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Frankenstein's monster, King Arthur, Dorothy's silver slippers, Marry Poppins magic bag, and the original Winnie-the-Pooh dolls come to life are some of the wonderous things that cross the line between fantasy and reality. A fan favorite scene has been chosen from this wonderous realm. Learn insights into who they are in with quotes and enjoy related artwork/images. A behind the scenes insight and an exploration of hidden Easter Eggs found within the book awaits your discovery. Welcome to the Primordial Quaternity.
“Fire consumes flesh. Earth shatters bones. Water washes away what remains. Air forces the spirit from this world. Nothing remains of the person.” - Trixie
A scene selected from the book.
There is a chain of events that occur that leads to one of the most thrilling moments in the book. Henry has entered a questionable establishment filled with dangerous individuals that clearly know he is out of place. He mistakes the mistake of voicing his interest in finding his mother using a nick name that is well known by those inside the room. This leads to over a dozen people pointing a gun at him. In an instant, Aethel, Trixie, and Emma suddenly appear in front of Henry. The instinctual reaction is pulling the trigger at this unexpected potential threat. Weapons are fired, Esper thinks Henry has been killed. However, Aethel's unique capabilities saves them leading to the group meeting Henry's mother.
“Did Frankenstein's monster just ask me to knock out surveillance?” – Esper
“For those who do not see the limitations of this world, anything is possible.” - Aethel
Set Up For Success
The previous novel set up those who would be introduced once again in this novel in the last third of its narrative. The author knew the title and that cover design would revolve around the element of fire. Beyond this, the author was unaware of where the story was going when he began writing it. The group was separated into four stories, the goal was to bring them together again. It has developed into a pattern. To have pairs or groups that gradually gather together into a larger collection only to separated again due to unforeseen circumstances.
The fate of Henry's mother and Aethel near the end was originally revealed but by not doing so, it allowed for greater freedom to explore that in the next book.
The author knew of the big reveal at the end. The previous scene where Velkin is getting medical attention was altered to properly set up that final moment.
Originally what happens to Esper is unexpected. She has to leave in a rush and is caught off guard by the sudden attack. Yet, there was a desire to empower her and make her a more formidable figure in her being prepared for such an event.
The biggest surprise during the writing process was realizing what was a planned to be a four-book set, one for each element, would not end there. There is still a lot that will need to occur. Several major losses and shocking moments that was meant to take place in this book but would be reserved for the next one. With all that in mind, the author knew that he would need to write a 5th book for the arbiters to represent the balance between the various factions that were split apart in the opening of the first novel. The Quaternity reunited as one.
“We must open our eyes to the truth, both the parts we gladly embrace and the dark stains upon human history that most would try to avoid.” - Prometheus
Easter Eggs and Inspiration
On page 288, Esper's failsafe program is named after the final two-part episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, "All good things..." The code she uses refers to the final air date of the series: May 23, 1994. This reveals that the series existed in her reality, and she was a fan. The series provided an optimistic view of the world. It represented hope, when often reality provided despair and pessimism. That is why even at the end of the book, when it feels like there is no chance of a happy ending, there is hope. It was the intent of the author to tell the audience that even though this is the end, there is hope that it will get better.
“You will have to make a deal with the devil, signed in blood, pledging your immortal soul as payment.” - Gretchen