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398 pages, Hardcover
First published October 13, 2015
Right now, what I want is the throne. Enzo’s power. A perfect revenge. And all the Inquisitors, queens, and Daggers in the world won’t be able to stop me.
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I don't like the waiting.Especially when it comes to Marie Lu'books.
My revenge is complete.
I force a smile onto my face. In the silence, I sit alone on my throne and wait eagerly for all the satisfaction and triumph to hit me. I wait, and wait, and wait.
But it doesn’t come.
The world’s deadliest mercenaries choose to serve you, because they have yet to meet me.
I’m suddenly angry. Why must I lose everything that I care for? Why is love such a weakness? I wish, for an instant, that I didn’t need such a thing. I can win the same things in life with fear, with power. What is the point of searching for love, when love is nothing but an illusion?
“He cares for you, you know. Magiano. I’ve seen him standing guard outside your door, making sure you aren’t having another nightmare or an illusion.”
“This doesn’t feel right,” Enzo whispers, taking a step back.
It feels horribly wrong, like a slick of oil coating the inside of my stomach. But with the nauseating feeling had come that unimaginable heat. When I look at Enzo’s face, I can tell that he desires it too, even as it unsettles him.
“The irony of life is that those who wear masks often tell us more truths than those with open faces.”
"What is so great about being good?"
"It is nice, being powerful. Seeing others others bend to your will. I imagine this how kings and queens feel—that with just a few words, they can ignite a war or enslave an entire population."
"Fear motivates, more than love or ambition or joy. Fear is more powerful than anything else in the world. I have spent so long yearning for things—love and acceptance—that I do not really need. I need nothing except the submission that comes with fear."
"His pupils become slits as he looks at Teren. "Keep your filthy blades off her," he snaps. "It's rude."
"Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all."
“Fear motivates, more than love or ambition or joy. Fear is more powerful than anything else in the world. I have spent so long yearning for things—for love, for acceptance—that I do not really need. I need nothing except the submission that comes with fear. I do not know why it took me so long to learn this.”
“Why feel guilty for something that isn't your fault?
Because I loved him. And now he is gone.”
“Someday, when I am nothing but dust and wind, what tale will they tell about me? Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.”
“But true rulers are not born. We are made.”
“He wanted to live in a house built on delusion, would rather believe in a million lies than face one truth.
- Seven circles around the sea, by Mordove Senia”