As I’m putting together what should be the last (chronologically) novella in the Golden City cycle, I’m inserting a bit of information in the back. I didn’t have the option of doing this before (I was never asked, and when I -did- ask for a map, I didn’t get one).
However, since I’m controlling this one, I can stick in whatever I want. So I’m putting in a couple of things, including the chart of Alejandro’s ancestry shown in the previous post and a list of characters from the novella.
And because that’s information in a different format, anyone who looks at it might discover a few interesting, if not entirely pertinent, facts.
(There are some potential spoilers here for the series, so if you’d rather avoid, don’t read past this point.)
So here are a couple of things from the chart:
- Duilio’s mother is named Giana Fadda. I don’t think her surname has ever come up before because she’s generally referred to as Lady Ferreira. Fadda is a Sardinian name, since she was raised by her mother and a Sardinian fisherman (whom her mother rescued after a shipwreck) on the island of Sardinia. Therefore, she grew up speaking Portuguese, Sardinian, Catalan, and a smattering of other languages from the Italian city states.
- Alessio did have one child (with Tigana before she became Erdano’s queen). Someone asked about this earlier, thinking that I must have gotten the chart wrong. While I’d always intended to reveal that, it never did fit into any of the books. (I actually wrote it into The Seer’s Choice, but then deleted that part as it didn’t have anything to do with the scene.) But my idea was that Alessio pretty much grew up in Erdano’s shadow. Given that both of them had a propensity for multiple lovers, it wouldn’t be too shocking if Tigana, at some point, strayed from Erdano’s bedroom to Alessio’s. All in all, it would be a good thing to have Alessio’s son, her firstborn, leading the harem rather than one of Erdano’s because–let’s face it–Erdano’s not the sharpest card in the deck.
And here are a couple from my character list from After the War (included below)
- Raimundo ends up marrying Ana Pereira de Santos. I had intended from the start to have him sneaking out of the palace and spying on society events, trying to learn who his future subjects were. And he, at one point, met a wallflower who was hiding in an alcove. So the party where he surprised Duilio? Yep, he knew from Ana that Duilio was invited. Ana had been his spy within society for a couple of years by the time he reached the throne. (I wrote some of those scenes, but they never fit in.)
- In After the War, I go ahead and admit that the Lady is half fairy. I’d always left it open to interpretation before, but here so much time has passed that everyone has figured it out, so it’s no longer a secret.
The author knows all the family secrets.
Here’s a bonus one:
I say in the books that Lady Ferreira has money of her own. No one really questioned how a selkie could have money, but here’s what happened:
When she was 15, she fled Sardinia for Portugal, her mother’s homeland. In selkie form, she swam around the Mediterranean coast, and located a rich shipwreck just on the Portuguese side of Spain–too deep for a human diver to find, but not too deep for a seal. So she collected as much of the gold as she could (using buckets carried in her mouth), and buried the gold in a cave in the Algarve. Later in life, after she marries Joaquim’s father (a boat builder) , they raise the shipwreck and claim the remaining gold.
Turns out I have convoluted explanations for everything….
Cast of Characters (After the War)
(Again, there are some potential spoilers here for the series, so if you’d rather avoid, don’t read past this point.)
Alejandro (Alexandre) Ferreira, Jandro—Son of Alexandre Ferreira and Leandra Rocha,
half sereia, half human, seer.
Ana (Santos), Duchess of Coimbra
Bastião—former guard for the current Duke of Coimbra
Duilio Ferreira—eldest living brother of Alejandro Ferreira
Isabella Anjos—daughter of Gabriel Anjos and Nadezhda Vladimirova, healer
James Markovich—Englishman of Russian ancestry, maledictor
Jandro—nickname for Alejandro (J is pronounced like an H)
João—character in story written by a young Alejandro Ferreira
João da Silva—name used for an unknown man in Portugal
Joaquim Tavares, Inspector—Alejandro’s elder brother, finder
the Lady—half-fairy, wife of Miguel Gaspar
Lighter—English witch, assigned to work with Alejandro during the war, firestarter
Marcos Davila—half sereia of Spanish birth, Serafina’s father
Mariona Palmeira—sereia, younger sister of Serafina
Marina Arenias—sereia, Alejandro’s adoptive mother
Mendosa (Luis)—Ferreira family butler
Miguel Gaspar, Inspector—mestiço from Cabo Verde, husband of the Lady
Miguel Pinheiro—adopted son of Captain Rafael Pinheiro
Phillips—Irish Separatist, assigned to work with Alejandro during the war
Rafael Pinheiro, Captain—cousin of Alejandro, seer
Raimundo, Duke of Coimbra
Roberto Machado—footman in the Ferreira house, war veteran
Safira Palmeira—Serafina’s mother
Serafina (Serafim) Palmeira—eldest daughter of Safira Palmeira and Marcos Davila, sereia