Wow, this has been such a great read-along all! I’m so happy that I have finally read this book because I was seriously missing out before. Gah, that ending was simply amazing. I went out and bought the next two books the day after finishing this one >.>. This week is hosted by Lauren from Violin in a Void!
1. Yeine shows us the meaning of esui when she summons Nahadoth, makes an offering of herself, and asks him to make love to her like the god he is. What did you think of her decision and the scenes that followed? Cosmic sex or verging on comic? What importance does sex has for their relationship?
Hehe, oh these scenes. I definitely understood Yeine’s decision at that point. She was going to die anyway, so really what was the risk. I don’t think I’d ever want to try to explain out loud what happened in that scene since I would inevitably sound ridiculous, but while reading it I was just fine with the descriptions. I was happy to get a better idea of why Nahadoth was an amazing lover and why mortals tended to die in the process. It seems likely that their brains just couldn’t handle what he exposed them to, whereas Yeine had Enefa’s soul to help her process. And honestly, good for her!
2. Relad makes a last-minute play for succession by offering to help the Darre. Are you satisfied with his role in this book or do you think he should have had more of a presence? What do you think of his strategy to get Yeine to choose him over Scimina?
I was totally fine with Relad’s role. It makes sense that he was hiding away and in a drunken depression for much of the book, so he couldn’t do much anyway. He was clever in the end since he figured out what was the one thing that Yeine would want (if she didn’t have the gods promising to protect Darre already). Of course, I think that Yeine wanted to side with him all along since Scimina is just so wretched, so he just needed to give her some reasonable defense of Darre. Too bad it didn’t seem to work….
3. The final chapters show us more of Dekarta’s character than the rest of the book. How do you feel about him now, knowing the truth of his motives and of Kinneth’s death?
He’s still an evil bastard, but I liked that we saw the deeper aspects of him. He was obviously shaped by the culture he was raised in and acted accordingly, but turns out he does have feelings! I appreciated the intelligence he showed when he realized what would happen if Enefa really was destroyed and the commitment of trying his best to save the stone despite his physical weakness.
4. The Succession Ceremony: Absolutely nothing turns out the way anyone thought it would. Did any of it match your expectations? What are your thoughts on what happened?
Woot, loved this scene so much! Definitely did not see that twist coming at all and am still a tinsy bit confused about how Itempas was chilling out inside Viraine, but that’s okay ;-). I knew that things would go crazy because it’s kind of required for a book with so many people scheming for nothing to work out. I want to smack a certain traitorous goddess in the face for almost mucking up the whole world, but that’s fixed now, haha. I really loved how Yeine ended up describing everything after dying, that was a really nice touch.
5. We finally meet Itempas, a mad god whose overpowering love and hate caused all this suffering. What did you think of him?
Once we moved past the whole Viraine disguise thing, I really loved the sudden revelations we got about what is going on with Itempas. The pain and conflict that he feels and that has twisted him so much really came through for me. It was interesting that even the god of order can be corrupted by pain and hate, though I love that there isn’t really a “good” god and “bad” god, they both have both positive and negative sides!
6. As a goddess, Yeine makes some dramatic decisions and changes, like altering Sky, killing Kurue, and trapping Itempas in mortal form. How do you feel about this new goddess-Yeine? Would you have done anything differently?
Go Yeine!!!! I like giant trees much more than weird mother-of-pearl palaces anyway ;-). I was surprised that she killed Kurue since now I’m wondering if another god/dess will take up the mantle of wisdom (she was wisdom right?) or if it’s okay for there to be that gap in the pantheon. Just look at all the damage not having dawn/dusk did! I loved the punishment for Itempas partially because it sets things up for a flipping phenomenal sequel and because it makes a lot of sense. Itempas is obviously seriously mentally damaged and needs time to heal and fix everything he messed up. I also really love the symbolism of Enefa dying for Yeine to take her place since that works really well with what that goddess role stands for.
7. Wrapping up: What did you think of the book as a whole? Any loose ends you’d like tied up? How might the world be changed by these events? Will you read the next book to find out?
Loved it! It got a titch slow in the middle for me, but I think that’s more due to where I’ve been mentally this month than anything else, haha. I really enjoy intricate fantasy that doesn’t pull punches, so the darkness and that ending were just awesome. I’m definitely going to be reading the next book (have you read that description, it sounds so awesome!!!!) though not with the read-along, sorry :(.
Whew, what an awesome ride! I can imagine this is a great book to re-read since there are so many twists. This has been such a fun time, thank you everyone who participated and those of you who chuckled at me knowingly as I read!
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