The Sending Predictions Scorecard

Now that I’ve finished the book, it’s time to see just how well I did on my predictions that I made, maybe I’m a futureteller after all!

  1. I’ll start off with some more ‘safe’ predictions, we aren’t going to the Red Queen’s Land, that is saved for the final book, since it is after all titled The Red Queen. But we will definitely see preparation for this journey happening, and by the end of the book we should be on the ship. Well half right, we certainly didn’t go there, even the ships haven’t arrived. But Elspeth isn’t on the ship after all.
  2. As for who is going to go, pretty much everyone, Dameon, Rushton, Brydda, Dragon, Elspeth, Daffyd, Miky, Gilbert, Gwynedd, Dardelan, Jakoby, Maruman, Gahltha and maybe Swallow. I have a little feeling that maybe Elspeth, Maruman and Gahltha won’t be on the ship and will somehow end up in the Red Queen’s Land, but that seems implausible Does this make up for the previous one, since I did say Elspeth didn’t end up on the ship. Plus pretty much all of the characters I listed are either on the ship or with Elspeth (the only exception being Miky), at least I think Daffyd and Gilbert are there.
  3. Darga is going to show up with the pack of dogs that was predicted. How this can happen and nobody else get really suspicious I’m not sure. Well he did at the end of part one.
  4. There is going to be a heartwrenching scene where Elspeth has to leave Rushton, without saying goodbye. Correct, but that was a given.
  5. We will see a memory of the Great White as it happened, or one very close to its happening. Sort of right, since we saw Cassy and Hannah looking at images of the devastation.
  6. Elspeth will find the statue/thing that marks the agreement of safe passage, and it will be in Murmroth, simply because Elspeth hasn’t been there. Wrong, she didn’t even find the statue, she just saw it in Iriny’s memory.
  7. I think the ancient promises with Swallow will be complete, Elspeth needs to have finished at least one of her three destinies, she can’t do them all in the final book. Wrong again, but at least Swallow is actually with Elspeth now.
  8. As for what they are, I guess it is just something that Cassy said to make sure the Seeker got all the signs that were to be placed in the Land. I don’t even know what I was trying to say here, so wrong.
  9. Gavyn will disappear, maybe he will bring back Darga. Nope, but at least I connected Gavyn to being important.
  10. Elspeth will make contact with Matthew again through the dreamtrails. Nope, didn’t see him at all.
  11. We will see a ‘memory’ of Matthew spotting Ariel, and possibly Salamander will be with him, but not in disguise. Nope
  12. Salamander is Seresh, and if not, Seresh has an important role to play. Yep, no.
  13. The White Faced lords will get a few more mentions. That one was true, we did get some more details about them, so finally another correct one.
  14. Atthis is dying, and I don’t think she’ll be replaced, as once the Seeker’s destiny is complete there won’t be any more Agyllians. Wrong, but at least, so far, she hasn’t been replaced.
  15. We’ll find out more about Maruman’s past, I was going to say he dies, but that won’t work since Elspeth wouldn’t be able to get into the weaponmachines complex, so he must live, but my guess is that after that, he’ll die/disappear. Nope, not at all.
  16. Miryum is not dead, and will turn up somewhere unexpected, I almost want to say Jes is alive, but I feel that might be pushing it. YES, Miryum is not dead at all, and she certainly is somewhere unexpected. As for Jes, no word.
  17. Elspeth is going to go after Jacob Obernewtyn and into the Blacklands, since she must get the key that he has (or did Hannah have it, not sure). Yep, she has been doing just that, but as for the key, we shall have to see.
  18. I thought Dragon might have gone to the Beforetime library complex/ruins since that is where she went when she first came here, but that wouldn’t make sense. So Dragon (I don’t think she was taken by someone) is, gosh I have no idea. Where are you Dragon? Maybe she has slipped over to the west coast. Oh, that gives me an idea, maybe Dragon has ended up going to the ocean and contacting one of the ship-fish, and they have taken her somewhere, obviously not the Red Queen’s Land since that is way too long! But maybe we won’t find her at all. Well that first bit is correct, she did go there, and then “I don’t think she was taken by someone” is completely wrong. I guess we didn’t find her after all, but she found them.
  19. Speaking of Dragon, the stone sword is hers, why did Cassy make a stone sword for her, I don’t know. I think the cover for the Red Queen indicates as much. Don’t know yet, but possibly.
  20. Entina is just a huge ass scary beast that kills people, and is stuck in the cave because there is taint there and it has adapted to it. Or, it is not a beast at all, and is some sort of time portal or computermachine, farfetched but still (my guess is that this isn’t answered until the next book). Don’t know yet, but at least I knew that this wouldn’t be answered yet.
  21. We’ll meet probably three new characters (as in more than just a passing reference, and who could be important) and we’ll be going to at least four places Elspeth has never been before. Plus Elspeth will definitely travel the dreamtrails again, despite Maruman’s warning, and will come very close to being trapped by the Destroyer/H’yraka. Three new characters: Ahmedri, Rheagor, Moss (I guess). And of course the four places: Taillard Observatory, Skylake, graag, desert, but no where we haven’t been to in the Land proper.
  22. The Destroyer is…. I have no idea, it could be Ariel, but I don’t think so, it could me Matthew, why else was he in that tunnel thing, honestly it could be anyone at this point. You want me to pick? I think that Matthew is almost too obvious, like a red-herring, but then I immediately think is Isobelle Carmody trying to make it a red-herring that it is a red-herring, so he really is, but she makes it look like it is a red-herring. I almost want to say Dameon, but no I don’t think so. I think it has to be someone we have seen, and it has to be unexpected, which I guess is why I have thought that maybe it is Jes, that would make some sort of sense, brother vs sister. And maybe Jes was just taken by some sort of Destroyer version of Atthis/Agyllians, and has been groomed to destroy the world. But I’m going to say not. So who then? Seresh? But then I don’t think so if she is Salamander. Gah, I know it won’t be revealed in this book, I’m certain of that, but there are going to be clues, that can point to a number of different people. But I’m going to point my finger to Gavyn, don’t ask why, just because. We’ll have to see
  23. Oh and we’ll end on a cliffhanger! I certainly got that one right!

I didn’t do all that badly now did I? I’ll have some Red Queen predictions tomorrow!

The Sending – Epilogue

Epilogue!

So this shall be interesting, are we actually going to continue where we left off and see what happened after the efari attacked Elspeth and knocked her out? Will there be another cliffhanger? Let’s find out!

So we are still with Elspeth, but she is drifting around in unconsciousness. She dreams of Ahmedri with Darga walking through the dunes, but the others don’t seem to be with him. I guess this actually is happening, so was it only Elspeth captured or are others with her? Then she dreams of what I assume to be Rheagor’s ancestor, possibly, walking through a deserted Beforetime city, just as the sand was starting to creep in. Then she saw Maruman leap onto a large machine! A ‘horseless carriage’ Elspeth thinks it is. Maruman seems to almost be ‘at home’ here, and I have to wonder if maybe he knew this place and lived here, cause he is such a mystery. At the same time, he seems to be stalking something.

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The Sending – Chapter 31 – Part Two

Chapter Thirty-One – Part Two

They start to set up came around Descantra, with Ahmedri taking the lead and directing them on how to successfully survive a night in the desert, by protecting them from the harsh wind and cold nights. Analivia and Ahmedri tried hard to tend to Descantra, but she is going to die, and it’s unlikely she will even wake. Elspeth puts her hope in Gavyn and Rasial, that maybe they will find a way to communicate with her, or to heal her spirit. Swallow suggests that they keep their weapons ready, just in case whatever attacked the wolves is looking for round two. And for the first time since Elspeth has left, she brings out her bow and arrow, which nobody else even knew she had! I guess there wasn’t that much need previously, but now, with possible flying targets, a bow and arrow makes perfect sense. And Analivia is very skilled in it, and tries to reject it, when Elspeth hands it to her, but she might just save their lives. She still feels obliged to try to find something of equal value to gift to Elspeth, but I think keeping them alive, is gift enough.

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The Sending – Chapter 31 – Part One

Chapter Thirty-One – Part One

Alright, let’s begin the final chapter (excluding the epilogue) of The Sending! And continuing on from the previous chapter, we now have to wonder what has happened to the wolves. Something must have gone wrong. Maybe they were attacked by the rhenlings. Maybe it was something else. Whatever has happened, it isn’t good news. And I guess the question is, not just what do they do now, but is our group actually safe? They’ve had a great run, with plenty of accidents and dangers, but still, all of them have survived. And though that’s a fantastic thing, I can’t help but feel that this is going to change soon, and that means, this chapter. Another interesting suggestion, is that the efari captured them, because the wolves were too close to the Beforetime city. But, why and how did they take all of the wolves? And if they did do that, things really don’t look good for our own group, who need to go there and save Miryum.

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The Sending – Chapter 30 – Part Two

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Chapter Thirty – Part Two

So we just left the group having a nice long chat. And they are going to keep chatting for a while! Right now they are just on the stone sword and who might possibly own it, and Ahmedri is confirming that it was indeed Cassy who ordered Elspeth do it. Swallow can’t get over the fact that Cassandra ended up in Sador. But what is interesting is that according to Ahmedri, she didn’t die there, which is news to everyone but Dameon, who spent a year there. Apparently even in Sador, she vanished, and nobody knew what happened to her. Some say that she ‘gave herself to the sea’, but what really happened? So yet another unresolved narrative thread has been created, what happened to Cassandra?

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The Sending – Chapter 30 – Part One

Chapter Thirty – Part One

Two hours later, they finally saw the plains, which Ahmedri is sure is actually a desert, and not just a weird white plain. But whatever it is, it is clear this is man-made, though who would argue with a Sadorian about what is a desert? In the distance what they assume is the body of clean water is visible, but right next to it is tainted ground, so how does that work? Surrounding the white plain seems to be Blacklands, so how on earth is that even possible. Why is this spot clean and nothing else? Coming to the lake itself, they find that it is fed by a spring (as everything is), but the whole thing just looks suspicious. Elspeth’s explanation makes me think it isn’t exactly a nature lake, it almost sounds like some sort of man-made structure, but maybe I’m picturing it wrong. Whatever it is, the wolves don’t seem fussed, and say it’s safe. Of course Elspeth still can’t really do that much with her broken arm, so she has to sit around idly, with people bringing water and food to her, not really something she likes.

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The Sending – Chapter 29 – Part Two

Chapter Twenty-Nine – Part Two

So Elspeth is of absolutely no help in their attempt to dig out of the caved in tunnel. She has a broken arm, so she can’t really do anything, and has to leave it up to the others. Which is really hard for her, this is something she has always struggled with, she likes to be the one doing the ‘saving’, not the one sitting around idly. And just think Elspeth (and us) thought she was going on this expedition alone, without any other humans, I can’t imagine her surviving for long if she did! Sitting there seeing and hearing the rhenlings right above her, would make things even worse. The scary thing is, it looks like they are just about to wake up and our group really doesn’t want to be around when that happens. I wonder if they can, once on the other side, just block the exit, and hope no rhenlings are going to come the other way. Otherwise, what hope do they have?

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