Briony has a secret. It is a secret that killed her stepmother, ruined her sister's mind, and will end her life, if anyone were to know. She has powers. Then Eldric comes along with his golden lion eyes and a great mane of tawny hair. He is as natural as the sun, and he treats her as if she is... read more
Before Briony's stepmother died, she made sure Briony blamed herself for all the family's hardships. Now Briony has worn her guilt for so long it's become a second skin. She often escapes to the swamp, where she tells stories to the Old Ones, the spirits who haunt the marshes. But only witches... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Before Briony's stepmother died, she made sure Briony blamed herself for all the family's hardships. Now Briony has worn her guilt for so long it's become a second skin. She often escapes to the swamp, where she tells stories to the Old Ones, the spirits who haunt the marshes. But only witches can see the Old Ones, and in her village, witches are sentenced to death. Briony lives in fear her secret will be found out, even as she believes she deserves the worst kind of punishment. Then Eldric comes along with his golden lion eyes and mane of tawny hair. He's as natural as the sun, and treats her as if she's extraordinary. And everything starts to change. As many secrets as Briony has been holding, there are secrets even she doesn't know.
“Be honest now, Briony. You hit a person and he laughs? That is adorable.”Briony
“I hated myself, but I also loved myself in a hateful way. I loved being clever, I loved being special, I loved being a witch.”Briony
“That’s what stories do. They connect the random dots of life into a picture. But it’s all an illusion. Just try to connect the dots of life. You’ll end up with a lunatic scribble.”Briony
“Jealously eats you from the inside out”Briony
“Doesn't love come before lust? It does in the dictionary”Briony
That’s what stories do. They connect the random dots of life into a picture. But it’s all an illusion. Just try to connect the dots of life. You’ll end up with a lunatic scribble.Highlighted by 22 Kindle customers
A poem doesn’t come out and tell you what it has to say. It circles back on itself, eating its own tail and making you guess what it means.Highlighted by 13 Kindle customers
If you want to stretch out your life, here’s my advice: Look about for new experiences, lots of them. It slows down time.Highlighted by 11 Kindle customers
Father’s silence is not merely the absence of sound. It’s a creature with a life of its own. It chokes you. It pinches you small as a grain of rice. It twists in your gut like a worm.Highlighted by 9 Kindle customers
Howl at the moon, at the blood-red moon. Let your mouth be a cavern of stars.Highlighted by 8 Kindle customers
In a proper story, antagonistic sparks would fly between Eldric and me, sparks that would sweeten the inevitable kiss on page 324. But life doesn’t work that way. I didn’t hate Eldric, which, for me, is about as good as things get.Highlighted by 7 Kindle customers
How has Rose lived for seventeen years and no one has ever killed her, not once?Highlighted by 6 Kindle customers
“Another few minutes won’t hurt,” said Father in his sermon voice, which is his favorite voice, the one he starches and irons every morning.Highlighted by 5 Kindle customers
It’s quite a good thing I don’t suffer from normal-people feelings, such as disappointment.Highlighted by 5 Kindle customers
I’m aware that I’m mixing my metaphors horribly. How can I compare Eldric to a lion in one description and to electricity in another? But I don’t care. It’s my story and I get to make the rules.Highlighted by 4 Kindle customers
1. The Trial
2. The Taste of Burnt Matches
3. A Crown for the Steam Age
4. Such a Pretty Little Rosy!
5. Help to Get Them Witches
6. Please Let Him Live!
7. Girl What Can Hear Ghosts
8. When In Rome
9. A Good Little Boggy Man
10. Lo: The Gloriousness
11. The Chiming Hour
12. Wolf and Lion
13. The Trial
14. Nineteen Chimes
16. The Party's Always Over at Midnight
18. Sticks and Stones
19. Make Love Story!
20.Happily Ever After
21. Comin' Thro' the Rye
22. Hos Is Mister Eldric?
24. Wine Is Cheering
26. A Proper Punch
27. The Face in the Mirror
28. Unquiet Spirits
29. A Crumpled Page
30. Eels in Eel Broth
31. The Trial
32. Word Magic
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