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334 pages, Hardcover
First published October 5, 2009
She made a bad monster, and a worst human.Fire's world is full of monsters. They are similar to regular animals only more beautiful and dangerous than any other creature.
It's hard to wake from a nightmare when the nightmare is real.Fire is one of those monsters but she's far more deadly, she's a human monster. Her hair contains the most beautiful shades of reds, auburn and magenta, her beauty is beyond renowned and her mind can ensnare all but the strongest willed humans.
It was a hurting tune, resigned, a cry of heartache for all in the world that fell apart. As ash rose black against the brilliant sky, Fire's fiddle cried out for the dead, and for the living who stay behind to say goodbye.
“I don't want to love you if you're only going to die.”
“Roen snorted. "You two have the strangest relationship in the Dells."
Archer smiled slightly. "She won't consent to make it a marriage."
"I can't imagine what's stopping her. I don't suppose you've considered being less munificent with your love?"
"Would you marry me, Fire, if I slept in no one's bed but yours?"
He knew the answer to that, but it didn't hurt to remind him. "No, and I should find my bed quite cramped.”
“It made Fire so angry, the thought of such a medicine, a violence done to herself to stop her from creating anything like herself. And what was the purpose of these eyes, this impossible face, the softness and the curves of this body, the strength of this mind; what was the point, if none of the men who desired her were to give her any babies, and all it ever brought her was grief? What was the purpose of a woman monster?”
“I'm a thousand years old,' Fire said, 'just like you.'
"Hmm," Brigan said. He didn't ask her what she meant, which was for the best, because she wasn't exactly sure.
“Beauty has rights that plainness never will.”
“Your horse is named Small."
"Mine is named Big."