I’ve got a fresh theory about signets brewing. Have you noticed how in the book, each signet appears to be stronger than the last?
Take Xaden, for instance. He’s got the most potent signet of them all – ultra-rare and ultra-powerful. I’m convinced that Sgayel is utterly bored with venin and wyvern and is the mastermind behind the revolution. I mean, even her previous rider hailed from Tyrrendor, and those folks seem to have a better handle on things than anyone else.
Our protagonist, Violet Sorrengail, is a veritable killing machine who can scorch people from afar. With Tairn backing her, she’s the perfect weapon to obliterate anything that flies (bye bye, wyvern, she rules the sky).
Naturally, Andarna has the stunning gift of stopping time, a power that’s been repeatedly stated to be unique in the world. She lost her gift, as we know, but now she has something else (still figuring out what…) which she’ll be able to channel.
Andarna also mentioned that nature likes balance. The delightful (and slightly creepy) Professor Carr explained what this means for someone like Violet (she’s fragile, yet her signet is the most powerful).
Together (thanks again, Professor Carr), Violet Sorrengail and Xaden Riorson make the most lethal weapon. He can shroud everything in darkness, yet, because of her connection with Xaden, I think she’ll be the only one able to see in his darkness. This allows her to char the enemy like overcooked fried chicken without them even knowing what’s coming. (I’m predicting this will be more of a grand finale type of battle in the 5th book)
In conclusion, I might be rambling, but it seems fewer dragons want to bond because they’re fed up with the corrupt leadership and the escalating battles against an increasingly powerful enemy. In other words, more and more dragons are growing fearful yet confident that the kingdom will keep the precious Vale safe.
However, the dragons who do bond are stronger and fiercer. And since nature likes all things in balance, the signets are becoming more powerful to be able to defend the grand evil that’s coming…
Thanks for coming to my FWT talk.
Chapter 22, Page 282
“I haven’t read about a signet power like that in a century.”