It’s time for more The Fifth Sorceress. Who wants more The Fifth Sorceress do you want more
Tristan, Wigg and Geldon have left Narissa behind in a cave while they go save the world. That character sure had a big impact on the plot, I’m glad she was awkwardly inserted into the story this late in the book.
Despite the shininess of the tears forming in her eyes, Narrissa had bravely accepted the situation,
Truly, they were the shiniest of tears.
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The large body of water that surrounded it was still and tranquil tonight, as there was as yet no breeze to disturb its surface.
and flags carrying the Pentangle could be seen everywhere, waving in the stiffening night breeze.
There’s about a page separating those two quotes.
It’s not like a minor continuity error like this actually affects your enjoyment of the story or anything, but it makes the whole book seem slapdash and poorly put together. I the author didn’t care enough to check things like this, why should I care enough to keep reading?
Geldon is all like “be careful when we go through the thing or they’ll know we’re trying to pull a switcheroo on them” and Tristan and Wigg are like “okay”.
Lying in the grass next to the prince, Wigg could feel against his chest the hardness of the small pewter locket that Faegan had quietly given him just before he and Tristan had left Shadowood.
I don’t remember that happening, but I’ll assume it did. I was skimming pretty hard by the end of the Faegan section.
he knew that now was the time to conduct the difficult conversation with Tristan.
Oh god not another conversation
Three nights from now, when the Blood Communion begins,
Seriously what is up with the timeline here? I swear the number of days until the Communion keeps changing.
Wigg says that if he’s killed, Tristan needs to take the pewter locket and look into it. He won’t tell Tristan what’s in it so the information can’t be tortured out of him. Which, okay, but surely if Tristan was in a position to be tortured the sorceresses could just take the locket and open it themselves.
Also why doesn’t Wigg just give Tristan the locket? Wouldn’t that make it easier to open? What if he gets eaten by a dragon or something?
At least this plot point all but guarantees that Wigg is going to die, so yay for that.
Need I remind you of my attempts to make you listen to me that night on the dais?’
Well you could have just told him before the abdication ceremony began, but no.
Wigg also says that even though both he and the sorceresses will lose their magic power during the Communion, if Tristan concentrates hard enough he might be able to do something small due to the quality of his blood. It’s just more of the book’s usual habit of over-explaining everything that’s going to happen.
On the other hand I can see why this was necessary: the fact that Tristan has wizard powers has had such little impact on the plot, I keep forgetting about it. Presumably it will become relevant at the climax of the story.
Tristan is absolutely flabbergasted by this for some reason, although then again he’s flabbergasted by most things.
‘When you finally hear your heart,’ Wigg continued, ‘you must use your mind to will whatever it is you want to take place.
Tristan’s heart has to grow three sizes so he can use magic, got it.
There’s more needless over-complication, as Wigg explains that Tristan using the craft might “change” him in some vague way, but it didn’t change him when he used the craft to see the bridge back at the gnome canyon because it was only a very small use of the craft and zzzzzz
Easier way to resolve this: Assuming this business with Tristan being “changed” is more important than the canyon being invisible, just ditch the thing with the canyon being invisible and have it be secured by being so far away and remote. Problem solved.
Thankfully the conversation isn’t quite as long as I was hoping, and they set off for the sorceress fortress. The fact that the Communion is still three days away makes me leery of how much padding will be between now and the end of the book.