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Subject: February BOM Discussion - Part 3,
Date Posted: 2/1/2009 8:12 PM ET
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Discussion for Part 3.

WARNING:  The discussions in the threads have gotten pretty detailed already and there are spoilers!  I caution you not to read a discussion thread until you've finished with the section of the book that it pertains to! 



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Aaackk!  This was the most-depressing section of the book!  I felt so much despair for the Lazenders - the sacking and taking over of their home, the death of George, the serious injuries to Toby, the blinding of the poor Colonel -  and of course for the horrific trials Campion had to endure - the incident in the bedroom at Lazen Castle with her creepy brother and Scammel (who, it turns out, wasn't really a horrible bad guy, just a very weak man as Campion points out - I think he ended up being a total victim here of Cony and Ebenezer), her arrest and imprisonment, her trials, and the walk to the fire!  Egads!  How much can one woman endure?  I must say, I loved the part where Campion is rescued just before she begins her march to the stake!!! 

However, this section ends with things looking up and the revelation of the mystery of the Covenant.  Yep, Kit Aretine is Campion's father (good guess Felicia!) and her mother was Martha Slythe's sister (good guess me!).  Now, will Campion ever get to meet her father??? 

How refreshing to have someone in this book other than Campion and the Lazenders turn out to be decent!  Mordecai Lopez to the rescue!  BC is painting a very cryptic picture of Devorax.  It's like he wants you to believe he's a really tough guy, but then he tells you a bit to make it seem like this guy really has a soft heart and has just been horribly hurt or something in his life.  I thought maybe we'd eventually see a big reform from this character but now . . . with BC alluding Devorax has some secret plans for the seals . . . I'm not so sure.

One thing that puzzles me is how Campion feels safe blatantly living in Oxford with the Lazenders.  I mean, c'mon, they're going to find her there for sure!  I know Oxford is a stronghold of the King, so they have that protection, but still.  I would've gotten the Lazenders and gotten out of Englad ASAP, at least temporarily. I know they have to go back to save Lazen Castle!  :)

 

Date Posted: 2/3/2009 12:52 PM ET
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Egads!  How much can one woman endure? 

Shelley, this is one of those books that has, in putting the protagonist through so much pain and danger, made me think, "How will this person ever survive without being crippled by post-traumatic stress disorder?" Very modern of me! LOL!

I have to say I love Campion's inner strength, even when she thinks all hope is lost. I loved her reciting the Lord's Prayer just before her planned execution, so people would know they were putting an innocent woman to death. I also love how she hectored Samuel Scammel to "man up" and to use his sword and pistol to fight for them.

The whole section on the witchcraft trial and the crowd waiting for Campion's execution was a terrifying look at the depths of fear and hatred to which people can sink. I don't think what Campion endured was all that far removed from what real, innocent women experienced when falsely accussed during witchcraft crazes. It made me glad we've moved beyond them but also made me remember that fear and hatred of women is still very much alive in our world today. And often, it's cloaked in the guise of religious piety (Re: the Taliban).

One thing that puzzles me is how Campion feels safe blatantly living in Oxford with the Lazenders.  I mean, c'mon, they're going to find her there for sure! 

I see your point, Shelley. But I think Campion, sooner or later, has to take a stand against her enemies. She can't run forever. With her loved ones by her side, perhaps she'll have the strength to finally claim her birthright.

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Felicia - Yeah, you're right.  Campion's going to have to face them sooner or later.  Good for her for picking sooner rather than later

As far as the trial and execution being not too far off of what probably happened to many women (and men, of course, for other reasons), you are probably right.  What sickens me is the bloodlust that sweeps through the masses.  I mean making an execution a "holiday" and a "celebration," holding up the toddlers so they get a better view, selling pastries and other goodies?  It's just sickening.  It's a wonder things every evolvoed when people were exposed to that kind of thing from birth!  [shudder]

What do you think of Devorax? Is he going to turn out to be another bad guy with his secret plans for the seals?  Or is it possible that his plans will turn out to be honorable? 

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Shelley, for some reason I trust Devorax. I'm not sure why, in a book loaded with double-crossers, but he seems to genuinely care about Campion's fate (in his own gruff way).

Re: the execution scene. That line about toddlers crying because they feared their parents would not hold them up in time to get a good view was just sickening.

I hope to finish this book today. The pages are just flying by!

Date Posted: 2/3/2009 3:17 PM ET
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Okay, I'm about halfway through Part 4 and I just posted my guess as to Devorax in the discussion thread for that section.  I've vowed not to go back to that thread until I'm done, which hopefully will be tonight!!

Anyway, Felicia, here is my suppositions on Devorax at this point:

Just one guess here for the record.  Is Devorax indeed very much a friend?  Perhaps a brother of Kit Aretine or maybe Kit Aretine himself?????  Can't wait to see if I'm right!!

 This book is just soooo intriguing me.  Reminds me why I love BC!!  His books keep me interested like no other. I think it's the combination of the suspense, the intrigue, the adventure and the mystery. 



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The section of the book about Campion's witchcraft trial made me think of our own country and the Salem witch trials.  I was in a production of  "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller years ago and we talked a great deal about mass hysteria and the entertainment value to the masses of a trial and execution such as this.  It was not at all uncommon, unfortunately.  Did you ever see the movie Tom Jones?  There is a great hanging scene in it too.  I think Tom is being taken to Tyburn if I remember back that far correctly.  It is very much of a social entertainment for the crowd.

 

I also loved the part where Campion is trying to recite the Lord's Prayer to prove she isn't a witch and she gets a knife poke in the back to make her scream.  Nothing like making sure the deck is stacked so to speak.  I also love it when she does pray on the way to her execution.  She is a lovely character not just in the physical sense but spiritual as well in spite of all that has happened to her.

 



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Cheryl - I noticed you didn't respond to my suppositions about Devorax.  LOL!  I know you KNOW the answer, so I'm glad you're holding your tongue!  LOL!

Campion is a lovely character. I also love the fact that this is a love story, but the love is not the focus of the story.  It's not some fawning, weepy, gushy love story.  Campion uses her love of Toby not as a crutch or her main purpose but as a pillar of support within herself. It's what sustains her during her horrible time in the tower and what gives her strength as she faces her own death. I believe she imagines being reunited with Toby in Heaven someday. I also like how Toby isn't always the hero who saves Campion.  In some ways, she is saving him!



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Campion is a lovely character. I also love the fact that this is a love story, but the love is not the focus of the story.  It's not some fawning, weepy, gushy love story.

I just saw your comment and had to add it's refreshing to read a love story in which the lovers enjoy TALKING to each other and teasing each other, not just jumping into bed. ;-)

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I agree the two young people have a wonderful, witty relationship with each other that is too often overlooked in lieu of steamy sex scenes.

 

And yes, I am trying to keep my mouth (fingers) shut, but it's soooo hard!!!  ;  )



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