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576 pages, Hardcover
First published May 1, 2012
“But that's how memory works,” Bitterblue said quietly. “Things disappear without your permission, then come back again without your permission.” And sometimes they came back incomplete and warped.
“But that's how memory works," Bitterblue said quietly. "Things disappear without your permission, then come back again without your permission."I understand that this was a side-effect of King Leck's grace but it was just so frustrating to read a whole book that consisted of that.
"Holt," said Bitterblue through gritted teeth. "I forbid you, absolutely forbid you, to climb into any more window frames and look down, wondering what would happen. Do you understand me?"
"Honestly," said Thiel, going to Holt and grabbing his collar, then pushing Holt to the door in a manner that was almost comical, as Holt was bigger than Thiel, almost twenty years younger, and enormously stronger. But Hold just shrugged again, making no protest.
"Pull yourself together, man" said Thiel. "Stop giving the queen frights." Then he opened the door and shoved Holt through it.
"Are you all right, Lady Queen? said Thiel slamming the door shut, turning back to her.
"I don't understand anyone," Bitterblue said miserably, "or anything. Thiel, how am I to be queen in a kingdom of crackpots?"
Bitterblue slapped him, as hard as she could. When he grabbed her wrists, she kicked him in the shin, then kicked him again, until finally, swearing, he let her go. "You're a bully," he spat out.
"You're a brat," she said