I haven't read all the messages posted in the past, so not sure if you've already discussed this, but what are your favourite sections in the books?
To start with Mélusine, my most re-read bit is definitely chapter 8, when Felix and Mildmay meet in Hermione, and not less importantly, when Mildmay and Shannon meet for the first time. Talk about chalk and cheese!
I liked the bit in the tower when the annemer were standing together in a corner while the wizards were trying to banish the fantome, and on hearing Mildmay and Bernard talk 'Lord Shannon gave us this look like he'd found a dead rat under his bed, and moved further away'.
What a difference to the end of The Mirador when the two brothers are on their way out of Mélusine and they meet Shannon. By then he treats Mildmay quite differently!
I was also puzzled in that section when Shannon is nosing around and about to step into the circle, Felix warns him not to. Could the fantome do something to an annemer? I was under the impression that he could possess/manipulate only wizards. Or is it the same as ghouls, bad for everybody?
I really need to reread the books (too many other books are in my head at the moment). Off the bat I have no idea, but I agree with you on Felix and Mildmay's first meeting.
By and large I really like the interaction between thhe two of them when Felix is not playing the big bully ^^ And especially in Mélusine, the way Mildmay cares for his brother and doesn't just dump him somewhere, no matter how difficult things get.
Oh, soooo many. Pretty much every time Mildmay opens his mouth, it's pretty spectacular.
When Felix finds the gardens for the first time. Sadly, when Felix is crazy, but I just love the descriptions he gives of the world around him. It's terrifying and beautiful at the same time.
When Felix comes waltzing back in like nothing happened. Tra la la la BITCH SLAP.
Felix down in the crypt setting up all the wards or what-have-you. And when he fixes The Virtu. But mostly when he kicks Malkar's ASS. And when he warped the mind of the guy who killed Gideon. I have trouble reading that part of the book. STILL.
And the few and far between times when Felix and Milday TALK to each other.
There has to be more, but that's all I can think of off the top of my head.
Oh, that is a good one.
I LOVE the scenes when they are in the Labyrinth under the Gauthys' house. And I love all the references to The White Eyed Lady.
I forgot, but was the cult that their mother was in, was it at all related to any kind of worship to The White Eyed Lady?
Oh yes, the whole thing in the Klepsydra labyrinth is fab. I like the fact that Felix starts playing Sherlock Holmes in Florian's room, but Mildmay soon takes charge and goes out of the window and climbs the ivy down to the courtyard. Then despite being mad at Felix and hating stairs because of his leg, he follows him and Mehitabel down to the labyrinth because 'Felix could get lost in a teacup'! Etc etc etc.
I don't think that Methony's cult was the White-Eyed Lady's. According to Mildmay
"My mother converted into one of them faddy little cults that come and go in the Lower City like mayflies. This particular one died in the Fire, along with all its members".
From what Gideon says, the Lady's cult was way older than that.
Maybe there is some confusion because when he is in the Klepsydra labyrinth Felix says at one point:
"Mikkary flowed in my veins like blood. I was more truly the White-Eyed Lady's child than the child of Methony Feucoronne...".
(with thanks to Amazon for their Search Inside This Book option)
It's been a while since my last reading, too, but what springs to mind is the whole episode in the labyrinth under Klepsydra. So spooky and claustrophobic. With Mehitabel being all unflappable and then Felix getting *koff* flummoxed when he falls in the water and Mildmay fishes him out.
Too many favorites to narrow it down. Think I've read all these books botu 4 times now. On a break so I can go back fresher and re-read again and savor.
Glad to find this littler world where we all adore these books. I keep trying to rec them to other friends w/out success :/
Me too! I must admit that I'm not really into fantasy myself, mostly because fantasy novels tend to have pages and pages of descriptions and very convoluted plots - unlike these which are very much character-based, the kind of novel I prefer!
My friends who are into fantasy are big fans of Tolkien etc ie. the more traditional kind.
Edited at 2012-06-11 12:12 pm (UTC)
God, it's really hard to nail down the favorites, but I'll relate my favorite or most re-read sections
Let's do it in order, shall we?
Melusine: -The intro!
- The part where they're fleeing through the St. Grandine swamp because Mildmay is at his snarkiest there.
- Yep, their meeting in Hermione. Kills me.
- Felix's attempted suicide on the Linlowing Bridge (anything connected to Gideon is so lovely)
- Felix's monologue at the end when he tells Mildmay the truth.
The Virtu: -Anything Gideon/Felix
-The mending of the Virtu, specifically the sealing of the last foundation (the water garden) & the part following where he....turns it back on, I guess?
- Pretty much the whole Klepsydra maze part, especially the heart of the maze and when he falls in the water
- The sealing of the binding by forms
The Mirador: - Gideon relating his story about his worship of the White Eyed Lady
- I actually really love Tabby's discussions with Lord Stephen
- Pretty much everything from Felix taking Isaac to the end. Especially the scene in the prison and dispersing Magnus.
Corambis: -Falling in the river
- Pretty much any time Felix relates his past to Corbie
- The Automyton of Corybant and everything that surrounds it during the train voyage
- Murtaugh. Just...Murtaugh <3
- Felix's discussion of what magic is with Mildmay and the others
- The re-telling of the Nera maze story
Can I just say I love everything? lol
I practically re-read the series all the time. Mostly in bits, obviously, for canon review purposes.
Oh yes. I love Mildmay friendship with Kay. It's kind of adorable. And also how much Mildmay gets into learning things in Corambis.
Yes! The first time Felix meets Kay! I go back to that scene so much in my head. Because there's so much of Felix's characterization written around how he isn't a nice person and yet - "common decency". That just gets me so hard.