maatkare22 said: I never took that to mean she switched Reognition "off," but that she was old enough to resist the pull, but it still weakened her terribly, and that suffering only ended when she finally consummated with Cutter. So all this retconned certainty that Ember simply turned 'off' a switch just doesn't sit right with me.
I felt this way at first reading, but after thinking about it and reading through the fan threads - I think there really is something to the idea that exposure to the Palace, that wearing pieces of the Palace close to you at all times, are causing the elves to evolve, more rapidly, into the powerful beings that their ancestors were. Ember's ability to refuse Recognition seems a logical effect of that (and healers were there to help, too, remember) - it doesn't feel like a retcon to me when you think of that. Think of the insert of Cutter and Leetah - "More change?" Elves are changing. This is all leading somewhere.