Sunday, October 6, 2013
The Fires of Heaven Read-Along, Week 9
Welcome to week 9 of The Fires of Heaven Read-Along! This week we read chapters 50-53. Remember that everything up to and including this section is fair game for spoilers, so read at your own peril!
Brigitte's identity is one of those things that will become apparent over time to those who care to look and will believe, but plenty of people will look straight at the signs and never see it. Or just never believe it. I wouldn't want to be in Brigitte's shoes if the Salidar Aes Sedai found out. She'd be grilled, prodded with the power, and possibly experimented on. But I don't think it's a huge worry. They're exactly the kind of people that will look right at her and decide she's some foolish woman who's a Brigitte wannabe. It wouldn't ever occur to most of them that she might actually be the woman of legend.
It was surprisingly non-cat-fight-ish. I think they've both had so long so let the idea percolate and decide whether having Rand was worth sharing him, that the first confrontation went about as smoothly as anyone could hope for. I did have to laugh at the comment about their "other sister" who is "taking care" of Rand for them. Shouldn't that fact alone lead them to a certain conclusion? Just sayin'.
I thought it was pretty funny. He was really hard on himself, as though he was was despicable for "frightening women." But any woman who just wants to jump in his bed and spy on him for one of the manipulative rulers kind of deserves it, in my opinion.
|Elaida and Alviarin|
I thought the two letters did an awesome job of showing how divided the Tower is, and not just between Tar Valon and Salidar. The letter from Alviarin makes it pretty obvious that she's pull strings over and under and in all directions around Elaida. That alone would make me not trust either letter. Might as well just turn himself over to Lanfear. Know what I mean? I think receiving the letters will make him more cautious. Beyond that, I guess we'll see. :D
Yes and no. I think something like that will always change a person. But will he become a depressed person now? No. Stop being a trickster, son of battles or ladies man? Not likely. I've never been able to decide whether it was something in that last encounter that triggered it. If she was working for Sammael (as evidenced by the dagger) then she might have had standing orders to gain his trust and then kill him. It always felt to me like she walked into the room planning to do it. If it WAS something he said, likely it was where he was planning to go. It was right after he told her that she suddenly drew the blade.
|Okay, terrible picture, I know. It looks like they're BFFs|
sailing happily through the doorway, but it's the only pic
I could find of this scene.
Can't say much about this one. Maybe pay attention to the fact that Lan says, "She's gone. I can no longer feel her presence." A good assumption she's dead, then, right? Just think about it a bit. And it might be a good time to review things she and Thom have said to each other, clear back in book 3 I think, and any dreams Perrin or Egwene have had that include Thom. I think we've seen a couple. Anyway, I'm excited to read everyone else's theories. :D
|Maidens of the Spear|
To a certain extent. I think he's more accepting of the Maidens at least, from here on out, but he doesn't ever lose his struggle with it. I think Sulin did a good job presenting her case, though. She made so many great points, and I loved that they were all waiting for him when he emerged. Such a great scene! As for Moiraine, he did make several comments about how he'd been unwilling to kill one and got the other killed. Let's hope that helps get him over his fear of killing evil people just because they happen to be women. There are plenty more female Forsaken still alive he'll need to get rid of.
Despite how much I loathed Kadere, I did sort of feel some sympathy for him in the end. No one deserves to have their skin removed whole and tossed around by Lanfear.
And it's on to battle Rahvin! Do we really think he's gonna last long against a very pissed-off Rand?
What did everyone else think of this section?