About the Book
Trapped in a hidden fortress, Solveig and her companions await news of her father’s victory at battle. As winter stretches on, it becomes clear that there’s a traitor in their midst. Can Solveig expose the traitor before it’s too late?
- What do you think Solveig means when she says that she and her siblings are trapped by their birth order? Do you think this is true? Why or why not?
- Solveig thinks that Alric changes himself to match his audience. Why would someone do this?
- Alric teaches Solveig that stories make people feel certain ways. Think of one of the stories that Alric or Solveig tells and discuss how it makes the audience feel.
- Alric says storytellers need memory and sight. What do you think this means? What are other traits of a good storyteller?
- Hake can be violent and brutal but he can also be kind and gentle. Describe some of the moments that show the “real” Hake.
- Solveig is finally proud of herself for her storytelling abilities. What things make you proud of yourself?
- Solveig starts to believe that stories can shape the world. Do you think this is true?
- Asa calls Solveig beautiful, which is the first time she has ever been described that way. What do you think beautiful really means?
- Do you think Asa and Per understand the ramifications of their actions? Do you think Solveig will ever forgive her sister?
- Why doesn’t Solveig tell anyone except for Alric about her dream? What do you think would have happened if she told everyone?