New Hints about Sherwood’s Identity!
I had the rare and utterly fabulous opportunity to meet with Patty and her equally wonderful trusty assistant Ann during DragonCon. We had a lovely breakfast together and I got to ask some questions. I worked hard to not fangirl. I failed. (Rubs hands together maniacally.)
Hey. Whatsup with Sherwood? (Good, good, casual but interested.)
Obviously, the big mystery is who he is, but Patty’s known who he is from the beginning. He popped into her head full-blown, and while his appearance felt very odd to me, like he came into the story line out of nowhere, Patty said it was “very important that he be in the world before the Marrok cut Adam’s pack off.” (WHAT? Leans in a little. Don’t blow it now, Joelle. Keep calm. Takes a cleansing breath and hides it by drinking orange juice. Almost chokes. Smooth. So smooth.)
Yes, Sherwood is very old, and yes, he is related to Bran. (I’m sorrrrrrrry. Can you say that again?)
THEN, Patty let this DROP—and I had to confirm it by email. I am quoting her.
This is Word of Patty – WOP – “He is not anyone who appears in Shifting Shadows. Several of the people in Shifting Shadows know him. And –You already know that Bran knows who he really is <grin>.”
So—gospel. My mind is ping-ponging now…Let the guessing game…BEGIN!
If that is not enough, get this, on page 269 of the hardback edition of Storm Cursed, if you read carefully, I noticed that Sherwood’s wolf says that being broken of the bad witches’ spell is, “Like being parboiled alive, as I recall,” which implies this happened to him. I asked if this was true, and Patty confirms that yes, this did happen to him in the Middle Ages and he wasn’t a king. (Whoooooo, boy!)
I asked about Sherwood’s wolf as compared to Brother Wolf (who I love) and Patty said Sherwood’s wolf was like Brother Wolf if Brother Wolfe was as old as Sherwood’s. (MIND BLOWN.)
Next subject: What’s up with Wulfe?
Wulfe is a Wizard/Witch/Vampire…ugh, and he is well and truly broken. (Tricksy author.)
He was a Power and Bonorata broke him. Yet, another reason to dislike Bonorata, if you ask me. He is a white witch, which is amazing, and there is no such thing as being a white wizard. (It’s just not a thing. Sorry Gandalf.)
He will get worse before he gets better, but Patty isn’t sure what happens to him. He could die. For realsies. She wouldn’t say. The whole “Be at Peace” thing is complicated and Patty wouldn’t clarify because she likes to taunt us. Did Mercy collect someone else, or did Wulfe collect her? We don’t know. (Bad, bad, writer. Oh, I mean, good, good, writer. I sorta dig Wulfe even though he’s nuts.)
I did ask Patty if the hand really got chopped of or if it was a trick and she said it did get cut off but witches can work with connective tissue so it was reattached. WOP – “Or regrew. Or possibly he made himself a new one. He won’t tell me–and I did ask politely.”
(I don’t think it was nice of Wulfe not to tell his literal creator the answer considering she asked nicely, but that is Wulfe for you.)
Next subject: Talk to me about Ben.
Mercy breaks the “fourth wall” and talks to the reader about Ben’s swearing noting that she edits out some of the words. Patty says she did this on purpose; obviously, it was a writing choice. It wasn’t her favorite but she felt it was necessary because swearing is important to Ben’s character but not all readers like the swearing so it was a way to deal with it.
Ben will, at some point, get a girlfriend (!) but he has more healing to do yet. He was abused, as we know, and it was his mother who he really betrayed him. He knew his dad was a monster but he expected his mother to protect him and she didn’t. He was a good little boy and she let the monster hurt him. He didn’t rebel until he was a teenager. That is a lot of trauma to put behind him. (Poor, poor Ben. I want to hug him. Group hug, anyone?)
How did the Pirate Game come about?
Patty wanted a bonding activity that didn’t involve hunting and blood and she thought of World of Warcraft so she made it up and had fun making up all the ridiculous things they say.
How do you know about cars?
When Patty and her husband, Mike, were broke they learned how to fix them. And they were old VW’s. Vanagons and Jettas for the most part.
They had a mechanic that Mike learned from and Zee is based on that mechanic. His name was Buck. Buck died before the first book came out but he did know there was a character based on him.
So, that’s it! Post your thoughts about Sherwood’s identity or any thoughts or feelings. I’d love to hear them. Thank you to Patty and trusty assistant Ann for the breakfast and interview.
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Good stuff!!! I also like Wulfe even though he is so bad. And Ben is one of my favorite characters. I’m really looking forward to the next book — maybe I should start my traditional reread-of-all-the-books-before-the-new-one-comes-out.
It is always good to re-read her stuff. You always catch something new.
All I can say is omgggggg… I think we all were starting to think that Sherwood was old, but not that old.. Now it has me (and maybe everybody else?) wondering how he is related to Bran? And how his wolf is like “brother wolf”.
As for Ben, in the beginning I didn’t like him, but he grows on you. Now I’m excited and happy that he is going to get a girlfriend!
Wulfe, has always been a bit on the strange side to me. He is always doing what is not expected of him, and it seems to almost always leave somebody else in trouble.. And just when you think you might have him pegged nope!.. He throws another wrench into the works. My question is, who was crazy enough to change a person who was both witch and wizard into a vampire? And will we ever find out who that was?
Bonarata is Wulf’s maker, and then he broke him and sent him to Marsilia
Wulf is Bonarata’s maker, and he broke free of him and broke wulfe and then sent him with Marsilia.
Uh… other way around. Wulfe made Bonarata.
Other way around. Wulf made Bonarata. When Bonarata decided to become head vampire, he broke Wulf’s hold on him, & totally broke Wulf in the process.
All I can say is when Ben gets this girlfriend that is coming at some point, she is going to be very carefully scrutinized by me. She better be amazing, otherwise she is not fit for my Ben. I am very fiercely protective of him.
…Yes, I will join in on that Ben group hug.
Also if Patricia Briggs is looking for someone to base Ben’s eventual girlfriend off, I’m available.
Just when I fell in like with Wolfe, the most special of all
Small correction: you mention page 269 of “Shifting Shadows” but I believe you mean “Storm Cursed”. Of course, both books are excellent!
You are correct! Thanks.
I’ve always suspected Sherwood is one of Brans brothers sold off by his mother.
I think Sherwood is Bran’s father or maker.
We definitely know he is related to Bran and he’s super, super old.
Bran’s maker was Dafydd, his grandfather, who was killed by the Forest lord in the short story (in ‘Shifting Shadows’) ‘Silver’. That makes him also Bran’s mother’s father. Nothing is said about Bran’s father, so possibly Sherwood fits there. We do know he is also witchborn.
I think Dafydd was Bran’s father. I’d have to reread the story to be sure, though.
I’m thinking maybe Sherwood is Bran’s uncle. He could have been a test-run for the witch before she turned Bran’s father. Maybe she removed his leg to get more power to change Bran’s father?
Bran was made a werewolf by his mother. His mother was a bad witch. She did that to Sam and Bran’s father.
I think maybe he is Adda or another brother or maybe even his father. I say Adda because he was missing a paw from their evil mother and yes I know Bran supposedly killed him to keep his mother from using his pain for her magic anymore. But Bran was a power then maybe he was able to hide that he was still alive ??♀️. Then again who knows ?
I’ll have to go back and find the part about the missing paw. I must have forgotten that. Interesting. Thanks for commenting.
Adda was missing his Front Left paw as well as his Right paw
Adda was missing two front paws and Bran killed him by breaking his neck to put him out of his pain and put of Bran’s mother’s reach at the same time. He was one of Bran’s uncles. Also in ‘Silver’ (‘Shifting Shadows’).
Sherwood, in wolf form is missing part of a hind leg, which would correspond to a person’s legs where arms would correspond to a person’s arms.
Okay so you know how the Marrock is one of the knights of the round table? It’s said that Bran’s title is based off that knight. But what if he IS that knight? Which means Sherwood could totally be Merlin! And Briggs specifically said he was NOT a king. King as in King Arthur.
EEEEEEE! Good sleuthing there, Alex!
Bran’s father is the one that changes Bran and Samuel into werewolves Adda is one of Bran’s younger brothers. In the book Silver it tells you Daphneid is Bran’s father and dies fighting the Ariana father the forest lord. And spelling is good so i hope everyone can figure it out
In ‘Silver’ Dafydd is Bran’s GRANDFATHER…. the witch’s father. I JUST re-read ‘Silver’.
No, Dafydd is Bran’s father. Samuel’s grandfather. He says it outright in Silver. “My da, if he were the man he was once…..” Samuel says “Dafydd?” Bran says “your grandda”. To Samuel.
If Sherwood’s wolf is like Brother Wolf could that mean that Sherwood was born a werewolf? Maybe Bran’s mother became pregnant by her husband after he had been changed to a werewolf and used her magic to carry to term making Sherwood Bran’s younger brother.
Or Sherwood is Bran’s grandfather and witchborn , where Bran’s mother get her power from, and I don’t know how to explain the Brother Wolf reference.
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