Mark Reads ‘Wolf-Speaker’: Chapter 8

In the eighth chapter of Wolf-Speaker, I just can’t. I CAN’T. Intrigued? Then it’s time for Mark to read Wolf-Speaker.

Chapter Eight: Friends

  • 100% done with done with this book ON THE FIRST PAGE OF THIS CHAPTER. Oh my god, MAURA LISTENED TO DAINE’S WORDS OF TOLERANCE AND SHE MADE FRIENDS WITH AN OGRE.
  • There will never be a day in my life from here on where I do not love this book with a burning passion. This is fucking incredible.
  • Oh my god, ogres can speak English, and they have cute names like Iakoju.
  • DO YOU REALIZE THIS CHAPTER IS BASICALLY F R I E N D S H I P.
  • I love books about friends. I JUST CAN’T DEAL WITH THIS ANYMORE, Y’ALL.
  • Maura gave Iakoju candy. DONE. DONE.
  • Oh my god, the ogres were brought over to Daine’s world with the promise of farms, but they were lied to and immediately enslaved. This is so fucked up.
  • “Not all ogres are same, either…. Are all men the same?” I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH.
  • Maura immediately thinks of a way she can give land to the ogres. MAURA FOR QUEEN OF DUNLATH IMMEDIATELY.
  • THE WOLFHOUND’S NAME IS PRETTYFOOT. I AM SO DONE WITH THIS BOOK’S CUTENESS. IT IS LITERALLY OPPRESSING MY EVERY WAKING MOMENT.
  • Oh god, the wolfhounds are so deeply in love with Tait, and it just reminds me of all the dogs I’ve owned over the years and how much I miss having a dog. They are such loving creatures. I WISH I HAD A DOG, OH GOD.
  • Even though Daine might have a reason to dislike Tait, she still helps him. This is a deliberate choice on Pierce’s part to further develop Daine beyond the last chapter. He told her that she has to start thinking about how to unify all these creatures in the valley, and she takes that to heart here. Even though Tait posed a significant risk to what Daine was doing, she agreed to get him out of his own trap. It’s that hope of another “recruit” that motivates her. I love that.
  • Oh fuck, what the hell is causing the hideous smoke from that castle tower? Damn it, I’m unprepared, aren’t I? OF COURSE I AM.
  • Daine basically becomes friends with Tait in this chapter. Do I need to repeat this? I don’t care, I will. I LOVE HOW MANY FRIENDSHIPS ARE MADE IN TAMORA PIERCE’S BOOKS. In this case, Tait, who left the castle because he was concerned about what was happening there, begins to trust Daine for taking care of Maura. Well, then he learns from Daine what Yolane, Belden, and Tristan are actually up to, so there’s that, too.
  • Oh.
  • Right.
  • GISSA CUT OFF HER OWN HAND BECAUSE OF WHAT THE MAGES WERE MAKING. WHAT THE HELL. WHAT THE HELL WOULD BUBBLE THE SKIN LIKE TAIT DESCRIBES? H E L P.
  • Weiryn is a mountain god “rooted in the forest and rock, kin to all that walks or swims or flies. On Beltane ye can see him pass in the woods, with his hounds. Got antlers like a deer, he does. All us huntsmen swear by ‘im.” ONE MILLION PERCENT DONE FOREVER AND EVER OH MY GOD, IT’S THAT CREATURE VISITING DAINE IN HER DREAMS.
  • WHAT THE FUCK, HOW DOES TAIT KNOW WHO DAINE IS? WHAT DOES HE KNOW ABOUT THE GIRL FROM SNOWSDALE.
  • Right when I got excited that Alanna had arrived, Pierce smashes my hope. They can’t break the wall, and it’ll be four days until mages arrive. GREAT.
  • Daine entering the mind of the two cats in the castle is obviously amazing because Pierce totally nails down the way cats think, and because Daine has never sent her magic this far away in this context. Incredible.
  • Oh my god, Blueness and Scrap are so wonderful. I never want this series to end.
  • BLOODRAIN. NO. NOPE. NOPE FOREVER. NOPES ON NOPES ON NOPES.
  • THEY ARE GOING TO DUMP BLOODRAIN IN THE RIVER, KILLING EVERYTHING WITHIN FIVE MILES OF THE SHORE FOR THE LENGTH OF TEN MILES. That is how little these assholes think of the world around them. They will decimate an entire habitat just to get power and control. OH GOD, CAN THEY ALL BE THROWN IN A PIT OF BLOODRAIN.
  • I was so frightened that Yolane would somehow recognize Daine within Scrap, but in hindsight, that doesn’t make any sense. Oh well.
  • Cloud is so sassy about Rebel. “I am not impressed by your oat ration.” I’m going to start insulting people this way.
  • And now we’re getting so close to the end, and I can tell because Daine is working so hard to get all these various creatures to work together. She tells the wolfhounds and the wolves not to fight. Then she tries to reassure her pack that her human friends coming will be able to help them, but Longwind resists. It’s Brokefang, though, who refuses to accept Longwind’s stubborn attitude. It’s time to change, and there’s nothing wrong with a little adaptation.
  • One of the wolves wants to know what a cat is. Why is this so funny to me?
  • The creature that could brew and use this bloodrain is the real monster.” Amen, Daine. Amen.

Only two more chapters and an epilogue left. OH GOD.

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