12:03:04 PM Aug 23rd 2011
Europe: I read a review of the Monster Blood Tattoo series that pointed out that Europe could be viewed as the real Hero of the story rather than Rossamund. The argument comes from the the fact that while Rossamund was born a monster and is rather friendly to monsters even in the beginning of the story, Europe's whole like is centered around killing monsters. That Europe tries to shield Rossamund from human's, while aware of what he is, implies a fundamental shift in her world view. The story is narrated as a children's coming of age/changling fantasy. Europe's story come through Rossamund's filters but it's a far more adult story of a grown women (who already knows that not all people are good) leaning that not all monsters are evil. Rossamund's ending is rather upbeat as he leave to explore the monster side of his identity. Europe's ending on the other hand is rather harsher. She has to fix all of the problems( and scandals) that Rossamund left behind and try to move forward in her life. The trilogy ends when Russamund leaves Europe, not when Rossamund finds his place in the world. I find that rather telling. Does anyone have any opinions about Europe's place in the story?
10:19:18 PM Apr 8th 2012
I couldn't agree more really, I hadn't thought of it that way before. One thing that actually dissapointed me in Book 3 was the lack of elaboration on Europe's and Licurius's past. I kept wondering what about him made him so endearing to the rest of her staff.