This is the twenty-second blog installment of Read & React for The Fifth Season. If you’re new to the series check out the first installment here. Eventually I hope to take my notes from this and transform them into a Spoiler Free Review, but this segment will definitely be filled with spoilers since it is my thoughts as I go through the book. Reader be warned, this post is meant for discussion purposes; avert your eyes now if you wish to avoid spoilers.
21: you’re getting the band back together
(AHHHHHHHH OMGOMGOMG I WASN’T SURE IT COULD BE TRUE BUT IT ISSSSSSSSS!!!!!) Tonkee is Binof Leadership Yumenes!!! (but wait, if Essun/Syen/Damaya has already met a stone eater in the past that saved her life then why does she get so confused when she meets Hoa? WAIIIITTTTTTT is Hoa the same stone eater she met before?!? They can change forms.) Tonkee/Binof and some of her “friends” have been tracking Essun all these years by watching the obelisks since the obelisks are drawn towards people who can wield them. (This is a fun mechanic – but she references the amethyst obelisk and not the garnet obelisk soooo is the garnet one definitely gone then?)
While Essun is trying to figure things out now she asks Hoa a bit about himself because he doesn’t act at all like a typical stone eater and looks much closer to human than stone. He pulls out the napsack of different rocks he’s been carrying around and eating all this time, eats one, and says the rock is him; Essun (and I) don’t understand this, but Hoa reassures us that he likes us and won’t hurt us (well I would most certainly hope not at this point). Then while Essun tries to relax by getting a hot bath she runs into the doctor from Tirimo, Learna. They talk for a while then go back to her apartment so she can introduce him to her new group. When they get there Hoa comes back in (apparently he went out exploring) and says she needs to meet with a man because she owes him for Corundum (it’s Alabaster and he’s dying).
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Learna (Makenba’s boy) – the doctor from Tirimo who delivered Uche
Personal Point of Interest
Ooooo I really like where all of this is going!!!