Following on from the non-stop thrill ride that was the previous chapter, it’s now time for some hardcore sleeping and talking action. Darken Rahl is after the boxes man, there’s no time!
Adie tells Richard and Kahlan that they’re already in the mouth of the pass through the barrier (I thought the pass was really far back, is there another one?) but underworld monsters will come and eat them if they try to go through. Luckily Adie has underworld monster bones all over the place, and if they bring some they’ll be protected because the monster bones sap the magic….. of the monsters. Which is kind of like if humans had radioactive bones but whatever.
They can’t take their horses because the pass is too narrow, and they can’t stop to sleep or else other, more different monsters will eat them. Adie tells them about the time she got attacked by a “gripper” and had to cut off her own foot to escape.
Adie explains more about the dangerous areas of the pass, including bits where the dead will call to them. It really feels like this scene was supposed to come before the bit where Chase showed Richard the boundary. Also, I can’t help but feel that we’re now spending a lot more time talking about doing things than actually doing them.
Adie gives Richard a “night stone” that will cast light in the dark only for the holder, so they can find a way through the pass during the night. She gives Kahlan a special bone necklace.
“For now it will hide you from the beasts in the pass, and someday, when you carry a child of your own, it will protect her, and help her to grow strong like you.”
Once Kahlan has had Richard’s steely-eyed Objectivist babbies her purpose in the narrative will be complete.
“What about me? Shouldn’t I have a bone to hide me from the beasts?”
Then Adie tells Richard that he already has a bone, if you know what I mean.
Yes that’s right, the tooth he’s been carrying around (which Kahlan still doesn’t know about) is from an underworld monster so it will protect him.
Anyway, that night there’s a quite cool scene where Richard and Kahlan talk and Kahlan reveals that she doesn’t believe any of them are going to survive the attempt to take down Darken Rahl, even if they succeed in stopping him, and she effectively believes she’s leading Richard to certain death. This would be quite chilling and maybe even emotional if I actually cared about these characters.
Richard makes a manly man oath of the sort that are common in mantasy novels that they will fight to their last breath and stand and make Darken Rahl rue the day that whatever.
You have an odd talent for making me feel better, Richard Cypher, even when telling me of my death.”
He smiled. “That’s what friends are for.”
I really wish they’d stop going on about friendship all the time, particularly when both of them actually want to bang each other senseless.
The next day there’s a gigantic block of overwrought, contraction-free dialogue (because fantasy) in which Richard asks Adie to tell Chase to go back home and rally the people for the impending collapse of the boundary.
Tell him to show no mercy to the enemy, take no prisoners. I take no joy in giving these orders, but it’s the way Rahl fights, and either we meet him on his terms or we die on them. If Westland is taken, I expect the wardens to extract a terrible price before they fall
Isn’t it so grand that circumstances have been set up to allow our heroes to utterly stifle their humanity and give in absolutely to frenzied blood-lust? Yes indeed.
And with that let’s end the post, because the next chapter is epic in length.