Lots to think about this week. Questions by Lynn. As always, since I read these before, I’m going to be careful in my answers to not give anything away.
I thought it was curious that Phedre and Joscelin joined the party to Alba – any theories. Are they about to become involved in something do you think?
I think it is at least one part they know Imriel is going through a hard time and want to try to ease the transition for him. My parents came with me when I moved to England, and it was nice having them around to help me figure things out. It did really surprise and annoy me to learn that Ysandre had never been to Alba.
I’m pleased and also curious about the mention of Hyacinthe in these chapters. What sort of role do you see him playing in the rest of this story, if any??
It’s interesting to see the Alban perception of him. He seems to be a much bigger deal there. Also, I just kind of want to shake him. He and Sibeal could easily solve this whole problem of people angry in Terre d’Ange, lovers being torn apart, people forced into loveless marriages. But no.
I’m puzzled with Phedre in these chapters and her sort of inner calm? She seems to take everything in her stride. Any thoughts on this?
Maybe she’s looking for some sort of pattern or reason behind everything. I think she’s had enough life experience to know she can’t jump to conclusions and that sometimes our first impressions are wrong.
And we have a name ‘Morwen’ what does this bring to mind if anything? Any more thoughts on the stories around the ‘Old Ones’ and the new characters that we have met?
I can’t say that the name means anything to me. I do think a lot of the legend behind the old ones is a case of history being written by the victor. I like that we’re meeting a few of the Maghuin Dhonn and they all seem very different.
What do you make of Imriel and Dorelei’s relationship and how it’s developing. Do you see a future for them – one with perhaps a child in it? And if so, would this change Imriels plans about only spending a year in Alba and then returning to Sidonie?
I don’t think I can answer. One thing I do think is interesting is Dorelei’s versus Sidonie’s perception of Imriel’s best friend Eamonn. Sidonie thinks he’s loud (and I read between the lines to also think obnoxious) whereas Dorelei seems to think he’s a fun guy. Maybe Imriel and Dorelei are more compatible than they think.
This curse – what do you make of it. The protections that are now placed on Imriel – how do you see this affecting his relationship with Dorelei?
Again, I’m not sure if I can answer.
The Tiberians and the Maghuin Dhon – we learn a little more about them and their history. What did you make of it and the Tiberians?
The Tiberians were stronger and gained control. I think I’ll be skeptical of what they say about those they conquered.
Finally, the Lady Grainne has given her terms to Lord Ferghus – what do you predict the outcome to be?
This was sad. I think Grainne is in a hard place. I think she wants to be just and open to the Maghuin Dhonn because she that’s what she thinks is right and because she wants to try to, I don’t know, maybe set an example for other Albans. I think it was hard for her to say they are no longer welcome and also hard for her to realize that she was essentially powerless.