Sunday, September 14, 2014
New Spring Read-Along, Week 1
Welcome to week 1 of our New Spring Read-Along! This week we read chapters 1-6. Remember that everything in this section as well as everything that's come before (in the main series) is fair game for spoilers, so read at your own risk. Eivind Fonn is hosting this week and will probably post his answers over at Dab of Darkness. Hop over and check out his answers as well!
|Tam and Rand (Source)|
I was actually really excited to see Lan and Moiraine as their younger selves, so I don't think there's anything else I would rather have read about. That said, it was rumored that Jordan was planning to do more prequels, perhaps one about Tam going off to fight in the Aiel war, and maybe him meeting Rand's (step) mother and finding Rand as a baby. That would have been really awesome too. I wish Jordan had lived to write it.
|Gitara Moroso's Fortelling (Source)|
I guess you start to understand why Foretelling is such a revered Talent. It's rare and very powerful. If Foretellings are always true, then it's something that definitely could change history. And in a way it makes sense--since Gitara had the foretelling for Tigraine, which resulted in Rand's birth, even if Gitara couldn't know it would--that she would then have the foretelling about when he was born. She just probably didn't have any inkling that the two events were connected.
And talk about drama! A Foretelling and she falls over dead! Don't get me wrong, I think it's fitting, but...whoa.
|Tamra Ospenya (Source)|
Naw, probably not. We know Moiraine searched for him for the better part of twenty years. If he'd been on one of the lists, I think she'd have found him much sooner. Plus, Tam found him. There is no mother to give a bounty to. Tam isn't one to wait around in some war camp for gold. He probably never was in one anyway. Once the Aiel began to retreat, and he found the baby in the snow, he probably just set off for the Two Rivers right away, wanting to put the horrors of the war behind him.
The White Tower is assuming there is a mother and no father. It hasn't even occurred to them that there might be a father and no mother.
|Young Elaida (Source)|
She strikes me as someone who was always ambitious. We know the reason she attached herself to the queen of Andor was because of these ambitions. I don't know that she was actively planning her road to Amyrlin at this point--she seems to be focusing on other goals, even at this early point--but it wouldn't surprise me in the least if it had crossed her mind.
5. Am I the only one who can't help drawing comparisons with Hogwarts? Do you have any funny ones?
I never drew many comparisons to Hogwarts. Of course, I started this series long before I read Harry Potter, so maybe that's why they always stayed distinctive to me. I suppose they're both "schools" where one goes to learn a certain kind of power, but beyond that, they don't seem very similar to me. This book mentions that meals are eaten mostly in quiet dignity, where the kids at Hogwarts were usually quite boisterous during meals. Ages are different. There are no men learning at the Tower. Well, Warders, but not learning the power part. And yes, the Amyrlin might be paralleled with Dumbledore, but all Amyrlins we've seen are much colder than Dumbledore ever was. I'd be interested to see what parallels others draw, though. :D
I know the answer to all these, so I won't spoil. It'll be good, though. :D
The one chapter we got from Lan's POV was really interesting. Getting his POV was one of my favorite aspects of this book, as we never get to ride around in his head in the main series. We already see a deeply-ingrained sense of honor and duty from him. We can see that Moiraine is young and less mature in her wisdom, but Lan is already older emotionally than his physical years account for.
It's pretty cool to see him in open battle. And I loved that the Aiel sort of gave him their name for him on the battlefield. That was awesome!
Also, anyone else seeing personality parallels between Siuan and Egwene? How about Moiraine and Nynaeve. They're strikingly similar, which is why it makes sense that both Siuan and Egwene end up as leaders, while Moiraine and Nynaeve are more the wandering type. I don't think it's a coincidence that Moiraine and Nynaeve are alike; that Lan ends up attaching himself to Moiraine, and then falls for a woman with the same personality type, albeit a bit more hot-headed. :D
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