Done with will of the Empress! Really enjoyed it!
Though now I am disappointed knowing the next to books are flashback and not “How Daja got a new girlfriend”
So how did you like it?! I saw from your posts that you were pleased with Daja and Rizu,…
I agree that there should have been more at the end, and that most of the figures at court - even Berenene and Ishabal - were complex characters, neither “fully good” or “fully bad.”
Lark and Rosethorn were confirmed, I thought, when Briar knocks on Daja’s door after her first night with Rizu, and he asks her about being a lesbian. He was worried she’d thought she had to hide it from them, and brought up Lark and Rosethorn (their “mothers”) as an example of why they would never think badly of her for loving women instead of men. But it was like Daja had said - she didn’t know she was a lesbian until she met Rizu. I like that when Daja and Tris were talking afterward, Daja asked Tris if she might be the same way.
Ah you are right! That is what I get for reading till 5:30 in the morning!
I liked Tris maybe being asexual!
Haven’t checked Tamora Pierce’s upcoming books in awhile but I hope next Circle book takes place after Will of the Empress.
From what I understand, Tammy has a planned book(s) about Tris’s time at Lightsbridge, where she tries to learn academic magic. So yes, it would take place after The Will of the Empress.
Yey I would like to learn more about academic magic! But hopefully Daja is in it too! I want her to find love!
Now I am hoping Tamora Pierce introduces another trans woman and writes her better this time. Someone whose transition is tied to magic.
Are you talking about Okha/Amber in Bloodhound? I’d love to get your perspective on her.
I hate her. Feel like Tamora Pierce conflated drag queen with trans woman. Would have been okay if she was a drag queen. But she was identified as a woman yet Tamora Pierce put her in a relationship with a gay man. She was okay being gendered male even after Cooper found out her identity and still male pronouned her anyways. Sure maybe medical transition was pretty impossible in our world till 20th century beyond castration but Tortall is a world of magic and it could have been a great opportunity to see what it means to transition in a world where things like birth control pendants exist. At least social transition could have been allowed.
Tamora Pierce might have helped teach readers about queer relationships and non binary people some but about trans women she just reinforced a lot of misconceptions and ruined a good opportunity at representation.
I definitely noticed the pronoun thing, and I knew that Ohka/Amber was presented more as a drag queen than a trans woman, even though she explicitly identified herself as such.
I didn’t catch the inappropriateness of Ohka/Amber’s relationship with Nestor, who Beka identified as gay. But now that you say it, it makes perfect sense why that doesn’t work.
Hopefully Tammy will do better in the future.