Mark Reads ‘Games Wizards Play’: Chapter 12, Part II

In the second half of the twelfth chapter of Games Wizards Play, there are no coincidences. Intrigued? Then it’s time for Mark to read Young Wizards

NOPE, SOMETHING IS GOING ON HERE. Even weirder? Both of the scenes in the second half of this chapter directly or indirectly deal with Roshaun. WHAT THE HELL DOES THAT MEAN?

Let’s start with the aschetic space. Dairine’s curiosity leads her to entering it so she can examine Penn’s spell. It’s a great moment because we know that Dairine has a speciality in the same kind of wizardry that Penn works with. I wanted to know her take on his wizardry!

What I didn’t expect, though, was that her curiosity would lead her towards an odd coincidence. And as this book has told us many times, there are no coincidences. Dairine realizes that the giant spaces that Penn left in his wizardry look super familiar, and lo and behold! Wizards on Wellakh have often left spaces in their wizardries, too. What for? WHO KNOW. There’s no information within the spells or the Speech that gives Dairine or the audience a clue as to why spaces were left in these spells.

But I had a different question: Where did Penn learn this? Because I only see two options here: He specifically picked up this technique somewhere OR there’s some weird, fucked up reason why this accidentally came to him. Is it intrinsic to wizards working with stars? Maybe??? I DON’T KNOW.

And I absolutely do not know what Nita’s dream involving the Lone Power inside of Roshaun’s body really means either. Look, I don’t feel like it’s revolutionary to state that the Lone Power is the least trustworthy character in this whole series. That’s what It does: deceive people. Lie to them. Manipulate them. So it’s easiest for me to assume the worst: the Lone Power appeared in Roshaun’s likeness in order to torment Nita because Roshaun is missing. Then, It tries its very best to lead Nita further from the truth. But surely everything has some other meaning, right? So why does Nita first appear in a food court? Why Mars? This isn’t the first dream Nita has had that involved Mars, and I DEFINITELY REMEMBER THAT.

There’s a bigger issue here, of course. I just cannot believe that in any genuine capacity, the Lone Power wants to help Nita, unless by “help,” it actually means, “trick you into doing something that ultimately benefits myself.” The Lone Power’s warning is so ambiguous as to be meaningless, at least initially. Wizards and non-wizards might be working against one another’s interests? Okay, but how does that actually help? WHAT IS THE PROBLEM THAT EVEN NEEDS RESOLVING? Is this in regards to Roshaun or the Invitationals or both? Or none? I have no clue!!!

In short: I don’t trust the Lone Power at all.

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