Sunday, May 12, 2013
The Dragon Reborn Read-Along, Week 4
It sounds like the political side of things are heating up. While on the river, Elayne and Egwene talk about the great houses all being at one another's throats, and the common people starving as a result, so obvious it's not a land at peace. Mat and Thom make an interesting pair. They're both the kind of guys that constantly claim they want to stay out of trouble and the lime light, but can't ever seem to avoid it. Of course Thom is a bit more level-headed than Mat (I think) but it's funny to me that Thom instantly packs up to tag along with Mat. Obviously we haven't seen the last of his role in the story either. :D
Hard to say at this point, but Jordan never does anything without purpose. If they're Rand's biological people and looking for him (He Who Comes With the Dawn) then chances are they aren't going anywhere anytime soon. They're obviously great warriors, which will probably come in handy. ;D
She actually reminds me a lot of Perrin. She's obviously young and newly away from home. She doesn't carry as many burdens as Perrin does, but she's adventuresome and idealistic. And obviously street-smart between the way she handles those knives and how she figured out Moiraine was Aes Sedai when even most people who look her in the face don't. I also think it's hilarious that everyone figures out that she's crushing on Perrin...except him!
4. We get a rare bit of insight into the workings of the enemy when Perrin overhears a conversation between Lanfear and Ba'alzamon. Does it strike anyone that they could be more effective if they worked together a bit more? What do you think of the nature of Ba'alzaman?
5. For a book named after him, Rand PoVs seem conspicuously rare. This time we see him slay a dozen people unprovoked. Madness setting in, or justified?
Yes, in the sense that he can walk T'A'R like Egwene, but 'Dreamer' is an Aes Sedai term, and obviously Perrin can't channel. In a way, I think this speaks to the Tower's arrogance. They assume because some Aes Sedai could once Dream, that it must have something to do with the Power. Apparently it doesn't. Perrin's wolf abilities are quite rare, but it seems everyone who has them can walk the dream. So, perhaps Dreaming is a rare ability among all people, and some just happened to be Aes Sedai once upon a time. I don't know what Rand's role in T'A'R is, but if he's the Dragon Reborn, it's just fitting that he can walk there in his dreams. If the Forsaken hang out there, someone may eventually have to do battle with them on that ground, er--you know, whatever it is.
Yeah I still love Nynaeve. I love when she makes herself mad so she can channel. I love that the Maidens of the Spear says she sounds like a Wise One after she snaps at them. I love that our three ladies torched the three smug Myrdraal and earned the Aiel's respect. I was grinning through this entire section.
How did everyone else like these chapters?