[LMB] CoC: Final thoughts

Gwynne Powell gwynnepowell at hotmail.com
Thu Sep 24 16:53:24 BST 2015



So, it's all over. And the ending is all calm and quiet joy - such an opposite 
to the quiet calm desperation at the beginning of the book.

Caz has travelled just about as far as it's possible to go - from the lowest 
of the low, a beggar with nothing standing in the mud, to the highest rank 
he can hold, just a step below royalty (and dy Jironel almost took that final
step to running the country outright, without even pretending the royals 
were in charge.)

We see all the winners - the ex-saints picking up the pieces, moving on, 
finding new lives (or their lives anew). Iselle and Bergon just staring their
lives together, and lives as rulers. Betriz getting the man she wants - she 
is a very determined woman, Caz should take note for the future. He'll run
 the country, she'll run him. And they'll both do a great job.

One of the brilliant things about this book is the characters - they really
leap off the page. 

Another one, something I love, is the way everything links in together. The
three deaths isn't some formula, it's training. And Caz was wrong about
the marriage lifting the curse, but right because it added his death for
Bergon to the list.  So many minor actions become important later. The 
gold coin dropped in the  mud meant Caz went to the old mill to hide, and
found the dead man, and the book that he'd need later, and the clothes...
and it all builds on each earlier step. The whole book is like some intricate, 
woven pattern, all the threads intertwined and depending on each other.

Are there lessons in the book? Caz has had a pretty miserable life, he's 
been through some horrific experiences, but each of them taught him 
some skills or attitudes that he needed later. 

One of the most important skills is to pay attention. Caz has learned from
all the experiences in his life. Iselle and Betriz, and Bergon, pay attention
to Caz and learn from him. Caz pays attention to the information from 
the gods, and from Ista and Umegat. Caz pays attention to details that 
give important information. When there's wisdom going past you, grab
some. 

And then there's Orico. Irritating, irresolute, useless. But he was ground
down by the curse, his whole life twisted into nothing. There was a saint
for Ias, and one for Iselle. Why wasn't there someone for Orico, to tell 
him about the three deaths? Was Ista supposed to do that? Umegat ran
the menagerie, but he didn't know about the curse - why not? It seems
that even the gods threw Orico away. I feel so sorry for him, he never had
a chance.  

Gwynne



 		 	   		  


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