seems to imply that there's only a couple major paths through the mountains. While there's undoubtedly other paths (since she says 'the best paths'), I'm guessing the risk of getting boxed in is significant otherwise they wouldn't need charted paths at all. Just head in the direction you want to go and avoid the big rock things.
"Cause all the best paths between the peaks have been charted".
Pretty strongly suggests that there are other paths, likely many other possible paths, but that each of the ones on the map are the "best path" through the mountains in each geographical area, for ships to get to the nearby Dwarven cities. One could presumably work their way through any part of the mountain range if the wanted to, but most ships are traveling from specific cities in the south to specific cities in the north, and thus would always want to travel through the best paths, which, over time would be well charted on their maps (as we see).
Not that I have any strong opinion on whether they make it through or not. If they wind their way through that's fine by me.
Sure. Same here. Any method works. I just find it more likely from a storytelling point of view that they manage to find a way through the mountains in the ship, than that they crash on a mountainside only to have some other deux-ex-machina come along to get them to where they're going. I mean, they're on the ship named for that trope, right? So that'll presumably be how they get there, even if the method is risky and literally off the beaten path.
Someone on the forums made an interesting point that the theme of this book is people failing to recognize change, either in themselves or in others, leading to disastrous results. Roy fails to recognize that Durkon has actually changed and suffers for it. Belkar isn't recognizing the change in himself (maybe, or others not seeing his change, or something.). It's possible that the Durkon arc resolves in some way where the vamp doesn't recognize Durkon has changed and makes a critical mistake (perhaps foreshadowed with the whole dinner party bit). Andi doesn't recognize that Bandana has changed (and I suppose Bandana doesn't recognize that from Andi either). Oh. And the MitD is changing (has changed), and Xykon doesn't see it (which will almost certainly lead to problems for him at some point). The Giant has repeatedly pointed out that each part of the story is not a "sub-plot", but part of the story that leads to an eventual conclusion. This bit of drama does fit into that story and in some way is necessary to the overall plot.
Just funny how many people don't seem to get that this is a story being written by one person, and thus, unlike real life, the story will unfold and make sense as some point (and works out "as intended"). Literally nothing happening right now will cause failure, only more story. And more story is good IMO. Edited, Feb 21st 2017 7:20pm by gbaji