Yey, first week of The Dragon Reborn readalong! Finals are majorly kicking my butt, but I got the reading done just in time (like literally 10:20 Saturday night D:). Time for some awesome discussion-ing (or discussing, whichever you prefer, haha). This week is hosted by Nrlymrtl at Dab of Darkness.
I definitely was able to understand what was going on better than the second book, haha. I have mixed feelings about prologues in all honesty, but I think the last two have done a good job of painting the scene from the bad guys’ side of things. This just furthers my low opinion of all the Children of the Light though, since they are definitely more evil than a lot of the other *ahem* Darkfriends we have met.
2) Throughout this section we see that Min believes herself in love with Rand. What do you make of this one-sided romance?
3) Within a few chapters, the big picture story arc of this book starts to follow the story arcs of Book 1 and Book 2 – trollocs unexpectedly appear and shortly thereafter our main heroes are separated for one reason or another. What do you think of this pattern?
Uh… Also we are chasing after something essential to the final battle :D. Yeah, I have to admit that I’m not a fan of this repeated plot. It just doesn’t seem very inspiring in terms of writing. I can see this being a typical problem for a long series though, so I guess we need to wait and see how things go.
4) Rand has run off and some of our heroes follow, tracking him. At one place they come across a village that recently suffered a bout of weddings and Whitecloaks going AWOL. Did Rand make the right choice, leaving? Do you think the decisions made by folks while Rand is around will hold after a few days?
Hehe, a bout of weddings! I’m worried that Rand’s weirdness might affect the rest of our heroes if they aren’t careful. Though I suppose they all are needed for the Pattern, so they are probably safe. Perhaps that’s why Moraine sent the rest of the soldiers away? I’m hoping this was a permanent change in the pattern, otherwise those girls are going to be pretty unhappy. Also that will keep the Whitecloaks off in la-la land :D.
5) Do you believe that Moiraine had not caught fish before in the manner Perrin and Loial ‘taught’ her or do you think it was some clever ploy of hers?
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