Hi everyone, and welcome to week two of The Broken Kingdoms readalong! This week’s questions were written by Susan at Dab of Darkness and cover chapters 5-10.
The following questions and discussion will contain spoilers and speculation. If you haven’t read up to chapter 10, you may want to come back once you have.
1) We learned some tidbits about Oree’s father in this section. Who, or what, do you think he was and what do you think of the suspicions about mob madness that Lady Serymn brought up?
I suspect that he was descended from a demon, and that magical power can be passed down to one’s children. The fact that he, and by extension Oree, are not supposed to exist would explain the secrecy and fear surrounding their magic. I think Lady Serymn is delusional though, and is just saying things to get Oree to hate Naha. She is an Arameri, after all.
2) Shiny has some stern views about the relationship between Oree and Madding. What do you think of him testing her love for Madding? Do you think she said yes to Madding for the right reasons?
His test was interesting, and oddly I think it proved to Oree that she does love Madding. I think that she made the right decision in deciding to stay with him. Shiny disapproves of their relationship because he likes order and the status quo. Humans and godlings interacting like that throws some chaos into the mix.
3) The House of the Risen Sun has some followers with skills. What do you think of the holes, The Empty, and what has happened to Oree’s friends, both mortal and immortal? Shiny?
The Empty sounds oddly peaceful if one wasn’t dragged there by force. The holes into the Empty would take some powerful magic, and I don’t think it’s something ordinary scriveners should be able to do, which leads to a bigger question: who or what is helping the cultists? The have to have a trick up their sleeves, otherwise they wouldn’t be so damn confident that they could take on the Nightlord.
4) Are the ambitious plans of the House of the Risen Sun justified? Noble? Or is there a particular follower you already want to seen tossed into The Empty for a spell?
All of them. Is “peaceful” oppression better than a justified war? The Arameri spent a very long time hurting other people and wiping out their cultures, forcing them to conform and submit. That doesn’t sound like a grand ideal worth preserving to me. Also, if they mess up and Naha gets word, the consequences for humanity could be dire.
5) Lord Dateh, the Nypri, requested a bit of Oree’s blood for study. What do think he will do with it and what part do you think the House of the Risen Sun hopes Oree to play in their plans?
Bad things. If what I guessed in question one is true, then her blood could have unique properties. I’m not sure what it’s capable of doing, but whatever it is, it isn’t good. That would explain too why they thought that taking Oree by force would work. If it’s only her blood they need and not her compliance, then it doesn’t matter if she agrees to help them or not. Sure, it would be easier if she went along willingly, but I don’t think their plan depends on it.
See you all next week for chapters 11-16!