Oh wow! So good to read people’s thoughts on this!
I like the Gurith theory too! I would be holding back if I didn’t say that I want to see Elisa and Ithmeera meet again. The tension there! ~THE EMOTIONAL BAGGAGE.~
I took a look back at the first book. Cassie’s mother is dead (she was sick, seems for a while so maybe cancer?) and her dad is out of the picture. She tells Andrea her mom said he’s missing but she thinks he left them. Other than that we know that she worked some kind of menial job (I say menial because she didn’t seem very enthusiastic about it) and that she is from a city. No other family, at least according to her.