DISCUSSION QUESTIONS for TO RIDE HELL’S CHASM1) How many themes run through the plot of this book, and what are they?2) When do you think the spirit of the law counts more than the letter of the law? Do you think Taskin had any other choice, during the crisis at dawn on the tourney field?3) Was there any point where you questioned Mykkael’s motives? If not or if so, what sparked your distrust?4) Which character was your favorite, and why?Which character surprised you the most?5) Which was your most memorable scene, and why?Which scene surprised or shocked you the most, and why?6) Do you think differences matter more, or less, in small societies and in isolated settings, and during times of threat?7) Did this story change or reinforce your concept of the interactions between humans and animals? Did you have a favorite horse?8) Did you agree with Mykkael’s philosophy with regard to the autonomy required of the individual warrior’s decisions?9) Given the recent emphasis on the ‘magic systems’ found in fantasy books, did you like the ‘see it as it goes’ approach, with the hard definitions in the appendix, or do you prefer a text explanation at each stage of the action?10) Did the style add depth to your experience, or not?11) Did you learn anything from the ‘realistic’ aspects of this book, did the depth of detail expand your awareness, and if so, how? Or do you prefer your stories to gloss over areas of expertise you may know little about, and if so, why?12) Did you wish for a sequel, or not?
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