What Makes a Family? Blood or Bond?

By eugena On August 31st, 2011

It wasn’t until I was far into a few scenes in Shinigami that I realized I have a reoccurring theme of what defines family?

In Shinigami, a young girl, a teenager by today’s standards but an adult by time of then standards, believed she lost her mother when she was very young. yet **spoiler** she begins to believe perhaps her mother was only lost and not dead and that her mother has come back.

In the end, I believe she will say “You are my mother” regardless of whether the woman birthed her or not. The woman is what the girl had always wanted in a mother, and she is filling that absent role.

Fans of The Age of Merrik may be a bit familiar with this.

***Major Spoilers for The Anointing, do not read further if you don’t want to know. ***

The main protagonist, Merrik, is the adopted son of Her Ladyship of Rikan and Matthias (former ruler) of Tyera. These are to him his parents, regardless of whose blood birthed him.

Of course, the God Character Serafin knows whose genetic son he is. (It is a fantasy novel, so instead of “genetic,” I say either blood or refer to ancestry.) I think it will be a big spoiler. Anyone want to guess?

Merrik accepts Her Ladyship and Matthias as his parents and honors them as that. He accepts Elisha as his sister and this is the only familial bond that is present at the time of The Anointing, since Matthias is long dead and Her Ladyship makes a early exit