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413 pages, Hardcover
First published February 26, 2019
“Dream bigger,” he’d said. “Want more. Don’t ask. Take it.”
“Sometimes we fail because we’re not meant to succeed.”
“Sometimes failure is the beginning of success.”
“Having something, even if in the past, is better than nothing at all.”
“And you believe memories are enough to sustain us?” he asked. “Through the darkness?”
“May the queens forever rule the day. Together, yet apart.”
“I’m beginning to realize that look on your face means nothing good will follow.”
I patted his shoulder. “You’re a quick learner.”
I love you more than my boat loves a twelve-knot wind and a warm sea.
“I want to propose something—”
“You can propose to me all you like. I’ll never say yes.” I flashed him a grin.
“What did you want to be when you were younger?” he asked, looking at his hands.
He let out a breath through his teeth. “Why do you always lie?”
“I’m not lying.” And I wasn’t. “I’ve tried to be other things. I failed.” Spectacularly.
“I am, and only will ever be, a messenger.”
“My business,” he said, “is anything and everything lucrative. You know our world, darlin’. You know only the most cunning survive. And in these times, we have to be more ruthless than ever.”
Let love guide your heart, and everything else will fall into place.
“Loving someone means risking your heart being broken,” Corra said. “But those moments you are together triumph over any hardship.”
Trust only in what can be wielded by hand and heart.The hardworking of the four quadrants, Archians have a no-nonsense attitude that I appreciate and look up to. They are strong-willed and humble, lovers of nature and the old ways. They see technology as something destructive and rarely would they view it as helpful.
A turbulent mind produces turbulent times. A peaceful mind heralds peace.This was the one that fascinated me the most. They live in the coldest and most barren part of the nation: the north. First, that is enough to say that northerners with their harsh environments and their ways of life have always been a fave of mine in real life or fantasy, but Scholte's northerners do not, in fact, pillage or plunder. They are the most disciplined of the quadrants!
“There’s no crime in Eonia, no uprisings, no hate. Everyone has their role in society, and we’re paid well enough. Eonia has eradicated envy, jealousy, violence, cruelty.”
Know everything, and you shall know all.What I valued the most about the people of this quadrant was their curiosity and desire for learning and experiencing new thing. Torians look to the horizon, they are seekers and voyagers ... but they can also be greedy and demanding. And that can lead to selfishness and dark places.
Life is for the revelers with open eyes and open hearts.Probably the opposite of Eonists, they embrace feelings with all their faults and revel in the beauty of it. A society of artists and passionate people, I love these precious creatures :)
Ludists knew the world was often cruel, that sadness often outweighed happiness and darkness could be a mere step away. But instead of wallowing in this knowledge, Ludists embraced all that was beautiful, light and pleasurable in the world.
The queens were the power. No one else.
Power was a game, and over the years, Iris had perfected it.