First, I have to say WHAAAAAAAT?!!! I am anxious to get back to reading, because so much has happened. I know that I am late to the game, as today is the last day of this round of Wyrd & Wonder. But, if you want to find other people’s thoughts and posts, check out imyril’s blog over at There’s Always Room for One More.
Sand appears to be organizing something of a rebellion herself-but against what? Any ideas about what might be happening to the people on Maila and why? For that matter, any theories who Sand herself might be/where she came from?
I don’t know who Sand is. She reads kind of young, so my first thought that she was Jovis’ wife. But then the flash of the emperor told me that I was probably wrong. I think, with everything that we learned, that it would be easy to assume it’s the emperor’s cast off. But, my gut is saying that it’s not that simple. There would be no reason for the emperor to keep his cast offs. We know about the Shardless few and we know about the Alangas -somewhat. But we know nothing about the ship with the blue sail and it’s purpose in taking people and hiding people. Them not having any true memory makes since, as they are all complacent until their memories are awakened. I think that this is tied to something else that we have yet to uncover.
Ranami got something of a taste of her own confrontational medicine with Phalue this week. What do you think the future holds for these two? Are either of them really in the right here?
I have not been a fan of Phalue and Ranami since the beginning. I think that Phalue is deceptive and selfish. If they have a happy ever after, I a going to have to see the work on page of Ranami earning it. I don’t think that Phalue will give up the rebels out of her love for Ranami, but if she actively participates in the coup, my opinion of her will change drastically. It would be one thing if Ranami hadn’t used/decieved her and had given up as much as Phalue will. It would be something else altogether if I felt that Ranami actually loved Phalue, but I don’t.
Do you think Jovis’ power really is connected to Mephi somehow, or is something else going on?
I still don’t think that Jovis’ power is connected to Mephi. We know that witstone makes Mephi sick, but that’s it. We don’t know what happened to Mephi while Jovis was away. I am also curious about the sinking of the island – was that somehow tied to Jovis’ waking of power or was that history repeating itself. If Gio is to be believed, they have not explored the caverns. Jovis found the book, maybe Mephi found something or came into contact with something when they were in that hidden room. If his power is tied to Mephi and he no longer has it, than that means that he and Jovis are dead. And I am not ready to accept that. I think that either his powers are transitioning into something bigger -making it that much harder to untangle himself from the Shardless or that there is a third person -maybe an Alanga spirit that is with them.
“I lived in a dollhouse of my father’s making.” We get part of the truth about Lin (and Bayan!) revealed this week, following a rather harrowing massacre; how do you feel about this particular twist? And what do you think the emperor’s goal here might be?
This twist is a big deal. And it makes sense, at least for Bayan. But, I am going to be honest, I think that this is a bit of lazy writing. It’s convenient that Lin would be a construct and the emperor’s pet project. But, it also complicates things in so many ways. There are so many things that we don’t know, that we don’t have answers to, that it’s impossible to say what this twist really means. The massacre was inevitable, because up until recently, Lin was behaving as the emperor’s heir-selfish and entitled. She knew what she was asking but gave nothing in return, only the promise to be a better ruler than her dad. But there is one more thing that I am curious about- when did the emperor know? Because, it kind of feels like it was tied to the last key. Numeen warned her that she would have to wiggle the key because it was made in a rush. All of the other times she worked really hard to keep the original key separate and returned without notice. She also wasn’t carrying them both at the same time. So- if she accidentally gave her dad the copy, it wouldn’t be hard to tell. And while he may have known who and where she was going, he may not have figured all of what she was up to- unless this is not the first time she’s done and it and he expected her to do this.
I get why people love this book, and I can’t say that I am not enjoying it. But, now that we are at the last quarter I am concerned. Because there are so many more things that we don’t know than what we do know. We know that the emperor is the villain. Now it’s not just because he’s a weak ruler, but because there is malicious running through him. I get that his daughter died when she was 3, and that everyone grieves in their own way. But I don’t think that grief made the emperor this way. There is still so much that we need to know. We know snippets, and we don’t have a picture where we are trying to get pieces to fit. This is the beginning of a series/trilogy, and I am invested in Jovis and Mephi (who had better be okay), but really that’s it. I am even less certain that making Lin the new emperor will be the right thing.
On to finish the book!