This weeks’ questions cover up to but not including chapter 3.
1) We get to reminisce with several old friends in this section – Carlo, Galdo, Chains. How did you like this? Bitter sweet or happy dance?
I liked the flashbacks. It’s almost like my favorite characters aren’t dead. Oh wait. Nope, still dead.
One of the scenes that struck me the most was after the ruse with Sabetha when Chains actually apologized to Locke for the trick he pulled and for not realizing the depth of Locke’s feelings when he arranged it. I didn’t expect it, and thought that giving the vial to Sabetha of all people would demonstrate to Chains that Locke would do what was necessary to make the best of a horrible situation. It was interesting to see Chains be the one who brought up his own fallibility and the limits of his perception.
2) Finally, the infamous Sabetha makes a physical appearance, albeit in Locke’s reminisces. What are your impressions? How do you think the romance, if there is to be one, will play out?
It’s so frickin’ adorable. Poor little Locke has a crush. Obviously Locke’s feelings last, considering that mentioning her still makes him upset, but something had to have happened to drive the two of them apart. Betrayal?
3) After trying absolutely everything to save Locke, Jean still won’t give up. What did you think of that little pep talk he gave Locke concerning Patience’s offer of healing?
Go Jean! Locke needed to hear every word of it. He can be a bit emo when he isn’t plotting a clever scheme to become fabulously wealthy. Jean’s guilt trip was just the right medicine to bring him back to his old self.
4) Locke has a few caveats to working for the Bondsmage. Wise or just Locke grasping for some control over his life? What would you ask Patience?
I don’t think the Bondsmagi are trustworthy. That’s part of why I’m so excited to see Locke and Jean work for Patience. Locke is better and smarter than everybody else, but he’ll be on equal footing with the Bondsmagi. Dare I say he may even be out of his depth? I suspect that Bondsmagi are a bit like the fae, and that you need to explicitly state the terms of an agreement, otherwise they’ll heed the letter of your words and not the spirit of them. I’m wondering if Locke was specific enough to prevent any funny business.
5) At the end of this section, we see that all is not as Patience laid it out. How much do you think Patience knows of the plot to off Locke and Jean? Do you see it interfering in the rigged election?
I can’t tell if she’s in on it or not. It’s rather ambiguous since we don’t know the identity of the speakers. Patience might be a backstabbing bitch, and that glimpse of vulnerability that she showed Jean might be an act to get him to do what she wants. On the other hand, we already know that there will be multiple contestants in the Bondsmagi election arena, so perhaps this is just a small taste of what they’re up against.
Is anyone else extremely curious what it’s gonna take to get the poison out of Locke’s body? Is this a scene best read on an empty stomach?