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Welcome back for week two! Imyril is hosting the readalong and The Fantasy Hive provided this week’s questions.

Spoilers for chapters 7 and 8!

How do you feel about the pacing?

Week two pacing has been way faster than the first week. It is a double edged sword. On the one hand, I expect a slower paced beginning because we need to get to know the characters and world. But I felt like I learned more about the characters and world in this section. There was a lot more action and I did appreciate that.

Have your opinions of Loren changed? Is there another mage you’re more worried about?

Yeah, I’m way more worried about Metran now. It feels like a Saruman moment. Also, I’m worried about Galadan. To be fair, Loren hardly featured in this section so I haven’t had a chance to get to know him better.

What are your reactions to the various foretellings thus far?

I’ve read them and promptly forgot them. I’m not sure they’ve really meant anything to me yet. I want to see Kim actually doing things.

Would you have offered yourself in Paul’s place?

Absolutely not. There is nothing about the world so far that tells me that it would have been my responsibility to fix it by sacrificing myself. Also, there is no guarantees that this is the best case scenario. I’m so scared for him. Is he going to die, really? Is he going to last? What about his wolf companion?

Two battles have happened: one where the lios alfar were slaughtered by Galadan and the Paul’s wolf companion versus Galadan, what were your reactions?

Wow, the rulers of this country are incompetent. A whole army got that close to the castle? Metran was a traitor and had been for some time? I liked them a lot and now a bunch of them are gone and their leader wounded badly. I really liked the battle between Galadan and Companion. That was intense and emotional. I was firmly rooting for Companion and I love Paul’s speech. I don’t know really what winning means but I like that they did.

Still no sign of Dave! Any theories?

Okay, here’s my theory… Paul is going to channel a god relating to the summer tree and Dave is going to be a body for the evil guy.

Other thoughts?

Not a fan of Kevin. Did I miss something where he’s related or was friends with Rachel? If not, he has no right to play her song like that. He should have gone out to find his friend. How dare he?
Jennifer and Jaelle’s conversation is both interesting and frustrating. I like how they challenge each other but throwing each other under the bus for not knowing about true love is cheap.

I want to keep reading though. So much is happening. I’m actually concerned.

4 thoughts on “Wyrd and Wonder Readalong: The Summer Tree, Week 2

  1. Just on the getting close part – I don’t now if your copy has a map, but it makes a lot of Brennin look very sparsely populated, and there doesn’t appear to be much of a formal military either. My guess is that travelling undetected in Brennin if you so wish would be very easy.

    Glad you seem to be enjoying it and can’t wait to see what you say about the next section…

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