Hi Cassie! Hope you're doing well! Personally I can't because the emotion and hype for LoS is consuming me! However, my question is the following: How did the necromantic spell to revive Annabel end up in a children book? Maybe I've missed it while reading LM and I'm sorry if I did, but didn't the Unseelie King give the spell only to Malcolm? How did it spread out and became a part of Lady Midnight's tale? Thank you! Lots of love!
It’s mentioned in Lady Midnight that the rhyme about the Blackthorns was well known in Faerie—well enough known that it was used to tease Mark at faerie revels:
“…You cannot imagine they would show mercy to a half Shadowhunter boy.” His lip curled. “They even had a rhyme they would mock me with.”
“A rhyme?” Cristina held up a hand. “Never mind, you do not need to tell it to me, not if you don’t wish to.”
“I no longer care,” Mark said. “It was an odd bit of doggerel. First the flame and then the flood, in the end it’s Blackthorn blood.”
Cristina sat up straight. “What?”
“They claimed it meant Blackthorn blood was destructive, like flood or fire. That whoever made up the rhyme was saying Blackthorns were bad luck. Not that it matters. It’s just a bit of nonsense.”
The rhyme made its way from Unseelie Court (we have no idea whether the King told Malcolm in private or in court, or which of his courtiers might have knew and talked) into Faerie, and then gradually became a part of faerie folklore. This was probably wise of the King: hiding the truth in legend and stories is one of the best ways to conceal it.
Over the years, bits of that folklore seeped out into the realm of Faerie and into Shadowhunter tales, probably because Annabel was a Shadowhunter and the rhyme involved a Shadowhunter family in a way that most faerie folklore doesn’t. And remember it isn’t as if Malcolm kept his mouth entirely shut: he told Edgar Allan Poe!
That’s all I’m going to say for now, because you’ll learn more about Blackthorn family history, Malcolm’s desire for revenge, and the Unseelie King in Lord of Shadows!