Fifth Season Ch 6 & 7
Damaya shows an awareness of geologic instability, and her attention to it disturbs Schaffa. Schaffa tells a story about the origin of the Guardians, including some exposition about how orogene powers work. When Damaya wants to assert her responsibility, Schaffa breaks her hand as a test of her self control. (Remember the trainee in Syenite's chapter, with a bandaged hand?) Schaffa says he loves Damaya.
Essun continues on the road for a bit. Hoa becomes more of an enigma as Essun considers him. He doesn't seem to act his age. He says nothing of his past. He has no possessions, not even clothes, apart from a bundle of something. He doesn't know what soap is. He looks like no other person Essun has seen. And he seems to know where Essun's daughter is.
- What do people make of the relationship between Schaffa and Damaya?
- There's been a lot of exposition in the past few chapters. Has that been handled well?
- Are you convinced by the portrayal of Essun as a grieving mother?
- Random speculation time: who or what is Hoa?