Siege and StormBook - 2013
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“ ‘You know the problem with heroes and saints Nikolai?’ I asked as I closed the book’s cover and headed for the door. ‘They always end up dead’.”
“The less you say, the more weight your words will carry.”
“Weakness is a guise. Wear it when they need to know you're human, but never when you feel it.”
“The ox feels the yoke, but does the bird feel the weight of its wings?”
“So many men had tried to make her a queen. Now she understood that she was meant for something more. The Darkling had told her he was destined to rule. He had claimed his throne, and a part of her too. He was welcome to it. For the living and the dead, she would make herself a reckoning. She would rise.”
"No, Alina. You came here Ravka. For the Firebird. To lead the Second Army." He tapped the sun overhis heart. "I came here for you. You're my flag. You're my nation. But that doesn't seem to matter anymore." - Mal
"My mother was an oyster," he said with a wink. "And I'm the pearl." - Sturmhond
"I'm a prince," said Nikolai. "Being useful isn't part of the job description."
"Watch yourself, Nikolai," Mal said softly. "Princes bleed just like other men."
Nikolai plucked an invisible piece of dust from his sleeve.
"Yes, he said. "They just do it in better clothes."
"Nikolai," he corrected. "But I've also been known to answer to 'sweetheart' or 'handsome.' " - Nikolai Lantsov
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Darkness never dies.
Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.
The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her--or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.