Sunday, June 8, 2014
Crossroads of Twilight Read-Along, Week 3
Welcome to week 2 of our Crossroads of Twilight read-along. This week we read chapters 5-8. 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!
I think there's a good chance this will be (at least a big part) of the wolves' role in the last battle. Since Darkhounds were created from the souls of wolves, it only seems fitting that they help bring them down. (If there were dark felines or horses or, you know, squirrels, we'd see other animals helping, C.S. Lewis-style.) Of course, wolves hate all Shadowspawn, so I'm sure their Tarmon Gai'don activities will not be limited to Darkhounds. Either way, it should be awesome to see them in action.
|Perrin and Faile (Source)|
Normally, I would say yes. He's definitely fixating on her, outright saying she's not only his first but for now, only priority. With anyone else, I'd say he's endangering the mission. But we've got to remember that ta'veren wildcard here. Chances are things will work out, even if we hit a lot of twists and turns first. Besides, I don't mind Perrin's loyalty. It's very endearing.
You know, I don't remember the details of what they're planning, but it doesn't take a rocket scientist. Obviously everyone has their own agenda and it probably has everything to do with Rand. If the Seanchan think Masema is their way to Rand, they'll use him. I'm sure he imagines he'll bring the entire Seanchan empire to kneel at Rand's feet. (As Perrin keeps saying, the man reeks of madness.) I can't remember what Masuri or Annoura is up to.
4. Masema's letter from Suroth conveniently does not mention his name or description, so Perrin could potentially use it himself. What would be on your wishlist?
Yeah...I still hate Berelain. She's such a weirdo. She has such massive mood swings. In this section, Perrin says that she doesn't smell like she's hunting him anymore, but that doesn't mean that she won't in the next chapter. It's like every morning she picks the petals off a flower saying, "I love him, I love him not..." and that dictates how she'll act toward him that day. (Dissociative identity much?)
Seriously, though, I think she does have some loyalty to Perrin. She's traveled with him for a while now, and he has done a lot--whether willingly or no--to help and protect her. That loyalty toward him extends to helping him find his wife. But, she'll still use him as much as she can along the way to further her own aims and those of her little country. I think that's why she wants everyone to think they're sleeping together. It's her way of claiming to be under his protection. So yeah, any way you look at it, she's still seriously annoying.
|Ta'veren Reunion (Source)|
I won't make a prediction on this. I will say, I hope so! I love epic fantasy (obviously) but my one complaint would be that there are never enough reunions between characters. When was the last time Mat and Perrin even saw each other? Stone of Tear? I can't remember, but it's been a while. We definitely needs some ta'veren reunions. :D
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