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The is the ‘Circle of Shadows‘ day 6 Readalong and oh my gosh. I really believe things are about to get even more exciting than before.
A lot of you changed your mind about Gin in the last part as you thought it was quiet cruel of him to allow his Ryuu to play with and torture innocent citizens. We also all really think that Zomuri is the real villain in all of this, which I whole-heartedly agree with that.
Today, we’re reading chapters 51 – 60! We’re almost finished this book guys!
Let’s do this!
Please be warned, the following will include spoilers for Circle of Shadows chapters 51-60 inclusively. Read only if you’ve finished those chapters!
We rejoin the story as Sora and Hana take Empress Aki AKA Fairy’s comatosed body back to Prince Gin. I’m pretty nervous when they arrive with her, because Gin and Aki are twins! However, they haven’t seen each other in ten years, so it’s completely plausible that they both changed. Surprisingly Gin can’t really tell, but he does point out how pretty his sister appears and I couldn’t help but think, awww I’m sure Fairy would appreciate that compliment.
Wolf and Broomstick arrive back to the Imperial city to inform Empress Aki of the news and how the meeting went down, which it did, just pretty badly and now Fairy is missing. Just like Broomstick, the council have to assume that Sora is no longer on their side, despite Wolf telling them he can feel her through the Gemina bond.
I’m very curious to know how Sora has resisted falling under Prince Gin’s spell again. Perhaps he has to be actively using his own magic to do it. And I’ve noticed he uses the phrase ‘Everything’s wonderful, isn’t it?”
Sora still has her Ryuu magic, which she uses to her advantage by having it help her create a plan to stop the Ryuu from attacking the Imperial city. She’s approached by Hana and they both have a very lovely bonding moment where Sora tells her sister one of her favourite stories. t’s about the Night god and how he had offspring with mortal women. Once the children were born, he took the children from their mothers and created constellations with them in the sky so their mothers could always see them.
OKAY. So, a popular theory so far is that Daemon is a demigod. I’m going to call it right now and say that this fable is real and The Night God is Daemon’s father. AND, perhaps his constellation is a Wolf. Because, if we remember back to the beginning of the book, Daemon states that he has a need to see the stars at night, they made him feel happy. Perhaps that’s because he’s from the sky?!
Sora decides to tell Hana the truth and my heart breaks for her, because, of course Hana would pick Gin. She’s so loyal to him, he practically raised her.
Empress Aki makes a speech to her Taiga, and we really get to see how thankful she is to them for being so loyal to her throughout the years, as at the end of the speech, Empress Aki bows to the Taigas! I just thought that was a great moment.
Sora retrieves Fairy’s body and sets off back towards the Imperial city, determined to save it after everything she has seen whilst in Prince Gin’s army. My heart still breaks for her that she finally realises, Hana won’t choose her over Prince Gin. I do think we have a lot more of their relationship to explore, and perhaps in the second book, Hana will change her ways.
Daemon, Broomstick and some other Taiga are on rest from their watching duties now and he’s suddenly remembering what it felt like to hug Fairy, and how Brave she was. It’s really cute to see him worrying about his best friend like that, but I do feel like after he seen her be brave and impersonate Aki, he’s perhaps seeing her in a different light. We’re very close to the end of the book now and so far there has been no romantic development between Sora or Daemon. So, maybe Daemon’s feelings have shifted towards Fairy. WHich would be adorable since she always flirts with him!
Daemon and Sora connect through their Gemina bond and he discovers she’s back in the city. However she’s quite drugged up on Genka. When they find her, I couldn’t help but laugh at how loopy she was. But then, the transfer the effects of the Genka (what a cool ability?) through their bond which makes Daemon all loopy. I laughed harder, precious Daemon was giggling away talking about stars. There’s reference to a constellation wolf cub too! Oooo.
In the final chapter of today’s Readalong, we see Sora and Broomstick having a moment. She explains why she left with Fairy and Broomstick apologises for his loyalty to her having wavered. Even though, it is completely understandable that it did. I mean, she disappeared with his Gemina, after attempting to kill her. Poor Broomstick must have went through some mental torture worrying about his Gemina.
Approaching the end of the chapter they are discussing Wolf. And Sora. Gets. Butterflies. Oh my goodness! This is the first time Sora has remotely felt anything like this when thinking of Daemon.
As for Sora’s plan, to blind the Ryuu with part of the crystal rose palace, what do we think? Will Sora pull it off? Her friends are confident she will. I’d love to know your thoughts.
Well, it looks like tomorrow is the day guys. We’ll get to see the big battle. And hopefully getting the remainder of our questions answered such as; Is Daemon a demigod? Is there going to be a romance in this book, and if so, who with? Will Sora’s plan work? Will the Imperial city survive the attack?!
There are many questions to be answered!
Tomorrow we’ll be reading the final chapters 61 – 70. I’m so sad the Readalong is going to be over already!