Sunday, July 5, 2009

Musings about Tortall

WARNING: I'll be talking about Tamora Pierce's quartet, "Song of the Lioness." Unless you don't mind me giving things away, or have already read it, you might want to skip reading this post.

As I said in one of my recent posts, I am a big fan of Pierce's Tortall books. I reread the first three books in the afore mentioned quartet in the last couple weeks, and I just started on the fourth...today or yesterday? Dang, isn't it so sad when you can't remember silly little details like that? :P

First of all, I really like most of the stuff in the books. As I said, I'm a big fan. However, I'm not entirely happy with Ralon or Akhnan Ibn Nazzir. It feels like they're just too one dimensional! Yes, I know not every character can be fleshed out in books, but come on -- these two are pretty crucial to the plot. They aren't simply sideline characters. As it is, Ralon is just a nasty bully, and Akhnan is just power hungry. And I know it's not just a case of Pierce not feeling like fleshing out the bad guys. Look at Roger. Roger is pretty darn nasty, but he certainly seems to have depth. Same with Thom, though he technically isn't a bad guy (is he?).

And speaking of Roger...

I noticed that Thom raised Roger from the dead on Samhain. Ok, so they didn't call it Samhain, they called it All Hallows. (aka Halloween, for those who don't know "Pagan speak.") But it's the same day. And, Samhain is generally considered the time when the veil between the worlds is at its thinnest. So, it'd make sense for that to be when Thom raises Roger from the dead.

...except that Roger wasn't truly dead, was he? I haven't gotten to the relevant part, so I haven't reread it yet, but I seem to recall that while Roger is dead for all practical purposes, there's some spell he did to keep him from being truly dead. I think. Hmm...

...I probably should stop my ramblings/musings and do some schoolwork now. :)

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