….or proof that I didn’t pay attention.
I’m currently rereading Alison Croggon’s Books of Pellinor as part of a readalong hosted by Book Wars. I read this series about 8 years ago, and I don’t remember much except that it was my introduction to high fantasy and I loved it a lot.
Oh, and that I was thoroughly surprised when Cadvan and Maerad ended up together.
See, as a thirteen year old, I was excited by the magic and the system of Barding and the Knowing and the elemental spirits. I didn’t really care if Maerad ended up with Cadvan or Dernhil or even that Ice King in the second book. The funny thing is that it’s sort of crazy that I didn’t consider it earlier, because from book one, there are hints and blushes and looks and…dear god, I was really ignorant.
I mean, there are at least five incidents in the first book alone where Cadvan and Maerad were mistaken or viewed as lovers or a married couple. And Maerad comes to trust Cadvan more than anyone in the world.
At the very least, it proves that I didn’t care much for shipping back then as I do now. Now, I’m eager to read more to see how their relationship grows.