09:56:36 PM Jul 22nd 2013
At the end of Corambis, our boys are packed off to a lighthouse in a hick town in the middle of nowhere. Doesn't this seem like the absolute worst place for Felix— fashionista, social butterfly, gay lothario, theater enthusiast and devotee of rare books— to to search for happiness? (Mildmay, being less interested in most of the offerings in large capital cities, might fare better.) With such a small pool of local men, how many gay lovers can Felix drum up? Won't he be bored to tears, waiting months for the latest book on magical thaumaturgy to arrive? Isn't he going to pine for the arts that he's used to— top-notch opera, ballet, drama, and comedy on stage? Grimglass may be a nice place for him to retreat and get his bearings, but I have a hard time believing this is a "happy ending" if we expect the situation to be permanent.
08:04:48 PM Jun 28th 2013
Has it occurred to anyone else that Felix may have a paternal half-brother in Thamuris as well as a maternal half-brother in Mildmay? Think about it: Magic seems to run in Troian houses, but Methony was a very weak wizard— and Mildmay didn't inherit any magical abilities at all. By contrast, Felix and Thamuris are among the most powerful wizards of their generation. They're also just a few years apart in age. Granted, Felix and Thamuris's father would probably have had to be someone outside Methony's covenant for this to work, but given that Methony was known for doing Anything That Moves, that seems plausible enough.