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Review:Jchrissy says:
I'm too far behind to think this review is going to be a long juicy one, because honestly I just want to get caught up! And I'm impatient! Haha!

Salazar has snapped in such an odd way. He's so rational inside his own head and it's nothing but clear that he intends his plan to play out and he will not allow it to be disturbed. A man who isn't willing to compromise or thing clearly mixed with his arrogance and his lack or regard for human life is a very frightening combination. I feel like this chapter was one of the most important to showing us how far he's gone and to start the path to his own destruction and the destruction of the castles founders. And I'm officially blaming him for what will happen in the future to Helena and Venn!

Helga was everything I'd want her to be in this. I loved that she couldn't not tell Helena the other option, even though it's clear she realizes the issues it will cause with her and Rowena. Are we seeing the first thread of their friendship break perhaps?

I love seeing how far these two have come in terms of caring about one another, and the fact with talking Helena down a bit and wanting to give her an actual wedding was one of the sweetest things I think I've seen him do in this chapter. And Edeline watching this all was just too sweet. I hope she knows how much Helena cares about her son and isn't put off by the marriage because of Helena's dramatic actions. She seems like a woman who might actually appreciate them.

Okay, shutting myself up so I can go on!

Author's Response: Ooh, how nice to see you back here, too!

I have seen that if you spend enough time in your own head, you can really start to go in circles with your reasoning and make it very difficult for someone to change your mind. That's probably what happened with Salazar; he became isolated due to his differing beliefs and eventually came to crave that solitude because no one was there to disagree with him. He's such an immense character and I would be interested in exploring more about his falling out with his former allies but don't know if I'm yet up to that big of a challenge :)

Helga, I think, is one of those people who always has good intentions but lacks the foresight for which Rowena has garnered fame. She's a romantic and a peacekeeper and maybe this situation is just too complex for even her. I do like to have her there as a friend and ally to poor Helena, though.

I think this moment at the end was probably the highest point of Venn and Helena's relationship in this story, and so I think of it with much fondness. They seem the most in sync here despite the pressure from both sides that threatens to separate them. I think they are their best selves here, too--Venn is comforting and logical and Helena is romantic and vulnerable. It's sad to think of how they'll be in just a short time and how ignorant they are of the events to come. Sigh :(

Thanks for this truly kind review, Jami!

-Amanda


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