Chapters 50-62. Questions by Lynn.
1. We had a number of dramatic chases and escapes this week – what really stood out most for you.
Did we ever! Setting the ship on fire! Again, I love Kratos. I love that for all Imriel’s and Sidonie’s study and cleverness, Kratos had to save the day. Again.
2. Imriel and Sidonie meet with Nicola L’Envers y Aragon who turns into an ally for the two of them arranging for them to gain audience and we once again see Sidonie’s diplomacy skills – how do you think she would compare to Ysandre as a ruler?
I don’t know. Good question. So I’ve griped about Ysandre before. How I thought she was unfair to Phedre and Hyacinthe at the end of book 3. But I do like how she handled the Battle of Imriel. Ysandre had a difficult balance to maintain there. So I would said that I think Sidonie will be more fair and willing to hear everyone out, but we saw Ysandre do that too. I don’t know. Maybe Sidonie won’t need as much convincing to hear all sides of a story.
I did really like seeing Nicola here. I love how this book is really about Imriel coming to peace with those he had been at war with for whatever reason–Bariquel, his mother, and Nicola.
3. Imriel made a statement this week about once wanting to be a hero but now having changed his mind – and how heroism meant living in terror that you wouldn’t be able to protect those you loved – what do you make of his thinking?
Ok, so this hits kind of close to home. I can’t answer. Ask me again on Wednesday. Short, immediate answer, yeah, I agree.
4. Euskerri. The plan is to sway the Euskerri (by offering them sovereignty) to side with Aragonia. Do you think the Euskerri are wise to accept or not?
Yes. They want sovereignty. Carthage won’t give it to them, but Aragonia is offering. I think Aragonia is kind of driving a hard bargain (fight for us, oh any by the way, some mounted dudes are coming anyway), but, well, the Euskerri found their own way to drive a hard bargain. It’s a shame they didn’t try to wield their position in a different way. Like monetary compensation or something.
5. Finally, it seems like both Imriel and Sidonie will return to the battlefront – what do you think of the agreement reached? What do you predict going forward?
I don’t know. I see their point–they don’t trust Aragonia. They want Sidonie there to make sure they stay in line. But I don’t know what Sidonie can do if Serafin or the Aragonians decides to change their minds. As for Imriel’s role that he needs to fight with them, that seems a bit petty, maybe? I mean, I think they will be better served by him continuing on to Terre d’Ange and trying to break the spell/gather an army there. But on the other hand, maybe it shows something about the Euskerri and a value on equality?