WARRIOR WITCH Character Discussion: Sabine (and the happily ever after)

 

This post is part of a series of posts discussing characters and events in WARRIOR WITCH. They will all contain serious spoilers, so if you haven’t read the book, I’d suggest holding off on reading them. I’m even sticking a giant image below so that you don’t accidentally see anything you don’t want to.

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In WARRIOR WITCH, Cécile says of Marc and Sabine: …I knew he’d left a mark on her soul that would not soon fade, if it ever did.

Some people have interpreted her words to mean that after meeting (and losing) Marc that Sabine is unable to seek love again, and that’s why she pursues a career and remains unmarried and childless at the end of WARRIOR WITCH. But that was not at all my intention. I often get the impression that for SOME readers, happily ever after only has one definition for fictional characters: getting married to your one true love, probably having babies, and living a long life free of the drama that dominated the plot of the novel. But the truth of the matter is, that isn’t the life that everyone dreams of living. The mark that Marc left on her soul was not sorrow, but strength: the idea that she could do what she wanted and be what she wanted.

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WARRIOR WITCH Character Discussion: Marc and Sabine

This post is part of a series of posts discussing characters and events in WARRIOR WITCH. They will all contain serious spoilers, so if you haven’t read the book, I’d suggest holding off on reading them. I’m even sticking a giant image of the cover below so that you don’t accidentally see anything you don’t want to.

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Artwork by Steve Stone

I’ve heard two sorts of reactions from readers about the relationship/connection/chemistry between Marc and Sabine. The first is, “I totally shipped them! Why, why couldn’t you let them be together?”, and the second is, “I hated that plot arc! It felt unnecessary and like a betrayal of Pénélope!” Talk about a disparity in reaction!

First off, neither reaction is right or wrong. As a reader, you are 100% allowed to love or hate or be indifferent about anything an author puts in a book, and anyone who tells you otherwise needs to piss off. And the point of these character discussions is not to convince people who disliked certain aspects of the novel to change their opinion, but rather to share my reasons for making certain choices. Which, if nothing else, I hope you find expands the depth of your experience with my novels.

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