I have been afraid to post this!
I know this is long - but it has been swimming in my head for awhile and I need people to talk it out of there so I can concentrate on real life stuff!
Everyone has spent a great deal of time searching for answers about JZB’s identity. I believe we might have luck looking at this from the opposite direction.
I am a Pagan and true believer in Universal Balance. Day/Night, Young/Old, Good/Bad, etc. You can’t have half of anything – the Universe won’t suffer the imbalance. There is never half an equation.
We seem to be driven by our Leader (KMM) to see that Mac and JZB are extreme opposites – forgive my paraphrasing: “if I am the Sahara, he is Antarctica”. He is old, she is young (“you haven’t been out of diapers long enough to be trusted”). He is very dark (he only appears at night), she is a sun worshiper. She needs happiness (aka: cake), he hates cake. He knows everything – she knows…well for our purposes, nothing. I’ll stop – you know the rest.
So – maybe instead of wondering What/Who JZB is –we need to figure out what/who Mac is. I don’t mean a sidhe-seeing null – I mean: If you believe JZB is the UK then logic dictates that Mac must be the SQ (who drank from the cauldron then hid herself along with a protector – Alina - in the human realm). If you think JB is the son of the UK, then Mac must be QA’s daughter, etc.
We know that Fae males can reproduce with mortal women (occasionally). Why couldn’t QA take on a human form for 9-10 months and have a baby (or 2)? If you read the first description Mac gives of the water in the Fae realm, she is describing herself - one big rainbow (don’t have book with me now, someone might help me look that up). Mac belongs there....
Whoever these two are – they seem like two halves of a whole to me – ying/yang. This is cheesy – but they “complete each other”. If they really are the UK and SQ or the children – then together they could rule both sides AND any child they had together would unite both sides as one and, viola! no more problems between Seelie and Unseelie. QA would see this solution and have the ability to pull the threads to set the whole thing up.
Whatever Mac is, I think Alina knew the truth from her phone message to Mac. “You don’t even know what you are” – maybe she meant Mac is the Queen (or a Princess).