Here’s the hosting schedule for this read along:
1. Cathy’s wedding day arrives, and her mother wasn’t joking when she said she’d make sure Cathy would go through with it. What are your thoughts/feelings on Cathy’s forced circumstances?
At first I thought she was in shock, but there’s that dawning realization that she’s been drugged. Yikes. That was even worse than I suspected.
Initially I was thinking that Cathy could just slip away after the ceremony itself – it might even be easier since she’ll be out of her family’s hands. But now I don’t know what she’s going to do. It’s not just her family that’s the problem, it’s the faerie lords. How do you escape those? Not to mention the reveal of the wedding band…
I honestly don’t know how Cathy’s going to get out of this, but I’m hoping she does.
2. On the way to the ceremony, we get some surprising insights into Cathy’s father’s background and why he treats his daughter the way he does. Does this change your opinion of him at all? If so, what do you make of him now?
It might offer a better understanding of his motivation, but it doesn’t change my opinion of him at all. He’s still horrible.
If there was one thing I got from the scene, it was the inkling of the prediction that Cathy may end up changing her goals. While her desire for escape is entirely understandable, I wonder if over the course of the series she’ll begin to aspire for more. Not to entirely escape the Nethers but to change it in some way, to help others who may face her predicament.
That sounds like it would be even harder than merely escaping. The Nethers must have changed before – they’re speaking recognizable English and have updated their customs, even if they’re still several hundred years behind Mundanus. But power remains in the hands of the same few people, namely the Fae and the Patroons.
3. The wedding itself, and the honeymoon, brings some unavoidable truths with it, for Cathy and Will both. Does their behavior in this part of the book change what you think of them/their outlook?
Well, I’m very angry with Will, especially about that veiled threat at the end about how he won’t wait forever (I’d look up the direct quotes, but my digital library copy is a pain and a half). However, I’m not really surprised. We’ve previously seen how much he believes in social propriety and the existing system, and what he said here was in line with that. He is also again utterly refusing to try and see things from Cathy’s view.
That’s about it from my thoughts for this week. I do notice that I’m enjoying the Sorcerer a lot more in this installment. Maybe I didn’t pay enough attention to him before?
My prediction for the future is that Max and the Sorcerer will start looking into the Agency.
The only copy of Any Other Name the local library had was a digital one. I had to create an account Hoopla using my library card to check out the book, which turns out I can only read on my laptop (I was hoping to download it to my Kindle). This is about my least favorite method of book reading, although I’ve done it before for the ARC of On the Edge of Gone. Oh well. At least this series reads relatively quickly.