Sunday, September 21, 2014
New Spring Read-Along, Week 2
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. Susan Voss over at Dab of Darkness is our host this week. Hop over and check out her answers as well!
|Young Moiraine and Lan (Source)|
1) Throughout this section, we see that Moiraine is still having dreams about the babe born on Dragon Mount. Since we know dreams can have deeper meanings in this series, do you think it is just an anxiety nightmare? Or do you think it is something more?
Hmm. Interesting question. We don't see any sign in this book that she's entering T'A'R or anything, but it would be interesting if this was some weak form of Foretelling about her own future. If she wasn't meant to seek out the Dragon Reborn, I don't think she'd have such powerful dreams, or be quite so haunted by them. It's almost like she's trying to tell herself something. I'm sure it was these dreams, at least in part, that spurred her on to look for Rand for so many years.2)
|Random WoT Characters (Source)|
It was great to see many of the Aes Sedai we've come to know and love (or hate) from a slightly different perspective. I totally loved that Sheriam was known as an incorrigible gossip. I wish we could have seen that first hand. And it was funny to see Lelaine as kind and motherly, without her arch-rival Romanda to get under her skin. I would have liked to see what Romanda was up to while Moiraine was still trying to attain the shall. We've also seen Myrelle (I thought her younger self was VERY in keeping with what we know of her from the main series) and Leane has also made an appearance. This stuff is just so intriguing, I wish there was time to see more of it all around.
|Thought this was funny. (Source)|
Based on what we know of other ter'angreal, probably the latter. I actually really loved that we got to see this. When you think about it, it's really surprising that we've never seen the test for the shawl in the main series. We saw the Accepted's test, but not the one the full sisters have to pass. I thought it was really cool to see it. (Wouldn't want to have to do it myself, but...)
|The Amyrlin Seat (Source)|
Hard to say here. Of course assassination by a darkfriend is always a potent possibility, but it might also be the Pattern weaving as it wills. Maybe Tamra just wasn't the person meant to be on the Amyrlin Seat after Rand was born. Sierin Vayu is definitely not the pleasant type. And the fact that she began her reign with an iron fist, with punishments, banishments, and other cruelties, predisposes me to really NOT like her.
That said, maybe it was meant to be that way. Maybe having a cruel Amyrlin who seems to me like nothing less than a disaster waiting to happen is what leads the Hall to put Siuan on the Seat soon after. And heaven knows Moiraine needed that ally to accomplish what she did. So maybe it was fate working itself out over decades.
I think Moiraine's reasons were pretty kosher here. Yes they were selfish, but that fact is actually a bit of a coincidence. Just because they were selfish doesn't actually make them wrong in this case. I wouldn't want to be mired in the bloody politics of her homeland. I'd much rather be out wandering, having adventures, and searching for the Dragon Reborn. I think this is a calling thing. Only she can say why she feels compelled to find him, and it's not something she could possibly explain to anyone else. But she's being true to herself, and we already know it will lead to something fateful.
I actually love that we get to see her defy the Amyrlin at all. That defiance is something her character has always had, even if she didn't always show it. And I hope Siuan isn't punished. Even if she is, though, she's scrappy enough to figure it all out and bounce back, so I'm not particularly worried about her. :D
As I said last week, we already see a lot of the honor and courage and detachment in young Lan that we've expected from the older. He's all about his war with the Blight and the Shadow, and really doesn't think of much else. He's all caution and self-possession. Moiraine is quite different than how we first see her in TEOTW, but Lan is much the same.
Because I've read it before, I won't say anything about the reunion, except that I thought the entire Edeyn angle was kind of...bizarre. Maybe I'll see it differently the second time through. :D
We're seeing some interesting characters with Lan as well. There's Ryne, who seems like a playboy Malkieri (weird) and Mistress Arovni, who I happened to think was hysterical. And we learned that Bukama carried baby Lan out of Malkier on his back, which makes me like him even more. This is probably the closest thing to a dad Lan ever had.
Lots of great lines this section. Here are a few of my favorites:
"Mortification of the Spirit was always hardest to endure." (pg. 195) *true story*
"And she was off to find the boychild. She was off on an adventure as grad as any ever undertaken by an Aes Sedai.) (pg. 202) *boo ya!*
"Some wars could not be won, yet they must still be fought. (pg. 174) *nice*
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