Alina Starkov Quotes

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Leigh Bardugo
“I've seen what you truly are," said the Darkling, "and I've never turned away. I never will. Can he say the same?”
Leigh Bardugo, Siege and Storm

Leigh Bardugo
“I took a breath. “Your highness—”
“Nikolai,” he corrected. “But I’ve also been known to answer to ‘sweetheart’ or ‘handsome.”
Leigh Bardugo, Siege and Storm

Leigh Bardugo
“And there's nothing wrong with being a lizard either. Unless you were born to be a hawk.”
Leigh Bardugo, Shadow and Bone

Leigh Bardugo
“He leaned against the window, and the gilded frame came into sharp focus. “Do you think it would be any different with your tracker beside you? With that Lantsov pup?”
“Yes,” I said simply.
“Because you would be the strong one?”
“Because they’re better men than you.”
“You might make me a better man.”
“And you might make me a monster.”
Leigh Bardugo, Ruin and Rising

Leigh Bardugo
“Why waste my anger on you when the fault is mine? I should have anticipated another betrayal from you, one more mad grasp at some kind of childish ideal. But I seem to be a victim of my own wishes where you are concerned.” His expression hardened. “What have you come here for, Alina?”

I answered him honestly. “I wanted to see you.”

I caught the briefest glimpse of surprise before his face shuttered again. “There are two thrones on that dais. You could see me any time you liked.”
Leigh Bardugo, Ruin and Rising

Leigh Bardugo
“The Darkling will hunt you for the rest of your days."
"Then you and I will have something in common, won't we? Besides, I like to have powerful enemies. Makes me feel important."
Mal crossed his arms and considered the privateer. "I can't decide if you're crazy or stupid."
"I have so many good qualities," Sturmhond said. "It can be hard to choose.”
Leigh Bardugo, Siege and Storm

Leigh Bardugo
“I want to kiss you,” Nikolai said. “But I won’t. Not until you’re thinking of me instead of trying to forget him.”
Leigh Bardugo, Siege and Storm

Leigh Bardugo
“We are alike,” he said, “as no one else is, as no one else will ever be.”

The truth of it rang through me. Like calls to like.
Leigh Bardugo, Siege and Storm

Leigh Bardugo
“Maybe love was superstition, a prayer we said to keep the truth of loneliness at bay. I tilted my head back. The stars looked like they were close together, when really they were millions of miles apart. In the end, maybe love just meant longing for something impossibly bright and forever out of reach.”
Leigh Bardugo, Ruin and Rising

Leigh Bardugo
“It’s true,” I said softly. “You are stronger, wiser, infinite in experience.” I leaned forward and whispered, my lips brushing the shell of his ear. “But I am an apt pupil.”
Leigh Bardugo, Ruin and Rising

Leigh Bardugo
“You are all I’ve ever wanted,” he said. “You are the whole of my heart.”
Leigh Bardugo, Ruin and Rising

Leigh Bardugo
“I don't want lies between us, Alina."

"How many lies have you told me, Sturmhond? How many secrets have you kept until you were ready to share them?"

"Prince's prerogative?"

"If a mere prince gets a pass, so does a living saint."

"Are you going to make a habit of winning arguments? It's very unbecoming."

"Was this an argument?"

"Obviously not. I don't lose arguments.”
Leigh Bardugo, Ruin and Rising

Leigh Bardugo
“I’ve never understood this taste for otkazat’sya. Is it because you thought you were one of them for so long?”
“I had a taste for you, once.” His head snapped up. He hadn’t expected that. Saints, it was satisfying.”
Leigh Bardugo, Ruin and Rising

Leigh Bardugo
“He’d wanted me to believe in his ruthlessness.
Then I remembered his words from so long ago: Make me your villain.
Leigh Bardugo, Ruin and Rising

Leigh Bardugo
“I'm the Sun Summoner. It gets dark when I say it does.”
Leigh Bardugo, Ruin and Rising

Leigh Bardugo
“You just punched a prince, Alina. I guess we can add one more act of treason to our list.”
I shook out my sore hand. My knuckles smarted. “First of all, are we so sure he really is a prince? And second, you’re just jealous.”
“Of course I’m jealous. I thought I was going to get to punch him. That isn’t the point.”
Leigh Bardugo, Siege and Storm

Leigh Bardugo
“I already unleashed Baghra on Nikolai. He's going to think I stockpile vicious old women.”
Leigh Bardugo, Ruin and Rising

Leigh Bardugo
“Wretched boy."

"You like him," I said in disbelief.

Baghra scowled. "Greedy. Arrogant. Takes too many risks."

"You almost sound concerned."

"You like him too, little Saint," she said with a leer in her voice.

"I do," I admitted. "He's been kind when he might have been cruel. It's refreshing."

"He laughs too much."

"There are worse traits.”
Leigh Bardugo, Ruin and Rising

Leigh Bardugo
“A privateer learns to press any advantage."

"And a prince?"

"Princes get used to the word yes.”
Leigh Bardugo, Ruin and Rising

Leigh Bardugo
“I’m not what you think I am,” I whispered desperately.
The Darkling stepped closer to me and said, his voice so low that only I could hear, “I doubt you have any idea what you are.”
Leigh Bardugo, Shadow and Bone

Leigh Bardugo
“He has served countless kings, faked countless deaths, bided his time, waiting for you.”
Leigh Bardugo, Shadow and Bone

Leigh Bardugo
“A decoy,” said the Darkling, coming up beside me. “We’ll take the southern trails. It’s what we should have done in the first place.”
“So you do make mistakes,” I said without thinking.
He paused in the act of pulling on his gloves, and I pressed my lips together nervously. “I didn’t mean—”
“Of course I make mistakes,” he said. His mouth curved into a half smile. “Just not often.”
Leigh Bardugo, Shadow and Bone

Leigh Bardugo
“They wanted a Grisha queen. Mal wanted a commoner queen. And what did I want? Peace for Ravka. A chance to sleep easy in my bed without fear. An end to the guilt and dread that I woke to every morning. There were old wants too, to be loved for who I was, not what I could do, to lie in a meadow with a boy’s arms around me and watch the wind move the clouds.”
Leigh Bardugo, Ruin and Rising

Leigh Bardugo
“In case you've forgotten, I tried to kill you."

"And failed."

"Here's to second chances.”
Leigh Bardugo, Siege and Storm

Leigh Bardugo
“Then what should he call me?"

"He should not address you directly at all."

I sighed. "Next time he has something to say, I'll have him write me a letter.”
Leigh Bardugo, Ruin and Rising

Leigh Bardugo
“I stared at them in disbelief. "You meant to get caught?"

"Turns out the easiest way to schedule a meeting is to get arrested.”
Leigh Bardugo, Ruin and Rising

Leigh Bardugo
“I felt that pull, the longing of a frightened girl. Even now, after everything he'd done, I wanted to believe the Darkling, to find some way to forgive him. I wanted Nikolai to be alive. I wanted to trust the other Grisha. I wanted to believe anything so that I wouldn't have to face the future alone. The problem with wanting is that it makes us weak.
Leigh Bardugo, Ruin and Rising

Leigh Bardugo
“How am I supposed to deal with this?" he asked. "I don't feel noble or self-sacrificing. I'm just..."

"What?"

He threw up his hands. "Hungry."

"You're hungry?"

"Yes," he snapped. "I'm hungry and I'm tired and I'm pretty sure that Tolya's going to eat all the grouse."

I couldn't help it. I burst out laughing.”
Leigh Bardugo, Ruin and Rising

Leigh Bardugo
“So what do you think of it?" he asked.

I glanced at him, then back at the elaborate facade. It was larger than any building I had ever seen, its terraces crowded with statues, its three stories gleaming with row after row of shining windows, each ornamented extensively in what I suspected was real gold.

"It's very...grand?" I said carefully.

He looked at me, a little smile playing on his lips. "I think it's the ugliest building I've ever seen," he said, and nudged his horse forward.”
Leigh Bardugo, Shadow and Bone

Leigh Bardugo
“Why shouldn't I be afraid of you?" I asked. "You're the Darkling. I'm not saying you would throw me in a ditch or ship me off to Tsibeya, but you certainly could. You can cut people in half. I think it's fair to be a little intimidated."

He studied me for a long moment, and I wished fervently that I'd kept my mouth shut. But then that half smile flickered across his face. "You may have a point.”
Leigh Bardugo, Shadow and Bone

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