Monday, March 4, 2013

The Dark Artifices Titles and Inspiration

Artwork courtesy of The Manila Institute.

 Cassie revealed on her tumblr the names of the the three The Dark Artifices books -- Lady Midnight, Prince of Shadows, The Queen of Air and Darkness.

Then someone asked her if these were Arthurian inspired titles. Here's Cassie's answer:
This puzzled me, so I googled a bit and realized that one of the books of The Once And Future King is called The Queen of Air and Darkness. I have read The Once and Future King, but I think I spaced that bit because the actual source of the phrase is a poem by AE Houseman:

Her strong enchantments failing,
Her towers of fear in wreck,
Her limbecks dried of poisons
And the knife at her neck,

The Queen of air and darkness
Begins to shrill and cry,
`O young man, O my slayer
To-morrow you shall die.'

O Queen of air and darkness
I think 'tis truth you say,
And I shall die to-morrow;
But you shall die to-day.

So, fond as I am of Arthurian myth, there’s no actual connection with TDA.
What do you guys think of the titles and the inspiration? I think they sound like books I want to read now.


  1. Fascinating! I know I want to read them. XD

    1. BellaBunnell - I know! So excited to meet this new cast of characters. It'll make the end of TMI more bearable.

  2. Yes, I absolutely want to read them now. Thank you for sharing this tidbit with us.

    1. Ephrielle - We're Mundie Moms, so we love tidbits, crumbs, really any morsel of information we can get on Cassie's projects! :) I think this series is going to be amazing.

  3. I love the titles. She hasn't gone with the matching thing through all of them this time.

    1. patty - No matching, but very fitting with the poem. I'm liking that inspiration a lot.

  4. I like the titles. I am really excited to read them!!

    1. Amy - They really sound gooooooood.


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