We’re in our final week of the Two Serpents Rise read-along! This has been a really fun ride of South American inspired fantasy and I definitely recommend this trilogy for those who like unique fantasy :D. Thanks to Lynn for hosting this week and there are spoilers below if you haven’t finished Two Serpents Rise!
1. I think we all pegged Mal for involved with whatever is going wrong in Dresediel Lex after the way Book 3 ended last week. How do you feel about discovering how deep that involvement goes?
I knew it! Well, knew is a strong word, but I deeply suspected her the whole time ;-). I really love that Two Serpents Rise didn’t go with the typical “romantic interest happily ever after” storyline and went all in for Mal’s badness. Well, badness is a strong word, since she seemed like she really did think that what she was doing was best for the world, even if she was wrong.
2. Caleb and Temoc have to work together to save Dresediel Lex (and the world) from certain destruction. Do you think they make a good team?
Eh, Temoc is rather an ass and the whole betrayal thing didn’t go well ;-). It was interesting seeing the whole “enemy of my enemy” thing develop without them actually making up and repairing their relationship. I liked that Temoc didn’t suddenly become “good” when it was convenient and stayed true to his character.
3. What do you think of the narrative’s overall treatment of Teo? Especially in light of her role in the finale?
Hmmmm, I like that her and Caleb’s friendship was what saved the day. I don’t love the whole “virgin” sacrifice thing since Teo clearly didn’t consider herself a virgin, but I do understand the logic of it. I love that she was tough and ended up playing a major role in fixing things :D.
4. In the epilogue Caleb seems to have found a way to compromise between the ways of his father and the new world brought about by the God Wars. Do you think he’ll succeed in his goals?
Yey compromise! This was kind of what I had been hoping could happen all along when the question of gods versus Craft was brought up. Isn’t there a way of not torturing the gods but making a deal with them in exchange for their special powers? I once again really wish that the next book further developed what is going to happen next for Caleb since it is so interesting, though it seems like each book is still building towards a major change in the world!
We’re going to wait until June or July it sounds like to read Full Fathom Five, but I’m excited to continue this series! What did you think of the ending to Two Serpents Rise?
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