nobodymN Posted September 6, 2006 Share Posted September 6, 2006 Cal - I wanted to get back to Winterbirth (as I have progressed, but still not to far into the book). What we have brewing is a Thane who presides over other Thanes (Thane of Thanes) that owe him feality, yet govern theri own lands. It kind of has a lot of elements we see common in several books, but bear with me: There is an ancient enemy in the north (the people who made the stand described in my prior post apparently) and while the are always an ominous threat, activity from them has reduced to almost nothing. The Northern lords who have defended against this threat for centuries (as they are on the boder of what is being descriebd as the 'black road') find themselves being the subject of ordered troop movements and depletions by the Thane of Thanes, for strictly power balancing/political reasonings (ie without the threat of the North, inner politcs has come to the forefront - what is possibley just pure paranoia, or the plan of the North itself). Now, I want to make it clear the term "the Black Road' should be taken as something thrown about as silly like 'dark lord' but seems to be something else entirely. It seems these people in the North are of the feeling that the gods wil not retun until all are assimilated into their doctorine (as of yet unexplained). There is also an interesting element of a race of people that are the product of intermingling between races that are gifted with some clairavoyance (again as of yet not really fleshed out, it's clear these people are a bit shunned - bigotry - although some can achieve status, most apparently live as nomadic tribes outside of proper cities) There seems to be differing factions (tribes) between this group as well. Now, alot of this is simply guess work and going off of single lines in the book, but it seems it leading up to the once deafeated north invading the south while possibly going through a civil war of its own, while the tribes in the south remain a semi-enigma. Thus far, the only POV's have been (exlcuding one paragraph and the aforementioned prologue) have been in the South and the thaneholds so I can't be sure if the North is going to be subject of POV's or if it's going to be relegated to the 'evil north' - but my initial feeling is that they won't be the latter. From a style point of view I have found some instances of over- descriptive passages and a tendency to start each paragraph in such a manner. I haven't decided if it's unecessarily going to add 100 pages of fluff to the book, or if it's really working for me yet. There is a lot of name dropping of cities, landscape, and of past history, the actions of which again will have to be judged in further reading whether or not it's part of a tapestry or just ball of yarn. What is good is that all that occurs within 50 some odd pages - I'm not sold on it yet, but I am interested in reading more about the tribes and people of the North. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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