Post by Halt the Ranger on Sept 4, 2019 11:48:16 GMT -5
All things Crowley go here, to start it off,
I never understood why Flanagan killed him off, was it just to show time past? Anyway it always seemed a bit cheap to me. He was a good character and to just offhandedly kill him off didn't give him justice. (Wasn't he even a little younger than Halt or even Duncan?)
“Once you best a man, never gloat. Be generous and find something in his actions to praise. He won't enjoy being bested, but he'll make a good face of it. Show him you appreciate it. Praise can win you a friend. Gloating will only ever make enemies.”
Crowley's death was pretty much described as a background event rather than an actual death. I always thought he got the short end of the stick as a rather minor character compared to other rangers, but still, it felt pretty cheap. There is also the fact that he wasn't even given a death that makes sense or is foreshadowed. (if I didn't miss any details)
Crowley was older than Halt and younger than Duncan. I was more shocked at Crowley's death than Alyss's though, having said that, I can see why it had to be so. Halt's retired so I don't expect Crowley to be very energetic if he was alive and it somehow would feel worse to have Crowley retire and just hang around doing nothing. Having an old and incapable commandant would be a serious draw back, at the very least, for the Ranger Corps. They need a young and inventive leader. Crowley suited that purpose perfectly in all the books that he was in that position but I think he would have gotten more set in his ways and conventional as he got older, which could be dangerous for the Corps in general. How did his death not make sense? A heart attack isn't particularly unusual, especially since he was very fit in his younger days and then spent a lot of time doing paper work and such. It's quite likely that he got a bit overweight as time went on. The food would have been quite good at the castle, even if Master Chubb wasn't the chef there.
Yeah, I am aware heart attacks are not unusual, but I would have been more convinced if we were informed about what exactly caused it. To me, it just felt like the book suddenly went "Oh and Crowley has been dead for a while" and continued on. Perhaps it is just a pet peeve of mine, but while I know death can come anytime and in any form, I feel different when it is a story. Still, in the end, that was written by the author, the person that knows his characters best, so I'll respect it regardless of my opinion.
I see what you mean. It just summarised that part like it wasn't important. Personally, I liked Crowley better than Alyss. I guess if it had been an unusual way to die, there would have been more attention focused on it. Because Alyss had a dramatic demise, it left more of a gap and more room for a story. To be honest, I think mentioning it in passing is better than if there was a chapter about his funeral or something. This way, it leaves room for imagination and stuff. I guess if we miss Crowley, we can always go back and write a fanfiction about the times before he died.
Halt the Ranger: The reason to read the other three first before going chronological is because the rules of the universe were still being established. (the very first book wasn't intend to become a series)
Sept 19, 2019 8:10:56 GMT -5
yosefu: Thanks a lot!
Sept 19, 2019 9:56:52 GMT -5