Sunday, June 1, 2014
Crossroads of Twilight, Week 2
Welcome to week 2 of our Crossroads of Twilight read-along. This week we read chapters 1-4. 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. Why do you think no alarm was raised when Mat kidnapped Tuon? How will this play out going forward?
They actually hinted at possible reasons for this later in the section. The Seanchan want everyone to think that they're perfect rulers and they have everything under control and nothing could possibly be wrong. While this may be worrisome, I actually think it could be an advantage. If they're hiding something as huge as the heir to the Crystal Throne being kidnapped, what else are they hiding? Obviously they aren't an empire that practices transparency, right?
|Juilin Sandar Source|
2. Juilin's Thera turns out to be the former panarch, Amathera. We knew Amathera had been taken by the Seanchan, but did anyone make this connection? What, if any, complications do you think this will cause for Mat and his group?
I only vaguely remembered this twist in the story. I think she could cause complications for Mat, only because he's Mat and nobles always do. But she seems really devoted to Juilin and she's been thoroughly changed by the Seanchan, perhaps even broken. If I were Mat, I wouldn't necessarily worry about anything specific either.
3. When Luca's troop gets ready to leave, the dice roll in Mat's head. They stop when he makes a bargain with Tuon. What do you think they mean in this case? How will this agreement between Mat and his future wife be fateful for him?
Well, she agrees to not try to escape. Basically they're agreeing to be civil to one another. When it comes to their relationship, this will probably facilitate relations and get them to spend more time together without trying to kill one another. So, while it's hard to pinpoint exactly what this means, it almost just seems logical that this will help their relationship.
4. The Aes Sedai with Mat can feel Rand and Nynaeve trying to cleanse the Source, even if they don't that's what they're doing. Rather than just see the swirl of colors when he thinks of Rand, he actually sees them sitting on the hillside. How do you see this ta'veren ability progressing? Will it be a help or a hindrance?
It's definitely interesting that this ability seems to be progressing. I think this could definitely be helpful if Rand (or Mat or Perrin) need to be aware at some point in the future of what the others are up to. All three of them have only complained about how distracting the colors are, but I think it's kind of cool. Rather than ignore it, I wish they would try to find a way to make use of it. It could be quite a gift.
|Apparently not everyone has mixed feelings like me.|
5. Tylin, it seems, is dead. Found by the gholam. How do you feel about her death, and Mat's reaction to it?
I have mixed feelings about this. I mean, I pretty much hated Tylin. She was SO annoying. So, I'm not particularly sad that she's dead. On the other hand, no one deserves to be ripped apart by a gholam. I really wouldn't wish that anyone. And of course I feel sorry for Mat, who will no doubt think it's his fault and take the responsibility for it onto his own shoulders. As if he doesn't have enough to weigh down his conscience already.
6. Furyk Karede is on a mission of sorts. What did you think of this chapter and what he's up to? How will it play out? Affect other characters and the fate of the world? Predictions?
Okay, I'll admit I didn't get through all of this chapter. It's been a crazy week and I'm a bit behind. Overall, though, Karede seems like a smart guy, but he's got all these glorified, mission-impossible type plans, and somehow, I don't think it's going to pan out the way he wants it to. I'm sure he can cause plenty of annoyance, but I'm also sure most of his grand plans will eventually come to naught.
What did everyone else think of this section?