Chapter By Chapter features me reading one chapter of the selected book at the time and reviewing it as if I were reviewing an episode of a TV show or an issue of a comic. There will be spoilers if you haven’t read to the point I have, and if you’ve read further I ask that you don’t spoil anything further into the book. Think of it as read-along book club.
Running late after shopping and needed a nap so I’m praying for coherence at this point. So last time we started the fight between the teacher and her ego-driven students. Already our heroine (relatively speaking as these are the villains…it’s like watching Megatron take out an army of Starscreams, which has been done actually) has dispatched with two of our quintet of brats. I can’t wait to see how she deals with the next two.
This whole section is showing us the difference between the “falconer” and her trainees. They aren’t really using any kind of strategy while Joanna takes necessary risks and basically suckers them in. Meanwhile we know they’re actually trying to kill her and make it look like an accident during the challenge while she’s sticking to the no kill rules currently among the rank depleted Clan, showing she also has the honor they lack. How will this turn out? Well, it’s her book and it’s only chapter four so I don’t feel like I’m spoiling a lot, therefor it’s only a question of in what state she’ll be in at the end of this challenge. Let’s find out.
Last time she took out the two physically strongest among the team, Cholas using what little strategy he has to hopefully wear her down before he comes in. That plan backfired as she took them out rather easily. As we left off Frederick was next and Joanna seemed to be trapped on a building. The battle that followed on the roof showed Frederick was probably the better fighter of the group, which is probably only partially thanks to his ability to go into a sort of controlled rage, but in the end Joanna still prove the better fighter.
That should leave the next fighter in, Castilla, but Cholas I think comes in early. I’m admittedly unclear about Joanna’s response to seeing him there but it comes as Castilla decides to have a philosophical discussion during a fight, which both angers Joanna and gives her a little time to recover. Here’s where we really see the trainees’ inflated ego on display. Castilla says they should finish her off quickly and then go have sex, a sign that she still thinks they’re too good to fight a friend of freeborns, which Joanna points out is foolish, but doesn’t really get into why it’s foolish. I guess it should be obvious that her mind should be on the fight but again it shows how not seriously the brats are taking this.
I admit that once Joanna and Castilla’s fight moves to the raided Mech cockpit (it doesn’t say what Mech, which admittedly only makes sense to fans but one of those things you’d think would be there for them without ruining it for the rest of the readers) I had a bit of trouble picturing everything. This could be me being tired or my lack of knowledge about the Mechs in general. Still, in the end she claims victory, though Castilla is apparently able to shout to Cholas that he’s their last chance to protect their honor…which considering he’s one of the reasons you lack it is further proof that they need to go back into the oven and cook some more.
Next time it’s the fight with Cholas as we see what the leader of this group has to show. I’m not betting on much.