1. Gabi and Lia both face several life and death situations in these chapters, having to pick up weapons in defense of those they love and experiencing first hand the brutality of close combat. If you had the choice between picking up a weapon and standing on the front lines or staying behind to tend to the wounded as necessary, which would you choose?
In all honesty, I have no idea. I don't actually know how to use any kind of weapon, but if I did I'd probably be out there, fighting. I suck at waiting behind, even if it is for a good purpose. I would want to be up there knowing what was going on. Still, I'd be scared out of my senses.
2. Both girls get to wear extraordinary gowns to their victory celebration; what would your dream medieval gown look like?
I'd probably go for a sapphire blue with pearl-like beading over the top. I like the higher collar behind the neck and I liked the tight sleeve to the elbow and bell out from there. I also like the tie in that pic over there (points to the right). So, maybe that dress in deep deep blue and a gold sash about the waist...plus the beading. I have issues okay. I usually just prefer simple, but sometimes a girls wants to feel like a princess. *le sigh*
3. Gabi has crude stitches put in and must endure both their removal as well as the cauterization of the wound. How is your threshold for pain? Do you think you would have simply gritted your teeth as Gabi does?
No, I would not have gritted through the pain. Although, I'm not much of a screamer and my threshold for pain is high, I still don't think I could have done it as she did. I can only imagine the pain and I think I may have also eventually passed out, as she did.
4. Marcello wants to properly court Gabi after they express mutual feelings of affection, wanting to speak with her mother about his intentions. What do you think is the most romantic aspect of medieval courtship?
I would say that since they aren't out "getting it on" the men were more creative in their courting. Thinking of ways to be together and not get into trouble. Stolen kisses sometimes mean so much more than the blatant ones. That to me would be the romantic part...the thought behind it all. The point of making the time to be together.
5. Gabi and Lia find themselves with conflicting desires toward the end with Lia wanting to return home and Gabi hoping to stay. Do you think that Gabi is being unfair to Lia for wanting to stay, or is Lia being unfair to Gabi for demanding they go? A little of both?
I think I'm probably on Lia's side. I don't blame Gabi for wanting to stay, but that is a HUGE decision. To leave everything they have ever known, including their mother. I don't think that is anything I could have done permanently. I give Lia props for being the sister she was and not yelling at Gabi for making her stay as long as she did.