I am going to be completely honest, and say that this week has been a bit of a struggle. Reading wise and content wise. I have finished a few books (thanks to audiobooks), but my plan was to focus on The Bone Shard Daughter, as it is the group book for Wyrd & Wonder, and I was already behind. Way behind. I planned on reading it and posting the discussion posts and two reviews this week. Well, here it is the weekend and I have finally and just finished reading the second week’s chapters. So my Wyrd & Wonder reading may go beyond May 31, or maybe I can knuckle down and get stuff done this weekend.

Anyhoo…

If you want the full summary, you can click here. In short, this debut fantasy is about a revolution, strange magic and the people that is most affected by the choices of an emperor who has long lost touch with those he rules over.

On to the discussion! Chapters 12-23 I got the prompt questions from Imyril over at There’s Always Room for One More. I am not sure if that is the official place to get them, but you can head there for all Wyrd & Wonder information.

**SPOILERS**

  1. Jovis has begun to show strange new strengths since escaping Deerhead Island. What do you think is going on?

I can’t help but think back to when the statue’s eyes opened, everyone freaked out but nothing happened. How many relics awakened and what does it mean? I think that powers are awakening in people who never knew that they had powers. And I think that Jovis is one of those people. I know that the emperor used his own version of magic (which seems to be more of a blend of science than actual magic) to save the empire from the Alangas. But why do people so readily believe that only special people have that talent? I mean we don’t know enough about what the emperor does with the bone shards, to say if it’s really magic, science or a blend. We don’t know enough about the Alangas or their magic. They were there, maybe they left more than relics behind. Jovis ties his powers to Mephi, mainly because of the bond and because he doesn’t know what Mephi is. But the more that Mephi learns, the more that it seems that he/it is relearning something instead of learning something new. What is the connection? Honestly, I don’t know, but I doubt that it’s the most obvious one.

2. What is your understanding of witstone, and the strange effect it has on Mephi?

Again, simplest answer is I don’t know. It’s something that is closely (*ahem* relatively) guarded by the empire. And we see that the most common use for it is as a fuel. But why does the empire hoard it? But after Mephi’s reaction, maybe it’s a magic/power neutralizer of some sort? Maybe it wasn’t the emperor’s constructs/ magic that saved them in the first place and the emperor knows this but no one else does.I am interested in what is learned when Mephi relearns the language and what he will share with Jovis. (Yes, I am secretly hoping that Jovis turns out to be the real hero of the story.

3. Lin attends two rather different – and rather awkward – family dinners. Why do you think her father invited her to eat with him? What do you think of Bayan now?

I don’t like the emperor. Not only is he weak as a ruler, he is manipulative as a father. No one know why he does what he does and that doesn’t foster trust. And I don’t like Lin. I don’t think either would make good rulers. Would the old Lin be a better ruler? Possibly, but that’s not who she is now and even when she gets her memories back she’s changed too much. I think her father invited her, as another form of manipulation and control. I think he planned to offer a chance to get another key, but I don’t think he expected her to actually do it. I am still undecided about Bayan. All of what we know so far has come from Lin’s perspective. And she is not to be trusted. But, I don’t think he should be trusted either. I think he has the potential to be an ally for the people- but we’ll see.

4. What do you think of the rebel plan and the offer they make Jovis? Do you trust them to deliver what they promised? How do you think Phalue will react to their plan?

Umm, this book is filled with so many people that I don’t trust. So needless to say I don’t think the rebels will uphold their end of the deal. While they may know where the ship with the blue sail is going, I don’t think that they have any intention of sharing. Jovis is proving to be highly sought out and he is all too aware that anyone who wants to use him is not to be trusted. When you have to manipulate people to do what you want, then you should consider that what you want is not truly good. I am happy to know that Jovis sees the reality and knows that if he refuses that Gio will kill him. I think Phalue is going to be pissed. But, I think she is going to go along with it. She loves Ranami. Unfortunately and unsurprisingly – at this point- I don’t trust Ranami. Who stages a fake kidnapping with wanted rebels to prove a point? And, maybe this is my paranoid-read more than what is written- self coming out, but I don’t think the kidnapping is the first time Ranami and Gio met. I think she was sent to try to get close to Phalue and they played a long con. I wish Phalue was a little (okay a lot) less lovesick over Ranami, because I think she’s just being used. I don’t think it’s that hard for Ranami to make Phalue to understand, I don’t think Ranami has any intention of staying with Phalue any longer than it serves the rebels.

We are the halfway point, and so far the only person I trust is Jovis, because he at least appears to be honest about himself. I know that the title and synopsis suggest that this is about Lin. But I don’t like her and don’t trust her. There is so much that we don’t know and I can’t see how this is going to work out in the favor of the people. There are quite a few characters that I don’t like, but I also don’t know who the true villains are. I know the story would have us believe it’s the Alangas, but they have yet to make an appearance and well, maybe they’re really not the villains. However, I am interested in seeing where the story goes.

Always Shine!