In which Don Eyr learns a new recipe.
The spell-checker for this story appears to have been uncertain whether Don Eyr’s friend is named “Serana” or “Serena”.
I’m still not entirely sure if the city where Don Eyr has been studying is Paris, or merely Parisian. I incline toward the latter, though.
It says something about the state of matters in Lutetia that there is a ready enough supply of orphans to completely staff the City Watch.
I notice that, in three chapters so far (counting “Block Party” as a chapter), the narration has never once referred to Don Eyr using his family name; the only time his full name has been given is in the direct quotation of what he says when he introduces himself to Serana. I suspect that this is deliberate, and reflects the lack of connection between Don Eyr and his family.
When Don Eyr mentioned, so soon after the introduction of Louis Leblanc the exterminator, that one of his bakers had not shown up to work, my first thought was that Councilor Vertoi had decided to make a ‘zample of young Sylvie. Probably that is not the case, since the story would presumably have said so more clearly if it were; but then again, it doesn’t say it isn’t.
Here’s one point where reading this as a prequel is different from if I’d read it first: I know already what Don Eyr’s delm is calling him home for.