Full Fathom Five Readalong Week 4

Posted August 10, 2015 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books / 0 Comments

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Full Fathom Five Readalong
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Just to remind everyone of the schedule, here it is!

Week 1: July 20 Ch 1-13  – hosted by Allie from Tethyan Books
Week 2: July 27 Ch 14-32 – hosted by me
Week 3: August 3 Ch 33-50 – hosted by Heather from The Bastard Title
Week 4: August 10 Ch 50-62 – hosted by Lisa from Over the Effing Rainbow

(Remember, if you’d like to take part or even just follow along as we read, you can sign up and/or keep track of the proceedings at our Goodreads group page. ^_^)

This post contains spoilers for all of Full Fathom Five.

1. So Jace was in fact responsible for the rogue Penitent, and for what was happening to the ‘idols’… And my guess last week regarding his reasons (that it was bad for business) wasn’t far off the mark… What did you make of his confrontation with Kai and his justifications?

I think it’s fascinating the way Gladstone can take an argument and make it sound good even if you disagree with it. Sorry, that’s not actually an answer to the question, is it?

I liked it. Well, I liked it in that I really appreciate the way Gladstone wrote it. The actual confrontation was creepy and made me really dislike Jace which I suppose is part of the point from a narrative standpoint. This is the big climactic moment wherein the villain reveals all.

Huh, and I just realised. This is a moment where the villain reveals all and monologues and I would’ve always said that I was sick to death of villains monologuing at the heroes at the climax of the book — Three Parts Dead excluded because lawyer battle — but here I am. Needing this question to point out that that’s exactly what Jace was doing and Gladstone pulled it off in a way that I didn’t even notice.

I alternate between loving the way he plays with tropes and being frustrated with them. In this case, I’m firmly on the side of ‘love’.

Also, can I just repeat that Penitents are really incredibly scary? Because they are. Super-scary.

2. Mako’s involvement in the subsequent events was a bit of a surprise. Or was it? Did you expect the old man to be involved at all, much less the way he was?

I did expect him to be involved, but I don’t think I expected him to be as involved until his meeting with Izza. And then it seemed incredibly obvious. See above for my comments on tropes. It would’ve figured that Mako would be more than he appeared and be exactly what you assumed he wasn’t because it was too obvious to ever be that.

I really liked it, though. I love that Gladstone managed to take a relatively late addition to the story (plotwise) and made it work. Much of that is in the fact that he did build up to it. Both Mako and the return of Kavekana’s gods was introduced early on. Add to it that Mako went into the God Wars and came back… Well, those are the obvious things I still remember. I’m sure there were more, like the beetles in the story. After that it’s mostly playing with expectation and leaving subtle hints that not everything is as it seems. But it works so well.

3. Izza steals a goddess! What are your thoughts on the way her story ends (or begins, as the case may be)?

Izza is the frigging BEST at stealing. (Though now I desperately want an Izza/Locke crossover wherein they go steal something even bigger than a god.)

It’s an interesting ending to me. You see her grow throughout the story and you can see that she’s not really ready to leave her people behind, that she’s not at all ready to give up on her gods, but. There’s a part of me that goes but at the way that her story ends. She also wanted so badly to leave it all behind and I’m not sure that the shift back towards staying worked entirely for me. I know it worked when I initially finished the book and it certainly didn’t surprise me, but there’s this niggling sense now that I’d have liked something a little more. I don’t know. I think I’m used to Gladstone wrapping up the relatively smaller details because it felt like he did in both previous books and I don’t think he really managed it with Izza for me. *shrugs helplessly*

4. We leave the story with Kavekana “waiting for the world to come”… Do you think this particular ending is for the best, or would you have preferred to see the island remain apart, and peaceful?

Goodness, I don’t know. Change and stagnation always have good and bad elements, though on the whole stagnation tends to seem the worst option of the two. I like the idea of Kavekana staying apart and peaceful. I’d certainly like it to remain peaceful even though/if the world changes and it becomes more involved with the world, but if it all stayed the same then there’d be no hope for anything ever changing for the better either. And, if I recall, they’re slowly getting rid of the Penitents (sort of?) and the damage they did and that can only be a good thing given how utterly disproportionate the punishment was to the crimes.

So those are good things and perhaps more interaction with the world will create other positive changes. It’s just that it’ll also create bad ones and I’m not sure I can see how they’d fend off someone attacking them. Would Seril help, what with the Blue Lady being sort of like her daughter? Would the Red King and Caleb because no one wants another war between gods and Craftspeople that could break out around Kavekana? How will people react when they discover the truth about all their investments?

I love open endings, but they always leave you with so many questions!

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