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Blood Song (Raven's Shadow, #1) Blood Song by Anthony Ryan
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“War is always an adventure to those who've never seen it.”
Anthony Ryan, Blood Song
tags: irony, war
“Knowledge is what shapes us, little brothers,” he told them, for once his smile was absent, his tone entirely serious. “It makes us who we are. What we know informs everything we do and every decision we make.”
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“Speaking it aloud would reveal the absurdity of it, and he preferred the dream.”
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“Men who love themselves hate those who would dim their glory.”
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“A fool is any man who doesn’t think he’s a fool.”
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“Ignorant people will believe anything if they’re scared enough.”
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“A man doesn't know his true strength until he fears for his life”
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“Between lovers, betrayal is always the worst sin.”
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“Those who have not lived cannot meditate on the mysteries of life.”
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“When he visited the stables he found Spit also had a welcome waiting. It lasted a full two minutes and Master Rensial stated confidently it was the longest fart he had ever heard a horse produce.”
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“Give them the right lie and they’ll believe it.”
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“It was a curious effect of pain that time became infinite, every instant of agony prolonged to the ultimate.”
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“War is blood and shit…There’s no honour in it, Makril’s words.”
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“Vaelin knew himself to be the best swordsman among them. Dentos was master of the bow, Barkus unarmed combat, Nortah the finest rider and Caenis knew the wild like a wolf, but the sword was his.”
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“Choice is a lie. The greatest of lies.”
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“What a burden it is to have an intelligent daughter. It goes against nature for wit to be bound up in so much beauty.”
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“An hour later it had become obvious that as a swordsman Alucius made a fine poet.”
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“Sellin shrugged. “Times past, brother. Can’t live in ’em. Just learn from ’em.”
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“Trust is more important than fear.”
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“I knew a man once,” Al Sorna continued, “who loved a woman very much. But he had a duty to perform, a duty he knew would cost him his life, and hers too if she stayed with him. And so he tricked her and had her taken far away. Sometimes that man tries to cast his thoughts across the ocean, to see if the love they shared has turned to hate, but he finds only distant echoes of her fierce compassion, a life saved here, a kindness done there, like smoke trailing after a blazing torch. And so he wonders, does she hate me? For she has much to forgive, and between lovers,” his gaze switched from her to me, “betrayal is always the worst sin.”
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“A warrior’s song is a lonely tune Full of fire and gone too soon Warriors sing of fallen friends Lost battles and bloody ends…”
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“It is the lessons we learn that change us from boys to men.”
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“Time is as much a delusion as your faith, brother. To look into the void is to see the vastness and smallness of everything at once, in an instant of terror and wonder.”
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“Battle is a hard business, sister. Soft training will make for soft soldiers, who will in turn become soft corpses.”
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“An axe without a blade is just a stick.”
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“I’ll fight but I won’t murder. His boyhood resolve coming back to him, the promise he had made to himself after saving them in the wild. I’ll kill men who face me in battle but I won’t take the sword to innocents. It felt so hollow now, so naïve.”
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“For nine more nights they trained, after an arduous day’s march, Vaelin would try to turn a poet into a swordsman.”
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“In order to contemplate, one must have something to contemplate. A life without experience provides no chance of contemplation. Those who have not lived cannot mediate om the mysterious of life.”
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“Honour’ is just a word. You can’t eat it or drink it and yet everywhere I go men talk of it endlessly, and they all tell a different tale of what it actually means.”
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“There,” he said, pointing. “We’ll camp on the westward slope. No fires, and it would be greatly appreciated, Baron, if your men refrained from excessive noise.” “I’ll do what I can, my lord. But they’re not peasants, y’know. Can’t just flog them like your lot.” “Maybe you should, milord,” Dentos suggested. “Remind ‘em they bleed the same colour as us peasants.”
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