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614 pages, Kindle Edition
First published January 1, 2013
Man to Cat Barahal: "You're a fiery beast, lass. It will take a strong man to harness you."
Cat: "It would take a strong man not to speak of harnesses!"
"I let pride go to my head, as I will no doubt do again someday--"
"Tomorrow," Bee muttered.
"--but I know it is my weakness."
"But in the midst of the monstrous assembly that is slave to fortune, each solitary small figure who linked her hand to another built a chain of loyalty and trust.
We make ourselves into the net that we throw across the ocean."
The history of the world begins in ice, and it will end in ice.
"Perhaps you are of the Sapphic persuasion, in which case I can let you know which women of the House may be interested in your attentions"
"Some people have no interest in sexual liaisons, nor is there any reason they should."
"How do they know whether to be male or female?" I asked.
His smile reproved me. "It is not the same for us as with humankind. When we hatch in the spirit world and swim in the Great Smoke, we are grubs, neither male nor female. When we come ashore in the mortal world, we become male."
"We are not like you. The strongest male proves he has strength and therefore the right to crown. To crown means to become female. Thus will he enter the river and become she, and thus she will cross by water into the ocean of dreams, what you call the Great Smoke."
As for what exists in the spirit world beyond our ken, courts and dragons are just names we give to powers we don not comprehend and cannot escape.
By drinking the blood of mortals they had in the end become what we called ghouls: creatures who devour the essence of others in order to live.