By request, for those of you who find it difficult to parse the gothic-ish “S”es of the Miesti dialogue:

“Really, Yssala, I don’t like to see you treating them this way. Gentle waves, that is how to keep them content.”

“Sorry. The new ones aren’t as pliable.”

“But no less deserving of your solicitude, Yssala.”

“I apologize, Uuiath.”

Oh, I guess I can also post a link to the part of the story where Aria first mentions she’s from Twilight Rock, way back in Chapter Three. Gosh, that was a long time ago!

Also, I have a book recommendation! I just finished reading the fantasy novel The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. This was easily the best book I’ve read in a while, about a mysterious Victorian-era circus that comes to town, arriving out of nowhere and leaving in the same way, and is only open from dusk to dawn. This story is so well crafted, I have a hard time believing it’s a debut novel. “Enchanting” seems an overused word in book reviews, but here it is perfectly appropriate. Wondrous and wonderful.

I look forward to reading in the comments about any great books you’ve found recently!