Chapters 37-49. Questions by Lisa. More on the readalong here.
1. Last week we talked a bit about who might succeed Cesare Stregazza as Doge. This week we learn that he might not be out of the game just yet, after all. What are your thoughts on his discussion and agreement with Phédre?
Ok, so this is my least favorite of the series, part of the reason being that I think Phedre is a snob. So, with that in mind, I don’t really like it. It wreaks of Phedre being a (and I hate this term) Canon Sue. Phedre can solve all your problems because she is better than everyone else, which could be why she’s such a freaking snob.
2. Melisande resurfaces – and right where I did NOT expect to find her! What about you? And what do you think of her latest ambitious designs? When she and Phédre speak again after her capture, Phédre calls her mad; Melisande hints at “playing a god’s game”. Is this ambition or is it in fact madness?
I’ve said before that Phedre is probably smarter than me, but not here. By not expecting Melisande to be in the Little Court, that’s a bonehead move. She knows the missing guardsmen, the ones who helped Melisande escape, are there. They are corrupt at best and loyal to Melisande at worst. She knows someone close to the Queen (who was at Troyes le Monte) betrayed them. Therefore, she knows she can’t trust the people she thought she could trust. Yes, by this point, she has it narrowed down, but it means “don’t trust the people you thought you could trust.” Why then would she trust a complete stranger? Who has a D’Angeline wife WHO HAS NOT SHOWN HER FACE? And guards that helped Melisande escape? Gah!
That being said, when I first read the book, I was totally surprised.
As for ambition or madness, why not both? I think ambition is an obsession with her.
3. Things fall apart for Phédre and Joscelin after so much pent-up angst – but our Cassiline isn’t done with her yet, thank goodness! Phédre’s escape from La Dolorosa, and Joscelin’s attempted rescue, is some of the most nail-biting drama we’ve seen yet in this story. Do you think Joscelin will manage to find her, or will he play it smarter and go to Ysandre instead?
I loved this bit! Joscelin crawling under the rickety bridge!
4. New character alert! What are your initial impressions of Kazan and Glaukos? How much trouble is Phédre in this time?
I really like them. Though I hate how Kazan talks, I, I like how he just won’t do Phedre’s bidding. Goes in line with my “Phedre, you’re a snob/Canon Sue” annoyance. I like seeing someone not swayed by her charms, not thinking that D’Angelines shit rainbows.
Also, I just wanted to let everyone know about the Kushiel’s Legacy Wiki site. Please jump in, if you want (but don’t spoil yourself!)!