1. Phedre has been incredibly efficient in finding out what has happened to Imriel. Do you think it really is as simple as a random act of cruelty? Is it a punishment from Kushiel, and if so, why were the other two children involved?
I don’t know. I have a hard time wrapping my head around Imriel’s abduction (+) to punish his mother, let alone the involvement of the other kids. I just thought of this now, so maybe it doesn’t make any sense, could it be punishment to all D’Angelines for the vanity and isolationism? Like a metaphorical punishment?
2. A lot of justice is meted out (or not) to different people. Do you think the priests deserve forgiveness for hiding Imriel? Do you agree with the harsh methods in Amilcar toward the slavers?
I’m not sure if the priest did anything wrong exactly that would necessitate forgiveness. He took care of a child for the child’s mother. Though I agree with Ysandre’s motivations for wanting to find and raise Imriel, I don’t think she had a legal right to him, did she? (Unless it’s I am the law because I am the Queen.) As for the methods in Amilcar, no. I do not agree with torture.
3. Do you think it’s worth it for Phedre to go to Serenissima to get information from Melisande, or would it be better for her to travel with the royal entourage and find her own guide?
I don’t know. I feel like this question asks many things. Is Melisande’s information valuable enough to warrant Phedre taking the trip? I don’t know. Is Melisande deserving of Phedre taking the trip to tell her in person what happened to Imriel? I don’t know. But I understand why Phedre, as Kushiel’s chosen, feels she needs to go.
4. It occurs to me that Joscelin improved the public attitude towards the Cassilines, though he was cast out, and the Prince of Travellers may be having a similar effect for his own people. In what ways do you think the Tsingani and the prejudice against them might change as a result of recent events? Do you think Hyacinthe will ever be allowed to go back to them, and if so, should he?
So many things to think about and we’re only on week 2!
The Tsingani provided information to Phedre which allowed them to locate the two missing Siovalese children and find Imriel’s trail. I hope that role won’t be forgotten. I also hope people won’t forget the circumstances that led the Tsingani to stay quiet before. I think they would be proud to welcome Hyacinthe back, but he’s changed and don’t know if he’ll feel at home there.