Day 13 of The Hierophant Read-Along! Chapters 54-57!

Day 13

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Welcome to day 13 of The Hierophant read-along! Check out this post if you don’t know what I’m talking about, and join the conversation on twitter with the hashtag #ArcanaRA :D

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RECAP: Chapters 54-57

Chapter 54: Ana and Kyla are taken to the Zee camp by a man named Ishmael, where they are forced to make a “trade” with the Zee because they are traveling on Zee land (which Lykos heavily protests). Kyla gives up amulet in exchange for safe passage, ignoring the Zee wise-woman who offers to tell her the name of her father instead. When they are leaving, the old woman implies that it’s possible Kyla doesn’t have a father. Wut? Ana uses magic again to get them back on track, and it’s heavy.

Chapter 55: Kyla asks Ana how she really feels about Trebor, and Ana responds with total denial of her feelings for him. Just as they reach where Trebor is being held, under a faux river of shadows called the Black Gash, Ishmael shows up, demanding another trade, on behalf of the Sura who took him: Trebor for Ana. Ana refuses, because she knows that if the Sura get their hands on her human magic it will be bad to everyone. Ishmael attacks them with intent to kill, and Ana stabs him. At the last moment, Nikolai/The Devil appears again.

Chapter 56: Nikolai offers to save Ishmael, to keep Ana from having to take a life. He promises that everyone will be safe, that Trebor will be saved. The only condition is, in the end, Ana must join Nikolai in Sheol. He tells her this is the last chance she will have to avoid what she saw in his vision. But Ana refuses his offer again, because she refuses to accept that her fate is to Fall.

Chapter 57: Ana sends Kyla back to Iritz with Lykos, because once she goes into the Black Gash there are only two things that can happen: she fails and is stuck there forever, or she succeeds and when Trebor wakes up they’ll come home (because an un-Fallen Irin can’t exist in Sheol). Kyla goes; Ana jumps into the Black Gash, where it’s pitch black and she can’t tell up from down. She finds Trebor, but can’t wake him. When she thinks it’s all over, she kisses him for the very first time–and he wakes up (just like a Disney princess, lol).

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Things to think about!

So much, really. So much. There are so many important things that are said in these chapters that make me extra glad some of you are re-reading it before The Tower comes out on Tuesday (Tuesday! OMG!).

-I know there are a lot of mixed feelings about Trebor, and I definitely give him a hard time myself. But never let it be said that Trebor does not absolutely love and adore Ana, mysterious bond or not. Is he perfect? No, not by a long shot. But aren’t we all sick of those perfect YA male love interests?

-Something I have always disliked about most books and movies where a relatively normal person kills someone is the lack or real emotional resonance. Like, don’t get me wrong, I eat meat and I could unhappily learn to hunt for food in some post-apocalyptic world. I respect the animals I eat, try to buy pasture raised cruelty free stuff, etc. But if I killed a human being? Even in self defense that would be traumatic.

I loved in Buffy the Vampire Slayer how not only did everyone recognize that when Faith accidentally killed a human it was traumatic, but the trauma was seen through on so many different levels. The way Faith coped with what happened was perfect (for her character, and for that story–not in real life). So when Ana kills Ishmael, and then again decides not to save him…it’s kind of a big deal. Not just plot-wise, but for Ana as a person, it’s hard to wrap her brain around that choice and make peace with it.

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That’s all for today! Thoughts on what it feels like to kill someone? (Whoa, that’s a joke, but it reads really dark…) Feel free to chat with me on Twitter, or use hashtag #ArcanaRA to join the conversation and automatically be entered to win some free books, and maybe a pocket tarot deck!

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Tomorrow: Chapters 58-59!

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