Karigan G’ladheon is not a fan of tombs. Or ghosts. Or death. Or any of those things, really. Which is of course why they all seem drawn to her, especially here in The High King’s Tomb. Which then must make the reader question why these things are drawn to her. Or, as a spirit asks her in this book, “Do you know what you are?”
I would say the question is not answered in full by the climax. Oh sure, it adds a wildly new dimension to the story and the world of the series, but it is very difficult to boil a person down to a word or even a succinct sentence. I think the only good descriptions to use for Karigan are “Green Rider” or “hero.”
There are gods in this world. Mostly discussed have been Aeryc and Aeron, gods of moon and sun. Also mentioned has been Nia, a goddess of oceans or fishing…something like that. And Westrion, the Birdman, the death god with his steed Salvistar. Which brings up an interesting point. Do animals have gods that they worship? Some books say yes and others don’t care one way or the other. But in this book, we see horses bowing to Salvistar, granting Him their allegiance and prayers. It’s the most peaceful side of Salvistar, considering he is a harbinger of war, strife, and battlefields.
Last time, when I had finished First Rider’s Call, I meant to talk about colonialism. After all, interspersed throughout the entire book are snippets of the journal of Hadriax El Fex, one of the Arcosians who came with Alessandros del Mornhavon to take the New Land (Sacoridia, Rhovanny, Kmaern, etc.) by conquest and bring it into the Arcosian Empire. In our Western European-descended lives, we are most likely to sympathize with the foreigners coming to the New World, as our own ancestors did long ago. However, when you look at Green Rider, you realize that our heroes are the descendants of the natives instead. To reinforce the parallel with our own world, the Arcosians are monotheistic in contrast to the polytheistic natives.
A lot of plot points in First Rider’s Call created tensions and stresses between various characters, but many of those are resolved in The High King’s Tomb, though not all of them of course. And new points and subplots are introduced in this third book, which will not be completed until later. Normal for a series.
Of course, from First Rider’s Call onward, the books do get increasingly long, so I may not be able to finish them in two days apiece. We shall see!