You know the drill. Questions by Lisa.
1. The aftermath of Imriel’s night at Valerian House takes a bit of a dark emotional turn… What did you think of what happens between him and Phedre? Did it surprise you at all?
Uh, yeah. I was surprised. I still don’t know what to make of it and keep hoping I’m misreading it. Because I’m squicked. I very much view them as mother and son.
2. We go from this scene to Imriel’s decision to leave Terre D’Ange and visit Tiberium, and he doesn’t waste much time arranging the trip – though he does make time to say some goodbyes, and to confront Barquiel L’Envers. Any thoughts about this encounter – or his meeting with Sidonie?
I don’t know. The meeting with Sidonie was sweet and sour. Barquiel and Maslin teaming up and distrustful of Imriel. Which is a bit ironic maybe? They think he might hurt Sidonie (traitor’s son and all that) and don’t suspect his (their) true (maybe) feelings.
Everything with Sidonie makes me wonder about Ysandre and how these things might be true of her as well.
3. Next stop is Tiberium, and Imriel quickly catches up with Eamonn! What do you think of the University setting, and Eamonn’s taste for studying philosophy? Do you think it will help Imri in any way?
Sure. All knowledge is worth having. In the beginning of this book, he struggled with what it meant to be good. I think these studies will help up be less rash and more deliberate.
4. An old mystery deepens as Imriel searches for information on Anafiel Delaunay – and appears to find more than he bargained for… What did you make of Claudia Fulvia?
Ok, so apparently I like least the books that take place in Italy. I don’t know. I like Italy just fine. I think it’s the sex and spy combo and the Italy thing is just a coincidence. I’m not into James Bond, and I’m not into this. It was weird when Nicola tried it, and it’s weird with Claudia (but slightly less so).
Also, I just, what? Like all he has to do to become a spy is ask enough people, soon enough he would find one, they’d be all, “yeah, sure! All you had to do was ask!” (yeah, Imriel didn’t ask “are you a spy? Can I be one too?” But he knows how Anafiel and Phedre used their skills and what they were meant for.) So Claudia the Unseen Guild really make me roll my eyes here.
Sigh. Then again, maybe not. Maybe it was a matter of he, as a Prince of Terre D’Ange, as Phedre’s son, would have been approached anyway. It’s just that Claudia had to shut him up and impress upon him the seriousness of the situation.
It still seems stupid to me to ask everyone you can about learning the arts of secrecy.