdens]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Dawnshard Reread: Chapter 15 – Epilogue

Lyn: Well, my Cosmere chickens, we’ve reached the final installment of the Dawnshard reread, and boy do we have a lot to talk about!

Sam: Hoo boy…. This week the chapters we’ll be talking about completely change a lot of what we assumed about the Cosmere and the history of Adonalsium. Where last week I had a lot to say about how paraplegia was portrayed via Rysn’s character, I think it’s safe to say I’m expecting to have a LOT to say in the Cosmere Connections section.

[The very cosmere is at stake.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Dawnshard Reread: Chapters 8-14

Lyn: Happy Stormlight Thursday, my chickens! (Yes, I’m going to use this as a term of endearment for you all now. Live with it.) I hope you’ve all been enjoying working your way through Rhythm of War, if you’re not finished with it yet! Sam and I had a great time last week with part one (of three) of the Dawnshard reread, and we’re back now with part two! ::match bell rings:: This week we’ll be discussing further aspects of the wonderful work that Sanderson does with his representation of Rysn as a disabled character, as well as learning some more about the Sleepless (oooh! aaahhh! …Or maybe AAAHHH! is more appropriate) and watching the Lopen get up to some heroic shenanigans (let’s face it, when does he not?). Next week will be a Cosmere-heavy discussion, so be aware of that going in, my wee chickens. (I’m loving this nickname a little too much.)

Sam: This portion of the book has some of my favorite parts of fiction. As such, you’ll notice that I pulled a lot of quotes regarding Rysn and her disability. I cannot express appropriately how much I loved those paragraphs. It may be because I participated in the beta read and was able to provide my feedback, but I feel like Sanderson perfectly depicted my feelings about living with a disability. I know we all have different perspectives, so I can only hope that these sections affected everyone else with a disability as favorably as they did me. These chapters also feature some of Lopen’s best moments, in my opinion. And the Sleepless! I can’t wait to learn more about them. Next week, as Lyn said, we’ll be diving into the deep end of the Cosmere. Hold on to your shardplate!

[Sometimes you had to negotiate from a position of weakness.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Dawnshard Reread: Prologue and Chapters 1-7

Lyn: Hello everyone, and welcome to the reread of Brandon Sanderson’s novella/novel, Dawnshard! We’re going to be powering through this one in order to finish up before the holidays and begin on Rhythm of War in January, so buckle in, because it’s going to be a heck of a ride!

Sam: It keeps being said, but it doesn’t become less true, only Brandon could accidentally write a novel. I’m glad to be on board for this and I’m eager to hear yours and other’s thoughts on this story!

[Ah, to be free of the “but why.”]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Read-Along Discussion: Chapter Nineteen

Hello, fellow Sander-fans, and welcome to the final read-along post for Rhythm of War! This is the final chapter of Part One, and hence the final chapter before the book is released in its entirety next week! That’s right… finally you’ll be able to curl up with that coveted hardcover (or ebook) and read it cover to cover! Finally you’ll be able to talk about it to your friends who have been waiting until release day and not reading these preview chapters! Finally you’ll be able to post spoilers online!

Well… okay, you’ll be able to talk about spoilers carefully, and in the correct places, tagged appropriately. Please remember to uphold your vows as Knights Radiant and be courteous of those who may not yet have had a chance to read.

Are you excited? (I sure hope so… I’d be worried if you weren’t!)

[The world becomes an increasingly dangerous place, and so I come to the crux of my argument. We cannot afford to keep secrets from one another any longer.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Read-Along Discussion: Chapter Eighteen

Hello everyone, and welcome to another Tuesday and another preview chapter from Rhythm of War! We’ve only got ONE MORE to go until the full release… are you excited? I know I am! Are you planning on attending the digital book release party? I have it on good authority that it’s going to be a fun time, so if you haven’t already, check out the information on how to attend here!

This week, Kaladin’s family arrives at Urithiru. Join in the discussion in the comment section below, and remember to be considerate of those avoiding spoilers in other places online!

[It’s time to continue my training.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Read-Along Discussion: Chapter Seventeen

Well, here we are again! Did that chapter have some unexpected developments, or what‽ As a continuation of last week’s events, this week gives us a wacky combination: overview of the past year, current status of the war, the Mink’s reactions to developments, plus rumors and proposals. Come on in, and let’s talk it over!

[By Kalak’s mighty breath. This is incredible.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Read-Along Discussion: Chapter Fifteen

Welcome back to another Tuesday, and another discussion of the events in this week’s preview chapter! If you haven’t read it yet… what are you doing here?! Go check it out!

Fair warning. This week’s discussion is going to be full of discussion about Warbreaker and broader Cosmere theory, so be prepared for that.

[Find a new purpose.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Read-Along Discussion: Chapter Fourteen

Welcome back to Tuesday! This week, we’re back in Kholinar for Interesting Developments on the Fused side of the war… and they are very interesting. Not to mention terrifying. On the assumption that you’ve already read Chapter 14, “Voice,” come on into the discussion and let us know how you feel about the probable direction things are taking.

[Extinction is the natural escalation of this war.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Read-Along Discussion: Chapter Thirteen

Welcome back to the discussion! Last week, we saw Kaladin’s arc take an abrupt turn into the unknown. This week, assuming you’ve already read the new chapter, we’ll focus on Shallan. As she deals with internal struggles, we see the events of the previous day turning to a set-up of the next part of her journey. Come on in and discuss!

[Answers. All of them.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Read-Along Discussion: Chapter Twelve

Welcome back to the read-along! We’re back with Kaladin this week, but this time with Adolin and Veil. Shenanigans, weddings, and poignant amateur therapy, as well as a few answered questions… which may or may not make various readers happy. Come on in, and join the discussion!

[Come on, Brightlord Master Highmarshal Stormface. ]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Read-Along Discussion: Chapter Eleven

Welcome back to the read-along discussion, on this fine Tuesday morning. We’re taking a sharp turn in this week’s new chapter—which of course you’ve already read. After all that time in Hearthstone and the Shattered Plains, we’re leaping over to Kholinar today. Yes, it’s finally time to get inside the head of our new main character, Venli, the listener turned Regal turned Radiant. Along with her private thoughts and plans, we’ll have lots of information about the Fused to discuss, so come on in and join us.

[We are all timid when we begin.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Read-Along Discussion: Chapter Ten

Well, how about that. It’s Tuesday again! We’ve all read Chapter Ten, right? (If not, what are you doing here? Go read it first!) Last week, Navani got the beginning of a new arc, with her mysterious correspondent. This week, Kaladin gets the end of an arc, and … well, honestly, kind of a blank slate on what comes next. Let’s go talk about it, shall we?

[They didn’t know the truth—that they’d taken a single profound casualty. ]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

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