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Continuity Errors Gone Wild
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on February 25, 2022
I was going to wait until I finished the book to write a review, but what I just read made me so annoyed that I have to say something now, in the form of a nice, white spell:
“Commementōte quod Rex femina est!” (“Remember that Rex is female!”)
The quality of content editing in this series has gone steadily downhill, and the continuity errors have become increasingly irritating (e.g. a character who has his hands cuffed behind his back suddenly clasps his hand to his chest). But Million Dollar Demon (book #15) takes the cake.
Rex the cat was first introduced in the fourth book in the series, “A Fistful of Charms.” When we meet her, this feline is female. We continue to see Rex throughout the series (e.g. “Ever After,” book #11, page 26, Kindle version), and she is always presented as a girl kitty.
But in “Million Dollar Demon,” our pixy-loving feline is suddenly referred to with masculine pronouns, as in this passage:
“Rex rubbed against my leg on his way to the window, but his leap to the low sill halted comically fast as the bell overhead gave a soft bong…” (page 386/450, Kindle version.)
This error is not a one-off. Subsequent references to Rex in the book also refer to the cat with masculine pronouns. As there is no mention of a sex change procedure, I have to assume that the author forgot the sex of her character and that her editors failed to notice the lack of parity with previous books.
How hard is it to keep track of the biological sex of a recurring character? Hopefully, my little spell will make it easier for Ms. Harrison and her team, because carelessness like this feels like an insult to readers who’ve been around since the start of the series.