The families in Changelings are all intertwined – Sean’s is explored in The Rise of Kings, but it’s not until the third – and final – book, The Memory of Mist, that the full extent of Dubh’s reach in their lives is explored.
In that story, Maureen must delve into her family’s history – from the grandfather that never wanted her to the deep annals of O’Malley lore – in her fight to determine her future and stay at Cloak Tower.
I’ve always known how – and at what point – the families were entwined. I planted a few clues in the earlier books – and some red herrings – but it was exciting to bring Maureen into the full knowledge of just how deeply entwined they were. For her, and even for Aunt Margaret, it was a startling realization of just how intertwined they were – and how deep their connection to Dubh went.