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Verraad in de Dalen

(Graceling Realm #2)

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Er heerst onrust in de Dalen. De troon van de jonge koning Nash wankelt. Zowel in het noorden als in het zuiden mobiliseren opstandige landheren hun troepen en beramen snode plannen om Nash af te zetten. Een oorlog is onafwendbaar. In de wouden en de bergen wemelt het van de spionnen en schurken.

De onrust in het land bedreigt ook de wereld van Vlam, half vrouw,
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Hardcover, 432 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Full Moon (first published October 5th 2009)
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Marlowe Not really. There's room to read the protagonist as bisexual, but there's also room to not. All her explicit romantic relationships in the book are…moreNot really. There's room to read the protagonist as bisexual, but there's also room to not. All her explicit romantic relationships in the book are with men.(less)
Veronica Hunter Elanie, this book is a prequel to Graceling. Some characters do show up in Graceling and I believe Bitterblue, but I haven't read them since them came…moreElanie, this book is a prequel to Graceling. Some characters do show up in Graceling and I believe Bitterblue, but I haven't read them since them came out. The author has said before it's not needed to read them order.

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Sasha Alsberg
May 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My head hurts from crying but other than that, so very good!! Loved this book!
Miranda Reads
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.

Their pelts are mesmerizing - rich hues of midnight blues or forest greens or sunset oranges.

That combined with their nearly psychic powers allow for monsters entrance lure their prey to their untimely deaths.
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 hairdeadly,Theirmore
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Annalisa
Feb 06, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: If you liked Graceling, you'll probably like this
Shelves: fantasy, cover
Granted, I went into this book annoyed with Cashore's anti-marriage, pro-casual-sex message in Graceling, but the book never got interesting enough to overcome those messages. Okay, I didn't finish it, but if 222 pages into it, I'm bored and nearly shaking with rage at Cashore for using a YA story as a thinly veiled piece of propaganda, I doubt the end of the book will redeem itself. This isn't even YA, it's adult high fantasy, but these days publishers market everything as YA, and so it's sold ...more
Tatiana
Unlike Graceling, Fire doesn't get better upon rereading.

The core of my issues with it remains the same, specifically Cashore's nontraditional approach to marriage and women's empowerment. I'll elaborate on it later. But besides that, this time this book is just boring. I think I was pretty generous to give Fire 3.5 stars 2 years ago. I now feel it deserves at least 1 star less. Too much navel-gazing, too much contemplating and whining and crying on Fire's part without enough action and romance to balance things
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Caz (littlebookowl)
Well, this was a pleasant surprise! I really enjoyed Graceling back in the day, but it had been a few years since I read that so I wasn't sure what to expect... I was BLOWN AWAY!

I fell in love with the world with the monsters and politics, the characters, the romance - all of the relationships Fire has/develops in this book, actually.

Fantastic. Itching for a re-read already.
Tamora Pierce
Sep 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-ya-yr
Fire is a monster. Monsters in her homeland are creatures of brilliant colors, each with abilities, that feed on humans and animals (there are even monster insects!) and each other. They have a tremendous attraction for human beings, one of extreme passion which leads to murder, clutching, or attack, depending on the human, which is why Fire has led much of her life isolated in the house of her hated monster father, who died several years ago. Her only friends are Archer and his father.
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
There is this big jerk of a kid that is an animal or monster torturer in the beginning of the book. Luckily, he's only in a little bit of the book toward the end. I wanted to be a giant to step on his sorry arse!



Moving on . . .

I have mixed feelings about this book so I'm just going to go with I liked it but didn't love it. And there is nothing wrong with that.

Let me put up my spoilers sign before I forget. Sigh. . . . .


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So, I was thinking Archer was going to be my love interest in the book un
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kari
Aug 18, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, ya
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karen
fortunately, jenn awwww yeeaahhhh is literally half my size. go on - look at my shoulders - i am like a mighty moose to her delicate deer:



there is no way she can make good on that threat.

so i am just going to say it: i liked this book less than i liked graceling.

bring it, tiny creature.

and from a critical standpoint, there is nothing wrong with this book. it has a fine story arc, good character development, a good array of both descriptive and action sequence
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Lola
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one. Technically. :P
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DNFed at 50%

WHY DID I EVEN TAKE THE TIME TO EDIT THAT PICTURE?

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It does not deserve it.

Yes, 2 stars (one star for ''I didn't like it'' and another star because it was truly well-written.)

First of all, you shall know that I really really enjoyed the first book in this series, Graceling. I adored it actually. I thought I was discovering another great author knowing how to write great fantasy/adventure books.

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DNFed at 50%

WHY DID I EVEN TAKE THE TIME TO EDIT THAT PICTURE?

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It does not deserve it.

Yes, 2 stars (one star for ''I didn't like it'' and another star because it was truly well-written.)

First of all, you shall know that I really really enjoyed the first book in this series,
Graceling. I adored it actually. I thought I was discovering another great author knowing how to write great fantasy/adventure books.

Kristin Cashore got on my nerves.

She played with them.
She played with me.
She played with my emotions.

Ok, first of all, we have a dark and intense prologue of 16 pages. The number of pages is not important but sure is a lot more than usual books I read. So, in that prologue, we meet two characters, one of them being a boy who really got my attention. Leck (not called like that at that moment.) Anyway, so Leck is able to control minds as Fire. I thought ''oh my my, what a great love story that'll make. They'll meet and fall in love with each other because probably they won't be able to control each others minds and they'll be relieved.''

Like hell.

I don't even know if they finally met. (Ok, I do because I read some last pages but, while I was reading, I did not know.) I did not know that he was the one who (view spoiler). All I know is that I wanted Fire and Leck to meet and fall in love. Because duh, doesn't Leck redeeming himelf, because of Fire, seem exciting? For me, it did. But, that's not what happened.

Oh la la, I just have so much anger in me right now. Must say that it sure doesn't happen often because of a book. At least, it'll be a memorable one for a special reason. *Sigh.*

I didn't have a direct problem with Fire. She was nice enough, for a fantasy/adventure book MC. I liked when she got all angry and on defense but she mostly was calm and one-dimensional, as many other characters. I didn't know that much about her. I knew things only when the narrator told us memories of her and her father (which is a badass!) Shame shame shame because she could've been such an interesting character.

Damn.

Fire and Archer have a ''relation'' at the beginning of the story of what I understand. But, seriously, I have no idea what kind of relation it was. It was much of:

''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.''


Oooook.

Also, in this book, there was a war setting. I hate war settings. I don't like when a book gets that serious. The only books I tolerated (and REALLY enjoyed) with war settings were Captive Prince: Volume One and Captive Prince: Volume Two and probably Captive Prince: Volume Three, but it hasn't been realeased yet so I haven't read it. I must admit that I'm a bit scared I won't love Days of Blood & Starlight because of that.

The writing was splendid (due the 2rd star as I said.) I wansn't expecting and I didn't get less. The pacing was SLOW. So SLOW. Not much was actually hapenning up to where I got (and DNFed.) That's kind of why I DNFed this book (along with the fact that Fire and Leck weren't already a couple as I was hoping for.) The author created a good world building with many descriptions. In one page, there was usually 1 small (very small) dialogue and the rest were descriptions. A lot of them. Most were boring.

I bet this book would've been so much better and I may've liked it more if it was directed to adults. More interesting, exciting and yes, some sex scenes would've been welcomed as in my opinion.

Technically, I wouldn't recommend this companion novel. I didn't like it and I wouldn't probably read Bitterblue. Maybe I'll finish this book if I ever feel like to but that could also never happen and I won't be sad. Yes, technically I wouldn't recommend this book but, since I saw that I'm in the minority here, why would you not read it because of what I said about it? Maybe what I was expecting isn't what you want in a fantasy/adventure book. So, go ahead, see for yourself. Maybe you're going to really like it. :)

That's it. I could say more, but I feel calmer now.

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Daria
May 28, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horribles
So. Where do I begin?

Perhaps I should begin with my rating. One star seems harsh, truly, but goodreads describes that rating as, "Didn't like it." And that is an accurate description, for I simply didn't like the book.

Thus I'm sticking with one star.

And now for the book itself: I was hyped for the day I would actually get my hands on it and presumably storm through the whole thing in six hours, as I had done with Graceling. This anticipation was fueled by the raving reviews (on goodreads and
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Meagan Spooner
Mar 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, favorites
Okay, I don't often write reviews, because as an author I always feel weird giving a critical opinion of other authors' work. I think it's because I sort of feel like other authors are my coworkers, all of us working and writing to make people fall in love with reading, so who am I to publicly say what is or isn't right?

But I can't help myself in this case. I feel rather as though I fell as inexplicably and inextricably under this book's spell as its characters fall under Fire's. I had no chanc
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Daiane
Boring. Predictable. Vague. Sooo bad and Sooo boring!



The only thing that I liked was the connection with the first book. However, even though we have the same world, we have such different characters!
We have a long and dark introduction. A little boy with a lot of power and little responsibilities showing how cruel he can be in his world. I thought it would be one of those books that play with your mind but it was basically just t
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Sandy
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Heather
Apr 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
Having read and loved Graceling, Fire by Kristin Cashore had a lot to live up to. I should have known that it would exceed my expectations and then some, quite possibly trumping its predecessor.

Fire is the last remaining human monster living in a war torn kingdom called the Dells. Once filled with beauty and wealth, the Dells have fallen into ruin by the hands of her monster father, Cansrel and his human conduit, King Nax. Though both have been dead for several years, the kingdom rem
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Brittany
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars!!!!
🌟🌟🌟🌟

“It was courage and strength, and something else too, as if he were standing with her, as if he’d taken her within himself, letting her rest her entire body for a moment on his backbone, her mind in his mind, her heart in the fire of his.”

When I first started to read Fire, I was confused because it did not fall in line with Graceling. It took place outside of the 7 kingdoms in a place called the Dells. There are no Gracelings in the land of the Dells. Though, there is magic here - the🌟🌟🌟🌟
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Kells Next Read
Me after reading this:
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This was so much better than Graceling. Is it even possible to love all the characters in a book. I laugh, cried, fell in love, fell out of love, hated, stop hating, became understanding and never wanted this wonderful read to end. I can't wait to receive my copy of Bitterblue tomorrow. As soon as I get it I'm going to start it.
Elise (TheBookishActress)
4 stars. Cashore’s books have always succeeded primarily because of their character work and introspection, not their plotting, but this book’s plot is so flimsy compared to the other two that I can’t forgive it. Fire is set in the Dells, a land beyond the borders of the Seven Kingdoms. The Dells have no gracelings, but plenty of colorful monsters. Fire is the last remaining human monster, renowned for beauty; she lives in fear of both others and of herself.

Cashore’s worldbuilding is incredible, with complex po
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Alyssa
Jun 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Update (August 2017): Oh y'all. I never updated this with my latest collection pictures. Well... ya girl managed to find ARCs of Graceling, Fire, Bitterblue, Jane, Unlimited (purple), Jane, Unlimited (white)... and UK Bitterblue.

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Aaaaaaaand I bought the lovely Italian version of Fire! Plus the Catalan version of Graceling. Gorgeous, right? Don't tell my wallet. D:

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Dannii Elle
I adore it when writers have so fully fleshed out their fantastical worlds that they are able to build a novel around an entire previously unseen section in an entirely new era!

This is the second installment in the Graceling series and, set a few decades before the events that occur in Graceling and sharing only one of the same characters, can almost be read as a standalone novel.

Upon finishing Graceling I immediately begun this with less than an hour's break in between and was in
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Fire (Graceling Realm #2), Kristin Cashore
Fire is a fantasy novel by Kristin Cashore, a companion book to her debut novel, Graceling. It tells the story of a young monster in the shape of a human who is hated because of her difference and supernatural abilities. In the land of the Dells, there are "monsters." Impossibly beautiful animals of unnatural colors, that can entrance people with their appearance and control them with their minds. Lady Fire is the last human monster in existence. H
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edh
Feb 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you're a fan of Graceling, this companion novel set over the mountains to the east of the seven kingdoms will satisfy. The main narrative starring Fire (a half-human/half-monster young woman) is framed by the story of a particular young Graceling who has the ability to control others completely... you'll recognize the future King Leck immediately. Fire has a similar talent, but because of her monster blood she can actually sense what people are thinking rather than simply order them around. H ...more
Trina (Between Chapters)
I didn't know what the plot was for most of the book, but fortunately I adore Cashore's world and characters. The (few) parts about Leck's past were the most interesting to me. I have enjoyed in both Fire and Graceling how Cashore writes budding romance. I like her lead heroines. I like that she frequently mentions menstruation and includes disabilities.

Representation: One side character uses a wheelchair. Fire sustains an injury that temporarily disables her hands. Fire has depression at one point. There is
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Grace ᵔᴥᵔ
You can find my review of Fire on my blog too!

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This was the most gorgeous romantic fantasy I’ve read in a while. And want to know what the last one was? — Graceling!! Kristin Cashore is just so good at writing these beautiful, deep relationships that stem from trust and acceptance.

It’s been 24 hours since I’ve read this book and I just. can’t. stop. thinking about it! How much these two characters cared for each other makes m—!!class="gr-hostedUserImg">
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Steph Su
Mar 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: signed, own, favorites
When an author's second novel far surpasses her already critically acclaimed debut novel, you know there’s something special going on. Kristin Cashore is such an author, and FIRE is such a book. Not since Robin McKinley has an author written so convincingly of a politically charged fantasy world.

The protagonist, Fire, has the cursed gift of absolute beauty and attractiveness, and many times during the course of the book, she brings up the question, “How does gender factor into the re
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Ellis
Content note: Yeah, I tried. Sorry. Incoherent rambling ahead. Seriously, this series has such an astonishing effect on me that the words just keep on coming. SOMEONE STAHP THEM.




I know I initially gave this four stars, but it's been a good seven hours since I finished Fire and I still have the feeling that I want to dive back into the world and experience it all over again. It's more than that. Not only am I plagued by something I can onl
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Norah Una Sumner
2,5 stars

Strong female lead my ass.
“I don't want to love you if you're only going to die.”

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“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.”

Ooookay miss double standards.

2,5 stars

Strong female lead my ass.
“I don't want to love you if you're only going to die.”

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“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.”

Ooookay miss double standards.

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I'm not saying that this isn't true since Archer loves to sleep with everyone (the whole fucking point of his character).Isn't it so amazing to show how he sleeps with two girls at the same time,while he's in love with Fire,and they both get pregnant? Ahh,just the story I was hoping for.

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It's not only that her beauty,which is mentioned in every single page,attracts everyone and makes them either kill themselves or you know,rape her/kill her (??),it's also that her blood,especially while she's on her period,which is,naturally,something we all want to know about,attracts other monsters. Yippee fucking yay.

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“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?”

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“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.

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“Beauty has rights that plainness never will.”

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Three reasons I'm giving this book 2,5 stars:
-World-building
-Brigan & Garan.
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“Your horse is named Small."
"Yes.
"Mine is named Big."

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Kayla
I hit the GODDAMN quote sharing limit AGAIN I just wanted to share all my feels...i wanted to continue on immediately with another book but I feel like I need a recovery period first to write a review and put all my thoughts together as coherently as possible.

Read my updated spoiler-free (there is a spoiler section, but it will be marked and it's all the way at the end) review for this book on my blog:

I hit the GODDAMN quote sharing limit AGAIN I just wanted to share all my feels...i wanted to continue on immediately with another book but I feel like I need a recovery period first to write a review and put all my thoughts together as coherently as possible.

Read my updated spoiler-free (there is a spoiler section, but it will be marked and it's all the way at the end) review for this book on my blog:

https://gracelingaccountantblog.wordp...



ORIGINAL REVIEW
Fire is what is called a "Monster" in the Graceling world, which is someone or something who has the ability to put people in a sort of trance with their beauty and control their minds. Most monsters are animals, with exceptional qualities like silver fur or iridescent wings (raptors are a big one in this story). Fire's is her bright red hair, that she usually keeps under wraps to avoid the gazes of other monsters, as well as other humans who are exceptionally hateful towards people like her.

This book takes place in The Dells, which is separated from the seven kingdoms (from the first book) by a mountain range. Neither kingdom seems to know that the other exists.

So this book I think is equally as good as the first. Although it is SO HARD to beat the Katsa/Po relationship, I think Fire's relationship with Brigan is so perfect, evolves from dislike to love which I like (not that I totally dislike insta-love) Her relationship with his daughter (Hanna) is so adorable, I can't even control the feels.

Her backstory is fantastic, especially what you learn about her relationship she had with her father (Lord Cansrel, when he was alive). He was really crazy and kind of cruel and it helps you understand why she doesn't take advantage of people with her gift.

You briefly come across Leck in this book. There were men from the beginning of the book who kept appearing who seemed to have "empty minds" and Fire thinks it is Leck causing it. She gets into an altercation with him (He's a boy at the time) and he falls into a mountain and we don't see him again.

"It's not reasonable to love people who are only going to die," she said.
Nash thought about that for a moment, stroking Small's neck with great deliberation, as if the fate of the Dells depended on that smooth, careful movement.
"I have two responses to that," He said at last. "First, everyone is going to die. Second, love is stupid. It has nothing to do with reason. You love whomever you love. Against all reason I loved my father." He looked at her keenly. "Did you love yours?"
"Yes," she whispered.
He stroked Small's nose. "I love you," he said, "even knowing you'll never have me. And I love my brother, more than I ever realized before you came along. You can't help whom you love, Lady. Nor can you know what it's liable to cause you to do."
— Kristin Cashore (Fire (Graceling Realm, #2))
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Kaila
4.5/5 stars

RE-READ: April 2017
RE-READ 2: March 2019

Wow...I actually think I enjoyed Fire more this time around, and I was practically obsessed last time I read it. I had this really random sudden urge to re-read this book and I am so glad that I did. I read this when I first started reading a lot and so I basically enjoyed everything that I read. I noticed a couple of really negative reviews about this book and was curious if I would actually enjoy it now that I've read a lot more and am more critical of what I read. Turns o2019
Wow...I2017
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“It's not reasonable to love people who are only going to die," she said.
Nash thought about that for a moment, stroking Small's neck with great deliberation, as if the fate of the Dells depended on that smooth, careful movement.
"I have two responses to that," He said at last. "First, everyone is going to die. Second, love is stupid. It has nothing to do with reason. You love whomever you love. Against all reason I loved my father." He looked at her keenly. "Did you love yours?"
"Yes," she whispered.
He stroked Small's nose. "I love you," he said, "even knowing you'll never have me. And I love my brother, more than I ever realized before you came along. You can't help whom you love, Lady. Nor can you know what it's liable to cause you to do.”
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