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449 pages, Hardcover
First published September 15, 2013
"Why should Atlantis pay any mind to me?"
"Because you are younger and have far more potential."
. . .
"Potential for what?"
She was a coward, but better cowardly than dead.She's a 16 year old girl. She is scared. She has been uprooted from her home, her guardian has been arrested. She just wants her life back. This mission is going to endanger her life...she doesn't want that. Iolanthe just wants to be a normal girl, with a peaceful life. She does not want anything to do with a Grand Destiny that might spell her doom. I understand her conflict completely, and I completely relate to her.
“So a steer should head willingly to slaughter because the farmer has fed and housed it? How many would make this bargain if they only knew what would happen to them in the end? You are asking me to give up everything for a cause that isn’t mine. I don’t want to be part of any revolution. I just want to live.”It's completely reasonable. I agree with her completely. Not everyone wants a life filled with danger, and I understand her reluctance. And I also love it that despite her fear, despite her will to live, she eventually gives in to the bigger picture when she realizes what's at stake.
“To live like this, never knowing what it is like to be free?” His voice was tight.
“I will know nothing when I’m dead!”
...could she live with never trying, just keeping herself and Master Haywood safe in some pocket of the Labyrinthine Mountains, while Mrs. Needles and countless others like her rotted in Atlantean prisons?Titus is also a really likeable character. Iolanthe is not what he expected...he expected a boy whom he has mentally named "Archer Fairfax." More specifically, he thought Iolanthe would be a boy. He has spent his life preparing for this destiny, that his dead mother has foreseen, and he expected his partner in this quest to be a boy, his platonic partner, who would be in agreement with him, who would understand him and their shared destiny. He didn't expect a beautiful, scared girl who wants nothing to do with him.
Could she live with herself, cowering, while the world burned?
But things were supposed to be different with her—with Fairfax. They were to be comrades, their bond forged by shared dangers and a shared destiny. And now of all the people who despised him, she despised him the most.Their initial distrust, then subsequently, the dynamics of their growing partnership is a thing of beauty. Iolanthe and Titus are an excellent pair; they work well together.
9 out of 10
It will be you and me against the world.
The sort of fireworks my wand can produce will leave any girl breathless.
But it was more than a little ironic that she had never been as popular as a girl as she was now as a boy.
She was a coward, but better cowardly than dead.
“You snake,” she said. “What can I say? Prince Charming only exists in fairy tales.”
— The Burning Sky (Пылающие небеса) #1/3
— The Perilous Sea (Опасные воды) #2/3
— The Immortal Heights (Незабвенные выси) #3/3
“This is the story of a girl who fooled a thousand boys, a boy who fooled an entire country, a partnership that would change the fate of realms, and a power to challenge the greatest tyrant the world had ever known. Expect magic.”
Don’t read it for the fantasy, read it for the love. These characters will steal your heart and never give it back. Just go with it.
“So a steer should head willingly to slaughter because the farmer has fed and house it? How many would make this bargain if they only knew what would happen to them in the end? You are asking me to give up everything for a cause that isn’t mine. Id not’ want to be part of any revolution. I just want to live.”
“To live like this, never knowing what t is like to be free?” His voice was tight.
“I will know nothing when I’m dead!”
Love was the ultimate chain, the ultimate whip, and the ultimate slave driver.
Now he could work her likeness into any story of his choosing.
Now he could fight dragons for her.
And now he could kiss her again. - The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas
Just before the start of Summer Half, in April 1883, a very minor event took place at Eton College, that venerable and illustrious English public school for boys. A sixteen-year-old pupil named Archer Fairfax returned from a three-month absence, caused by a fractured femur, to resume his education.
Almost every word in the preceding sentence is false. Archer Fairfax had not suffered a broken limb. He had never before set foot in Eton. His name was not Archer Fairfax. And he was not, in fact, even a he.
This is the story of a girl who fooled a thousand boys, a boy who fooled an entire country, a partnership that would change the fate of realms, and a power to challenge the greatest tyrant the world had ever known.
Gazing into her eyes was like looking at blood running down the street.
“You can live forever for me.”
“You are asking me to give up everything for a cause that isn't mine. I don't want to be part of any revolution. I just want to live.”
“As long as I live and breathe, I will be with you.”