Week Three covers chapters nine through twelve.
What were your reactions to Galadan’s motivations and Ysanne taking herself out of the Tapestry entirely?
I’m not sure what I expected of Galadan but not that. It felt a little anticlimactic. He was rejected and publicly humiliated so the world must burn. I wasn’t expecting a sob story really, I thought it might be more about how much he likes fighting and killing people and he doesn’t want to take orders or whatever. I hate to say it but I don’t respect him as much. I’m not sure how I feel about Ysanne. I guess I’m in denial because I can’t accept the idea of someone deleting themselves from time completely. I think of the past as fixed. I’m also not sure why it was necessary. If she could do that surely she could have just let Kim absorb the knowledge out of her head. (I’m thinking about how the leading Mage gets their knowledge when they take on the role officially in The Ruins of Ambrai and The Mageborn Traitor.)
How are you feeling towards Paul now and what do you think might happen to him next?
That reveal with Paul and Rachel was actually impressive. The presentation was interesting and emotional. I’m wondering if maybe he and the wolf will combine now.
How do you feel about the role of deities and mythology in the book?
That was an interesting exchange between a god and goddess about Paul. It felt a little like Greek mythology in that gods interfere based on whim and then the goddess manipulated the god into taking her side with fabulous feminine whiles. So human foibles and phenomenal cosmic power. But I don’t feel like I got more than that impression.
What are your impressions of Aileron? Now that we’ve officially met him?
Awkwardly, I don’t have an impression of him. He was faking a limp and it seemed unnecessary. He seems unnecessary. I hope he has a bigger role to play.
How do we feel about Dave now that we’ve seen what he’s been up to?
I loved this section. I actually enjoyed myself and I’m so happy. Dave really grows here. He shows courage and understanding, while also bonding with multiple characters. It helps that he was separated from his dysfunctional family and the other jokers. I also really like all the Dalrei characters. They are funny, I could tell them apart, I actually cared. Delightful.
Dave’s time with the Dalrei gives us a great deal of insight into a previously unseen culture within Fionavar, so it’s time for a world-building check in! Anything standing out?
It does remind me of what we learned about the Native American plains tribes in elementary school. Going into the dark, fasting, so that they can bond with their spirit animal before their first hunt. I think that was part of becoming a man of the tribe. Also, stories being told through dance around the fire. Their spiritual leaders were women though, if I recall correctly, and they didn’t have to give up their sight. The hunt reminded me of how buffalo hunts were described.