GoH Book Club- Chapter 2!
Welcome to Chapter 2! We're delving deeper into Adoulla's past with this chapter!
So, this one picks up where the other left off, with Raseed walking a boy towards a cardamon-hazed Adoulla. We find out that this is Adoulla's former love interest's nephew and his parents have been murdered by what sounds like a ghul! He quizzes the poor boy a few times, making him repeat the story to "isolate useful information." I think it's rather sad that the guardsmen care so little for the people outside the walls that they don't take a blood-crusted little kid seriously, but that's just me being... well, me.
I like that we get a bit of history about the ghul-makers, here. Why Adoulla has this job, how the religion of the Dhamswatt looks upon those that are ghul-makers and what kind of power is involved to raise three ghuls at once. It really establishes Mouw Awa's friend (I really need him to have a name... Didn't Rachel call him Dudebro? That might just have to be his name until I'm supplied another one!) as more than a common mage and, thus, worthy of being the big baddie of this story.
I like that we have, again, a glimpse into Adoulla's life and how much he wishes he wasn't the one people came to with these problems. He knows there's no one younger who can do what he can. He remembers his mentor teaching him how to do it and how he said there weren't enough ghuls to keep the field alive. Now, however, there are almost too many ghul-makers and not enough ghul hunters to catch them all. Through it all, though, he's still duty bound to do his job and not leave the people unprotected. Nice guy!
Afterwards, we get to see how devout Raseed is in his faith, chastising Adoulla for sending the boy back to his Aunt, who happens to run a brothel. We also learn that Adoulla is an orphan and grew up staying out of orphanages because they were worse than anything for a child. He sets Raseed straight pretty quickly with what he thinks SHOULD be happening versus what is ACTUALLY happening. Raseed is annoyed that Adoulla stopped for food on the way back to his house, too. Or, was he just shocked that he stopped for pistachios?
It's hard to pin down how Adoulla feels about Raseed's faith. He doesn't seem to appreciate it on the surface, but acknowledges that his dedication to his faith and his discipline in the name of it has made him the fighter that he is. He respects that and also respects that Raseed seems to truly follow his faith, unlike others who use it as a cover for their corruption.
Adoulla remembers fighting the ghul that allowed him enough coin to buy his house, which was modest, but more than he started out with. Then he goes about collecting his things to get on the road. It took him 15 minutes to get ready and Raseed was already waiting for him by the door when he finished. He watches Raseed focus on his sword, using it as a focal point for all the things he was fighting for. Adoulla looks around his house before he leaves, using the building as his focal point for the same purpose.
I don't have a lot of questions about this chapter, mainly because we seemed to be in Adoulla's head and memories for most of it. I can see why he'd still be attached to his idea of Miri (the girl that got away), and how his home town (or big city, as the case may be) triggers memories of other times. Maybe he's holding those memories close so he can justify why he doesn't just retire? He gave up the girl of his dreams. He's earned trinkets and furnishings around his house. He has Raseed to train. There's a future for him there, even if it's one he's not sure he can effectively commit to, anymore.
What did you think?