I’m not going to lie to you, this is less of a theory and more of a discussion. I mean my theory is simple: there is something seriously off with the Sorrengail family dynamic. And I know there’s clues in both books but I honestly cannot quite put my finger on it.
What do we know so far
Let’s start with Fourth Wing.
It’s not the first time I’ve heard her curse the sickness that nearly killed her while she was pregnant with me or the library Dad made my second home once she’d been stationed here at Basgiath as an instructor and he as a scribe.
At twenty-six years old, Mira’s a younger version of our mother.
“Spoken like the daughter of a scribe”
“I am the daughter of a scribe.”
“You’re the daughter of a rider”
I will not watch one of my children enter the Scribe Quadrant, Violet.
Ok, it does feel like Lilith is addressing Violet has her child. Also she is telling her flat out that she is not the daughter of a scribe.
“Because scribes are so far beneath riders?”
She doesn’t think less of them because the love of her life was a scribe. So could it be that she thinks scribes are far beneath riders because of Markham? Because they keep secrets? Like, they are just worse?
“Dad wouldn’t want this!” Mira argues.
“I loved your father, but he’s dead”
Mom tolerates me and respects Mira, but she loved Brennan.
Did she love Brennan because the scribe, the love of her life was Brennan’s dad? His only kid? She respected Mira because she was her child but with a man, she did not love? What about Violet? She only tolerated Violet but why? Was she adopted and raised as a weapon? Foretold by dragons somehow what she will become?
Am I going crazy?
“He did, but it was after my mom had a really long night while we were stationed near the eastern border, and her eyes were bloodshot red, so I freaked out and started shrieking.“
I still have many questions about this statement here in Fourth Wing.
“But what if I want to be a rider?” [..] “Like Brennan and Mom?”
“You’re not like them, Violet. That’s not your path.” […]“And it’s for the best. Your mother has never understood that while riders may be the weapons of our kingdom, it’s the scribes who have all the real power in this world.”
I still need to understand why dad told her that being a rider is not her path. This still confuses me a little. Were they trying to keep her safe? But Lilith did say in Iron Flame that she knows her daughter. That she would have eventually learnt about venin when made Major or Colonel and Markham would have brought her into the fold. And then, they would have killed her. So she put her in the Riders Quadrant.
“She spent almost an entire year ignoring me when Dad died.” […]“Which was almost as wholesome as the years she spent barely tolerating my existence because I wasn’t perfect like Brennan or a warrior like Mira.”
Again, it’s really confusing. Lilith would have done anything and everything to protect her kids. Why ignore Violet when dad died? It makes no sense. Why did she barely tolerate her?
“I know you’ll make the right choice when the time comes. You have always been the best of both your mother and me.“
Alright, now we learn quite a lot in Iron Flame.
“Brennan says, rubbing the bridge of his nose. Our father’s nose. Their resemblance is uncanny.”
All right, it’s a confirmed fact that Mr. Sorrengail, the individual who served as the scribe and imparted his wisdom to Violet, the man she believes to be her father, was unquestionably Brennan’s father.
“Brennan may as well be a stranger.”
I know it’s contextual, but it’s just so rare that Rebecca Yarros says things like this for no reason. And then again, we’re bringing the ideas of strangers into play. This is what Lilith tells Violet:
“I might be a stranger to you, Violet, but you are far from a stranger to me.[…] already lost one child keeping our borders safe, and I wasn’t willing to lose another.”
Excuse me, and I know again, it can be contextual, but what mom tells her daughter that she is a stranger? I know what Lilith meant. But did Lilith mean that? Did she really? Because again, and I have to stress this, Rebecca Yarros is very good at picking the absolute best words to bamboozle us.
“Because you think less of the scribes,” I answer.
“Bullshit. The love of my life was a scribe.”
“Stay alive, or this all will have been for nothing.”
What does Lilith mean, all will have been for nothing? Erm, excuse me, what? Did Lilith and [someone] plan for Violet to survive and become a rider? Is there a prophecy involved? Was the future foretold?
“Your father made sure you’d know everything you needed or where to find it. You’re all that’s left of him, you know.”
But I’m not. Mira has his laugh, his warmth, and Brennan…
“Poisons,” […]“Never had the aptitude for them like you and Brennan. Or maybe it’s just that I could never sit still long enough to listen to Dad’s lessons.
Hmm, feels like Mira was feeling disconnected? She was certainly…different, right?
“There’s nothing I wouldn’t do to keep you safe. Do you understand? Everything was to get you to this moment, when you’d be strong enough-“
Jeez, mama Sorrengail strikes again. Strong enough for what? It really does feel like she was part of a foretold future. And it feels like Violet was the centre of it all. Wait, was Aimsir somehow the oldest of the oranges? Could it be that he was the elder of the den? Do all elders know what Andarna knows (that she was left behind…) about the future? Darn it, I have more questions than answers here.
“You’re everything we dreamed you would be,” […] “All three of you.” She looks down at Brennan. “And I’ll get to see him soon.”
Ok, alright. She addresses Violet. Then she refers to all children (I assume), then why does she look at Brennan when she says that she will get to see him soon? See who? Dad Sorrengail? Someone else? What does Brennan know that we don’t? (a lot, I know…)
Most generals dream of dying in service to their kingdom. But you know me better than that, my love.
When I fall, it will be for one reason only: to protect our children.
Can we take a moment to appreciate that Rebecca Yarros is purposely avoiding using Mr Sorrengail’s name? There is just so much mystery and I have this feeling that we honestly have all the clues but we just can’t figure out who he is, and what was the real relationship with Lilith and the kids.
I’m not going to lie, I’m left feeling really confused about it all. I feel like there is something seriously off. Like there are not fully related. But it also doesn’t make sense, because the scribe was, by all means, Lilith’s love. So she wouldn’t go cheating on him to make Mira. Unless there are some serious issues we will uncover in Book 3. That maybe Mira is a worrior because she was born out of war between Lilith and a strange man who is now…well, dead! And Violet? Who is Violet? Is she related to Brennan? Do they share the same parents?
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