Warning: Contains Spoilers!
‘Young maid!’ she called suddenly. ‘If I was your mother, I should be so proud to call you daughter.’
Aufwader’s Thoughts: Here I am shedding actual tears again over this wretched book! If Mr Jarvis has it in for his characters, he has it in for his readers too, with crushingly depressing scenes like this.
As if it wasn’t bad enough for Marcus to die so suddenly or for Charm’s mother to abandon her, we’ve got even worse here, just to twist the knife. Honestly I can’t decide which is more disturbing – the implication that Marcus’ soul never found rest, or that Mrs Benedict will now have to face the loss of the most important person in her life, knowing that she might’ve been able to reach Charm had she only realised a few moments earlier. Robin why.
Matt’s Thoughts: Well, there’s nothing but heartbreak here, as well as a bit more insight into the world of Mooncaster. The idea that you end up here when you’re dead (as seems to have happened to Marcus) is just distressing.
But nothing is more distressing than Charm’s scene with her mother. Even though her mother’s shallowness was probably largely to blame for Charm’s similar path – and Uncle Frank – the love that Charm has for her mother is beautiful.
Which leads us to the second ‘deconversion’ in the series as Mrs Benedict realises her true identity. Which would normally be great but given that the last person to switch back like this was Shiela in Book 1, I don’t hold high hopes for her future prospects.
And also, to deconvert just after Charm leaves is such a Jarvis thing to do. If this was an American book, they’d have had a sniffly reunion and then possibly gotten rushed by Punchinello guards. But the idea that Charm never realises that she cures her mother. Aargh! Why do we keep reading these books?