In the first half of the eighth chapter of Lifeboats, Kit spends some time reflecting. Intrigued? Then itâ€™s time for Mark to read Young Wizards.Â
Well, this was more introspective than I expected, but itâ€™s full of a lot of information. It feels like Kit is on the brink of an epiphany, which I do hope comes soon becauseâ€¦ shit, thereâ€™s not much left in this book, yâ€™all. There are still numerous threads that have been left hanging, and this chapter introduces another one: the strange being in Kitâ€™s dream who makes a ton of ambiguous statements about salvation and perception. And like Kit says, this is exactly what comes with the territory. Wizardry doesnâ€™t provide easy answers!
But at this point, Kit has virtually no answers at all, and itâ€™s part of the reason why he spends so much time here trying to sort through his thoughts. Initially, he is trying to decipher his dream. (Why sibik eyes??? I still donâ€™t get that part!) (Was it really Ponch??? DONâ€™T TORMENT ME LIKE THIS.) But that gives way to a greater introspection about recent events, Thesba, and Kitâ€™s place within all of this. I love that Duane calls back to the events of The Wizardâ€™s Dilemma, given that this book often feels like a companion to that one, at least in a thematic sense. Sure, this conflict is distinctly less personal, but itâ€™s still about how one wizard copes with a problem that is insurmountable.
And really, thatâ€™s exactly what Lifeboats concerns itself with: Kit cannot change this future timeline. No matter what he does, it is literally impossible for him to save every Tevaralti. It is impossible for him to stop the destruction of Thesba. Thereâ€™s even mention of mu Cephei, the star thatâ€™ll go nova and destroy Tevaral regardless. So how the hell do you cope with things you actually canâ€™t change? How do you have hope when it seems impossible?
Well, Kit doesnâ€™t necessarily try to answer that question. Heâ€™s plagued by all these mysteries, but he also just moves on with his day, immersing himself in his routines for a bit of distraction. That, and he also experiences some of Djamâ€™s cultureâ€™s entertainment, which sounded right up my alley. I AM SURE I WOULD HAVE LOVED IT. But in the end, this just makes him feel sorrow. More so than ever before, weâ€™re at a moment in this series where Kit and Nita are about to enter adulthood, and that means that wizardry will continue to get more complex. This is just the start, isnâ€™t it? And perhaps thatâ€™s the whole point of Lifeboats. Maybe it signals a key change in the series as one big story, you know?
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