The second week's Discussion Questions are hosted over on Candid Cover! Check out her post for more information, and for a giveaway of a Truthwitch audiobook! I've now read up to Chapter 19th, so have some thoughts to share:
Week #2 Discussion Questions
- Of the lands that we have visited so far in the book, where in the Witchlands would you want to live, given the choice?
Dalmotti Empire seems the most desirable - I picture Veñaza City like Venice, and the fact that it is a republic makes it seem a much more democratic and open-minded place. Although all the Witchlands are on the verge of war, so it's probably not going to be a pleasant place for long...
- There have been quite a few mottos and words of wisdom used by a few of the characters so far. Which one is your favourite? Do you have any special phrases that help you get through your day?
"Stasis in your fingertips and your toes." This is Iseult's reminder to keep herself calm and I love it because control of yourself and your emotions is something everyone has to (or should) master. I've just started trying an introduction to meditation too which is very calming, and I feel like this quote is a mantra for mindfulness technique!
- Friendship is a main theme that pulses through Truthwitch. Do you have a relationship like Safi and Iseult? Is there someone out there who always has your back and will defend you?
I'm thankful that I do have a few people who I would call close friends, who I feel like I can count on. I don't know if they can physically defend me, LOL, but I know that they are loyal and genuinely care for me, as I do for them. It's wonderful to have those kinds of friendships, and wonderful to read about them in fiction as well. Because you can feel more of a connection to the story and characters.
- If you were inserted into one of the novel’s epic battle scenes, which witchery would you like to have in order to defend yourself?
For defense, I think the best witchery for me would be being a windwitch. So I can get the heck out of there. LOL I'm not a fighter, and would probably be lacking basic sword technique even in a fictional fantasy world. So it would be defense for me and not offense!
- Character Spotlight: Iseult | Do you find Iseult to be a likeable character? How do you feel about the way she is treated like an outcast? Do you think she is a good influence on Safiya?
Iseult is my girl! I identify with her the most in this book. I think her outcast status makes her relatable because most people have felt outcast in their lives (though not as horribly discriminated as Iseult is in the novel - I hope). She is a good influence on everybody probably with her tendency towards cool, rationality and her intelligence. Even though Truthwitch has so much realism to the characters with their faults, I can't think of one for Iseult.... maybe she is too timid? But I'm like that so I don't see it as a fault per say...