Red Seas Under Red Skies Read Along Week Three
The third week of the read along was very interesting. This section was very different and quite far removed from everything that came before, it’s almost like it’s own short story. With so many different plot threads involved now it’s hard to imagine how everything’s going to come together in the end. Whatever happens it’s a really fun journey. Here are this weeks questions and my answers:
1. Locke and Jean’s ability to find themselves at the center of a serious mess seems unparalleled. At this point, do you think that Stragos will get the return he expects on his investment in them?
Locke and Jean are continually bouncing from one bad situation to another. It’s very different to the first book where a lot of the time they had the upper hand or at least had a plan to deal with whatever situation they found themselves in. Here though they seem to be struggling just to keep themselves alive. I like that the two books are different in this way, we’re getting a different sort of adventure this time around.
No one ever seem’s to get what they expect from Locke and Jean and since nothing has gone to plan so far I can’t imagine that Stragos is going to get what he wants.
2. Merrain’s activities after our boys leave Windward Rock are interesting. What do you think her plans are?
Another character who defies expectations. Lynch is so good at pulling the rug out from under us that it’s difficult to predict anything about anyone’s future plans. Just keeping up with what’s going on right now is hard work!
3. Does anyone know why having cats aboard the ship is so important?
It’s an interesting custom and one that’s apparently taken very seriously. I was thinking that they are there as a kind of sacrifice to the gods.
4. The word “mutiny” creates a lot of mental pictures. Were you surprised? Why or why not?
Not really surprised. At this point I pretty much expect Locke and Jean to get themselves into as much trouble as possible whatever they’re doing and there can’t be any situation worse for a ships captain than a mutiny.
5. Ah, the Poison Orchid. So many surprises there, not the least of which were the captain’s children. Did you find the young children a natural part of the story?
I thought the children were a perfectly natural element to the story. I think you would expect a ships captain to keep her children around. Seeing the captain act as a mother adds an important element to her character and does a lot to humanise her.
6. Jean is developing more and more as a character as we get further in to the book. Ezri makes the comment to him that “Out here, the past is a currency, Jerome. Sometimes it’s the only one we have.” I think several interesting possibilities are coming into play regarding Jean and Ezri. What about you?
Jean has developed an awful lot in this book and the shifting relationship between him and Locke has been the highlight of the book so far. Jean’s priorities seem to be starting to change while Locke is still dead set on his original goal. There are a lot of different ways this could go.
7. As we close down this week’s reading, the Thorn of Camorr is back! I love it, even with all the conflict. Several things from their Camorri background have come back up. Do you think we will see more Camorri characters?
I’d love to see The Spider make an appearance in this book. Great to see Locke thinking of himself as the Thorn of Camorr again. Shows how far he’s come since the first book where he didn’t take the title seriously.