Sunday, September 15, 2013
The Fires of Heaven Read-Along, Week 6
Welcome to week 6 of our Fires of Heaven Read-Along. Remember that everything up until and including this section is fair game for spoilers, so read at your own risk!
1) The first thing we see in this section indirectly, more cat fights between Nynaeve and Cerandin. Nynaeve ends up with a black eye. So, Wheel of Time death match! Who wins?
In a death match, I gotta say Nynaeve. You know she'll get pissy eventually, and then the One Power gloves will come off. Cerandin's gonna be toast. :D
2) Elayne believes she can make a'dam and other objects of the One Power. Do you think this is a good idea? What do you think she'll do with this ability?
This is another thing that shows how closed-minded the women of the Tower has been for so long. Elayne's smart--all our main characters are--but she's not a genius or anything. Obviously she just used a combination of brain powers, the One Power, and outside-the-box thinking, and figured it out. How many thousands of years since anyone knew how? All I gotta say is...wow. Granted, maybe we should cut the Tower Aes Sedai some slack because there hasn't been anyone as strong as Elayne or Egwene, much less Nynaeve, is a long time, but still. They never said, "There's no one strong enough to make angreal." They always said. "No one knows how. The knowledge has been lost." There's this thing called scientific curiosity, ladies. Maybe you should try it out sometime.
|All the Forsaken|
3) Nynaeve and Brigitte eavesdrop on a meeting of Forsaken, where they hear talk of linking. What do you think these arrogant baddies are planning?
If men and women want to link, chances are they need a great deal of the Power--more than any of them has alone. I can't remember exactly what this particular plot leads to, but the most obvious answer is that they want to overpower Rand. If that's the case, it means they're obviously very threatened by him and he's probably more powerful than most of them are individually, which makes them nervous. Losers.
4) Brigitte is ripped from T'A'R and into the human world. What do you think of her as a mortal? Do you think she'll find Gaidal Kane, even though she wasn't spun out as she ought to have been? What did you think of Elayne's solution to save Brigitte's life?
I totally love Brigitte! I love her personality. Best line in this section: "Can I have a red dress, too?" (585). She's not afraid to be herself or flaunt what she's got, and she's always hilarious about it. Brigitte was all cool and mysterious in T'A'R. As a human, she's just got so much flavor and personality. I love the pages about her.
I'm not gonna say much about Gaidal Kane. I totally know things. And I always thought it was interesting that Elayne bonded her. It just put an interesting spin on the whole warder thing. I actually thought it was interesting that Elayne hadn't really known before this what ajah she would choose. As soon as she bonded Brigitte, she knew she'd have to choose green. It sort of decided things for her. I'd forgotten that. And the fact that it will be immensely frowned on by the Tower Aes Sedai makes it even better in my book. :D
|Nynaeve, Elayne, Brigitte|
5) Nynaeve is not acting much like herself. What do you think of her reaction to Brigitte's plight? How about being talked into being a human target and wearing revealing clothes?
Okay, you know I always defend Nynaeve, right? Yes, her reactions lately have been less than graceful. In terms of Brigitte, I think it shows that she has a heart and some humility. Don't get me wrong, I think Brigitte has the right of it: no one forced her to help Nynaeve and Elayne or violate the precepts of T'A'R, but the fact that Nynaeve feels so guilty shows that she's not arrogant (about that) or presumptuous. I am glad Brigitte put a stop to Nynaeve's simpering sooner, rather than later, though. As for the clothing, I think she's making it worse with her larger-than-life reactions. If she just accepted it as a costume, and the price of hiding in plain sight, she wouldn't have so much drama all the time.
6) Liandrin is not having such a great day. Are you surprised about where she's ended up? Where do you think she'll go from here?
No, not surprised. Ambition isn't a bad thing, but ambition to do evil stuff to good people always leaves you in the ditch eventually. Then there's the fact that she's just not very smart. From the beginning, she plotted to overthrow one of the Forsaken--not to fight evil and make the world a better place--but so she could take Moghedien's place in power. Now, Nynaeve is strong enough to take on one of the Forsaken. But we've never heard anything that says Liandrin is particularly strong in the power. At least, not anything out of the common way. But yet she thinks she can overpower one of the Forsaken? I think someone was absent the day they taught physics in the One Power Benchpressing class.
|Masema, the Prophet|
7) We finally learn the identity of the Prophet, and he's someone we've seen before. Were you surprised? What do you think of his new-found faith?
Ah, Masema. You're so weird. You started off being crabby and sullen. Sometimes downright nasty. The only borderlander in all of Randland with a chip on your shoulder. Now you've graduated to all-out stupidity. He's like a cult leader or something. Men and women shouldn't be distracted by one another or dress becomingly? Everyone should slog around in the crap rather than bathe, eat well, or do anything enlightened? Really? 'Cause that'll be a big help the Dark One shows up. Filthy, rioting peasants with medieval mindsets will make great soldiers in the Last Battle, don't you think?
How hysterical was it to watch Uno count his sentences in trying to make Nynaeve happy about the cursing? You gotta give him kudos for even attempting it. This sequence was always one of my faves.
And how about Valan Luca chasing Nynaeve around the campfire. Obviously he doesn't remotely stack up to Lan, so there's little chance of him winning Nynaeve, but I always sort of wanted Lan to show up and just look at Valan. The guy would totally wet himself if Lan even glanced his way.
And kudos for Thom and Juilin. Elayne finally told them everything and neither even considered leaving. Gotta love courage and loyalty like that. I also really liked Thom's remark about teaching Elayne to play the great Game of Houses: "I mean to see you mistress of Daes Dae'mar..." Gotta love Thom.
P.S. I participate in the Follow Friday meme every week. This past week the subject was casting your favorite book for a kickstarter campaign. Of course, I had to cast WoT. I never find actor/actresses that I think totally do the characters justice, but I took a stab at it. If you want to see what I came up with, the post is HERE.
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