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Is this comm dead? :( [Nov. 30th, 2010|11:21 pm]
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Hey lovelies--

Can you guys refresh me on Salome's character from the DarkGlass Mountain trilogy? It's been a couple years since I read them and I've drawn a blank...I'm rereading the Wayfarer Redemption trilogy right now and Salome just popped into my head. I'm at college so alas I do not have my books with me. *pout*

What I think is funny is that I posted here several years back when I was reading Pilgrim and Crusader and I wrote that I liked all the Biblical references. And now I find them downright irritating. Haha.

[User Picture]From: beceh
2010-12-01 09:06 am (UTC)
It's also been a few years since I read them as well, so forgive me if I get something wrong :-)

When we first met Salome she was a rather narcissistic, cruel Duchess of Something from Coroleas. Rather powerful in her country but I can't remember exactly how powerful. She had a grown son, but I can't remember his name. She was the owner/possessor of The Weeper, the most revered deity/statue thingy of the Coroleans. She has many affairs, using men, but never lets them see her back.

StarDrifter, without his wings, starts having an affair with her, to get close to The Weeper so he can steal it. He drugs her and while she's unconscious he sees her backs and notes that it looks like she's had Icarii wings ripped out. He still steals The Weeper and leaves.

Her son is publicly brutally murdered and she is beaten near death. She somehow escapes though (the details elude my memory)and starts to follow StarDrifter.

She eventually catches up with him, by this time he's joined up with Maximillien and his crowd. First Salome wanted vengeance as she blamed StarDrifter for everything that had gone so wrong in her life.

Can't remember the specifics (sorry) but they end up working things out, someone heals her back and she starts to grow back her wings, as does StarDrifter. They begin a love affair. Somewhere along the way the story comes out that Salome is actually a SunSoar and StarDrifters granddaughter (yay! More SunSoar incest!) .... Do you remember Embeth? Axis' lover at the start of BattleAxe and eventually also StarDrifter's lover before she disappeared with Faraday and Judith the old Queen. Well, she ended up in Coroleas where she gave birth to Salome's mother. Salome's mother grew up and WolfStar found her and they had an affair which resulted in the birth of Salome. So she was WolfStar's daughter, making her a half-sister of Azhure, and Star-Drifter's grand-daughter, making her a niece of Axis.

Anyway, she doesn't play much part in the rest of the series I don't think. Her and StarDrifter fall in love and have a son who is very powerful (gone blank on his name, I'm sorry). She is just a background character for the rest of the time I think....

Anyway hope that refreshes some of your memories! :-)
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[User Picture]From: beceh
2010-12-01 09:18 am (UTC)
Hehe that's funny! Just goes to show, two brains are better than one :-)
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[User Picture]From: perilousgard
2010-12-01 03:06 pm (UTC)
Ah yes, I remember her now...

What I don't understand about Sara Douglass is that she will spend a whole trilogy making characters go to painstaking lengths to restore and put their world to rights, but in the next trilogy she will go and tear that all down like it doesn't even matter. She builds things up that go nowhere.

Like the whole StarDrifter/Zenith thing. It really kind of pisses me off that she would spend so much time building their relationship--which really intrigued me and had me pulling for them--and then not only does Zenith end up randomly going off with WolfStar, the guy who raped her fer crying out loud, and then dies a horrible and bloody death at the end.

What. The. Eff.

I would have loved to have seen StarDrifter end up with Zenith. But apparently Zenith isn't good enough for him so she just gets consigned to a tragic end. And in the next trilogy, StarDrifter just hooks up with someone else.

Honestly, I can't remember if I even liked Salome or not. I know at the beginning she was pretty despicable.

I'll be interested to see what happens with her, as I haven't yet read The Infinity Gate.

Also: why the hell does WolfStar have to be tangled up in everything?

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[User Picture]From: perilousgard
2010-12-01 02:58 pm (UTC)
You are correct, I have not yet read The Infinity Gate. I have had my eye on it since it came out, and I will most likely pick it up around Christmas :D

I always ignored that plot hole as well. There are many things about her writing, especially in Pilgrim through Crusader, that I prefer to ignore. Basically all of the rules about magic are destroyed, and things just randomly happen that don't seem to make sense but you just generally accept. I would love for her to rewrite those books. She claims that she was very sick when she wrote them and it just showed in the writing, which is understandable.
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[User Picture]From: perilousgard
2010-12-01 03:13 pm (UTC)
I really am excited about it, because I remember feeling the same way when I read The Serpent Bride and The Twisted Citadel. Could not put them down for anything, had to read them at every available moment to find out what happened. But I finished them both a couple of years before The Infinity Gate was released, so I kind of forgot about them before I randomly picked up Sinner again last week.

Don't spoil me, but is this book the definite end to the whole series?
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[User Picture]From: perilousgard
2010-12-01 04:20 pm (UTC)
Right, I'll plan on doing that. Her books tend to just throw you right back into the story.

It's unfortunate that she won't be writing more, but it's understandable that she is stopping. I've heard that her cancer is terminal...;_;
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[User Picture]From: perilousgard
2010-12-01 04:33 pm (UTC)
I did see that. It made me quite sad. But she's totally right about everything she said, unfortunately. :(

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