Warning: Contains Spoilers!
One by one, the nobles climbed from their horses and then knelt with their heads bowed.
Aufwader’s Thoughts: Now the drums of war truly sound, and the descent toward the finale begins. The sense of dread at the start of this chapter seeps from every page, and is expertly contrasted with the glorious, albeit brief, moment where Clarisant persuades the nobles of the Hollow Hill to join her. Would that they had had more of a chance against the Redcaps.
Matt’s Thoughts: I’m really quite warming to this book the second time around! The way Meg manages to win over the hearts of the Lords and Ladies from the Court is particularly impressive. My favourite line is this one:
It was as if the supreme ugliness was but a dense veil concealing a majestic light within, yet glimmers of that radiance were still shining through.
How gorgeous is that?