Headscratchers / Amulet

  • In Book 2, it's very clearly mentioned that elves hate the smell of fish to the point of getting an asthma attack. Yet in a flashback in Book 5, we clearly see an elf (actually little Trellis) fishing. Why on earth would he be fishing? Or has the hatred of fish evolved since then?
    • Perhaps it's only dead fish they hate, or fish taken from areas other than their homeland. After all, we only heard this from a non-elf who wouldn't care to specify at the time.
  • Why is it that Silas tells Miskit he's leaving all his memories and knowledge in his databanks, and yet Miskit doesn't tell Emily ANYTHING that Silas learned about the Stone, any of Silas' agendas, or anything of his history on the council (the latter two in particular Miskit was just as surprised by as Emily.) What was the point of Silas saying that if Miskit can't seem to access any of Silas' memories?
  • The backstories for Trellis and the Elf King don't make sense to me. In Volume 2, we learn the Elf King was originally a "quiet boy" from a "small elf village" thirty years ago, and looked like a teenager in the flashback. The assumption to make is that the king took power after his breakout from prison and that it wasn't hereditary. Trellis is his son, and so is Luger—who looks way older than 30. Later we learn that his doorkeeper, Logi, has been serving the royal house of elves for generations—and that, before serving the elf king, he served Trellis' uncle Virgil. That means that Trellis, his father, and his uncle are all in the royal house of elves, which doesn't fit with the Elf King previously being a quiet boy from a small village before becoming the Elf King. We also learn that he had Trellis and Luger way, way before becoming king—Luger's hair was even thinning around the time his father became king! What was the order of events on all this? And why the inconsistency with the "quiet boy" not being mentioned as part of the royal house of elves?
  • The specifics of how the anthropomorphic animals work in this setting. If all of the Petting Zoo People are merely the product of a curse that was put on Kanalis, and (as Leon implies) it's one that takes hold after they've been born, then why are there babies who are animals too? Is it just fast acting? Does it impact everyone who goes to Kanalis or just the people born there (there's a man who's clearly grown up yet is only just now turning into a snail)? Does the type of animal you turn into depend on your genetics? How long has this curse been in place? Did Leon's father have him before becoming a fox himself? (and if not, how did a fox have a human baby?) There a wide range of animals who show up outside of Kanalis (such as all the ones in Nautilus). Are they just from Kanalis originally or did they get cursed by a different source? And how does this play into Interspecies Romance?
    • Remember, Leon wasn't born in Kanalis. He was born in Cielis, and he lived there long enough to develop detailed memories of the place. The general rule seems to be that it impacts people born in Kanalis from the time of their birth, but also changes people who move to Kanalis after a certain period of time. Also, seeing as how there are three shown sets of families being the same species (Leon and his father, Mrs.Wade and Alex, and a puppy family shown briefly in the background in book 3), it seems highly likely that the type of animal is influenced by genetics. You could make an argument that it is personality type, not genetics- Leon and his father seem quite similar- but Rico and Enzo are not anywhere near similar enough in this respect to be the same species, so it is probably genetics. In regards to animal people outside Kanalis, well, Miskit does state that all residents of Allendia find their way to Kanalis at some point in their lives.
  • Trish is an interesting character. Despite being a relatively minor character, she got a significant solo scene, something more important characters such as Enzo or Miskit have yet to have. Additionally, she clearly knows something about the dark scouts-I don't buy that her knowing to shine the light on the dark scout was a lucky guess. Finally, she mentions her parents, which is odd considering we haven't met them. I wonder if we'll see more of her....
  • Gabilan's eyes are pretty weird. Most elves have almond shaped eyes that glow blue. Elves' pupils are black slits. Gabilan's eyes, though, are orange orbs with a darker orange pupil. He does give an ominous,"There's no one like me," when the king speaks to him, but that could be unrelated.
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