This week, Lisa of Over the Effing Rainbow is your host, so make sure to swing by her place to check out everyone’s posts to see what everyone else thinks. My apologies for posting late, again. There was a goat, a downed fence, and the neighbor’s apple trees involved.
This week we covered Chapter 15 – END. There be spoilers in the Q&A below!
1) So we finally got all the facts behind whodunit – and how, and why… What did you think of the epic(sized) reveal scene?
I really enjoyed this scene. It had the big epic feel without being a 1000 page novel. I especially liked that no one character was the key – so many of them played an instrumental role in wrapping affairs up. Tara got to pull out her dagger – which was way cool. Denovo was defeated by her in combat – even cooler. Abelard had his part with Cat and his cigarette. Cat had and did make some difficult choices there and that was very important for the good guys. Even the ‘bad guys’ had key parts to play. Justice, who did some damage but also some good, was a driving force there at the end. Gustav landing like a bloody vulture in his red robes was quite the image.
2) Surprise! We found Kos. You’ll never believe where he was… Or did you?
Haha! Well, I was joking last week that it would be funny if Abelard’s chain smoking turned out to be integral to keeping Kos alive. But I was just joking around and didn’t really expect it and I certainly didn’t think Kos was actually hiding in the cigarette. That took me by surprise.
And it totally made sense and I loved it. Abelard being this somewhat innocent, totally devoted priest, even tho he had his faith shaken there near the end, had given Kos a warm smokey, homey place to hide while things unfolded.
3) Elayne Kevarian proved to be even more devious than we suspected. What do you think of this Craftswoman now that the dust is settling? Sympathy for Denovo, or victorious fist-pump?
Total fistpump over here! I really didn’t like Denovo for taking over Elayne yet again, and I didn’t like that she allowed it, or fell into the trap easily. But then when she does the reveal, haha! It was excellent that she allowed Denovo’s ego to totally blind him to her wickedly simply plan.
And then he didn’t die in the big reveal and I was a little, ‘Here, let me come over there and give you guys a hand. I am sure you don’t need this dead weight called Denovo. How about I just find a nice hole in the desert to bury him in. No problem!’. And then we get the final scene and it was perfect. I really liked that the shadow monster got an appropriate little home inside Denovo (at least temporarily).
4) I did a little checking and the second book in this series seems to feature a whole new cast, though it’s still set in the same world. Do you think this one wrapped things up for Tara, Abelard and company well enough, or are you wishing for more? For that matter, will you read on?
I will definitely be reading more Gladstone. While I had assumed the series would continue to feature Tara, I was impressed enough with this book that I am willing to give a new cast of characters a chance. I wouldn’t mind if there was another Tara & Abelard & Shale & Cat story.
I laughed a little when Raz asked Cat if she had heard of consent – concerning her just using him for his high while he slept. Dark humor, probably inappropriate, I am sure. Then later she gives him a sincere apology and that was very nicely done. Perhaps these two should date?
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