It’s the last week of the readathon! This week the questions are presented by Lisa, Dear Geek Place.
What were your thoughts about Phèdre and Joscelin’s last confrontation with Selig? And what it means for their relationship?
I was obsessed with the angst of it all. Phèdre left everyone to get a message to Ysandre not expecting to return. Selig is torturing her. Then Joscelin arrives because he could not abandon her. Then we have the almost execution of the terminus but luckily Joscelin saw the people in the fortress trying to save them. That was an intense few minutes reading all that. Phèdre appreciates the gravity of the terminus and that Joscelin isn’t going to be unrealistic about fighting their way out. This situation does give them the chance to reflect on their feelings. They have some time to reflect on how they feel while they wait for the battle. And they realize that they’d rather not be without each other.
Was Isidore d’Aiglemort a hero or a tool?
I wouldn’t say he’s a hero. He’s not doing the right thing for the right reasons. He wants revenge on Melisande and Selig. But he does want to be right with Kushiel in the end. And he does make the choice to be part of the plan. He also cares about his soldiers, part of the deal included feeding and supplying them. Basically, he’s a complex person who got duped by one of his oldest friends, who apparently wasn’t really his friend.
Thoughts on Melisande’s escape and her last conversation with Phèdre?
Melisande is a piece of work. It felt like she needed to see Phèdre for a few reasons. “Genius needs an audience” and Phèdre is the one Melisande has chosen. Also it’s about power. This is a low moment for Melisande. She didn’t completely lose (because she escaped obviously) but she underestimated Phèdre and Joscelin. I think she wanted to know that she had some power over Phèdre. That’d she come when summoned.
This didn’t end on a cliffhanger. There was some fun stuff. Ysandre and Drustan marry which is awesome and I looked forward to all that. Them being in love and then reunited and then married makes me happy. But in happy moments are the seeds of books to come. Some people aren’t happy about Ysandre and Drustan’s wedding or that their children won’t be pure d’Angeline. There is also Phèdre’s quest to free Hyacinth and her investigation into finding the traitor and finding Melisande.
I enjoyed rereading this one a lot. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel reading it for the third time but I’m still not tired of these characters. It still made me emotional even though I knew what was coming.