GoH Book Club- Chapter 1!

Hello and welcome to Chapter 1! Sorry about last week's slacking. I caught the plague from an SCA event and all I wanted to do was sleep!

But I'm back this week and we're going to hit 3 chapters to make up for it! So many of you are enjoying this book, I know you're chomping at the bit to talk about some meaty stuff!

So, without further ado, Chapter 1!

First, can I just say that Adoulla's appreciation for Cardamon tea is... weird? I don't know if you've ever had cardamon tea, but it's the kind of herb that goes straight up the back of your nose once it's in your mouth. Kind of like chugging cinnamon! Maybe we should get some brewing for our GoH Book Club meeting Sunday morning of the convention? What do you think? I think Adagio makes a blend...

Ah, but I digress. I tend to do that with herbs. Sorry...

I like the setup of Adoulla as someone who is respected and honored, but who is still picked on by his friends. It makes him more human and flawed in some ways. I like that he admits that he's seeing mistakes in his tactics and acknowledging that, without Raseed, he'd be dead. His friend backs up why he's still doing this, though I think he'd have a hard time quitting if he ever really gave it serious thought. He doesn't strike me as the retiring type, no matter how much he grumbles.

The Falcon Prince is mentioned here. I find it interesting that Adoulla feels like this is a good thing happening in the city. Maybe it's the Robin Hood "providing for the poor" thing that buys his affection?

I found it really interesting that Adoulla's nightmare seemed to mirror what Mouw Awa told the guardsman in the prologue. Perhaps Adoulla's contact with the ghuls gives him some insight? He mentions that the nightmares are getting worse and this one, in particular, seems to be happening a lot. Is this a prophecy? Warning? The fact that he hears a jackal's howls in his dream makes me wonder about how Adoulla and the "silent horrible bad guy" that is Mouw Awa's friend are related. There has to be a connection there...

At the end of the chapter, Raseed approaches with a boy. Adoulla's reaction seems to be priceless... "What now?" As if he can't even enjoy one stinking cup of tea and being harassed by an old friend (in more ways than one!) without some catastrophe popping up!

Poor Adoulla...

What did you think?