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?
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...".
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