Sunday, August 31, 2014
Knife of Dreams Read-Along, Week 7
Welcome to week 7 of our Knife of Dreams Read-Along! This week we read chapters 27-31. 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'm hosting this week.
) Why do you think Semirhage's disguise of the Power failed? Did you see the Rand-losing-his-hand thing coming?
It's hard to say for sure, but it may just be another example of things in the world that are failing as Tarmon Gai'don draws near. Even the Forsaken aren't immune as the Dark One extends his touch throughout Randland.
Rand's hand was foreshadowed in prophecies and dreams, but it wasn't super obvious. Most people probably wouldn't have concluded it the first time around. Or at least I didn't. :D
2) Do you think Mat's plan against the Seanchan is a good one? Will it turn the tide?
As always, Mat's battle plans are super-smart. If anyone can turn things around, battle-wise, with the Seanchan, it's Mat.
|Tam al'Thor (Source)|
3) Tam showed up! (Yea!) What did you think of his reaction to confirmation that Rand is the Dragon Reborn?
I thought it was kind of sad, but also kind of sweet. Tam, true to what we know of his character, didn't freak out or melt down or anything. It was fitting, I think. And I think it's awesome that Perrin immediately put him in a high military position.
4) Masema shows up at an inconvenient time to (somewhat) ruin Perrin's plans. What do you think he's doing? What's his endgame?
Well, as Perrin often observes, Masema is totally loony. And yet, one would expect him to be a total idiot where Perrin's plans are concerned. The fact that he showed up that way, and wasn't where Perrin thought he would be, says maybe he's not as much of an idiot as he seems. He may be mad, but he's not stupid. Perrin needs to watch his back. Especially given what Aram said, it's obvious that Masema is trying to have Perrin assassinated.
5) All kinds of crazy stuff in this chapter! Aram tries to kill Perrin and dies himself. Tylee captures Sevanna. And Galina ends up in Therava's clutches, headed for the Waste. What did you think of all these twists? Did you wish for other outcomes? How do you think they'll affect the story going forward?
Aram's story line really came to a head here. He's gotten more and more twisted as the story went along, and his ending is really quite tragic, because he allowed himself to be so thoroughly duped by Masema, and actually turned on Perrin. His death was anything but valiant or honorable.
Oh, and Perrin killed Rolan. (Forgot to include that in the question. :/ ) I remember reading this through the first time and wondering how it would all turn out. I just couldn't figure out what would be fitting or what I would want best. Then, as soon as Perrin killed him, I realized that was the only way it could have ended. It was the only fitting way to tie up this entire story line in a way that wouldn't compromise Perrin and Faile's relationship. Well played, Robert Jordan. Well played. :D
I was SO happy that Sevanna across Tylee's saddle. Tylee's enough of a hard case that she can give Sevanna what's been coming to her for a long time!
Galina's fate was fitting as well. She's a Darkfriend, she double-crossed Faile. Yeah, maybe the Waste will be a good character-builder for her.
Overall, so much great stuff going down in this section. I couldn't have asked for better outcomes.
|Elayne Trakand (Source)|
6) Elayne encounters some black Sisters and, in her haste, ends up in hot water. We had a cliffhanger on this. What do you think will happen next? Were you surprised that it was actually Careanne that was Black Ajah, contrary to Elayne's suspicions?
This was something of a twist, wasn't it? I won't say anything about what happens next, but with Brigitte right outside, it's not as though Elayne is on her own, right? Of course the Black Sister would be the one Elayne didn't expect. (It always is, isn't it?) But this could be a major turning point. After all, our super girls have been after some of these particular Black sisters since book 2. Yikes!
What did everyone else think of this section?