I was reading a list of fantasy novels that included queer protagonists and it was revealed that in later books, Daja is in a same-sex relationship. It also stated that earlier books "feature a sympathetic lesbian couple." I can only assume this was a reference to Lark and Rosethorn, but I never got that vibe. However, I don't have a copy of the books nearby to check. Has this ever been officially confirmed? Was it alluded to or hinted at and I missed it because I was twelve?

  • I'm fairly sure in at least some cases their speech patterns indicate they're a couple - I remember when I was much younger, sometimes I'd think maybe Lark was male because of how Lark and Rosethorn spoke to each other.
    – Izkata
    Commented Apr 29, 2012 at 1:15

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The Will of the Empress, Chapter 13, page 347 in my copy. Daja just followed Rizu somewhere, and Sandry got a sudden burst of Daja's emotions (bolding mine, passage from Sandry's point of view):

"Shaved ice would be wonderful, thank you," she said. She waved the fan hurriedly, trying to cool the scarlet blush she felt rising on her cheeks. Once he was gone and she didn't have to work to talk to him, she put up more blocks on her connection to her sister, trying to keep it open without knowing anything of what Daja was up to now. Only when she had reduced it to the merest thread did she lean back in her chair and close her eyes.

I don't think she knew, thought Sandry. Or if she did, she thought she was more like Rosethorn, interested in women and men. I know she's mentioned boys, once or twice, but never girls. Thinking of Risu, Sandry added, Or women.

And in the following chapter, on page 359 in my book - this is from Briar's perspective, Daja just invited him into her room. Bolding mine:

Briar at her smiled knowingly and glanced at the open bedroom door. Rizu stood there, wrapping a sheet around herself. Her long curls were free of their pins and dangled to her waist. The sheet only enhanced her buxom figure.

Briar raised his eyebrows at Rizu, then looked at Daja, who scratched at the floor with a bare toe. "Well, that explains more than it doesn't," Briar remarked. He told himself, Now I know why I was sure Rizu was never interested in me, or any man. "Daja, why didn't you say you're a nisamohi?" he asked, using the Tradertalk word for a woman who loved other women. "What with Lark and Rosethorn, did you think we cared?"

So yes, at least in this book, it was confirmed that Lark and Rosethorn were in a same-sex sexual relationship. Hints/clues/confirmation, I doubt were in the previous books - those were about the main four when they were much younger.

  • Thanks. I haven't gotten to "Will of the Empress" yet. Guess patience would have paid off. Commented Apr 29, 2012 at 1:56
  • @AdeleC Oops, sorry about that. I had the impression from the question you did read it and just didn't remember.
    – Izkata
    Commented Apr 29, 2012 at 2:12
  • No worries. I had read something indicating that Daja was a lesbian, which motivated me to start rereading the Circle Opens, and it alluded to Lark and Rosethorn. So no major spoilers. Commented Apr 29, 2012 at 2:25
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    To add to this, due to events in Battle Magic, we see that they also have a somewhat open relationship.
    – user5991
    Commented Nov 10, 2013 at 1:10
  • @AshleyNunn La-La-La-La Not Liiiisteniiiing, don't have the booook yeeett....
    – Izkata
    Commented Nov 10, 2013 at 1:17

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