Her Proper Business
In which Tarona Rusk repays a debt.
There’s a bunch of stuff packed into this chapter, but I don’t feel like I have much to say about it; most of it is new details of things we already knew about.
One new thing is the statement Tarona makes at the end, which might be prophecy: “I will die, but the Department will not win.” We already knew the second part, from Accepting the Lance, but the last time we saw Tarona in that book she was still alive — albeit about to embark on some mission that we didn’t get the details of, but which we might learn more about in this book.
The question is perhaps: if she’s already dealt with the man who made her the Department’s tool, and we know the Commander’s fate is already in hand, what else is left for her to deal with? Whatever it is, she apparently considers it such a challenge that she was asking for helpers a couple of chapters ago, which is worrying considering the challenges she’s taken on single-handed.