Chapter 5, page 55 -Violet’s mother officially objected that children of the rebellion’s leaders should be forced to watch.
“Knowing that I am in direct disagreement with General Malgren’s orders, I am officially objecting to the plan set forth in today’s briefing. It is not this general’s opinion that the children of the rebellion’s leaders should be forced to witness their parents’ execution. No child should watch their parents put to death. “
Chapter 18, Page 220 – Violet’s dream gives us an incredible clue about the fact that Lilith wanted Violet to be Scribe
“You are not like them, Violet. That’s not your path.Dad gives me an apologetic smile, the usual kind that says he sympathizes, but there’s nothing he can do, the kind he gives me when Mom makes a choice he doesn’t agree with.”
“I, personally, think the quadrant was chosen to give us the best chance of rising in rank, but others…”
Comments: My theory here is that Liam is actually right. I believe that when (as we’ll learn later) Xaden made a deal with Lilith Sorrengail, there’s a lot more to the story. These kids were conscripted, but to indeed get higher up in rank and be able to overturn the leadership again, rather than just rid of them.
Comment: As we’ve learned from the book, Mira Sorrengail was awarded the Order of the Talon. However, it’s only now that we’ve discovered she was actually in line for an even more prestigious honour (Star of Navarre). The implications of receiving the Star of Navarre are not entirely clear yet. Could it have put Mira more prominently on the radar, leading her into more dangerous battles? Who knows the motive behind Lilith not warding her own daughter this award. But I just don’t think it’s a bad thing…
We know from Lilith’s profile that she is a shrewd woman with a strict adherence to her career path. This much is abundantly clear. Given this, one would expect her to seize the opportunity to bestow such an honor on her own daughter and bask in the reflected glory. Yet, she didn’t. The reasons behind it remain a mystery. Just a hunch I have that it was for Mira’s own good.
“The dagger on her desk means she knows and has done nothing to stop it”
Comments: Well, you see, I think Lilith is actively doing stuff to stop it. And I think she tried keeping Violet safe with the Scribes while her dad was alive, and now she pushed her to become a rider. We don’t know more, again it’s just how I see the story.
UPDATE: With Iron Flame out, I now have the verdict on this theory: Is Lilith Sorrengail evil? Please only proceed with caution as the article will contain spoilers.