In the Back Matter

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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)

  1. 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.)
  2.  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




4 thoughts on “In the Back Matter

  1. Since the author knows all things, I recently re-read the trilogy back to back to back and have been wondering what last name Oriana’s daughters use. Oriana is Oriana Arenias Paredes, because those are her mother’s parents’ line names, so I assume her children would be something like Lygia Monteiro Paredes, because those are Oriana’s parents’ line names. But I wasn’t sure how Oriana’s adoption in The Shores of Spain would affect that, since I assume that would mean they might go by Monteiro instead of Paredes.

    My other favorite Golden City mystery is what was in Adriano’s letter that made Oriana forgive him so fast. I mean yes, she’d been lied to but she had other issues (like his second wife and the fact that he basically accused her of being a loose woman) that had nothing to do with that. Not to mention the fact that I still got the vibe from him at the end of The Seat of Magic that he wanted her to be like Marina and stay happily in the Golden City pretending to be a Portuguese human for the rest of her life, something that would never work for her.

    1. Hi Jennifer,

      You’re correct about the name…post-adoption Oriana’s name would become Monteiro, and therefore her daughters would take the Monteiro name. (Portuguese surnames are a little more fluid than ours, so someone can opt for one of several names. But as children, they would most likely take their parent’s name.)

      As to the second question, I felt it was more a matter or being open minded than forgiving him. Once she’d realized she’d been wrong about some things, she felt she needed to consider that she’d been wrong about all the others. She knows that her temper is a weakness–as it is for her father–so she stops and reevaluates everything. I don’t feel like she’s forgiven him everything, but she’s decided to withhold judgment instead and give him a chance. And yes, he would rather she stay in the Golden City, but she’s not cut out for that kind of life. Life is far better for him in Portugal–as a male–and it’s hard for him to see her walk back into that world that he left behind. I didn’t have much of a chance to get into his mindset in the books, but I hope that makes a little sense.

      1. Yes, that makes sense. Oriana will always be my favorite, but I find Monteiro compelling because he’s such a complex, almost tragic figure. All he wants is his family happy and together, but that is never going to happen, and every decision he makes, no matter how right at the time, seems to come back and bite him in the end. And as a father it must be difficult to watch Oriana embrace everything he has rejected, almost as if she has rejected him as well (we can definitely feel his jealous resentment of Duilio’s assumption of the guardian/protector role in book 2). But I like to think that they used the three months they had before she returns to the islands to make up for the ten years they had lost, especially since Duilio mentions Monteiro helping train him for the mission (although I imagine Monteiro did not react well to the announcement at first), and that seeing how much returning home has improved Oriana (as Joaquim notices in The Shores of Spain) will provide some consolation for him. My great hope is that little Lygia will not only grow up friends with her cousins, but with the half-aunt/uncle (I’ve always assumed Lady P’s baby would be a girl) only a few months older than her as well. And that solving the first Lygia’s murder will finally bring everyone some measure of peace.

      2. I’d like to think that as well. Families tend to heal better when the truth is out (not always, but often) like cleaning out a wound before sewing it closed.

        I haven’t given much thought to doing a story about Oriana and Duilio’s children, but….now I may ;o)

        (And yes, I had girl in mind, too!)

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