Hi everyone, and welcome to week 3 of the Naamah’s Kiss readalong. Today’s questions are written by yours truly, and cover chapters 27-36.
1. What are your impressions of Queen Jehanne?
Jehanne is both seductive and dangerous. At first, I thought a little bit of Melisande, even though the two are very different. Jehanne is a lot softer than Melisande. She doesn’t mean any harm, but that doesn’t mean that falling in love with her is wise or safe. And if you get on the wrong side of her temper, watch out!
2. Moirin has found herself in the middle of a sticky love triangle. How do you think it will play out?
Not well, to say the least. Right now she’s caught in the middle and is a pawn in Jehanne and Raphael. And while what she has with each of them does seem at least partially genuine, it can’t become anything more than a fling, otherwise someone (or multiple someones) is gonna get hurt. And it’s especially tricky for Moirin because she isn’t used to politics or to court intrigue. I like Jehanne way more than Raphael at this point though.
Alternately, instead of ending in disaster it will end in a threesome.
3. Now that we finally get to meet Moirin’s father, what do you think of him?
I love him. He’s a good listener. He lets Moirin vent about how she got to where she is now and even the situation with the queen. And it helps her so much because she hasn’t really had someone she could fully trust in the city until now, and he was so incredibly supportive and nonjudgmental. Actually, it’s very interesting for me to see a parental relationship that’s so open and nonjudgmental. If I ever have children, that’s what I’d aspire to.
4. The scene with the summoning of Valac seems to be a shift in tone from the rest of the series. Is the Circle in over its head? What do you think is happening here?
Woah woah woah, summoning demons? So interesting!
I’m willing to bet that the Circle have no idea what they are doing, and are going to summon something dark and edgy that’s going to threaten the world, or will hurt the Circle members themselves. Valac tried to warn Moirin, and although she seems receptive to listening, the Circle doesn’t, and Raphael is using his relationship with Moirin to pressure her into doing things she doesn’t want to, even in subtle ways. I hope she realizes what he’s doing and puts an end to it asap.
5. What do you think of the descriptions so far of the Ch’in?
I have mixed feelings here. The descriptions of the Ch’in feel a bit stereotypical, and fall flat for me. There’s mysticism and kung fu, but not much complexity (at least so far). Florette and Lydia feel more real than Lo Feng, even though he’s had way more time on the page by now. And I remember my feelings on the descriptions of the Ch’in were part of what made this book not work for me the first time I read it. I’m curious to see what everyone else thinks here, and whether I’m being too harsh.