Sunday, July 28, 2013
The Shadow Rising Read-Along, Week 9
|Lanfear--Run for your life!|
1. It seems to me that the evidence is mounting that Keille is definitely Lanfear. How long do you think she will endure Isendre’s incessant flirting with Rand and rudeness to ‘Keille’ herself? What revenge do you think Isendre will suffer?
Lanfear strikes me as a boiling bottle waiting to explode. So my guess is: not for long. Being one of the Forsaken--one of the most evil people ever and very powerful with the One Power, her revenge will probably be cringe-worthy.
|Rand and Aviendha-|
Arent' they cute?
2. Rand’s relationship with Aviendha has softened somewhat, although he did not intend to give a gift to attract her ‘interest’. Do you think that his dream of her, Elayne and Min means that he has found his trio of wives? If so, what do you think of Aviendha standing on the bank whilst the other two women swim naked with him?
Yes, it is likely. I think it means that, while Elayne and Min know they love him, Aviendha is not sure yet. They were beckoning him to them, while she stood on the shore, gazing at him, as though she wasn't yet sure how she felt. Given the awkwardness between she and Rand, I think it's safe to say she'll figure it out sooner or later.
|Here's one rendering of Sevanna. |
Does she look like she's gonna be cool?
No, Sevanna being a troublemaker isn't a surprise. If there's one--Couladin--there are bound to be a few others.
Well, if Lanfear is amongst the peddlers, they might be the ones sending the Shadowspawn. And Brigitte told Nynaeve that Asmodean was also hanging around the waste--Nynaeve saw him once before, but just didn't know who he was at the time. With possibly two Forsaken hanging around, it's amazing worse than Shadowspawn hasn't shown up.
I don't think they're particularly being either wise or foolish. I think they're wise to be cautious of her. Who wouldn't be? But I also think writing her off as a complete enemy, as Nynaeve is trying to so hard to do would be foolish. If she wanted to collar them, she had plenty of chance, which gives credence to her statement about liking them and wanting to learn more. They would be foolish not to use what she can tell them and help them with.
She must have a reason that she doesn't want the Black Ajah to have it, or she would have given it to them by now. She probably has an agenda, but it's hard to say what it is. Of course, as a Spider who moves in the shadows, she might not ever do anything so forward as give it to someone. Rather, she might try to influence events from afar. Makes you wonder who she intends it for. I think Nynaeve will inflict as many years as she possibly can. :D Maybe Lan can make her finally stop. ;D
|Perrin, Faile and Loial|
Obviously Loial and Gaul are the reliable ones. It was so great to see Loial being all strong and chivalrous. The dude can outrun trollocs while carrying a grown man on his back for heaven's sake! Gotta love Loial!
This has actually been a pattern for Lord Luc, though it was more subtle before now. He was always telling the people what a good job they were doing and how everything would be fine and they shouldn't worry. It wasn't until Perrin showed up and told them to get prepared that they actually got things well in hand. This suggests that Luc wants power. He also wants to give the people false security. hard to say exactly why at this point, but it can't be good.
The answer is most obvious in the dark prophecy written on the wall of Fal Dara in book 2, when Padan Fain escaped and Mat and Egwene got knocked silly. To fully understand, everyone should also review Lord Agelmar's tale of the downfall of Malkier at the end of book 1 and, more recently, the part where the Wise Ones tell Rand about his real parents. However, we'll get an important name very soon, now, so maybe wait until after the final section before doing this. We can have a more detailed discussion next week. :D
|Lord Perrin and Lady Faile|
|Gaul, Chiad, Bain|
I also loved the stare-down (almost was a smack down!) between Nynaeve and the Wise Ones. Nynaeve using need to help her was also cool. We'll see this used again later on.
How did everyone else like this section?