Welcome everyone to the continuation of The Inheritance Trilogy with Book 3, The Kingdom of Gods. Violin in a Void is our host this week, so be sure to swing by her place and check out everyone’s thoughts.
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Sorry for getting this up late. Yesterday I was fighting vertigo due to congestion in my eustachian tubes. I took some decongestants, which had me up late (but still vertigo-y and nauseous when I set eyes to paper or screen) and then took a different decongestant which let me sleep late. But Here, I am, able to type without feeling like I just road all the amusement parks rides all at once. :)
Chapters 5-10 are discussed below. Spoilers are having a party!
1. Do you think Shahar can keep her childhood promise and be a good person and an Arameri?
Because others still have a huge say in her life (can order her about, etc.), this may be quite difficult. Yet, when we see her act on her own volition, she is kind and passionate and just. She told Sieh that her family was hoping she would get pregnant by him. She didn’t have to. She stood before a raging godling who had just slaughtered 30+ people to protect her mother, the mother who she feels conflicted about (and rightly so!). That took courage. So, I think if she could break those ties, or at least only bow to them under her rules, she would be a good and just person.
2. The Arameri family has changed drastically and now we learn they’re being systematically killed off. Do you like the changes? Do you feel sorry for the family or are they getting what they deserve?
I never like to blame the current generation for the past ill deeds of the previous generation. So, do the Arameri deserve to be killed off for what Dekarta Senior did? For the deeds of Shahar of ancient times? No. But the current Arameri seem to have plenty of members who don’t mind using others and have a very ‘who cares about the poor people’ attitude. And everyone in Sky, Dusk, and Shadow who is below the ruling house is poorer than them. Later in this section we learn how scarce work is for the masses. While the Arameri haven’t killed off a chunk of the population to rectify this, they haven’t done anything to stimulate the economy either.
So, am I sad to see some of them being killed off at this point? Not really.
3. Any theories on the antagonist that Sieh meets in his dream?
This was such a spine tingling scene! I really loved it’s intensity.
The antagonist knows Sieh, openly admits that eventually he (she? both?) intends to kill him. Yet he doesn’t want to be seen by Sieh, which means that Sieh would recognize him straight off, or later at some critical moment. Could Kurue be back? They killed her for her traitorous acts in Book 1. Did they do a good job? Or is it a demon child all grown up who knows Sieh’s role in the Gods’ War (spying on Itempas and his first mortal lover, the Shahar of old)? Hado (Nahadoth’s mortal daylight body) might have a big, big grudge, but does he have the power and the inclination to either harm Sieh or the Arameri or both?
I really don’t know, but I love pondering!
4. Religious belief in the city and the palace has changed a lot, as have humans’ relationships with the gods. Thoughts? What might your beliefs be if you lived in Sky/Shadow?
I think this is a natural evolution in religion. How could religion NOT change with the population living hand in hand with godlings? With Yeine, a goddess, going walk about through the city? I can also see how the ‘divinity shine’ could wear off. When you see your gods behaving badly, or even just simply imitating mortals, you may lose your faith in their divine nature over time. Especially since magic and increasing technology can mimic some aspects of godhood.
I think that I would have to believe in them (as I am a practical person and tend to believe what my senses + logic tell me), but I wouldn’t feel the need to be ruled by them. Would that make me a kind of agnostic?
5. Sieh’s not quite the charming boy god we saw in book 1. How do you feel about his character at the moment?
Well, we’ve seen Sieh throw fits before, even to the point of giving Itempas a good kicking that may have killed a mortal. But now we see all those things we have heard about the power of childhood. Wow! Do not fuck with Sieh! I knew when he stormed off to find Remath that there would be some blood shed, but naive me expected there to be controlled or directed bloodshed. But Sieh just turned En loose to zip around the room burning deadly wholes in anyone. I felt bad for the scrivener who had paid Sieh some courtesy.
Honestly, I liked Sieh a bit less after that scene because he was indiscriminate in his anger. If he had killed Remath, I would have understood. If he had killed Remath & Shahar, I would have been a bit sad, but still understood. They used him, tricked him, maybe even killed him.
6. Should Sieh work for Ahad?
Tough question. Sieh obviously has some strong feelings about the work and about Ahad. Half of me thinks Sieh would be far better off finding a nice country village to go spend 20-50 years in, having a good think. But that would be a boring story.
So, high-class brothel worker? Working for Ahad? I am still on the fence on this one.
Sieh and Shahar together were so teen! Did anyone else picture all those teen movies from the 1980s with the silly hopes of sex, and occasional awkward sex?
Melty Masks! Eeewwwww! And the Arameri hope to keep it all hush-hush! With all those servants, even if they are ‘family’. Idiots.
Hymn seems like a very practical person. I think I am going to like her quite a bit.
Who else wants to call Sieh a ‘brat’ on general principles?
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