Spoilers for Chapters 31 through 44!
Phèdre, her boys, and Joscelin arrive safely in La Serenissima. What was your impression of the city, its culture, and its ruler, the Doge?
I noted frequently that women’s rights in La Serenissima are different. Back in Terre d’Ange obviously things aren’t perfect or completely equal but women learn to read and write in addition to math. This is also part of why the pleasure quarter seems to be how it is. They learn math because it will help their future husbands. Also homosexuality being considered a sickness in La Serenissima firmly puts me team Terre d’Ange.
I do love Ricciardo and Allegra a lot.
I also found Melisande’s assessment of Marie-Celeste interesting. She’s a daughter of two places and has respect for neither set of divinities.
Melisande is unveiled! Were you expecting her to pop up as we received more hints about Benedicte’s mysterious wife and new-born D’Angeline son?
The first time I read this, I had no idea. I was definitely with the oracle, last place I expected her to be. But I don’t think we met Benedicte until this point. We’d just heard about him. Seeing the situation in La Serenissima and how he lives his life there, it makes a lot more sense why he chose Melisande. Besides her being staggeringly beautiful and clever, of course. I was also excited to see Imriel. He’s a baby at this point so he wasn’t doing much but I just kept thinking how significant and coonflicted he’s going to be. He’s so innocent in these scenes.
Phèdre is imprisoned and two-thirds of her boys are confirmed dead, what did you think of this sequence as events?
That scene still killed me. Also how Phèdre is refusing to take Melisande’s deal, partly because she wants to protect the remaining men. Her quest has had a lot of collateral damage and she feels it.