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Susan (nrlymrtl) | 131 comments Mod
Heya folks,

We'll be starting the final book in the Terre D'Ange Cycle later this month:

Week 1: Chapters 1-15, July 24th, hosted by Dab of Darkness
Week 2: Chapters 16-29, July 31st, hosted by Dab of Darkness
Week 3: Chapters 30-42, Aug 7th, hosted by Books Without Any Pictures
Week 4: Chapters 43-57, August 14th, hosted by Lynn's Book Blog
Week 5: Chapters 58-71, August 21st, hosted by Tethyan Books
Week 6: Chapters 72-END, August 28th, hosted by Dab of Darkness

As usual, anyone is welcome to join.


Susan (nrlymrtl) | 131 comments Mod
Here are the discussion questions for Chapters 1-15 of Naamah's Blessing.

1) Wow! We're back at Marsilikos and then into Terre D'Ange right away without any lengthy travel scenes. How was this change of pace for you after the lengthy travel journal we've had so far in this series?

2) What do you think of King Daniel's management of the realm while he's in mourning? The relationship he has with his daughter Desire?

3) Moirin has taken up the role as Desire's protector. What do you think of the political quagmire she's gotten herself into? Will her tumblers and poet be able to sway the general public in her favor?

4) Moirin's father has a lover, Balthazar, who is also in the king's favor. How big of a problem for Moirin and Bao do you think he will be?

As always, feel free to add in anything else you want to talk about.


Susan (nrlymrtl) | 131 comments Mod
Questions for Week 2:

1) What do you think of the assistance the Sharhizai have provided to Moirin and Bao so far? Do you think there's merit to their claim that the Sharhizai should govern the Shemizai district?

2) Did you enjoy the Oath Swearing Ceremony where Moirin pledged to be Desiree's protector? What did you like best about it?

3) Finally, there's news from Terra Nova. From chocolate to spices to riches to a vexing pox that Raphael may be able to cure to the loss of crown prince! Do you think Prince Thierry is really dead? If not, what kind of trouble might he be in? What else about Terra Nova intrigues you at this point?

4) Let's discuss King Daniel. He spent some time with his daughter but then planned to abdicate to Thierry when he returned. Upon the sad news, King Daniel is no longer with us. Is there anything more that could have been done, either by Daniel or for him?

5) Rogier is angling for more political power. What do you think of him using his grieve to obtain his goal? Will Moirin and Bao be able to head off to Terra Nova without provoking Rogier further?


Susan (nrlymrtl) | 131 comments Mod
Here's the Week 3 questions from Grace:

1) Were you surprised by Durel's betrayal? Do you the captain and Balthasar handled it well?

2) Now that we've had some time to get acquainted with Terra Nova, what do you think of it? What do you make of the Nahuatl, and of the overall political tensions in Terra Nova? Do you think there's any hope for reconciliation between the Aragonians, D'Angelines, other tribes, and Nahuatl?

3) What are your impressions of Achculati and the bargain he offered? How do you think Moirin's choice will impact her going forward?


Susan (nrlymrtl) | 131 comments Mod
Heya Everyone, Here's questions for Week 4, Chapters 43-57.

1) Betrayal again! Did you expect it here in the heart of the jungle? How do you feel about this outcome versus what Durel has endured and has yet to face?

2) Raging rivers, deadly illness, efficient deadly natives, scary ants, big snakes: I know you don't want to face any of them, but if you had to choose, which would you tackle?

3) Vilcabamba held a nasty surprise, didn't it? An army of ants and Raphael controlling them! Were you surprised? How do you think Moirin will learn to deal with the ants?

4) Raphael intends to summon Fokolor and force him to relinquish his powers or serve him without question. What do you think Fokolor's reaction will be? Will he be so easily enslaved or tricked?


Susan (nrlymrtl) | 131 comments Mod
Here's Week 5's questions from Allie:

A ton has happened in this week’s section, so please beware of many spoilers in the questions!

1) What are your thoughts on the whole situation with Bao and Cusi? Was it right of Bao and Moirin to engage in blood sacrifice? What do you think of Cusi’s willingness?

2) Was the secret of the ancestors what you thought it would be? Was it worth Cusi’s sacrifice?

3) Did Jehanne’s intervention, or Raphael’s reaction to it, surprise you? Do you think saving Moirin’s relationship with the Maghuin Dhon was worth eliminating their last resort to thwart Raphael?

4) On Raphael’s attempted summoning, do you think his turn-around at the end is enough to bring him right enough with Elua to pass into the Terre d’Ange that lies beyond? Meaning, do you think he can be forgiven?

As always, please include any other things that have caught your interest! There’s so much that happened this time, I couldn’t possibly cover it all with the questions :).


Susan (nrlymrtl) | 131 comments Mod
Here's Week 6's Questions:

1) What do you think of the aftermath of Cusi's sacrifice and Raphael's downfall? Were you surprised by how much Moirin could do with her small gift with plants?

2) It was a long haul back to the Aragonian city and port. What do you think of Emperor Achuatli's proposal to Moirin this time around?

3) Some judgments and justice is meted out all around. What do you think about the various punishments? There's Allain Guillard, who abandoned the search for Prince Thierry; Durel who could have lost the entire ship; Jehanne's mother; Rogier, his wife, and his two sons; others?

4) How did you feel about Thierry's well-meaning ruse to have Moirin cloak her, Bao, and himself in twilight so he could observe how the court took the return of Rouse & crew? Needful? Cruel? Unnecessary?

5) Finally, it's home to Alba, Moirin's family, and the Stone Door. What did you like most about this homecoming? How do you feel about the ending over all?

6) Finally, we have enjoyed the entire Terre D'Ange Cycle. Do you have a favorite book, character, or trilogy? Any final thoughts on this series? Would you like to see more adventures or do you think this is a complete series?


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