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Oooh, I wish I could properly put my thoughts on Hekat and Rihan into words.
Hekat, Hekat is not a likable character. But I still found myself rooting for her. She is so sure of her place in the world, so sure of her god and her god’s purpose for her. Of course, it turns out her god is basically a demonic power, but is that surprising? It think it is not.
And Mijak, oh Mijak was wonderful. Bloody, terrifying, horrifying, but wonderful. The things they did made sense, because their god was so apparent in their world. The sacrificial animal’s bodies would disappear. Regularly. The godspeakers and warlords heard their god speak to them in the godpool. Regularly.
With proof like that, it’s difficult to say that the way Mijak went about things was wrong.
Rhian is more of a likable character than Hekat, if only because she isn’t so bloodthirsty. She’s unsure of her place and what she’s doing, relies on other people, and is generally a believable character. She’s thrust out of her element through the death of her family, and has to fight for her right to the crown, and then fight to keep it.
I’ve read some commentary that she is a somehow “weaker” character than Hekat, and yes. She is not as self-assured as Hekat. Rhian doubts, she thinks herself in circles, she makes mistakes, she feels remorse for yelling at people even when she has to. She isn’t supposed to be like Hekat.
Also, she is surrounded by men that will jump on any weakness and tear her to shreds. So there’s that. (I could hate Ethrea because of their prejudice, I really could.)
Ethrea is basically the polar opposite of Mijak. Well, not really polar opposite, because there is still a god very present, but not tangible. Ethrea’s god is more like the Christian God. Kind, loving, green-and-growing-thigns type. Gentle. We’ve even got a prophet that burns without burning, like a certain Biblical shrub.
That kinda frustrates me a bit. The Christian-like god is the “good,” and the bloody, savage god is the “evil.” I mean, yeah, okay, teach morals of kindness and gentleness and etc, and condemn killing and torture and etc, but. I dunno. I think I would have been okay with just the first book.
I’m gonna finish Hammer of God before I put more effort into this, I think.
Her heart is torn asunder
How far away has he gone
She can now only wonder
Screaming out her soul
Upon the Scorpion Wheel
Penance never reaching
The pain she can’t reveal
She weeps and hates
Forgiveness never found
Thoughts tumble in her head
Spinning round and round
Zandakar is gone
To return, she thinks not
The Hammer that remains
Sets her heart to rot
Oh Zandakar, the chosen
It was him she did betray
Killing those he loved
After the God led him astray
Now she weeps and hates
Cursing the God she loved so dear
Her Zandakar, dear Zandakar
Never again his voice to hear
So I went through the tags for the Godspeaker Trilogy (basically just the series and Hammer of God) to try and find opinions on the books (I’m on book 3, Hammer of God), and
the “Hammer of God” tag has a lot of Christianity stuff. And then the first thing in the tag is the book release and I think I’m actually going to bed now.
o.o or maybe not. I just heard a child shouting.
It’s 1045pm. Children should not be outside shouting.
I am afraid.
I… I’ve done it again.
I went and read all the chapters of a manga.
There were 40, I skipped the first 12.
And now I don’t know what to do. 0^0
It’s even more ironic because nobles used to let people live under bridges, recognizing that people need shelter, yet nowadays we literally put spikes under bridges.
It’s funny how, after a while, capitalism looks completely indistinguishable from feudalism.
Only without Noblesse Oblige.
It’s somewhat historically ironic that nobles, despite being terrible oppressive landlords, still managed to feel sympathy towards their downtrodden tenants, even allowing petty theft for survival and actively founding and supporting charities.
Yet we still depict them as being more ruthless than modern capitalists who gladly shut off people’s now-commercialized water, work their employees to death, evict families without remorse, and destroy entire countries just to make a few more dollars.
not to say that feudal landlords were saints, but at least they felt some kind of obligation to their tenants and serfs, also battles were fought OUTSIDE of cities and farms in order to ensure that people could still eat, now they just level villages, like what the fuck?,
fun fact: the only thing standing between you and success is a small, angry gnome which has dedicated its whole existence to ruining you. you must not let it win
i made an aesthetic generator now you can discover urself
this is fucked up
someone finally sees me for who i am
I have found my calling.
for real tho, this is me
You can tell a lot about someone by the type of music they listen to. Hit shuffle on your iPod, phone, iTunes, media player etc and write down the first 20 songs. Then pass this on to 10 people. One rule: no skipping.
I’m just gonna start where my player left off, on whatever playlist it’s got.
(20’s a lot tho)
no one, because this is where chains come to die.
Bonus 10, instead of tagging:
a bird just hit my window and I think it’s dead…
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