In a month, the next book in Brandon Sanderson’s epic fantasy series, The Stormlight Archive hits bookstores everywhere. Entitled The Stormlight Archive: Words of Radiance, the book is over 1,000 pages of what I assume will be wonderful new content that continues the fantastic story begun in The Way of Kings. The publisher has released several chapters of the book early, and I thought it would be interesting to read them and share my thoughts:
If you’ve been paying attention to these posts about Words of Radiance, you’ve probably noticed that we’ve jumped from chapter six to chapter eight and skipped right over chapter seven. That’s because the publisher has clearly decided that chapter seven is a little too important for us to see right now before the book is officially released. I’m okay with that because it just makes things more exciting for when the book finally arrives. I’m thinking that chapter is going to be the first I turn to when I get my hands on a copy of the book.
This chapter, chapter eight, is from the viewpoint of Dalinar. The chapter begins with Dalinar overseeing a sortie to capture a new gemheart. He isn’t participating in the fighting, he’s left that job to Adolin, but he’s watching to see what happens with the other Brightlord that is supposed to be cooperating with Adolin’s troops.
While he observes the fighting, he converses with Aladar, the other Brightlord about the tactics being used and the new rules Dalinar has instituted about gemheart missions. It’s no surprise that Aladar isn’t all that happy with the new rules, but after their conversation he seems to be coming around to Dalinar’s way of thinking, but ultimately he declines to help Dalinar even if Dalinar can convince the rest of the Brightlords.
The big cliffhanger for the chapter is that Dalinar is beginning to believe that he wrote the mysterious words on his tent wall, which in turn gets me to thinking that maybe there is higher power influencing him more than I originally thought.