A reread of a reread of a reread; I’ve probably read this trilogy (individual volumes, originally, and then the bound set) five times in the last 15 years. Sometimes I read it for the journey of self-discovery; sometimes I read it because I like to imagine there is a world, even if imaginary, where women can be treated as equals to men on the battlefield; sometimes I reread it because in talking about it to other people I get the urge to visit that world again. This time I reread it because I’d snagged an Advanced Readers’s Copy of a book farther away in the series, and the death in that of one of my favorite characters made me want to reread it just to have a little more time with that character.
I was also a little curious to remember how Dorrin and Arcolin were portrayed, as they are both becoming major characters later in the series. I wanted to see if there were any hints, back then, to what they are becoming now.