Still trying to catch up to this read-along. Only 10 days behind at this point!
HERE is the schedule, if you’d like to keep up and read along with everybody else.
For this section, Allie at Tethyan Books is hosting, so if you want to join the discussion, head on over to her site.
Chapters 9-18 covered below. There will be spoilers.
1) In these chapters, Phèdre finally gets to have her own dedication ceremony. Were you surprised by what they did with the dove? Also, do you think it is fair to ask people to make a life decision about serving Naamah at such a young age?
I wasn’t really surprised by the dove. I’m curious if it’s supposed to symbolize her letting go of her purity and innocence, now that she is going forward with these unpure acts.
They’re not even asking people to make these life decisions. They’re practically forcing them. Nothing about this situation is fair, I don’t think. She was born as basically a sex slave. She supposedly has the opportunity to get free (though I wonder how many actually do), and Dalauney gives her the option of backing out, but at that point she has been so indoctrinated that I don’t think it was ever an option for her.
It all seems pretty messed up to me.
2) Sex ed is definitely different in Terre d’Ange. Do you think the Showing was useful for the teenagers? Do you think, at their age, you would have appreciated something like the book-learning they received in the art?
I think that sex has been so public for them (well, Phedre at least) that the book learning just served to explain what they had already seen and heard. Sure the showing was useful. They are going to have to do this stuff very soon, so it helped them to see how to do it right.
3) Hyacinthe has some neat theories about Delauney’s past. What is your favorite theory?
Honestly, I didn’t follow much of this. He was in love with a woman who ended up marrying the king or something? She was killed and replaced, and Delauney wrote ribald poetry about the new queen?
I don’t think I understood enough about the conversation to really have a favorite theory. The whole situation was very convoluted and I’m having a hard time remembering all these names it mentioned. I definitely do not have the eye for detail that Phedre or Alcuin have.
4) Phèdre seems to be making a name for herself as an anguissette, known for never giving the signale. Do you think she would ever actually choose to use the signale, even if she were in real danger? Do you think her inability to do so might get her into trouble?
Oh definitely. She will use it at some point in the story. It will definitely get her in trouble. Reading about her first time with the sadist (that I can’t remember his name), I’m thinking that I would have called out the signale immediately. I’m a big wuss when it comes to pain.
But yeah, I think she’ll choose to use it at some point. I’m guessing that whoever she uses it with will ignore it though. She has a lot of suffering in her future.
5) Do you think Alcuin is enjoying his career as much as Phèdre, or do you think he has a different focus? Do you think their differing appeals and tastes will drive them apart?
I don’t think he enjoys it as much as Phedre. It seems that he does whatever Delaunay wants out of true love for Delaunay. His focus is purely on pleasing his master. I don’t think he enjoys the sex, like Phedre does.
I think what will eventually drive them apart is Phedre at some point disagreeing with Delaunay. I’m assuming she will find something out and will have an argument with Delaunay and Alcuin will take Delaunay’s side. I think Alcuin would always side with Delaunay. I also don’t have high hopes for Alcuin surviving this book. He is just too nice and pure to live.
More of my thoughts
The sex really picked up in this section. Pretty much every chapter here has some sort of explicit sex act, but it truly is not the main focus of the book. It feels like a fight scene in any action book, where the blow-by-blow is short and to the point, but build-up and the after-effects are examined in more detail.
I’m liking the individual character moments more than the political intrigue. It feels very similar to Game of Thrones here. There’s all these political machinations going on, but really I’m just interested in Phedre, Delaunay, and Alcuin, much as I was really only interested in the Starks and the Lannisters in Game of Thrones.
I’m looking forward to the next section which I will hopefully have finished soon. Today is comic book day though, so expect a comic book review round-up in the next couple days as I blast through all those. I think there’s 30 books on my pull list this week, so I have a lot of reading to do.
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