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Review:nott theodore says:
*Crawls out from the rock I've been hiding under* Sorry it's taking me so long to review all these chapters!

The first thing that struck me with this chapter was Rowena's departure from her normally cool and logical character. It really highlights her desperation for her daughter marry and to fit in with the conventions of the time. I think it's even more pronounced because Rowena is generally a calm and intelligent person, but where her daughter is concerned she loses the objectivity.

A wedding isn't really the place that either Venn or Helena wanted to be after they'd just broken off their engagement! But I enjoyed seeing a glimpse of some humility in Venn here, and watch him stand up to his uncle. He definitely possesses some of the family and (dare I say it) Slytherin traits, which are going to continue causing definite problems for the couple in the future.

It's interesting to see the ideas of pureblood supremacy becoming more prevalent in certain circles of the wizarding society, to the point that it was mentioned at the wedding. I imagine that there would have been more pureblood families at this point, but it is intriguing that the topic caused rifts not only between the founders, but also magical people as a whole.

I feel quite sorry for Helena at the end of this chapter. She's stuck in a bit of a catch-22 situation; her better judgement is telling her not to forgive or marry Venn, but the attraction to him still remains and if she called off this marriage, she would have to begin again searching for a suitable partner that her mother would approve of. It's definitely not easy for her, and I'd hate to be in a similar situation.

Great chapter!

nott theodore :)

Author's Response: Hi! And seriously, it's just fine :)

I'm happy to hear you picked up on that, because it's just what I wanted to show. Rowena can't seem to think logically all the time when it comes to her own flesh and blood. Helena is her only child and her entire legacy and a lot rides on her making the right choices.

You're right that Venn has that selfish, reckless Slytherin disposition, and it's great that you saw him making small strides away from that here. He and Salazar are going to continue to come to blows, now that his uncle realizes that he's more than just a pawn to be bred into the replacement for his father.

I meant for the mention of blood supremacy at the wedding to be disturbing. The elite of the wizarding world are slowly starting to stake a firmer claim on their territory, and no doubt Salazar and like-minded others have begun to spread some paranoia through the ranks. That poison will keep growing, especially in Salazar's own heart.

Yeah, Helena is in a tough position. She doesn't want to go back on all the hard work she's already done with Venn, but she gets the sense that he could definitely let her down, having seen it in action at the joust. As you mentioned, she's also having to fight the beginnings of really falling in love with him.

Thanks for this lovely review! I love hearing your thoughts and engaging in commentary with you.

-Amanda


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