History Literature / TheWayOfKings

6th Feb '18 12:44:52 PM Xtifr
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The story revolves around TheKingdom of Alethkar, a group of ten princedoms recently united as a single nation under Gavilar Kholin, who managed to force the other nine highprinces under his rule, becoming the first King of Alethkar in centuries. Some years later, Gavilar encounters a mysterious people while on a hunting expedition -- a free and independent group of Parshmen, the docile and listless SlaveMooks used by Alethi. Dubbing these people the Parshendi, Gavilar quickly signs a peace treaty with them... and is just as quickly betrayed, when the Parshendi have Szeth assassinate Gavilar on the very night the treaty was signed. Outraged, the Alethi -- led by Gavilar's son (and the new King of Alethkar) Elhokar -- immediately declare war on the Parshendi. Pursuing them to the Shattered Plains, a group of tightly-clustered plateaus separated by a labyrinth of deep, narrow chasms, the Alethi settle down to outlast the Parshendi in a war of attrition.

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The story revolves around TheKingdom the Kingdom of Alethkar, a group of ten princedoms recently united as a single nation under Gavilar Kholin, who managed to force the other nine highprinces under his rule, becoming the first King of Alethkar in centuries. Some years later, Gavilar encounters a mysterious people while on a hunting expedition -- a free and independent group of Parshmen, the docile and listless SlaveMooks used by Alethi. Dubbing these people the Parshendi, Gavilar quickly signs a peace treaty with them... and is just as quickly betrayed, when the Parshendi have Szeth assassinate Gavilar on the very night the treaty was signed. Outraged, the Alethi -- led by Gavilar's son (and the new King of Alethkar) Elhokar -- immediately declare war on the Parshendi. Pursuing them to the Shattered Plains, a group of tightly-clustered plateaus separated by a labyrinth of deep, narrow chasms, the Alethi settle down to outlast the Parshendi in a war of attrition.
26th Jan '18 4:27:18 AM Baeraad555
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* XanatosGambit: Gavilar attempts one to survive his assassination at the start of the novel. [[spoiler: He dresses up in his Shardplate, posing as a bodyguard sent to kill the assassin, while Sadeas flees disguised in royal robes. If the assassin dodges Gavilar to chase after the false king, then he is running away from his intended target, who'll be long gone by the time he realises his mistake. If the assassin instead stays to fight the "bodyguard," then Gavilar can face him armed and armoured and have a good chance of defeating him.]] Sadly, Szeth is [[OutsideContextVillain beyond what anyone can reasonably plan for.]]

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* XanatosGambit: Gavilar attempts one to survive his assassination at the start of the novel. [[spoiler: He dresses up in his Shardplate, posing as a bodyguard sent to kill hold the assassin, assassin off, while Sadeas flees disguised in royal robes. If the assassin dodges Gavilar the "bodyguard" to chase after the false king, then he is running away from his intended target, who'll be long gone by the time he realises his mistake. he'll leave Gavilar behind unharmed. If the assassin instead stays to fight the "bodyguard," fight, then Gavilar can face him armed and armoured and have a good chance of defeating him.]] Sadly, Szeth is [[OutsideContextVillain beyond what anyone can reasonably plan for.]]
26th Jan '18 4:21:51 AM Baeraad555
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* XanatosGambit: Gavilar attempts one to survive his assassination at the start of the novel. [[spoiler: He dresses up in his Shardplate, posing as a bodyguard sent to kill the assassin, while Sadeas flees disguised in royal robes. If the assassin dodges Gavilar to chase after the false king, then he is running away from his intended target, who'll be long gone by the time he realises his mistake. If the assassin instead stays to fight the "bodyguard," then Gavilar can face him armed and armoured and have a good chance of defeating him.]] Sadly, Szeth is [[OutsideContextVillain beyond what anyone can reasonably plan for.]]
10th Jan '18 4:29:36 PM Bissek
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* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Kaladin. He's almost a {{Deconstruction}} as the fact that he ''can't'' save everyone drives him to the point of despair several times.

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* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Kaladin. He's almost a {{Deconstruction}} as the fact that he ''can't'' save everyone (and on a few occasions fails to save ''anyone'') drives him to the point of despair several times.
2nd Jan '18 3:44:11 PM kashoople
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* {{Cliffhanger}}: The book ends with [[spoiler:the Herald that was abandoned at the beginning of the book walking into the capitol of Alethkar and collapsing, possibly dead]]. [[spoiler:According to the prelude, the heralds swords would disappear if they died, so he's most likely alive.]]

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* {{Cliffhanger}}: The book ends with [[spoiler:the Herald that was abandoned at the beginning of the book walking into the capitol of Alethkar and collapsing, possibly dead]]. [[spoiler:According to the prelude, the heralds swords would disappear if they died, so he's most likely alive. However, this is contradicted numerous times throughout the book. Shardblade is supposed to disappear if it is dropped by its wielder and the wielder doesn't explicitly wish it to stay.. Unless the wielder dies.]]
7th Dec '17 3:27:47 PM Discar
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* {{Doorstopper}}: Quoth Sanderson's friend and ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' creator Howard Tayler: [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/blog/index.php/2010/08/30/the-way-of-kings/ "This 1000-page tome is the best argument you’ll have all year to get an e-reader, because you HAVE to have this book, but you might not be muscular enough to carry it around."]]

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* {{Doorstopper}}: Quoth Sanderson's friend and ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' creator Howard Tayler: [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/blog/index.php/2010/08/30/the-way-of-kings/ "This 1000-page tome is the best argument you’ll you'll have all year to get an e-reader, because you HAVE to have this book, but you might not be muscular enough to carry it around."]]
1st Dec '17 6:30:09 PM SBishop
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* MoralEventHorizon: [[spoiler:Sadeas, after leaving Dalinar, Adolin, and their entire army to die at the Battle of the Tower, with no means of retreat.]]
15th Nov '17 10:31:21 PM Baeraad555
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* GoodOldWays: The Codes. Ultimately subverted as [[spoiler: Dalinar realises that the Codes didn't just fall from the sky, but developed naturally in a world that was peaceful and civilised enough to support them. Since the world of today is ''not'' that peaceful and civilised, strict adherence to the Codes is not currently possible without becoming a DoomedMoralVictor.]]
25th Mar '17 7:07:37 PM ReaderAt2046
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* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Dalinar was cursed so that he can no longer remember his late wife. Even to the point where he can't quite make out her name when other people say it.

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* LaserGuidedAmnesia: After Dalinar was cursed so that sought the Old Magic, he can no longer remember his late wife. Even to the point where he can't quite make out her name when other people say it. We have yet to learn whether this was the curse, the blessing, or some combination of the two.
19th Mar '17 12:21:07 AM AielareME
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** Parshendi females, if Dalinar's hypothesis of their battle pairs actually being {{Battle Couple}}s is right.

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** Parshendi females, if Dalinar's hypothesis of their battle pairs actually being {{Battle Couple}}s is right. [[spoiler:It is. It's confirmed in the sequel.]]
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