Gemma Doyle: Main character with most of the problems. She just turned 16. She is friends with Ann, Felicity and Pippa. Has a crush on Kartik. Misses her mother terribly, and feels responsible for her death. Is training to face Circe. Has frightening visions of the future.
“"In London, I hear you don't have to derange your meals first."”
Gemma Doyle: Most powerful girl in all of history. Can see visions and enter a fantasy world. A wonderful girl who has immense power but also normal family and girl problems.
“And for a moment, I understand that I have friends on this lonley path, that sometimes your place is not something you find, but something you have when you need it.”
“My stomach aches anew. Blasted inconvenience. What do young men have to mark their entry into adulthood? Trousers, that's what. Fine, new trousers. I despise absolutely everyone just now.”
Gemma Doyle: Saves the realms from the evil that lurks in the Tree of All Souls
“I know. I learned a lot from you.”
“Rose of all Roses, Rose of the World/ Turn if you may from battles never done,/ I call, as they go by me one by one./ Danger no refuge holds, and war no peace,/ For him who hears love sing and never cease. Rose of all Roses, Rose of the World!/ You, too, have come where the dim tides are hurled/ Upon the wharves of sorrow, and heard ring/ The bell that calls us on; the sweet far thing./ Beauty grown, beauty grown sad with its eternity/ Made you of us, and of the dim grey sea./ Our long ships loose thought-woven sails wait,/ For God has bid them share an equal fate;/ And when at least, defeated in His wars./ They have gone down under the same white stars,/ We shall no longer head the little cry/ Of our sad hearts, that may not live or die.”
“That is the way of my family. We do not talk about the unpleasant. It does not exist. And if it pokes its ugly head out of its hole, we cover it quickly and walk away.”
“Blood is thicker than water. That's what they say. But in truth, most things are.”
“The night is a living, breathing thing filled with possibility. The cloudless sky twinkles with thousands of stars that seem to urge us on.”
“I do not want to pass the time. I want to grab hold of it and leave my mark upon the world.”
“She begins by having me tidy up the library, which is not the torture she imagines, for any time spent in the company of books cheers my soul.”
“I secure my cloak and place my finger and my tears deep into my pocket. where it's as if they do not exist at all.”
“The light is so bright it hurts my eyes. But I don't dare close them. I won't. Instead, I try to adjust to the dawn, letting the tears fall where they may, because it is morning; it is morning, and there is so much to see.”
““My stomach aches anew. Blasted inconvenience. What do young men have to mark their entry into adulthood? Trousers, that's what. Fine, new trousers. I despise absolutely everyone just now.””
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