1 pointBronze is a very pleasant break from the high drama of the mainline story. As a matter of fact each of the interludes have provided a nice respite from the drama of the story. They also provide that little bit of extra color and background that adds to the overall enjoyment of the story. That being so, I wouldn't expect them to advance the story, that is for the main story. They might add some answers or other information that would be awkward to have in the story. Then again, maybe not. No matter, I enjoy them for what they are. Anyway... It was interesting to see a little of how the Kalorians faired in Taldor Valen in the early years after Angels Falls through the eyes of Larrus. How he really took to heart what his friend, The Prince, told him, "Friends help friends." Yes, Charlie and Giovanni have already mated. That they had mated was the cause of all the anguish when Jamie told them that they had to separate to keep them safe. Even though it has never been said outright, I believe that just as Nic was created to be Jamie's mate from the DNA of Agramos, so was Giovanni created to be Charlie's mate from the same DNA. Remember, iron and bronze are baser medals when compared to silver and gold and if any answers are to be forthcoming in an interlude it would seem to me that silver or gold would be the proper vehicle. But, if not, they will still provide a nice pause before we return to the drama. Take care TomasG
1 pointShort, and sweet. It was nice to know what happened to Larrus. On the other hand it didn't actually advance the story or answer any of the unresolved questions. That Taldor Valen was an Imperial reserve was pretty much obvious, as I commented previously. It was also pretty obvious that Taldor Valen prospered, so, other than learning that Larrus lived to a ripe old age and never forgot Jamie, this interlude didn't tell us very much. Still it was a nice little addendum to the story, and it definitely had a high 'Aaaahh' quotient but did little to quiet those of us impatient for answers. Remember that the purpose of the interludes has always been to neatly tuck away loose threads or to give background on a newly introduced character or set of circumstances that was not completely defined. So in that respect Iron serves to solidify our suspicions about Taldor Valoren. The fact that it also tied up the character of Larris, I thought was brilliant. remember when he passed through he asked if he would see him again and it was emotional for Jamie. Laris was an important character. Without him the cape of the Lord Protector would never have found it's way onto Jamies back after that first performance. He also set the tone and tenor for Jamie's treatment by the staff and students at the Monde Arts. Without him he may have had more friends but compassion was not alive and well in the schools culture, in fact it was seen as a weakness. It was important in the story for stating Jamie's belief that for all their freedom, they too were still slaves. It was also functional in securing the Kalorians love, and respect and admiration for the lord high protector. A man is judged by how he treats those who serve him. Was it significant for the story plot? Perhaps not, but as Jamie does so well, it trims off another loose thread making this package clean and complete. It solidifies the passing of time in the settlement. That point where the gods of the past become true legend. I think it was important. Don't worry, I'm sure the great battle we have all been waiting for isn't far off. The answers to whether Jamie will live or die or die and then live will be answered soon. Whether he will have to absorb the orbs at all or whether the powers he has will manifest themselves again will soon be evident. The fate of Lorran and the reestablishment of the kingdom is at hand. Charlie's role will be explained and love will rule the Icarian world soon enough. My only hope is that Charlie and his mates joining is made a large event and not brushed aside as a minor subplot. Their love has been chased and yet intense. I think the emotion of their Joining would be a senseless waste were it not exploited. Perhaps a Joining in the midst of the war. An untrampled fragile tulip standing in the midst of a smoldering battlefield so to speak. Their needs tp be resolution to their suffering without each other.