YOU GUYS! THIS ONE IS MY FAVORITE!!!
Without further ado, chapters 1-7, questions by Susan.
1) Imriel wraps up some left over business – meeting with Bernadette de Trevalion. What do you think of the way Imriel handled the meeting? Will the peace hold?
I like it. I like that Imriel is a little older and a little wiser then he was when it went down with Barquiel’s plot. I like that he genuinely wants to make peace. I think it’s also one part the identity of Bernadette. Not saying that she and Imriel have a good relationship. Just that she is probably someone Imriel doesn’t view as dangerous. Someone who he can safely blackmail (if that’s what we want to call it). I don’t know if this makes sense or is relevant or just completely obvious or if I’m phrasing it terribly.
As for if it will hold, I hope so.
2) Imriel first hears of the Bear People or Bear Witches from Alise and later a little more from the Alban honor guards who attend the Bard, and still a bit more from Phedre. Simply a spooky story or more to it? Does the tale remind you of any myth or legend?
Probably both. A true story embellished throughout time to become legend. It does remind me of something, but I can’t put my finger on what. Maybe it draws on a lot of different stories and myths.
3) Mavros accompanies Imriel on their visit to Bryony House, where Imriel wins them tokens for the Longest Night. What did you think of how Imriel won the bet? Mavros shares a bit of wisdom later, pointing out that Imriel isn’t really enjoying sampling all the Night Court Houses before his wedding and that it is somewhat of an injustice to Naamah. Do you think Mavros is right?
I think Imriel’s victory bordered on blasphemy. In Alyssum House I don’t really think Imriel did anything wrong exactly. I don’t think there is anything wrong with curiosity about the houses. It did interest me to see that that–the modesty or shame of the house–was what he was uncomfortable with. Again, I’m going to phrase this terribly. Terre d’Ange is very sex positive, but with the Mahrkagir there was shame and dread and fear and everything terrible. It’s just kind of interesting to me that he seemed more uncomfortable with this than he did in Valerian House. A reminder that there should be no shame with sex.
Also, Mavros is right. I think if there isn’t joy there and love and worship, if there is discomfort and shame and Imriel trying not to enjoy himself, he is doing injustice to Naamah and her servants.
4) In this section, Imriel visits Kushiel’s Temple and then later Naamah’s Temple, wishing to atone in both for various slights and actions. Which would you find more cathartic? Do you think Imriel has a deeper understanding of himself, and perhaps Phedre, now?
I don’t know which would be more cathartic, but yes, I think they both helped him gain a deeper understanding of himself and Phedre.
5) Finally, we have the Longest Night. What stood out the most for you? If you could join Imriel’s little group, what philosopher would you choose to dress as?
The possible Guildsman stood out a bit. And I felt a bit blue for Alais. But OMG, Sidonie and Imriel by the mountain! And I love Mavros and Amarante helping them.