Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
She claims sanctuary in the temple of Asherat of the Sea. In Chapter 76, after the assassination attempt has been thwarted, Ysandre demands of the Doge to turn over Melisande to Terre D'Ange for her justice. Melisande claims sanctuary of Asherat of the Sea, which was granted to her when she first came to Serenissima. The Doge reluctantly confirms that sanctuary can not be revoked once granted. Ysandre then tells Melisande that if she ever leaves Asherat's sanctuary, her life is forfeit.
In the Temple of Asherat. Phedre suspects that Benedicte and Melisande plan to have Ysandre killed in a public place amid chaos and riots, in order to make it look like an accident and have the killer be unnoticed. She thinks it will happen at the Temple of Asherat during the investiture ceremony. She also thinks the riots in Serenissima are being staged. In Chapter 70, Phedre explains her theory to Joscelin, Kazan and the Yeshuites: "It has to be done out in the open, where the world can see that neither Benedicte nor Melisande nor Marco Stregazza had a hand in it. T'was the only place it could be done convincingly, and they've allies in the Temple."
The Ban's wife, Lady Zabela. Phedre, Kazan, and the Ban of Illyria are trying to figure out how to get Phedre into La Serenissima without alerting Prince Benedicte. The Ban's wife, Lady Zabela, suggests that they hide Phedre in the tribute ship, which is leaving for La Serenissima shortly. She recounts a story about her Chowati grandmother who fled the steppes and sewed false bottoms into her saddle bags to hide gold. She suggests they build a false bottom into one of the trunks holding jewels and coins and hide Phedre in it (with air holes, of course).
He accidentally killed his brother.. Kazan killed his brother by accident. His mother blamed him for it and sent him away, and he also blames himself for it. Because of this, he is pursued/haunted by a demonic creature called the kriavbhog.
They smell like apples.. The Somervilles are known for their apple orchards, and therefore both Somervilles (Ghislain and Percy) exude an aroma of apples. Phedre figures out that Somerville was involved in Melisande's escape because one of the guards remembers a lingering scent of apples in the hallway that night.
In this book, we learn that Percy de Somerville is plotting treason against Ysandre de la Courcel.
Delaunay has no living relatives that we know of.
Illyrian. Clinging to a piece of wood, the nearly drowned Phedre sees a ship in the distance and is able to catch their attention. The ship turns out to be a pirate ship under the command of Kazan Atrabiades, an exiled Illyrian who has a fearsome reputation as a pirate.
Knocks out the guard and frees the prisoners. From her cell, Phedre can hear the commotion outside and can tell something is going on. She instinctively knows that it is Joscelin who has somehow found her and has come to rescue her.
When the guard comes into her cell, she distracts him with the promise of sexual favors, then she knees him in the groin and knocks him unconscious with her chair. She then grabs his keys and unlocks her cell.
Out of pity and compassion, Phedre uses the keys to free the other prisoners before she even thinks about saving herself. Her mercy is rewarded later, as the prisoners provide a distraction that allows her to escape.
Phedre does not have a trained seagull. Melisande saw her feeding the gulls through the bars of her cell once and made a joke about Phedre training the gulls to carry messages for her.
Married to Prince Benedicte. Phedre was told by the oracle in Asherat's temple that "the one you seek will be in the last place you look". Sure enough, Phedre and her friends never suspect that Melisande is Prince Benedicte's wife! All they know about Benedicte's new wife is that she is a D'Angeline who pledged her service to Asherat and therefore wears the veil at all times. No one has ever seen her without the veil, so no one suspects.
Phedre is invited to the court for an audience with Benedicte, and that's when Melisande lifts her veil and reveals herself to Phedre. By the time Phedre realizes that Benedicte and Melisande are plotting against Queen Ysandre, it is too late. Phedre's two men (Fortun and Remy) are killed and Phedre is captured and taken to the rock island prison, La Dolorosa.
Asherat of the Sea. Asherat of the Sea is the patron goddess of La Serenissima. There is a large temple dedicated to her in La Serenissima where much of the book's action and intrigue takes place.
Gentian House. Early on in the book, Phedre is plagued by nightmares, but she can't remember them when she wakes up. Drustan notices that she is not herself and he suggests she consult someone who specializes in dream interpretation.
Phedre goes to Gentian House and spends the night with an adept who is able to help her remember the bad dream and ascertain its meaning.
She hopes to find a clue in the old Yeshuite texts that will help her free Hyacinthe. Phedre's oldest and dearest friend, Hyacinthe, is stuck on the island of Three Sisters, serving under the Master of the Straits. He is doomed to stay there for eternity, unless Rahab (the angel of the sea) can somehow be convinced to set him free. Phedre believes that there is a clue in the ancient Habiru texts that might enable her to free Hyacinthe. Phedre has a gift of learning languages easily, so she asks the Rebbe in the Yeshuite part of town to teach her Habiru.
Joscelin is the one who is considering the idea of converting to the Yeshuite religion, because he is told that Yeshua will redeem him and forgive all his sins, including all of his broken oaths.
Severio Stregazza. Severio pays her the unheard-of sum of 20,000 ducats, which, oddly enough, raises his status in court and gains him the respect of the D'Angeline nobles.
The de Fhirzes and Nicola do become Phedre's patrons after Severio. The de Fhirzes are up on all the court gossip, and Nicola "ties a good knot".
Marmion is not one of Phedre's patrons. He is banished from Terre D'Ange early on in the book.
She receives a mysterious package that contains her old Sangoire cloak. A package is delivered to Phedre by Delaunay's old teacher, Gonzalo de Escabares. Phedre opens it and is shocked to find her sangoire cloak, which she had worn the night she was kidnapped by Melisande in the first book. She knows this is a challenge from Melisande, and she suspects that someone at court helped Melisande escape. Phedre thinks that by reentering Naamah's service, she can get information at court and identify the traitor.
Red. The dress is red with very simple lines, and cut low in the back to show off Phedre's marque. Favrielle the seamstress intentionally keeps the dress design very simple so that it will stand out from the gaudy, ornate fashions that are popular in court.
Phedre did have dresses of the other three colors in the first book, "Kushiel's Dart".
Joscelin. Although Joscelin is Phedre's "Perfect Companion" and has sworn to protect and serve her, he is not one of "Phedre's Boys". The term refers to a group of sailors who fought under Phedre's banner in the first book. The three men above, Remi, Ti-Philippe and Fortun, were given to her service by their commander, Quintilius Rousse.
Melisande Shahrizai. When first we meet Canis, he is a beggar who lives in a barrel outside Imriel's lodging in Tiberium's student quarter. He gives Imriel a medallion that Claudia Fulvia identifies as the emblem of the Cynics.
Imriel suspects that Canis saved his life during the student riots, and he asks Claudia if Canis works for the Unseen Guild. She says she doesn't know.
Later, Canis turns up during the siege of Lucca, posing as a deaf-mute. Canis is fatally wounded in battle, and his dying words to Imriel are, "Your mother sends her love". He again confronts Claudia, but she denies any knowledge of him, so he concludes that Canis was hired by his mother to protect him. Claudia theorizes that Melisande has friends in high places and possibly even in the Unseen Guild.
Great Grandfather. Gallus Tadius was the great grandfather of Imriel's school friend, Lucius Tadius. When the city of Lucca is attacked, the bell tower is damaged and ghosts and spirits are released from the "mundus manes". Gallus comes back from the dead and takes possession of Lucius's body in order to lead the troops and defend Lucca from the invaders.
From injuries sustained during the siege of Lucca.. Gilot is seriously injured during the student riots in Tiberium. He recovers, but his sword hand is permanently damaged, and he has pain when breathing.
Gilot accompanies Imriel to Lucius Tadius's wedding in Lucca and performs a heroic deed there: he un-jams the mechanism of the drawbridge during the attack so that the city can be sealed and protected. He is gravely wounded during the siege, and the bone chip from his previous injury during the riots becomes dislodged and pierces his lungs. He dies later that night.
Balm. Phedre sends Imriel to Balm House, because she understands that he is still suffering from emotional trauma due to the abuse he suffered in Darsanga as a child. Balm is a House that specializes in healing. There, he spends the night with an adept named Emmeline, who helps him overcome some of his fears.
At a later time, Imriel does visit Valerian House with his Shahrizai relatives, but it is a little too much for him to handle.
Nicola L'Envers y Aragon, Phedre's friend. Nicola is a good friend - and former patron - of Phedre's. She is married to an Aragonian noble, and Aragon is known for its fine horses. She gives Imriel a beautiful, spirited horse as a gift. Although Imriel loves the horse, he feels dislike and resentment towards Nicola due to the nature of her relationship with Phedre.
Quintilius Rousse. Eamonn is an Eiran prince, and Imriel's best friend. His mother is Grainne mac Conor of the Dalriada and his father is Quintilius Rousse, Royal Admiral of the D'Angeline navy. Eamonn is named after his uncle Eamonn, Grainne's twin brother, who was killed at the battle of Troye-le-Mont.
Drustan is the Cruarch (King) of Alba: he is no blood relation to Eamonn.
All of these (Maslin should have inherited it from Isidore d'Aiglemort, He identifies with Maslin and wishes they could be friends, He doesn't really want the property). Lombelon is one of the holdings given to Imriel by Queen Ysandre. While on a visit there, he meets Maslin, an intense youth working in the apple orchard.
He notices Maslin's silver hair and correctly identifies him as Isidore d'Aiglemort's son. Maslin says that d'Aiglemort would have recognized him as his heir had he lived, and he would have inherited the property.
As the son of a traitor himself, Imriel feels a bond with Maslin and wishes they could be friends. Maslin, however, feels nothing but resentment for Imriel.
Imriel tells Phedre that he wants to give Lombelon to Maslin because he doesn't really want it and Maslin does. Phedre warns him that Maslin may not be grateful, but Imriel wants to do it anyway because it's the right thing to do.
to be good. The first sentence of Chapter One is "What does it mean to be good?" and the last sentence is "I will try to be good." We learn that Imriel hates his mother, Melisande, and is embarrassed about being the son of a traitor. Unlike his mother, he is not interested in having power or ruling a kingdom.
Imriel loves Joscelin: he learns to fight Cassilene-style from him and spends two Longest Night vigils with Joscelin at the temple of Elua, but there is no indication that he has any interest in being a Cassilene monk.