In the first chapter ofÂ Cold Fire, YES YESÂ Y E S.Â Intrigued? Then itâ€™s time for Mark to readÂ The Circle Opens.
I have waited for this day for so long. TIME TO READ ANOTHER BOOK ABOUT MY FAVORITE CHARACTERÂ HELL YEAH.
Iâ€™m not kidding you, yâ€™all. I honestly did not know until this past February that people commute by ice skating in Ottawa along the Rideau Canal. LOOK AT THIS SHIT.
Granted, thatâ€™s not how it was when I walked over the canal after my event in town, but I was still shocked to see quite a few people with backpacks and big olâ€™ fluffy leg protectors drifting across the ice with a purpose in mind. (I guess they could be called leg warmers? But theyâ€™re not like the leg warmers I have that are for cycling. Theyâ€™re these huge things to keep your lower half warm because â€“ shocker! â€“ the ice isÂ fucking cold. And I love so dearly that I could read the opening scene ofÂ Cold FireÂ and immediately picture a culture who uses the canals and waterways to commute around town during the winter.
But visual imagery tends to come easy to me when reading these books because Pierce has such a plain, direct style when it comes to describing anything â€“ people, places, environments. I can see Daja and Niaâ€™s style of dress clearly; I can imagine them sliding around the ice, Daja gaining confidence as she practices more and more. I can see the looks on the faces of the Namornese citizens when Dajaâ€™s shape is melted into the snow. And I can easily picture Daja working dutifully on her repairs while listening to Jory, Nia, and Anyussa speak. Pierce doesnâ€™t just use details to build pictures; she builds moods.
For me, this is the calm before whatever inevitable storm is to come. This is my introduction to Namorn culture, to these characters, and to Dajaâ€™s state of mind. She seems more immediately comfortable than Briar or Sandry did in their respective locations, so thereâ€™s no real sense for a conflict. YET, that is. However, thereÂ isÂ a possible hint for who Daja might get paired with as a mentor. And somehow, Pierce came up with a style of magic thatâ€™s even more perplexing than dance magic or stone magic.
Given how the last two books were so dramatic and action packed, I wonder if the hint of Joryâ€™s power will actually play out as part of the main narrative inÂ Cold Fire. I suppose Iâ€™m assuming that this book will follow the same premise as the last two inÂ The Circle Opens, but itâ€™s possible that it doesnâ€™t. However, Jory fits the pattern. Like Evvy or Pasco, sheâ€™s not aware of the magic sheâ€™s using, and itâ€™s one of the Discipline characters who notices. Soâ€¦ maybe? Itâ€™s a possibility? I just donâ€™t see how it would be applied to a greater story. (Which is honestly exciting. I like being surprised.) And given that cooking-mages arenâ€™t all that rare, I donâ€™t know that
I suspect that the what the second half of theÂ chapterÂ addresses â€“ firefighting in Namorn and Bennat Ladradun â€“ is actually going to take up a great deal of the book. Iâ€™m thankful that this didnâ€™t feel like the scenes inÂ Dajaâ€™s Book, since weâ€™ve already gotten a book about fighting fires. I think the perspective is different here, since itâ€™s mostly about Daja learning about what Bennat has brought to Namorn than anything else. Namely, heâ€™s helped institute an organized system for putting out fires, one that shocks Daja because itâ€™s so efficient. Itâ€™s also necessary because Namorn is built almost entirely out of wood. Itâ€™s a giant tinderbox!
It seems that Daja is in the right place, then. Not just because of the physical logistics of Namorn, but because she can learn a thing or two from someone like Bennat. I still donâ€™t quite know what else sheâ€™s doing under Frostpine or the Guild aside from busywork, so Iâ€™m interested to learn about what else her day entails, you know? Iâ€™m also eager to find out how this book is going to ruin my life becauseâ€¦ well, thatâ€™s just been the pattern thus far. Itâ€™s only fair to expect it again.
The original text contains use of the words â€œmadâ€ and â€œstupid.â€
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