Yo! This is Sorcaron from deviantArt. My current obsession is The Lunar Chronicles. I also draw for Percy Jackson, Artemis Fowl, and Leviathan. See my deviantArt (here). [ / / ]
If anyone’s wondering, here are the ring scenes in question:
Levana’s left hand curled, her thumb running over the polished stone band on her finger. She always hid it in her glamour. She wasn’t sure that anyone alive knew she still wore it. She herself so often forgot that it was there, but her finger was tingling tonight, since Emperor Kaito’s acceptance of a marriage alliance.
It was peculiar to watch these men and boys, these creatures that had been only an experiment in her parents’ time, but had become a reality under her rule. An army faster and stronger than any other army. The intelligence of men, the instincts of wolves, the pliability of children. They made her nervous, a feeling she hadn’t experienced for many years. So many Lunars, with such peculiar brainwaves, that even she could not control them all. Not all at once.
These beasts—these scientific creations—would never love her.
Not like the people of Luna loved her.
Not like the people of Earth would soon come to.
Each one held a wedding band. One that she had worn for far too many years, that she had once believed would bring her love and happiness, but had only ever brought her pain.
The other was supposed to bring her, not the love of a blind, selfish husband, but the love of an entire planet. She should have been wearing it now.
Everything had been going so well. She had been moments away from walking down that aisle. Moments away.
She should have been married. She should have been reciting the vows that would make her empress.
Initially I thought the same thing as you—”last physical thing from a special person”—but the second paragraph of the Cress passage made me rethink that. The “blind, selfish husband” and “only ever brought her pain” bits were where I got the impression of love interest-related angst.
Both times the ring is mentioned, it’s connected to sentimentality and a lust for power—but that lust for power ultimately boils down to a lust for love. She’s nervous around her army because she can’t make them love her; she’s furious about the wedding delay because it cost her the love of an entire planet. More than anything, Levana is obsessed with possessing and controlling love, and what with the hints at an unhappy, one-sided marriage, I can’t help but worry that unrequited love is going to be framed as the driving force behind her turn to evil.
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