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I have made no secret that I've loved revisiting this world. This trilogy at this time felt somehow exactly right. The conclusion of it also feels exactly right, focusing on grief and healing, and the work that goes into healing.
I hope Shaffa made it clear to Nassun before he left that he was so ready to go. I know that doesn't necessarily mean less grief; I think sometimes it can slightly mitigate the suffering of grief. I also hope that Nassun finds further healing, however she can, with whomever she can.
I think we are collectively going to be going through a long period of grief, both here in the US and worldwide. May we all have people to move forward with.
AND ALSO OMG WHAT IS THE NEXT BOOK I AM DYING TO KNOW LOL
What hits me the hardest, though, is Essun's smile as she turns to stone, and her tears still falling. And this is when Nassun finally sees her mother's love for her. IT IS ALL SO MUCH. SO SO MUCH.
I adore this book and am so glad we all read it together.
To my fellow US folks here....hope you are all taking good care, finding love/family/friends/meaning....all despite our world feeling very exceptionally fragile over here right now. An election isn't a rifting, but this one kind of feels like it. And I know the rifts that are so highlighted right now have been there for basically literally ever. I just desperately hope this gets us to a place where we are ready to heal them.
ANYWAY LOVE THE BOOK LOVE Y'ALL OK BYE
Love this chapter, particularly read closely with the last Essun chapter (I read that one last night). You see this distinctive shift in how she thinks of herself in context of Castrima, and you see the effort it takes her to start to understand the lessons Ykka has been working to teach her. But she DOES it. You can see it in the way she fumbles through her conversation with Maxixe (which, wow, HEY DUDE HEY) and the way she wrestles with what joining Castrima cost her. It's a very cool development.
Also I'm back! Didn't mean to dip out there for a bit but, y'know, life. I kept up with the chapters, at least. :)
Nassun feels like busting loose....and she does. Amidst all of this violence, the bit of imagery I loved was Nassun weaving the net from the silver- I appreciated the line "nobody has told her yet that she can't do this" or something like that.
Finally, I know that Nassun refers to Nida and Umber as contaminated by the silver, but I can't help but think this is the ultimate conclusion of what the Guardians are MADE to do. A feature, not a bug, as it were.