As a fan of Elizabeth Moon years ago, both of us are older these days. Ms Moon at least also seems wiser about how "ordinary" folk rise to fill a variety of magical and practical challenges. In following this saga, I have reflected on the value of paying attention to others' strengths and weaknesses with humility and compassion, understanding what their motivations are, and accepting everyone's limitations.
I particularly enjoyed the Thieves Guild master who has to accept his demi-god patron Gerd choosing him for higher purposes. When he finally realizes what is going on, he becomes vulnerable in a touching, very human way.
Can't wait for the next segment due out(in print) in June, 2013!
Wealth of seasonal, weather, wildlife, and nature details; alternating male and female narrators.
The complex plot and interweaving of motives with cultural features was engaging. I have studied Japanese history and read original novels and memoirs. While this story is not historical fact, it evokes the feudal era albeit with modern themes -women's roles and power, violence vs non-violence, social justice and the well being of the lower classes. I am interested in these issues, so have enjoyed haring a somewhat fanciful treatment.
Shirakawa Kaede's self-defense when assaulted by the warlord.
No, I enjoy splitting up my listening.
I was looking for a long book - this is part of a 4 volume series, and I have stayed engaged throughout.
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