I’m so excited about Week 3 because it means I can start reading week 4’s section :D
1. Lightsong is beginning to remember his past, or at least, what he thinks is his past. Why do you think this knowledge is coming to him now, after five years as a Returned?
It sounds like the memories coming back to him are mostly implicit memories (juggling, investigating, loving a woman who looks like Siri) and only his explicit memories were forgotten. I think he didn’t remember them sooner because he simply didn’t do anything related to them before, and it was only when he started getting out and trying things and meeting new people that old impulses were able to resurface.
2. In this section, Vivenna has learned a lot about herself, and not necessarily to her liking. How do you think the new knowledge will change her going forward?
Vivenna is honestly not my favorite character. She rather annoys me with the way she obsesses about what is moral even while doing the complete opposite of what she claims she believes. Her actions throughout the book so far just don’t really seem to fit with her history to me. That being said, I really hope that she’ll accept that her concept of morality might not be exactly what she deep down believes and will start owning her life more confidently.
3. From the beginning of the book, both the Idrians and Lightsong have been telling us that the Returned aren’t Gods, and that the Hallendren religion is untrue. Now, though, we’ve had a few other different perspectives: Jewels’ vehement faith in the God King, the God King’s own belief in his divinity, and finally, Hoid’s collection of historical stories. Given the new information, have your ideas about religion in this book changed? How do you view it now?
I still think that whether the Returned are Gods depends completely on what your definition of a god is and that everyone’s differing opinions are more based on their own definitions than anything else. Everyone has pretty much the same information: the Returned aren’t really immortal, the God King isn’t even immortal, they came back from the dead, but they don’t have any real documented powers. The only real disagreement is whether they can see the future, but I don’t think that that would change whether they are gods. It’s all just a matter of what the character’s want to believe or, in Jewels’ case, need to believe I think.
4. Denth says, “Every man is a hero in his own story.” What do you make of this, especially given Denth and Vasher’s apparent rivalry, and Vivenna and Siri’s different perspectives of life in Hallendren and the Gods’ court?
For Denth and Vasher I have no doubt that the event that made them enemies has two very different tellings simply because of some context one understood but the other didn’t or different preconceptions. I very much agree with what Denth said, and look forward to hearing the different stories with their heroes.
As for Vivenna and Siri, their different perspectives very much seem to come from their personalities. Siri was always one to rebel and appreciate color when she found it, so of course she would be more able to adapt to the situation and more likely to be optimistic than her more rigid sister.
How’s everyone else liking the book? I gotta go read the next section, I’m pumped!
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