I’m running a bit behind with my posts for the Old Kingdom Read-a-long but these are my thoughts on the second week’s chapters 10 -20.
- Would you fly in a paperwing given a chance?
I would love to say yes as the idea of flying in what is basically a paper plane sounds really exciting. However Sabriel thinks that it looks “pretty, decorative and not at all airworthy” so I suspect that if I did actually have the chance to fly one, the appearance would put me off completely. I do love the way that Garth Nix describes the paperwing. I get a really clear picture in my head as with so much else in this novel.
2. What are your thoughts on talking animal companions as a whole?
I love them. Who wouldn’t love a friendly animal to keep you company. In books they are often quite stroppy and provide a lot of the humour so they are generally fun to read about. A couple of my favourites ate the horse in The Horse and his Boy by C S Lewis and Mephi from The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart.
3. Pick a character and discuss what you suspect about their journey going forward.
I’m really keen to find out what happens to Moggett. The events of chapter 12 were far beyond what I expected to happen and I’m really interested to see if he stays in his current form at the end of the book.
4. Who or what do you think Touchstone is?
The book tells us that he is a trapped spirit who is contained in the figurehead of the ship. Sabriel uses her necromancy skills to free him. We learn more about him in Chapter 18 and find out what his role was in the fall of the monarchy but he just seems to be someone who was alive at the time of the last monarch of the Old Kingdom. Maybe he was a royal guard as he was close to the royal family and was also a charter mage. It sounds a bit like the Abhorsen saved his life by trapping his spirit in the figurehead. Maybe he was saved for a particular reason that will be revealed.
I have to say that I am loving the book so far. I can’t believe that I have never read the series before.
Roll on Week 3!