With Legends of Windemere: Ritual of the Lost Lamb coming up soon, I figured it was a good time to see how far Luke Callindor has come with his relationships. For those that saw the blurb test, you probably have an idea of why this is important. It was impossible to write that without revealing one of the events that happened at the end of Legends of Windemere: The Spirit Well. The same issue is going to be happening here too. So, I’m going to put a ‘More Below’ line after the intros for this week’s posts and feel more free to go into depth with these connections. At least the big three. Here we go:
Luke and Sari have had a really up and down and all around relationship. I’ve touched on this many times, so I’ll sum some of it here. Sari and Luke first met after she had lost her entire clan and first lover to the Baron’s forces. They began as friends, became lovers, moved towards something deeper, and then things fell apart for them during Legends of Windemere: Sleeper of the Wildwood Fugue. The details and chaos can be found by reading the books, but it became more about where they stood with each other than if they would end up together. Was it the love spell Sari kept casting in her sleep that kept Luke in check? Was it Kira’s suffering that stopped the love triangle and made the three most immature characters grow up? Did they simply grow apart? Sadly, we do have to look into their downfall to see where they are now.
Well, part of it really does come down to the Callindor wanderlust and the two paths that Luke could take in his life. I’ll go into the one that connects to Kira Grasdon on Wednesday, but you’ll get an idea from this part. Being a fun-loving gypsy, Sari is the choice that would have Luke continue to wander and live on the road. He would be the traveling forest tracker until his dying days or until they had a family. At the beginning, she was his lust and that grew into an excitement that he didn’t want to let go of. This changed when he reached a point where he considered that he would want to settle down and have a family. Kira had made it known that she wanted this too while Sari remained fluid in her intentions and plans.
On Sari’s end, Luke began as the comfort and physical connection that she needed after suffering a major loss. Because of the Bor’darukian tradition of dating multiple partners before marriage (with rules in place), Sari was able to be with Luke without incurring the wrath of Kira. She had her blessing to kind of drown her sorrows while he indulged his own desires. There were no strings attached, which all three thought would keep them in check. Of course, this ended in disaster and Sari has tended to take the brunt of the guilt for herself. Deep down, she does love Luke, but she reacted more to his attention and emotions that weren’t always genuine. Readers sometimes have trouble realizing that Sari’s real want is for Luke to be happy even if it isn’t with her. There’s a sense of sacrifice to her actions, which is skewed because she’s still psychologically damaged and unsure if she deserves happiness again.
Add all of that together and you get the mess that you have now. Luke and Sari have not been kind to each other and do harbor some negativity, but neither are sure if they have the right to be angry. At this point, Luke, Sari, and Kira have all realized that they’ve brought all of this on themselves. Luke and Sari have tried to ignore it, but that backfired in Legends of Windemere: Charms of the Feykin. On the plus side, that is where they started to fall back into friendship again. There will always be a bond between them that is unique among the champions. It’s still a kind of love, but not the kind you find with a partner or a sibling. In a way, they have helped each other figure out what they really want and mature more than any other friendship.
So, how does this play into Ritual of the Lost Lamb? Well, Luke is in the hands of the Baron, so Sari is at risk of losing another loved one. Not just anyone, but the one that has helped her heal the most. She’s also aware that his death would destroy Kira, who she has begun to make friends with. Without giving any spoilers, Sari will be forced to decide how far she will go for a man she loved, broke her heart, helped repair it, and has become a cornerstone to her happiness. She will become a little frantic and that’s when things get dangerous. Since a big part of the story is seeing how the champions function with one of their own captured and being tortured, one has to wonder if Sari will continue to be a team player.