Sunday, April 6, 2014
Winter's Heart Read-Along, Week 1
Welcome to week 1 of our Winter's Heart. This week, we read the prologue through chapter 2. Remember, everything in this section as well as everything that came before is fair game for spoilers, so read at your own risk!
|Elayne Trakkand (Source)|
|Elayne & Aviendha (Source)|
Some aspects of it were really cool. The description of the heartbeat during birth was really powerful. On the other hand, it was a little too hippy for my taste. You know those new-age-y things where someone is "reborn" from a big, translucent, plastic uterus. That's what it reminded me of. Kind of weird. It was kind of funny when they were slapping the crap out of one another. And yet, a scene where two naked women bitch-slap one another and then hug fiercely...kind of sounds like a male fantasy to me. Just sayin'.
Taim is finally starting to openly break from Rand. Those that are loyal to Rand over him are ending up on the Traitor's Tree, so we're finally seeing his true colors. Logain is much cooler than Taim. I stand by what I said last week: let's hope some of the glory Min sees for Logain is that he gets to punch Taim in the face.
Rand is a BAMF. He always wins the battles against the Forsaken--or at least he has so far. If he's going hunting, I'm game. I totally know what happens with saidin, so I won't spoil. But I was always excited with this concept. Everything Rand has done so far--the political changes most people see as groundbreaking--could be undone very easily undone. But if he can cleanse the taint, that really would change the world as they know it. Men who channel wouldn't go crazy anymore.
I think Rand is all kinds of smart to be trying to figure it out. Besides, he himself is getting worse and worse. If he wants to stay sane long enough to win the Last Battle, he might not have a choice but to figure it out.
It's one of those things that will be one or the other in a big way. Either they'll find some massive, all-encompassing solution. Or, more likely, it'll eventually blow up. Either way, it's a pretty shaky truce right now and what happens really depends on outside forces. Poor Perrin! I really wouldn't want to be in his boots.
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