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233 pages, Hardcover
First published February 6, 2014
3.5 out of 10
Wizards, [Ophelia] thought, when she gained her composure. What good were they if they couldn't tell you how to do stuff, if they were always talking in riddles and saying they knew everything before it even happened? It wasn't very helpful.
If she were a wizard, she'd write reports for people. She'd make sure everything was very clear. She'd write, Looking for a magical sword? No problem. Go to the fifth floor, turn left, open a large wooden chest, et cetera, et cetera. She'd have check boxes. Found your magical sword? Place X here.
"Your name is tacked to you. Where it has joined you, it has seeped into your skin and into your essence and into your soul."
"I would like to leave the forest, just for a minute and run in the light without fear."
"You don't have to be her mother, but you have to look out for her. This is, above everything else, what I need you to do."
"You should never give up on a disappearing boy. Disappearing boys need friends; it's the only thing keeping them alive."
"You may feel alone, but there will always be people who will help you along the way."