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Eternal Sky spoiler thread!

Shattered Pillars has been out for two weeks now, so here is your Eternal Sky spoiler thread!

Feel free to chat, ask questions (which I may or may not answer), and speculate.

I'm neck-deep in finishing Steles of the Sky, currently. It's due in ONE MONTH. Yikes!




I just finished it.

I can't WAIT for the Steles of the Sky. (Also...what is the Fourth Pillar? No, I know, you're not going to tell me, I just wanted to register the question. :-)

I love Temur a lot. And Bansh. And Samarkar. And Edene telling the ghulim she will give the ring to Besha Ghul. And holy wow, do I want al-Sepehr to get his comeuppance.
Me too. *g*

(Thank you!)

Silly questions:

How is Ctesifon pronounced? K'tess, s'tess, or stess? Long or short i in the middle? Fawn or phone?

Also, is the ae in Aezin a dipthong as in orthopaedic, a diphthong as in aerial, a dieresis, or d) none of the above?

PedanticInquiring minds want to know.

Re: Silly questions:

My attitude is that you c an pronounce stuff any way you want, since it's made up, and I have a terribly inability to pronounce non-American vowels.

I pronounce Aezin with a dipthong as in "Aerial" or "bagel" (an ash, basically), and Ctesifon "S'TESS-ih-fahn."

But your idiosyncratic pronunciations are perfect, too. whatever you hear in your head is fine.

On a less fussy note:

I loved this book so, so much. Here are some things I liked, in no particular order:

I actually stopped breathing during Temur's dream sequence (in which Samarkar has lung-demons), and had to stop reading and feel relieved for a minute or so after the reveal.

Ashra was wonderful, and like Tsering, I hoped, hard and in the face of lousy odds, that she'd live, and wish we'd gotten to know her better.

I am absolutely loving the science wizards in general (Rasan and otherwise), and especially the medicine. Medical realism in fantasy is A Thing for me, and the amount of attention paid to wound care and healing makes me really happy.

The streptomyces beer = awesome. Go, Aezin science wizards, go!

Either somebody still knows Temur's true name, somebody's going to learn it, or it's ultimately not going to matter, but it's still super stressful waiting to find out how that's going to work out.

Speaking of true names, Edene's son: if the djinn named him on al-Sepehr's orders, oh shit ahalskd;alsdhg;asg;aslkgjaslgf. If the djinn named him of his own volition, well, who knows better than a djinn that names are powerful? Iiiiiinteresting.

I can only hope for an explanation of Old Erem and the city of Reason in Steles of the Sky, because the weirdness, it compounds, and I am somewhat confused. In a good way.

al-Sepehr's wives: AUGHHH. After everything, that was what finally made me really despise him.

Saadet is so brave, and Shahruz is such a wuss. If she can lend him her body for the mortal peril, the least he can do is give her some moral support.

A+ book and A+ series, will read again.

(Edited to change icon, because I forgot. Oops.)

Edited at 2013-04-12 02:29 pm (UTC)

Re: On a less fussy note:

Thank you thank you.

I'm not sure I can promise an *explanation* for Erem just yet... but some deepening mysteries and new clues, absolutely. (I mean, the basic answer is "A wizard did it," but the question of HOW a wizard did it is interesting to me.

I am glad you love the science wizards. I love them too. *g* (There's some architectural/geomantic wizardry in what the Aezin wizards do as well... )

(Nice icon. Glad you changed it. *g*)