Chapters 8-14. Questions by me.
1. There’s some politics, and Imriel learns a little more about the Ephesian ambassador/Unseen Guildsman Diokles Agallon. Does this shed any light on Melisande’s whereabouts or the Guild? Do you have any new guesses?
I feel like this was the first time we saw them really in play. You know, that they do more than just seduce D’Angeline nobles. If had Imriel been a Guildsman, would he have had no choice but to support the ambassador? I think we already knew that there were factions within the Guild. It makes sense that Imriel suspected Agallon of being part of an anti-Melissande faction. I don’t think it would make sense to send someone pro-Melissande to try to make treaties with Terre d’Ange.
2. Joscelin tells Imriel to give it a year with Dorelei to see if his feelings for Sidonie (or hers for him) fade. What do you think of this advice? Do you have any thoughts on Imriel’s wedding?
So I can’t get past Imriel’s marriage going against “love as thou wilt.” I was just “really?” when Phedre when she said she was proud of him. I mean, Elua says had one rule. (You had one job!) Yeah, Imriel’s making a great sacrifice, and if it weren’t for Elua’s precept, I think I would say this is something to be proud of. But I just can’t shake this feeling of blasphemy, which was icky when placed next to Phedre’s words. I think Joscelin is right–give it a year, see what happens then. That seems much less blasphemous.
3. We learn a bit more about Alban law and culture. What do you think of the law that imposes more harsher sentences on the wealthy/ruling class? What is more dangerous: armies or books? What do you think about the Maghuin Dhonn?
I think that’s pretty awesome. It reminds me of this image:
I know it’s not the same thing. But a fine of $x would be more burdensome to someone with less money than it would be to the wealthy. So graduated punishments seems like it can provide equal deterrents to a spectrum of people. I still think the punishment should fit the crime and that a punishment shouldn’t be capricious or excessive.
Maybe I can’t get out of my own world, but I’m pretty sure armies are more dangerous than books. I do see the Maghuin Dhonns’ (is that the right plural) point that new ideas can be scary too. New ideas, ways, or infrastructure can harm or destroy their way of life, but I think Drustan was being a bit dramatic.
4. Dorelei lays some truths on Imriel. How do you like her now? What do you make of the dream she had of Imriel?
This is probably the moment I fell in love with her. Before then, she didn’t really have a personality. Probably because Imriel didn’t see her, as she said. But she lays the smack down on him, and I’m all “you go, girl!”