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Welcome back to day 4 of our readalong of The Hurricane Wars by Thea Guanzon! Let’s get comfy and get reading!
Yesterdays section finished at an interesting point so I’m excited to see what’s going to happen!
Today we’re reading from Chapter 23 to the end of Chapter 30.
Please be warned, the following section will include spoilers for The Hurricane Wars, from chapters 23 to 30. Please only read on if you’ve finished this section!
Vagabond pot stirrer? But why does that just make him sound interesting to me. 👀
I mean, Surakwel really wasn’t wrong about The Night Empire posing a threat, and he wastes no time jumping into sideeyeing and throwing digs at Alaric though. Awkward!
If there’s anything we’ve learnt from Urduja, it’s that she should not be messed with nor argued with. Surakwel needs to reign it in.
I’m not sure challenging Alaric to a duel is the right move to make here but go off. Talasyn knows that if Alaric kills Surakwel there’ll be an uprising, so makes a last ditch effort to split up the duel by stepping in between and ends up hurt. She thinks Alaric will be angry and want to spar with her, but instead he’s staring at her wound.
In an unusual kind of way this benefitted them both, because she fact she couldn’t conjure a shield leaves Alaric with no choice but to publicly call out Urduja for denying Talasyn access to the nexus point. If gives them an ultimatum, if the negotiations aren’t finalised by tomorrow, he’s gone.
“You […] are a beautiful little idiot.” Stop. I’m ruined. RUINED. Tattoo that line on my heart.
How does he call her beautiful and then somehow still end up in an argument with her. I thought they were getting somewhere! It’s only once she makes up an excuse that she was there to ask about when they’re going to Belian and he shoos her out the door that she actually realises he called her beautiful. I want to bang their heads together and make them see sense.
Alaric knows something’s changed between them. Is it love, has their passion moved on from hate? What do we think????
His father isn’t happy with the union, he thinks Alaric is letting her cloud his common sense. Where’s the lie though?
Alaric’s chat with his father seems to have set them back again and now he’s demanding searches. Kinda valid considering the Nenaverene are hiding the Sardovians but it’s ok cause Urduja has a plan to hide them and it seems to work?
Well… this is awkward. Elgabi wants to discuss the consummation of their upcoming marriage. Alaric and Talasyn are equally flustered by the idea.
They agree to share a room to keep up appearances and nothing more… do I see an only one bed in the near future?
They’re arguing again, but hear me out, I have a theory. They’re not arguing because they hate each other but actually quite the opposite. They don’t know how to handle their overwhelming feelings of love so they’re hitting out at each other.
Talasyn is at a loss and decides to try escape the palace to visit her comrades, but doesn’t account for popping into the very same broad chested man that causes her anger and infuriation. Her only option it to make up a completely different story. She’s off to the night market to get something to eat. What she didn’;’t account for… is him wanting to come with her.
I actually think some alone time away from the pressure of training and their marriage is proving beneficial to them both.
I can’t imagine anything hurting Talasyn more than overhearing people refer to her as an outsider. From the very beginning of this story she’s longed for somewhere to fit in.
Rather than focus on that she puts her energy into quizzing Alaric, why didn’t he kill her when they met, why did he save her from the falling column, why did he let her go?
He was curious to start with, and letting her succumb to a falling column felt too unceremonious. Interesting answer.
Talasyn eventually coerces Surakwel into taking her to her comrades. I’m glad we get to see them again!
Vela convinces her she has more power as the Night Empress, it gives her opportunities. This is exactly what Talasyn needed to comfort her I think. She’s more than a marriage pawn.
Alaric spends a lot of time ogling Talasyn, watching her eat, whilst Talasyn spends a lot of time ogling Alaric’s low slug trousers and clingy undershirt.
Many cows, mischievous gazes and companionable moments later, we arrive at the shrine and it’s time for the real training to begin.
He’s a good trainer and it’s not long before Talasyn creates a shield. When she does, she’s so excited that she surges forward and grabs him in a hug. BUT WAIT FOR IT… when she gets embarrassed and tries to pull away, HE HOLDS HER THERE!
Ugh the tension in this book has been so good that I’m legit excited for a HUG. What is happening to me?
My body officially just left my soul when she touches his bicep and he shudders and reaches for her thigh and they continue to just hold each other.
What a way to end this section!!!!
Do we think Talasyn and Alaric have finally reached a point where they’re not going to shut each other out?
Do you think Talasyn should trust Surakwel? I’m on the fence.
Do you think they’ll even go through with the wedding?
I am SO EXCITED to see what’s going to happen in tomorrow’s last section! See you then, fairies!