The third week's Discussion Questions are hosted over on Dreaming in Libraries! Check out her post for more information, and for a giveaway of a German Truthwitch paperback preorder! If you like collecting foreign editions of beloved books, this is a wonderful opportunity! I've now read up to Chapter 29, so have some thoughts to share:
Week #3 Discussion Questions
- A huge part of the story takes place on the sea. Do you love the ocean? Would you like to travel with the crew on the Jana? Or do you think you'd get seasick?
I do love the ocean! Just not getting into the water or swimming. I think there's something very relaxing and beautiful about looking out at the water, so I wouldn't mind traveling by ship. However, I do like my creature comforts, so I'm not sure traveling on the Jana would be the best for me. It seems like a very hard life, and the short supply of food is worrying! I wouldn't mind traveling with Merik though - and seeing the windwitches and tidewitches at work - so maybe when Merik commands a much nicer ship? :)
- From the boys we've met so far - Merik, Aeduan, Kullen, Leopold - who would you choose to be your book boyfriend? OR: From the girls we've met so far - Safiya, Iseult, Evrane, Ryber - who would you choose to be your book girlfriend?
Actually I'm very partial to Leopold! I just love his sense of humor and the fact that he's obviously pretending to be someone he's not. He's much more honorable than he's letting on. At least I hope his character won't take a turn for the worst!
- Did you imagine the sea foxes as described in the book? Do you think they'll play a greater part later in the series?
When I first heard about the sea foxes through the street team project, I really had no idea they would be as menacing and fearsome as they are in this book. They really are pretty monstrous. I loved the suspense they lended to the story, and I hope they will play a greater part later on. Maybe someone will find a way to tame them!
- What is your first impression of Nubrevna?
Nubrevna seems a sad place actually - which makes me hurt for Merik since it's his homeland and it's clear he loves it so much. And Nubrevna was once a great land. It's sad that it's been downtrodden for so long.
- Character Spotlight: Merik | "Whenever there were wrinkles, Merik had to smooth them out." (p. 205) Do you think he succeeds in "smoothing the wrinkles out"? What do you think of his actions so far? Do you like Merik?
Merik can be a bit impulsive, but his heart is in the right place, and he is very noble and respected by his people, so I can't help admire him. The strict restraint he has on himself also makes me sympathize with him because he works so hard to do the right thing and not give into his temper. So he tries his best to smooth the wrinkles, and because he works so hard to keep control of himself, I think he succeeds most of the time. He is a fun character to read about though - for all the times he loses control!