Sunday, May 25, 2014

Crossroads of Twilight Read-Along, Week 1



Welcome to week 1 of our Crossroads of Twilight read-along. (We made it to book 10!) This week we only read the prologue (it was 100 pages long)! 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!


Eamon Valda (Source)
1) We have a meeting of the minds of Arad Doman. Lots of new side characters were introduced at this meeting. Was it a bit tangled for you? Will this strategy negatively affect the Aiel, and hence, Rand? 

Yeah it was a bit muddled, but it helps when you've read it more than once. It's hard to say whether or how this will affect everyone. One thing Jordan does very well is to show how everyone--every ruler and noble in every country--makes their own plans and believes whole-heartedly that it will work out for them. I think only Rand and his ta'veren-ness will decide the fate of the world, though. 

2) We have the questionable pleasure of riding around in Valda's head (Lord Captain Commander of the Children of the Light). Since Morgase slipped through his fingers, her step son Galadedrid (Galad) is no longer a useful tool for him. What do you think Valda will do with him? What do you think it would take for Galad to sever ties with the White Cloaks? 

This is one of those things that makes me think Valda is kind of an idiot. Even if his original plan has been foiled, Galad has all kinds of royal bloodlines running through him. Not that I want anything to happen to Galad or anything, but come on Valda, think outside the box! He just gives up on his evil plans and moves on. Obviously not the brightest crayon in the Whitecloak box.

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Mishraile tracks down Logain in the woods and spends some time mocking him. What do you think the M'Hael's private lessons at the palace include? 

Uh, yeah I totally know what this is referencing, so I won't spoil. You probably won't entirely understand it until the final book of the series, but it's pretty dark!

4) The wise Sisters of the White Tower are sneaking around trying to ferret out further Black Ajah. How do you think they will ever trick or lure Atuan (who they strongly suspect of being Black Ajah) to a secluded place for questioning? Do you expect their elaborate, if well intentioned, scheming will get noticed? 

I don't remember specifically what comes of all this. I do think these sisters are between a rock and a hard place, though. I think Elaida is way to wrapped up in herself and her own big-headed plans to notice what they're doing, but that doesn't mean the Black Ajah isn't watching their movements closely. But they know the risks and you have to give them kudos for trying anyway. I don't know that I could stand to stay in the Tower as things currently stand. Just way to much tension and drama! It would be exhausting.

5)
Gawyn Trakand (Source)
Gawyn is back in the picture, finally! And what a mess! He feels bound to Elayne, Egwene, and the White Tower. Blindly, he agrees to do all he can to carry out Elaida's orders. What do you think Elaida's (or perhaps Alviarin's) orders are?
 

I can't remember what they are specifically, but poor Gawyn isn't going to untangle all his loyalties any time soon. Chances are the orders are meant to muddle things even more, or simply keep him out of the way. Go find Egwene already, Gawyn! Don't you just love how he references the rebel army, but has no way to know who's leading them? So frustrating!

6)
Davram and Deira Bashere
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Deira Bashere, Davrim's wife, was injured when she walked in on two men ransacking their tent. They escaped, only to be found later, already dead. Speculation as to a) what the men were looking for; and b) who killed them? 

Bashere is one of Rand's most loyal men, so it might have had something to do with Rand. Callandor maybe? But Bashere is also related to the queen of Saldea, who is relatively close by, so that could have something to do with it too.  I can't remember if we ever find out for sure.

You gotta admire Deira's spunk, though. I think her and Mistress Luhan would be BFFs. :D
7) Loial and Karldin are trying to track down Rand to report on their efforts. Just as Samitsu gets their true identities out of them, it is announced that Lord Dobraine has been killed. Who do you think attempted to kill Dobraine? What is it that Loial fears they may have found?

Yeah, I didn't remember this twist at all from my first reading. Dobraine was from Tear, and Rand left him in charge, if I remember right, so assassination attempts are to be expected. I don't know what Loial was referring to. Again, it could be Callandor if he doesn't know that Rand already retrieved it. Or perhaps it's the a'dam for the male channeler. Not sure. I'm sure we'll find out soon, though.

Extras: 

He left us on a cliffhanger with Egwene's story at the end of book 8, when she takes her army into the snow outside Tar Valon, and then she got overlooked for the entirety of book 9! Dah! Can't wait to get back to her story. She's one of my favorites!

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2 comments :

  1. Good point about Galad. He is royalty. Can't Valda use that to his advantage somehow with so many of the countries in turmoil?

    Now you have me worried about what Taim Mazrim is up to!

    To me as the reader, I thought it was somewhat common knowledge that Egwene was leading the rebel Aes Sedai. But in retrospect (through Gawyn's eyes), I see that it is not widespread info.

    I loved Deira's grittiness in dealing with the ruffians, and then later in reporting to her husband and not being all silly about getting stitched up.

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    1. Yeah, I think Egwene's position is well-known among Aes Sedai, but as they tend to clam up with the outside world about 'Aes Sedai business,' there are probably many who don't know her name at all, though presumably they will eventually.

      Yeah, this section gave me a whole lot of respect for Deira as well. :D

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