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  1. In Topic: First read thoughts

    08 August 2019 - 01:10 PM

    Yeah, I can see these things and I can accept them, although they could be given a bit better. But for the last part, I don't know. Her subsequent actions do show that, but her actions up until then don't. So that change seems kind of abrupt...
  2. In Topic: First read thoughts/questions

    16 May 2019 - 07:37 AM

     Gorefest, on 16 May 2019 - 07:02 AM, said:

    It is difficult talking about this here because death, soul and afterlife are such fundamental themes in the series. But more broadly speaking, compare it to our real world setting where you have lots of different religions which all have their own concept of soul and death and all have their own version of an afterlife. Hood is more sort of like our 'grim reaper'. His role is to collect and shepherd the dead, but what happens after is nor for mortals to know.

    Hmmmm, I thought of that too. But the word 'gate' was what confused me. Because I thought if there is a gate, then there must be something on the other side of that gate, and the souls don't just return to where they want or go to their gods' realms. But in any case, this does make sense to me. I guess I'll find out more later (or not :p).
  3. In Topic: First read thoughts/questions

    16 May 2019 - 06:19 AM

     worry, on 15 May 2019 - 08:05 PM, said:

    Regarding death, I don't want to say RAFO exactly because 'FO' is a little too static. But the nature of death/the afterlife/the relationship between worshipers and gods/etc. is an ongoing concern explored throughout the series, up to and including the final book and the prequels.

    Yeah, figured as much, I was mostly referring to the whole Hood's gate thing, and how is it possible for spirits to exist in the world if their souls are gathered by Hood, but I guess I just have to be patient.
  4. In Topic: Finished the book for the first time-general thoughts/impressions

    28 April 2019 - 05:34 PM

    View Postneo era, on 28 April 2019 - 04:38 AM, said:

    View PostRaz4starr, on 03 March 2019 - 07:52 PM, said:

    However right now we see glimpses of incompetence, poor choosing of her officials (the whole Pormqual/Seven Cities situation is totally her fault until we learn otherwise) and, as ironic as it sounds, softness. Yes, we see Laseen conduct cullings and get rid of the Old Guard etc. But she seems too slow to take control of things. She shows a kind of indecisiveness that only makes things worse.

    If they want to make Rake and Darujhistan allies against the Seer, then why does Lorn try to level the city twice and weaken and possibly kill Rake (Raest and the demon)?

    most of the malaz old guard vanished overnight, and left a power vacuum. I think laseen wasn't prepared for this sort of vast shift. she tries to recruit competent people or good enough, but when that many people leave at once i'd imagine it would be hard to find other trustworthy people.

    laseen sees rake as a threat, and I believe she is prepared to lose darujhistan in order to take him out. other parties see the need for rake as the situation develops.

    Yes, thank you for the clarification. I am 2/3 into HoC right now and I understand a lot more. Really enjoying the series, it has touches of brilliance, despite being a little too meandering here and there (don't get me wrong, I love mysteries and twists, it's just some things seem too forced).
  5. In Topic: Finished the book for the first time-general thoughts/impressions

    04 March 2019 - 05:29 AM

    View PostZetubal, on 03 March 2019 - 11:27 PM, said:

    View PostRaz4starr, on 03 March 2019 - 07:52 PM, said:

    Some other minor questions that are left open. Who started the convergence? Was it really planned to coincide with the Whirlwind or was it just a coincidence?

    Convergence is a tricky concept in MBotF. The basic idea is often summed up as "Power draws power". Whenever powerful entities gather, they create sort of an intangible nexus that draws other powerful entities to them. So, your question is kind of hard to answer. Its not exactly true to say that the emergence of the Whirlwind caused the convergence on the Path of Hands or the other way around. It's more likely to assume that both amplified each other.


    What was the Warren that the Shilanda went through and some of the passengers almost ascended (maybe Telann, since it is the Warren of Fire?) and does everybody that come in contact with this fire ascend?

    RAFO :)


    Also, I would like your thoughts on Mallick Rel. Do you believe he was a traitor from the start or did he side with Dom due to Coltaine humiliating him? We have indications for both. Pormqual is acting weird from the start, but Rel warns Coltaine that he would see to his destruction after he is humiliated by him in Hissar. I tend to believe he only cared about himself and that he decided to side with Dom after his clash with Coltaine.

    Well, there is a moment early on in the book where it's revealed that a key figure of the Whirlwind rebellion is a "Jhistal" at Aren.

    Thanks for the reply. Of course, the power draws power thing. I am so stupid, how could I have missed that? As for Mallick Rel, I remember that. But that was months after Coltaine had thrown him out of that first meeting in Hissar (with Bult, Kulp, Duiker and Sormo). Anyway, that's a really trivial matter and it's not really significant.

    Oh, and my question as to Lorn's actions were answered at the very very start of MoI. Man, I should have more faith in Erikson. Posted Image


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