This is probably the oddest book of the series so far. The 7th book, it isn't necessary to read any of the others before reading this one, it doesn't even really reference too much from any of the other books. But it certainly has a weird plotline and characters.
was born special. He is a lightning boy, which is what his people call
albinos. To satisfy a debt, he is married to a warrior woman of a
neighboring village. But she has some problems of her own and doesn't
really want to drag around a new husband, although she does care for
him. Her village has been attacked and her first husband taken, and she
has to go save him. Pondwader's destiny is tied up with hers and he
needs to go with her, despite the consequences.
Pondwader has no
filter. He loves almost everyone he comes in contact with, and it would
seem that he loves them almost instantly. His mother is a strange
character to and while she provides an antagonist at times, she's almost
unbelievable in her actions. His wife, Musselwhite, is cold most of
the time but at least she seems to care about her family. And his
sister is probably the most well-rounded character of all. At least
she's the one that acts halfways normal and seems to really care for her
brother but have other interests outside of him.
I must admit,
I didn't really care for the story in this book. I thought it was
rushed, somewhat contrived and a lot of things never explained. You
have what Pondwader's destiny is spelled out very early on, but then the
ending branches off in a way you wouldn't expect and it's done a bit
jumbled. There's a spiritual element to this book, and more talk of not
necessarily Dreamers, but spirit destiny, but for once that was the
understandable part of the book. It was the characters actions and
delusions that were the inconceivable part this time. There's the usual
amount of violence and sex in this book, and it is described, not just
eluded to. Another flaw in the writing was the continual use of the
phrase "yes, my wife" in response to his new wife. I get that he was
excited to be married but it was repetitive and I think he would have
called her by name a few times at least.
It sounds like I'm
complaining a lot about this book and maybe it's because the previous
two I had actually enjoyed. This one wasn't terrible but it did have
enough flaws to sink it quite a bit lower than the previous ones.
People of the Lightning