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384 pages, Hardcover
First published March 12, 2019
She drew in a terrified breath, but before she could scream, she was plunged into darkness.Muna, and her sister Sakti, awake on a beach in Janda Baik, an isolated island steeped in magic.
She drew in a terrified breath, but before she could scream, she was plunged into darkness.
"There is no reason you should run into any trouble, provided you are sensible."But the world that awaits Muna is far different from the one she left.
...there is a most unwomanly spirit of independence in you...Will she save her sister in time? Will she even be able to save herself?
"Oh yes, of course! I am so sorry. What an appalling thing to have happened! You must think us entirely unfeeling. I can only beg your pardon."...which means that every sentence takes four times as long to get there. Which got really old... REALLY fast.
"Females meddling in what has nothing to do with them - shameless, depraved and unworthy."Which really did not work for me.
"In truth," she said, "it is because I could not have you!"Essentially, one character is in a completely straight relationship the entire time and then flips with 20 pages left, claiming that there was an overwhelmingly romantic same-sex crush on another main character the entire time.
“Relations are a terrible burden to a girl with magical ability.”
Do you know that food must only speak when it is spoken to?
The more the polong said, the less reassured Muna felt. “But are not spirits famously changeable?”
“I will have you know that is an offensive generalisation,” said the polong. “No one could accuse me of inconstancy.
“When I have mislaid my things, murder is not my first course of action,” said Prunella. “What I do is look for them—and quite often I find them.”
“No one ever saw a longer face on a dragon.
He had never been overly fond of the usual draconic pursuits and in the circumstances, they lost all their savour.
At most he might dutifully pick off a unicorn that had wandered away from its herd, but he had not the heart to finish devouring the carcass before his appetite failed him. ”
“I am a guest in your country, I am entitled to your hospitality, and instead, you hoot like monkeys. You dishonour your white hair by your conduct. Men so old should know better!”
"Like as not your mother would declare war if you ate him, and we cannot afford a civil conflict in Threlfall now. You had best restrain your cannibalistic instincts, Rollo, though they do you credit. You may have the carcass if Bartholomew dies, but if he does wake you must let him alone."
"Her Majesty desires the death of all kinds of people, some of the very finest consideration. Of course, it is only natural you should have joined those ranks once you stole her Virtu."
Prunella gaped. "The Fairy Queen accuses me of a theft of her virtue? [...] But I have never met the Queen in my life!" said Prunella. "Besides, I thought only gentlemen could deprive others of their virtue. Surely a lady only loses hers."
Zacharias cleared his throat. "I believe His Excellency means that the Fairy Queen has lost an article of virtu." He turned to the fairy. "Have I understood you, sir?"
Henrietta smiled. Having started she could not seem to stop, and there seemed no call to try, for Muna smiled back.