Can I interest you fine geeks in the trilogy by ? If you like one or more of these:

- A well-told, fast-paced epic tale in a finished trilogy
- A sympathetic and complex cast of characters
- Most of whom are WOC including a Black leading woman
- An original world that feels like a living, breathing place
- A thoughtful treatment of race, oppression and abuse
- Queer folx galore

Then boy are you in for a treat.

@lj_writes I realize never mentioned I finished it! you should talk to me about it

@lj_writes It was really good! I feel like I was not the audience for the climax of the last book, but that's okay. It was still really well done. I would have liked if Essun could have gotten to grapple with what Schaffa became/ what Nassun's life was like now.

@lj_writes I guess it felt like things were being set up as conflicts and I was hoping for them to be "and now we talk and think and grapple" conflicts not "and now we fight and get ourselves killed" conflicts. Also, I'm a filthy monster/alienfucker so I shipped Essun/Hoa and wanted more done with that.
...I guess mostly I want, like, an extra books worth of fanfic

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@Rionnal I was disappointed Schaffa faded so abruptly out of the story, too, he was Essun's (abusive) father figure and Nassun's entire motivation and there's like no resolution with either character? I guess he was always meant to be a stand-in for Essun in Nassun's affections, but still that was way too abrupt. Poor Nassun :(

Looks like the Essun/Hoa angle was too shippy for me and not shippy enough for you. This is why you can't please everyone 😂

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@lj_writes I don't know what you mean by a stand-in? It's not like Nassun was treating him that way; hr feelings about Essun were very different from her feelings about Schaffa.

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@Rionnal Oh, like because she couldn't love Essun, or Jija for that matter, whole-heartedly like she loved Schaffa--ironic, of course, since Essun's abusive tactics were learned from the original Schaffa--she poured all of that love into Schaffa instead. That's the impression I got anyway.

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@lj_writes Oh yeah, that's true. I guess I wouldn't call that standing in? Like, Essun and Jija did things that made her unable to love them, but she found someone else to love instead. And it's not like she didn't love him for the things he did. I guess I feel like treating him as a stand-in does him dirty, given how much he did.
(Not that I'm exactly a Schaffa fan, but he sure did do a lot of stuff, good and bad, that deserves to be addressed on its own)

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@Rionnal I agree with you, my explanation is just the only way I can reconcile how he went out of the story with no closure and with Nassun no longer seeming to give a shit about him T_T I think the Guardians' whole society was fascinating in itself, very Inquisitors from Dragon Age feels there.

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@lj_writes haven't played dragon age, but agree it was interesting. I feel like there's a lot more that could be done in that world.

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@Rionnal Dragon Age has the Templars who are basically enforcers of the Magi, who are taken from their families and srictly controlled to control their dangerous magical powers. If a Magi does escape the Templars will hunt them down. I got the same vibe from the Guardians as I did from the Templars, a ruthless group that performs what they see as a brutal necessity to protect the world.

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@lj_writes Idk I guess the more I think about Schaffa the more I'm like... (mental)disability feels? He worked so hard to continue to be a person and make decisions

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@Rionnal Yup, he was a messed-up yet sympathetic character, effectively one with severe brain damage. I also like that his mercy and kindness toward Nassun had horrifying consequences in the greater world. I dislike it when mercy is treated as an easy solution; mercy should be chosen because it's right and not because it's easy.

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