Sunday, January 19, 2014
Crown of Swords Read-Along, Week 4
Welcome to week 4 of our Crown of Swords Read-Along. This week we read chapters 13-18. Remember that everything in this section, as well as everything that's come before, is fair game for spoilers, so read at your own risk!
1) Bravery comes up more than once in Chapter 13. Aviendha on the water, Elayne offering to discuss Rand....What do you think about how the ladies measure bravery?
Interesting, how people measure it differently. I was glad to get a section from Aviendha's POV. I don't think we had one before (?) but she has her own unique voice. Nice to know that even the fearless Aiel have fears (like water) but Aviendha is always brave, and that makes me love her.
|Atha'an Miere Windfinder|
I actually think using the Sea Folk to help find the Bowl was a smart move for the ladies. They've had no luck finding it themselves, so they went to the resident "experts" when it comes to the weather. This is really smart. Of course, it's bound to be more complicated than just that. We've heard that Rand is the Sea Folk's Coramoor, but they aren't very forward moving when it comes to following him, declaring for him, or otherwise seeking him out. I suppose some interaction was inevitable, and maybe it's good that it's come in the form of an agreement involving our ladies, whom Rand can trust, even if he's not sure of that anymore. I think these agreements, though they're bound to be fraught with politics and drama, can only be helpful to Rand.
|Jaichim Carridin--Just looks like a|
douchebag, doesn't he? Source
It sounded to me like he was taking it under consideration, but not prepared to actually change his plans much. Not sure whether this was smart or foolish on Sammael's part. On the one hand, you'd think he'd want to get a hold of Mat, because he's so close to Rand. But, on the other hand, if he'd abandoned a long-held plan to lash out at Mat (and it probably wouldn't have worked given Mat's ta'veren-ness) that would have been foolish, too. But, he knows where Mat is, now, and those dice are rolling in Mat's head, so we may not have seen the end of this particular interaction yet.
Yeah this is hysterical. It's always nice to see the tables turned on someone as arrogant as Mat. Very amusing. And Mat always thinks someone other than him is influencing Olver in bad ways. Much as I love Mat, the dude seriously needs to take a look in the mirror sometimes. :D5) Why do you think Mat was attacked at the inn and who do you think sent the men?
Well, there is the Sammael discussion from the earlier question. Maybe it was him deciding to take a crack at Mat, despite what he led Carridan to believe. But really, it could have been anyone. Mat has plenty of enemies, and then there's the fact that he's about as connected to Rand as it's possible to be, so without more information, it's anyone's guess. I will say that this won't be the last time someone (or something) comes after Mat in Ebou Dar.
|Don't mess with Nynaeve! Source|
Going after Nynaeve actually does show Falion's intellect. She can read Moghedien, and she's got little enough fear to see the Forsaken as real people, rather than gods. The fact that she picked up on how much Moghedien hates Nynaeve is very perceptive and, normally, might be a good way to ingratiate herself to her angry mistress. But... it's Nynaeve. She's probably the most powerful and perpetually pissed off female channeler alive. And then there's the fact that she's with Elayne and Aviendha, and Lan is on his way to her. Yeah, Falion will squashed. Just like grape.
When I first read the series, I didn't think much of Cadsuane. Didn't hate her or anything, but she was just another Aes Sedai pushing herself into Rand's life. I kind of just dismissed her. But, she actually grows on you. I came to respect her and what her overall agenda is. Plus, let's just say she will end up being very important later on, and she's not going anywhere. I won't say more than that.
Gotta love the Ebou Dari fashions!
Had to laugh when poor Mat got caught in the middle of an Aes Sedai tug-of-war. Must've been terrifying for him. But very amusing for us. :D