I’m going to come out and say it: I don’t like Maura. There are so many great supporting characters in Tammy’s books, and I don’t understand why Maura’s getting her own book as opposed to, say, Thayet and the start of the Riders. She just doesn’t grow on me. Perhaps it’s because Daine becomes so much more mature during this book (learning to accept stormwings, for example) but Maura seems so childish. Brave, yes, but childish. She doesn’t seem very complex, either. But maybe it’s just me.
I did like the scene where Daine explained that people with the Gift are called different things based on what they do. I’d love further information on that! What makes someone a sorcerer as opposed to a mage?
I agree that Maura alwasy came across as very childish and I didn’t like her much, but… She IS a child. A sheltered, noble child who if I recall, was mostly being raised by the servants. Not that there’s anythign wrong with disliking her and I TOTALLY agree that I’d love to see a book about Thayet and the Riders- hell, I just want more Thayet- but I feel like a book about MAura would be giving her a chance to grow up. We see a 10 year old little girl for a very small part of her childhood. I’m going to go on a little side tangent here and this is in no way against the OP or fytortall, but why are we so hard on fictional kids, especially little girls? Whenever we don’t like 10-13 year old characters, we call them childish or annoying. Of course they’re childish and annoying! They’re children, and the msot annoying age of children at that. My youngest brother is 11, he is SO childish and annoying. A childish, annoying 10-13 year old character is a well written one. The little adults we actually enjoy reading about are the exceptions in the real world. I mean I certainly prefer the abnormally mature characters to read about- Kel and many of her friends are prime examples, we meet them at 11-15 and watch them grow and mature, but most of them are given to us in palatable, relatively mature packages. And this makes sense! Knighthood is never implied to be for everyone, and it is proven to be a lifelong commitment. Only a particularly mature 11 year old would take it on. But every 11 year old isn’t ready to become a knight. When I was 11, I still played on a playground and thought boys were stupid and gross (well. I still stand by that.). I was an obnoxious brat, and so is Maura. If we can’t be kind to imaginary little girls, how are we treating the real ones? I’m not necessarily defending Maura specifically because it’s been so long since Wolfspeaker, I’m not sure I could do it well but like… In defense of all the little girls we hate reading about. Let’s cut them a little more slack.
Was any of that mentioned in Alanna’s books maybe? I know they called Thom a sorceror. It always kind of seems like, at least in Tortall, sorcerers’ magic is a little more… esoteric? And big, always big. Like hedgewitches were low powered, very useful stuff, basic healing, charms, etc mages covered generally useful, but a little bit less common stuff, the more complicated healing that couldn’t be shoved in a balm, battle magic, identification spells, speaking spells, practical workings that covered more than a hedgewitch could handle, but then sorcerer’s were basically using magic for magic’s sake. Like Thom raising the dead, or crafting new spells jsut to see if they could, etc.