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A Darker Shade of Magic

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    Аннаhas quoted3 years ago
    The prince ended nearly every sentence with a period. Even the questions. Rhy was the same way, and Kell thought it must simply be a by-product of never being told no.
    Dhespina Pecinihas quoted3 months ago
    For someone who never stood still, Lila still felt like a pin in Kell’s world.
    Dhespina Pecinihas quoted3 months ago
    “I apologize for shooting you in the leg,” said Lila. “I was myself entirely.”
    Dhespina Pecinihas quoted3 months ago
    “Hey, Lila,” he said softly into the space between them.
    “Yeah?”
    He pressed his mouth to hers for one brief moment, the warmth there and then gone. She frowned up at him, but did not pull away.
    “What was that for?” she asked.
    “For luck,” he said. “Not that you need it.”
    Dhespina Pecinihas quoted3 months ago
    Honestly, what had happened to her? The Lila Bard of south London looked out for herself. That Lila would never waste her life on someone else. She’d never choose right over wrong so long as wrong meant staying alive. She’d never have turned back to help the stranger who helped her. Lila spit a mouthful of blood and straightened. Perhaps she never should have stolen the damned stone, but even here, and now, facing death in the form of a pale queen, she didn’t regret it. She’d wanted freedom. She’d wanted adventure. And she didn’t think she minded dying for it.
    Dhespina Pecinihas quoted3 months ago
    “Thank you, Lila.”
    “For what?”
    Dhespina Pecinihas quoted3 months ago
    Holland knew. He’d seen the attack coming, and he hadn’t stopped it. The instant before the metal struck him from behind, Holland had stopped fighting. It was only a second, a fraction of a breath, but it had been enough to give Kell the edge, the opening. And in the sliver of time after the metal pierced his body, and before he fell, it wasn’t anger or pain that crossed his face. It was relief.
    Dhespina Pecinihas quoted3 months ago
    So no, Lila wasn’t going with him just to satisfy some thirst for danger. And she wasn’t going with him just to keep him company. She was going because they’d come this far, and because she feared he wouldn’t succeed, not alone.
    Dhespina Pecinihas quoted3 months ago
    “What title and name should I announce you under, sir?”
    “Oh.” Relief swept over her, and her hand slid back to her side. A smile spread across her lips. “Captain Bard,” she said, “of the Sea King.”
    Dhespina Pecinihas quoted3 months ago
    Delilah Bard looked like a king.
    No, she thought, straightening. She looked like a conqueror.
    Dhespina Pecinihas quoted3 months ago
    So?” asked Lila, admiring the grip. “No such thing as too many knives.”
    Dhespina Pecinihas quoted3 months ago
    She kicked a loose stone. “Well, I mean, it’s another world, isn’t it? Another version of London? Is there another version of me?”
    Kell frowned. “I’ve never met anyone like you.”
    He hadn’t meant it as a compliment, but Lila took it that way, flashing him a grin. “What can I say,” she said, “I’m one of a kind.”
    Dhespina Pecinihas quoted3 months ago
    “Yes,” said Lila, lips quirking. “And if you’re thinking of stealing it back, I would advise against it, as you’d have to search me, and magic or no, I’m willing to bet my knife could find your heart before your hand could find the rock.” She said it with such casual confidence that Kell suspected she might be right, but he had no desire to find out.
    Dhespina Pecinihas quoted3 months ago
    He’d come back.
    But why had he come back?
    Dhespina Pecinihas quoted3 months ago
    “Yes. Because unless you plan to wed me yourself—and don’t get me wrong, I think we’d make a dashing pair—I must try and find a mate.”

    uhmmmmmm okay

    Dhespina Pecinihas quoted3 months ago
    Rhy’s mouth quirked. “One day I will be. And I need you there beside me.”
    Kell smiled back. “Believe me. There’s no place I’d rather be.” It was the truth.

    is it safe to love the bromance?

    01/25 692has quoted4 months ago
    Grey for the magic-less city.

    Red, for the healthy empire.

    White, for the starving world.
    Vanessa Pugahas quoted5 months ago
    People steal because taking something gives them something. If they’re not in it for the money, they’re in it for control. The act of taking, of breaking the rules, makes them feel powerful. They’re in it for the sheer defiance.” She turned away. “Some people steal to stay alive, and some steal to feel alive. Simple as that.”
    Vanessa Pugahas quoted5 months ago
    The people in the street looked at him and moved away, out of reach, as if whatever was eating him was contagious. Which, of course, it was. Magic was a truly beautiful disease. But only when the hosts were strong enough.
    Vanessa Pugahas quoted5 months ago
    “Love doesn’t keep us from freezing to death, Kell,” she continued, “or starving, or being knifed for the coins in our pocket. Love doesn’t buy us anything, so be glad for what you have and who you have because you may want for things but you need for nothing.”
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