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384 pages, Hardcover
First published September 28, 2021
There are monsters in the world. There are monsters in the woods.
They slip inside at night. Crawl through the walls of our cottage. They find their way into my brother’s dreams.
Fire to burn out the infection. Sparks that cut through the night sky. The scent of ash. Trees outlined against the moonlight. A whisper through the branches
You should be out by the orchard, where violets secretly darken the earth,
Or there in the woods of the twilight, with
northern wind-flowers shaken astir.
Think of me here in the library, trying and
trying a song that is worth
Tears and swords to my heart, arrows no
armour will turn to deter.
-D.H. Lawrence, Letter from
Town: On a Grey Morning in March
“there are monsters in the woods, in the world. there’s a monster the shadows, and now it knows my name.”
Everyone: Hey don't do this, we can find a way to mend the Corruption some other way!
Violeta: lol okay *does exactly what everyone told her not to do*
Everyone: Why the hell did you just do that you put yourself and all of us in danger
Violeta: I did it to protect everyone!!!!!! *gets mad that everyone else is mad*
"tap tap tap"
"fine fine fine"
"Let him go, let him go, let him go"
"Please. Please. Please."
"My mother my mother my mother"
"His eyes are the last thing to fade. Hard as polished stones."
"Their power. My power. Light and dark and the scrapes of my magic."
"I fall to my knees and grab for Arien's wrist. Send my power into him."