If it doesn't spoil the story, I should like to *ask* why didn't Dame Dawr's male ancestor approve of her match?
And any "takers" for Arithon's dearest wish confided to Davien (according to Davien in TK)?
My guess is resolution of mistwraith/free wraiths. But Arithon's reaction to Asandir in COTM as to what he would do in the F7's place was "find the paravians".
Are there clan ships still searching the oceans or have they given up for the moment?
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Pre-Kewar I would have gone for the resolution of the Miswraith problem. That would have allowed Arithon to be free from his blood oath and be free to chose his own death to break the curse.
Post Kewar... don't know
At what level Arithon is thinking now? The land / planet?
Once the planet is "safe" from humans maybe this would this free the F7 from the drake binding?
What will trigger the Paravians return I wonder?
If it was just the mistwraith that drove them away why haven't they come back? It's their "home".
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I only just got my TK back from loan from a friend, so... But wasn't the dearest wish in reference to Arithon's desire "not to kill"? I could easily be wrong. Neil, do you have a page or 'thereabouts' reference to Davien's comment about the dearest wish?
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A change of subject(sorry)-but who exactly is Verrain? This character intrigues me! Apart from making Daenfal barmaids swoon, he also frequented ballrooms!(pre or post rebellion, one wonders).And he has a habit of vocalising his thoughts-a habit of mine-which perhaps explains my preoccupation with him. I would love to read more of Verrain!
Verrain first showed up in CotM, as the Guardian of Mirthlvain Swamp. Since the F7 are so shorthanded, he was trained, and has been referred to as a Master Spellbinder. My take on that is he is more advanced than Dakar in magic -but then again, Verrain isn't dealing with Dakar's gift of prophecy, as well as Dakar's habits of drinking and wenching.
I think that having made barmaids swoon, Verain probably would have done a bit of drinking and wenching;)
No, what I meant, Blue, was that I'd love to know a bit more of his background before he became a Master Spellbinder-was he a servant, was he connected to the clans or the ruling lines etc. and how he actually arrived at his present position.
This series is just amazing. It opens more and more lines of exploration-I can't think of any other book I've read that's done this.
I'll have to cut this short-my daughter is trying to balance her chair upside down.
I've been reading TK, having ordered the British edition rather than wait for MM.
I agree with Hannah, Arithon's dearest desire is not to kill, and Davien was speaking to Dakar when Dakar wanted to interfere with Arithon & the necromancers toward the end.
I've been wondering if the Waystone's cracking and other changes will eventually help Lirenda get free.
And wishing Elaira would put together what she's learned in the hostels with what else she knows about how things work, and ask to F7 intervention to be freed.
Although if Lirenda does get free and spill the beans about Morriel/Selide, maybe the Koriathian order will fall apart and Elaira would be free anyway. I think the best thing for the order would be losing that waystone.
They lost it already once before, and did it improve matters? ;) Dropping it into the Cildein would be a less temporary fix, but I have my doubts this would help Elaira escape the order's confines; given she didn't have longevity bindings prior to Ships, she had to have been recruited while the Waystone was at Althain. Her vows would have to have been over the Skyron or another major focus instead, yes? Can the imprint of such a vow be moved between these foci?
They knew it - the Waystone - was still around. I want them to lose it definitively and forever.
New question - who is the Traitor and what is the Knot? At first I thought Davien, but I don't see how it fits, really. I see lots of possible 'traitors' though.
And what is the Stormed Fortress?
I'm seeing signs that Lysaer might be about to lose, and Arithon win one, sort of, at least. (about time!) I'm thinking the traitor and the knot *can* apply to Lysaer's side and all that's going on there.
And this and the next book *are* the end of the Alliance of Light arc.