Auren doesn’t succumb to Makari’s torture, so he decides his father was right about her being the delohi-saqu. Now he resorts to more sadistic methods to extract information, which could doom the Coalition if Auren fails to resist.
In the conclusion of Ep7 Auren is now fully in the hands of Makari. The misery and torture she had previously encountered is now only a fond memory as Broken takes on the darker elements of pain, love, denial and acceptance.
This episode concentrates for the most part on the experiences of Auren as she struggles to survive the vastly increased torments inflicted on her by Makari and his delusions of trying to save her from herself. The actions of Makari while initially consistent with his upbringing, slowly grow to show a man who is seeking to come to terms with questions he has never before needed answered. Searching in Auren’s pain as an escape from his own doubt, fear and connection with his victim.
This darker tone is handled well, part physical part emotional. The implication of gore and butchery is represented without the need to give a drop by drop detail of each wound and hurt. Auren’s fear and will are strong with the desire to give in and accept her fate is ever present. However, her resistance to sacrifice the lives of others, her friends and family keep her enduring. A strong character isn’t just about strength or accepting pain with a smile, it’s about keeping going even when all you want to do it give in. Auren is that strong character.
In the end pain can be a release, not just for the the one who suffers.
Renee Scattergood, author of the high fantasy series, Shadow Stalker, lives in Australia with her husband and daughter. Aside from writing, she loves reading (Fantasy, of course), watching movies with her family, and doing crafts and science experiments with her daughter.
You can also read a review of Shadow Stalker Ep7 Bound by Fate here