Wow! I feel pretty honored to be a guest on Fantastic Book Review. Tina had the suggestion to write about the setting of Entwined, to explain why the silver forest and the pavilion feel so magical and alluring to the sisters.
More so, spiritually, Mourning is a symbol of their broken family. (I use the word spiritual here not so much as a religious term, but in place of the usual word emotional, as I think it better describes story narrative.) All the darkness constantly reminds the girls of how their mother is gone, and that their father, the King, has distanced himself even more from them.
So! Settings are bound by both the physical and emotional/spiritual threads in the overarching story structure. Contrast the darkness of the palace with the whiteness of the silver forest Azalea and her sisters discover, magic hidden beneath the palace:
“The scene washed over Azalea like a crystal symphony…Every bough, branch, leaf, and ivied tendril looked as though it had been frosted in silver. It shimmered in the soft, misty light…Everything sparkled in bits, catching highlights in glisters as she moved.”
As beautiful and exciting as the silver forest is, something is not quite right. It feels muffled, like a snowfall, even more muffled than the palace. There’s no sunlight. There’s something haunting and unnatural about the Pavilion and its Keeper. Although they contrast starkly, physically and spiritually, neither the palace or the silver forest is ideal. In fact, emotionally/spiritually, the silver forest is worse. And because of that, it isn’t long before Azalea finds herself entwined in nightmare.
Check out my review of Entwined here!