brnicholas wrote:Peter & Don,
Thanks for your replies. If I understand you rightly, what both of your are saying is that Chava possesses sufficient capability to threaten the Calirath's and therefor having Andrin married to one of his sons makes it highly likely that Chava will be able to kill the Caliraths and take over.
OK, that makes sense but seems to put as back at Ronnie of Farnalia was right to try and reject the marriage and Zindel was wrong to accept it because while Janaki might have been safer alone in a room with one of Chava's daughters then Andrin would be alone in a room with one of Chava's sons (although knowing Chava's reputation I wouldn't want to bet anything I valued on that) all the other risks of the marriage apply either way. I don't want to think of Zindel as having misjudged the risks that badly.
As regards Don's comment about the best way to protect Andrin I agree completely, and would only add that hard isn't impossible, she already has guards around her 24 hours a day, and the only real question is if she has the power to use them to protect herself from him. As you say we don't find out for they find a much better solution.
The difficulty for Zindel and Andrin is how they perceive their choices. They believe that to face Arcana, Sharona must be united. To do that the Uromathian Empire must be brought in. The problem is that to accomplish that is that Andrin becomes the sacrifice the Caliraths must make as she must marry one of Chava's sons. That's how the problem is posed. They do find a way around it, but that is how the choice is presented.
I think that the choice is false myself. If Chava succeeds in destroying the Caliraths which is really the danger here, does Sharona unite around Chava's dynasty considering his reputation and that of his sons? I don't think so. Janaki might have made it work an been able to manage his household in a way that forestalls the threat, but even that is iffy. Better to keep the fox out of the henhouse altogether.