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Rhythm of War Reread: Chapter Thirty-Two

Happy Thursday, my Cosmere Chickens! (Has this caught on yet? Have I made it A Thing? If I keep using it long enough it’s going to become A Thing through sheer tenacity of will, right? What if I make t-shirts, because I will totally make t-shirts if I get Dragonsteel’s blessing, don’t test me…) In this week’s installment of the reread, we join Adolin and company who are continuing along the road to Lasting Integrity. Adolin is continuing to be just an amazing partner and caring individual, Veil and Radiant are trying to help Shallan come to grips with her past, and prospects for the delegation’s success are not looking promising…

[So Adolin was wrong, but he was also right.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Reread: Chapter Thirty-One

Greetings and salutations, my Cosmere Chickens, and welcome to another Thursday and another installment of the Rhythm of War reread! This week we’re hitting the road with Venli and the Fused army to (::gulp::) capture Urithiru! The tension is a little subdued, as we also learn a lot about the differences between how singers and Radiants use the Surges and get some really neat Cosmere theory-fodder, but it’s still there, lurking in the background… Kaladin and Teft and the others remaining in Urithiru are about to get a very rude awakening! Let’s dive in, shall we?

[Within the week, they would arrive at Urithiru. And then the real test would come.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Reread: Chapter Thirty

It’s Thursday again, O my chickies and peeps, so welcome back to Roshar and the Rhythm of War reread! This week, we continue on the same day in Nameless, with Shallan flipping personas like shuffling a deck of cards, and Adolin battling his own loss of confidence while trying to sort out the politics and players of Shadesmar. Come on in and join the discussion!

[Something feels off about the whole group.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Reread: Chapter Twenty-Nine

Greetings and a good morning to you, my Cosmere chickens! (Or a good afternoon, or a good evening… whenever you happen to be reading this!) With springtime blessedly on the horizon (not to mention the prospect of social events maybe being able to happen again soon!!!), things are looking a lot brighter here in the real world… but in Roshar, we’re in a bit of a lull, with stormheads brewing on the horizon line. In today’s chapter, Adolin and Shallan deal with some necessary logistics in regards to acquiring supplies for the continuation of their trip. We get a lot of cool information about Shadesmar and the spren who inhabit it, and one particularly important bit of information about a certain deadeye spren Adolin encounters, but for the most part we’re treading water until the craziness begins in earnest. So, without further ado, let’s jump in, shall we?

[A fight without an opponent.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Reread: Chapter Twenty-Eight

Hello out there, O Cosmere friends!

Lyn: Chickens, Alice! Chickens! (I’ll win her over yet)

Alice: (Honestly, I love it, but I’m never sure I can pull off the usage. I’ll give it a shot, though…) Chickens, Cosmerans, Countrymen, lend me your ears! Welcome back to the Rhythm of War reread!

L:  Yessssss.

A: We have a short chapter this week, but full of interesting things to discuss. Navani has finally heard from her mysterious spanreed correspondent again, and she was prepared. It pays off, too. Come on in and join the conversation.

[Let’s see what you do now.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Reread: Chapter Twenty-Seven

Happy Thursday, my Cosmere Chickens! I hope you’re all doing well, and are excited to jump into another Navani chapter with Alice and me. This week we’re looking at a lot of relationships. Navani and Dalinar, Navani and Jasnah, Sebarial and Palona, Jasnah and Wit, Dalinar and his sons (both real and surrogate)… there’s a lot going on in regards to interpersonal connections. We’ve also got some more Cosmere tidbits in the epigraph (as usual), and some speculation on Nightblood. Join us, won’t you?

[“Integrity doesn’t stop men from killing, Brightness,” Sebarial said. “It just makes them use different justifications.”]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Reread: Chapter Twenty-Six

Welcome back to this week’s installment of the Rhythm of War Reread, my Cosmere chickens! Thankfully this week is a little… lighter in tone than last week, which is saying something considering all of the trauma that Shallan is repressing in her quest to find the traitor. There are a lot of smatterings of humor thrown in here this week, thanks in no small part to Pattern and his little… flock? Of Cryptics. What do you think a group of Cryptics should be called? An equation?

[You’re always willing to give others more charity than you extend yourself.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Reread: Chapter Twenty-Five

Good morning, Cosmere Chickens! This week’s chapter might be a little triggering for anyone who suffers from depression or has been “treated” for a mental illness (I put this in quotes because of stories shared with me from friends that were institutionalized, which even today can be shockingly similar to the treatment plan the ardents use here). Please be aware of this and proceed accordingly.

The Stormlight Archive in general does a lot of work in regards to representation of those who are neurodivergent, and this chapter is a very good example of such. We’ll be discussing some pretty heavy topics with historical precedent, the echoes of which resonate through the real world even today.

[He saw not a few gloomspren around.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Reread: Chapter Twenty-Three

It’s Thursday, my chickens, and you know what that means! Time to dive back into the Rhythm of War reread for a Kaladin chapter. Thankfully this one is a bit of a reprieve from Kal’s depression—he’s actually doing okay here, though a bit melancholy over his friends all leaving. Better than he is for the majority of the book, though. Personally, I find his chapters in this book to be a very hard read. Not because I don’t like them… but because it all hits just a little too close to home. So chapters like this where he’s not bad per se, are a nice little break. Would I rather see him happy? Of course. But hey… he’s got Teft with him for now, right? That’s a good thing. (Aaaand now I’ve gone and made myself sad again because we all know what’s coming in that regard.)

[They weren’t all gone.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Reread: Chapter Twenty-Two

Greetings and salutations, my lovely Cosmere Chickens, and welcome to this week’s installment of the Stormlight Archive reread! This week we’re beginning our journey into Shadesmar along with Adolin, Shallan, and their crew. So prepare yourself for amazing sights, odd spren, Pattern’s perambulatory feet, and lots and lots of glass beads as we dive right in!

[They all fell silent, struck by the incredible sights.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Reread: Chapter Twenty-One

Lyn: Happy Stormlight Thursday, my Cosmere Chickens! I hope you’re all doing well and that you’re ready for me to wax poetic this week, because it’s time for an Adolin chapter in which he talks a lot about swords. Yes, that’s right… two of my favorite things! Lucky you!

Alice: And don’t forget all the fashion! Yup, it’s an Adolin chapter, all right.

L: It’s practically Cosmere Christmas.

[We don’t live in a perfect world.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War Reread: Chapter Twenty

It’s Thursday, and you know what that means, my wee Cosmere chickens? That’s right, it’s another installment of the Rhythm of War reread! We’re excited to learn a bit more about the inner workings of the Lightweavers in this chapter, and also to follow The Three around as they try to figure out who the traitor in their midst could be. Intrigue! Danger! Sea shanties!

…No, wait, that’s not right, let me try again.

Intrigue! Danger! Treachery!

There we go. Join us, won’t you?

[This time, she was the hunter.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

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

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