Last week for the Kushiel’s Scion readalong. Questions by me. Once again, thanks everyone for participating. It’s been fun!
1. Canis—did anyone come close to guessing his true identity or allegiance (to the extent to which we know of it)?
Maybe I’m not as smart as you guys, or maybe I just didn’t think about it because I didn’t read it for the first time in a group read, but I don’t remember trying to guess at him. I just remember accepting it and knowing that it would be explained. I remember wishing that “your mother sends her love” referred to Phedre because I so wanted Imriel to refer to her as his mother, not just his foster mother, but I knew it was Melisande. So I guess the unanswered question concerning him is mostly just where is he from? Imriel could never place his accent and said his language sounded like Helene but wasn’t. Any guesses?
2. There are lots of returns and leave takings in this portion. What do you think? Does anything stand out or strike you?
I was stricken by Imriel’s visit to Anna. He wanted to tell her that Gilot died a hero, but she didn’t care. Heroics were so important to Imriel and Gilot, but it just didn’t matter to her.
3. Lots of upcoming weddings (Lucius and Helena, Imriel and Dorelei, Alais and Talorcan) and the (potential) reunion of Brigitta and Eamonn. Any thoughts on these?
The map with “come” written on it!!!! ❤ I just know that is going to be a great, romantic story. To the fanfic!
4. How has Imriel changed and grown through the book?
A lot. I enjoyed Imriel saying he would try to forgive his friends for their previous doubts when Barquiel tried to implicate him for treason. I think that’s part of being Kushiel’s scion. Judgment also implies some sort of forgiveness or that there is a way to atone or to end punishment. Otherwise it seems to me it’s just spite and a grudge.