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Which characters in the book did you like best? Which characters did you like least? Why?

My favorite characters were Catrin and Marcellus. I loved the developing romance between them, and the way they dealt with their trials. My less favorite characters were Catrin's mother. She was too stubborn, and I didn't like the way she treat Catrin and her unwillingness to listen to her. Of course, I didn't like Marrock and his mother, but that is a given. What about you?
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gali wrote:
31 Aug 2018, 23:47
My less favorite characters were Catrin's mother. She was too stubborn, and I didn't like the way she treat Catrin and her unwillingness to listen to her.
Same here. I really hope she dies eventually and not in a nice way. Every single one of her decisions was for the worst. She did more harm than the villains, in my opinion.

I don't really have a favorite character, but I think Marrock was the most interesting. All his scenes were so riveting. I've always liked villains who kind of have a point. I mean, I doubt I'd have a good relationship with my father if he had my mother executed.

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AliceofX wrote:
01 Sep 2018, 01:05
gali wrote:
31 Aug 2018, 23:47
My less favorite characters were Catrin's mother. She was too stubborn, and I didn't like the way she treat Catrin and her unwillingness to listen to her.
Same here. I really hope she dies eventually and not in a nice way. Every single one of her decisions was for the worst. She did more harm than the villains, in my opinion.

I don't really have a favorite character, but I think Marrock was the most interesting. All his scenes were so riveting. I've always liked villains who kind of have a point. I mean, I doubt I'd have a good relationship with my father if he had my mother executed.
I agree! Catrin's mother was just as bad as the villains.

Marrock was that, and his backstory shaded some light about his motives. He was just 7-8 years old when his mother was executed!
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I really liked the relationship between the Queen and Tristan. That was one curve ball I did not see coming in the novel.

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CommMayo wrote:
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I really liked the relationship between the Queen and Tristan. That was one curve ball I did not see coming in the novel.
I haven’t gotten there yet in the book but that is really interesting. The name Trystan appearing immediately got my attention and I’ve been wondering if there is a particular reason the author has a character with this name, given the association.

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DancingLady wrote:
01 Sep 2018, 15:49
CommMayo wrote:
01 Sep 2018, 11:30
I really liked the relationship between the Queen and Tristan. That was one curve ball I did not see coming in the novel.
I haven’t gotten there yet in the book but that is really interesting. The name Trystan appearing immediately got my attention and I’ve been wondering if there is a particular reason the author has a character with this name, given the association.
I listened to and reviewed the audiobook version, so I admit to having no idea of how to spell any of the characters names...

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I loved Catrin and Marcellus. They are passionate lovers and concerned for each others well being. On the contrary, Catrin's mum attitude was disgusting.
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CommMayo wrote:
01 Sep 2018, 16:37
DancingLady wrote:
01 Sep 2018, 15:49
CommMayo wrote:
01 Sep 2018, 11:30
I really liked the relationship between the Queen and Tristan. That was one curve ball I did not see coming in the novel.
I haven’t gotten there yet in the book but that is really interesting. The name Trystan appearing immediately got my attention and I’ve been wondering if there is a particular reason the author has a character with this name, given the association.
I listened to and reviewed the audiobook version, so I admit to having no idea of how to spell any of the characters names...
Either spelling would be the same pronunciation, and the story of Tristan (or Trystan) and Isolde is very famous but I have no if there is any historical record of them. I will just have to finish the book as soon as I can and see how this turns out.

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I like Catrin the most, I loved following her path of self-discovery and her awakening powers. I didn't like Lucius, his attitude towards women, his wanting to kill anyone who disrespects him and desperate attempts at gaining power make him an unlikeable person. However, I understand this is representative of attitudes at the time and the plot wouldn't be the same without these interesting characters.

I also didn't like Rihannon's disregard towards her daughter and the decisions she made. Why would she suddenly believe Agrona over her own daughter when she never trusted Agrona in the first place? When she was spying on Catrin and Marcellus, wouldn't she have been aware that Catrin was warming up to Marcellus before she was given the Apollo amulet?

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The power that was given to Agrona was pretty disturbing. I got the feeling early on in the book that the King never fully trusted her, but then he would allow the Queen to place their daughter's life in her hands. At times, it really didn't make sense to me.

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I think Catrin & Marcellus & maybe one other character are the only redeeming characters in the whole story. I found all the other characters were horrible & their attitudes/actions made getting through the book hard.

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The characters were truly a credential to this read. I like Catrin the most especially they way how she represented her self, but this isn't a read that I'm much pleased with.
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CommMayo wrote:
02 Sep 2018, 09:52
The power that was given to Agrona was pretty disturbing. I got the feeling early on in the book that the King never fully trusted her, but then he would allow the Queen to place their daughter's life in her hands. At times, it really didn't make sense to me.
I agree. No doubt, he realized Agrona's power which helped him keep control of the people but it is difficult to fathom why the King would do that. I still have quite a bit of reading to do but, at the moment I have the impression that holding on to their own place of power and importance is the primary motivation for the decisions that either the King or Queen make.

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Britty01 wrote:
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I agree. No doubt, he realized Agrona's power which helped him keep control of the people but it is difficult to fathom why the King would do that. I still have quite a bit of reading to do but, at the moment I have the impression that holding on to their own place of power and importance is the primary motivation for the decisions that either the King or Queen make.
I think that is a pretty spot on assumption about the King or Queen. All of the older characters are trying to gain or keep power while the younger characters just want to live their lives.

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Yes of course I like the characters of Marcellus and Catrin the most from whole of the story because they love each other from the core of their hearts and I didn't like the characters of their parents.

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