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Review:nott theodore says:
I am amazed by your ability to subtly teach me something new about this period of history with every chapter I read, but the historic details you include really enhance the story rather than become it. The effort that you must put into researching it all is definitely worth it, as it all makes this novel seem more original and authentic.

The idea of religion in relation to the wizarding world has always interested me, especially because JKR doesn't touch on it much in the books. I like the idea of some wizards joining in with the religious celebrations of their muggle neighbours.

I'm really interested to see the contrasts between Helena and Venn's personalities in this chapter. One thing that struck me particularly were the different attitudes towards muggles that are already emerging here. Helena seems much more tolerant and much more at ease interacting with muggles, whilst Venn is more aloof and distant from them. As Salazar's nephew, it makes sense that Venn would be more suspicious of muggles and think about guarding his property from them, rather than helping them or joining in with their celebrations. Salazar also became conspicuous by his absence in this chapter. I think that differences in attitude towards muggles could become a source of conflict in their relationship and I can imagine them playing quite an important role in this novel.

I have to say, Venn's reaction to Nentres talking to his mother made me laugh. He seemed like a little boy having a bit of a tantrum!

I was quite surprised that the pair got engaged so early on, but it does work very well. I'm looking forward to seeing the tournament, because it is one of those things that really suggest the medieval era to me. I love the detail you included about the gloves, as well.

The attraction between Helena and Venn intrigues me. I think that there is something more than physical attraction between the two of them, but at the same time I don't believe they truly understand each other's character. From a modern perspective, it is completely absurd that someone like Helena would agree to marry Venn at this stage, but when you place yourself in the time it does make sense.

nott theodore :)

Author's Response: Hello NT!

It's wonderful to hear that you like the way I mixed religion and magic in this chapter. I figured that certain open-minded wizards, like the Ravenclaw family, would be interested in Muggle traditions and want to understand the people they ruled over, both magical and not.

The influence of Salazar's distaste for Muggles is a major theme, you're absolutely right. It's going to create tension not only for Venn in determining his own set of beliefs, but also in the relationship between Venn and Helena and the Ravenclaws' view of Salazar and his family. Keep an eye on Salazar despite his absence here--he's definitely up to something.

Venn is still a little boy in a lot of ways. He's not ready to grow up and take responsibility, but he still hungers after power like a true Slytherin. You haven't seen the last of Nentres.

Well, bear in mind that this age would be quite late for engagement for both parties. There's a certain pressure to "get on with it." It's great that you're excited for the tournament and feel intrigued by the (very complex) relationship between Venn and Helena.

Thanks for another fantastic review!

-Amanda


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