Ok, so now that I understand how this group works (I’m a bit of an idiot I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to post my answers on my own blog or wait until the host does and discuss there and got too excited to talk about the book generally), here is week one for real this time (I will not purposefully spoil the book or the series here, but since I read the whole series before, I may do so unintentionally. If someone could let me know if I do, that would be great):
Questions from Nancy at https://faestruck.wordpress.com/. For more on the readalong group: http://dabofdarkness.com/2015/08/02/kushiels-chosen-part-i/
1. The book opens with Phédre and her household happy and content at Montrève. Phédre is faced with the question of returning to the Service of Naamah. The sangoire cloak is the what pushes her decision. Do you agree with her choice? Do you believe that Phédre would have returned to her calling eventually, regardless of the cloak?
I don’t know. There is a way to serve Kushiel and not Naamah. Maybe she would have explored that. I think she loved Joscelin and didn’t want to hurt him, even if he didn’t want to hurt her.
2. With Phédre returning to the Service of Naamah, Joscelin is also forced to make his choice as well. Who do you think had the harder decision to make and why?
I don’t know! (Good questions!) Joscelin made his choice because he loved Phedre, and he chose to be hurt by her everyday. Phedre made her choice in spite of her love of Joscelin, and chose to hurt him everyday. I’d say that Joscelin had the harder choice because, when Phedre made hers, Joscelin wasn’t a consideration. (Yeah, she knew it would hurt him, but I guess his choice didn’t affect her choice. Does that make sense?)
3. Phédre’s return to court unveils how Queen Ysandre is faring in the absence of her husband Drustan. Politically, should she take a lover while he is away?
No. There is the matter of heirs. Also the culture between them is different enough that maybe they should avoid jealousy and misunderstanding for the first year of their marriage. But there’s probably no harm in flirting and potentially making political alliances that way until then.
4. Favrielle nó Eglantine designs Phédre’s Midwinter costume. How do you feel about the way in which Phédre repays her?
It’s awesomesauce. Of course, I get Favrielle’s reaction and think Phedre would have been foolish to expect much gratitude. But that Phedre did that to right a wrong was amazing.
5. Joscelin is spending quite a bit of time with the Yeshuites. Is it the pain of Phédre returning to Service that prompts this or would the Cassiline’s faith, pushed so far already, have led him there if Joscelin and Phédre were simply looking for the answer to breaking the geas on Hyacinthe?
I think it’s the pain Phedre caused. It reminded him of all his broken vows. I think he also wanted to feel special to someone. If he could not be Phedre’s special someone, he would try to be the Yeshuites.