It is not such a thing, is it - to die for your friends.

At first light, Chaol went to the nearest jeweler and pawned the ring for a handful of silver.

If he was the sweet, terrifying darkness, I was the glittering light that only his shadows could make clear.

And then a great wind, a soft wind, a lovely wind, as if the heart-song of the world were carried on it.

She was not a rebel princess, shattering but bent castles and killing kings. She was a force of nature.

I was a dreamer born into the Court of Nightmares.

There is the darkness that frightens, the darkness that soothes, the darkness that is restful.

Every gift comes with a price. I frowned, and he grinned. A kiss.

The stranger at the back table lifted her head, signaling with a gloved finger for Yrene to bring another ale. For someone who didn't seem older than twenty, the young woman drank an ungodly amount—wine, ale, whatever Nolan bade Yrene bring over—but never seemed to lose herself to it.

She shrugged, as if it could somehow diminish the grief he still saw in her eyes, shining so bright in the firelight. So am I, she whispered, and faced the fire again.

But she wasn't in love with him—Otho hadn't said that. He had seen no attachment on her part. And Celaena would never be that stupid. It was Dorian who was the fool—Dorian who would have his heart broken, if he did actually love her.

Duly noted. Rhys yanked open the drawers and pulled out my undergarments. He dangled the bits of midnight lace and chuckled. I'm surprised you didn't demand Nuala and Cerridwen buy you something else. I stalked to him, snatching the lace away. You're drooling on the carpet. I slammed the bathing room door before he could respond.

For what it's worth, Chaol, she said. He faced her, his hands in his pockets. She gave him a slight smile. If she picked Roland over you, that makes her the greatest fool who ever lived. He stared at her for a long moment before he quietly said, Thank you, and walked back to his room.

I won't allow another immigrant purge to happen. I don't ever want my sister's children coming home with broken noses again because of their foreign blood.

Tamlin didn't stop apologizing for days. He made love to me, morning and night. He worshipped my body with his hands, his tongue, his teeth. But that had never been the hard part. We just got tripped up with the rest.

You do not have the right to wish she were not what she is.

We're not whores for your men to use. You are sacred vessels, the duke said. It is an honor to be chosen. I find that a very male thing to assume.

I stepped out of the shelter of my savior's arm and turned to thank him. Standing before me was the most beautiful man I'd ever seen.

So she left Rowan in the hall. But it did not stop her from wishing she could keep him.

She was still on the fall down. There was no getting up, because there was no bottom.

But she was her own champion now.

He nodded. And how old are you? Eighteen. But he said nothing. I know, she continued. It is impressive that I accomplished so much at such an early age. Crime isn't an accomplishment, Sardothien.

Lysandra rubbed at her face, then squared her shoulders. "The marsh beasts are easily enraged. Like someone I know." Aelin jabbed the shifter with an elbow, and Lysandra snorted.

A queen who owned her body, her life, her destiny, and never apologized for it.

No; it was the memory of Sam's face that had stopped her from kissing him.

You and I have always relished damning the odds.

I think you will leave a lasting imprint on Ansel's heart. You spared her life, and returned her father's sword. And maybe when she makes her next move to reclaim her title, she will remember the assassin from the North and the kindness you showed her, and try to leave fewer bodies in her wake.

Even when this world is a forgotten whisper of dust between the stars I will love you.

What if we go on, he said, only to more pain and despair? What if we go on, only to find a horrible end waiting for us? Aelin looked northward, as if she could see all the way to Terrasen. Then it is not the end.

She studied the body and the stained, soaking carpet. It hadn't been quick, but it could still be clean. A missing person was better than a decapitated corpse. Celaena raised her eyes to the large oven grate.

There was a darkness in his eyes that felt cold and foreign, like the gaps between the stars.

Manon Blackbeak stood on a cliff beside the snow-swollen river, eyes closed as the damp wind bit her face. There were few sounds she enjoyed more than the groans of dying men, but the wind was one of them.

I wasn't sure I'd been born with the ability to forgive. Not for terrors inflicted on those I loved. For myself, I didn't care—not nearly as much. But there was some fundamental pillar of steel in me that could not bend or break in this. Could not stomach the idea of letting these people get away with what they'd done.

Because there are people who need you to save them as much as you yourself need to be saved.

Manon drew Wind-Cleaver, the blade singing softly as it slid free of its sheath. The sunlight gilded the balcony as Asterin whispered, so softly that only Manon could hear, Bring my body back to the cabin. Something in Manon's chest broke—broke so violently that she wondered if it was possible for no one to have heard it. Manon lifted her sword.

She was fire, she was darkness, she was dust and blood and shadow. She hurtled through the streets, each step faster than the last as that black fire burned through thought and feeling until all that remained was her rage and her prey. She took back alleys and leapt over walls. She'd slaughter them all.

Are we really going to play truths and lies? Just tell us, you bastard.


He wouldn't let his servants change the sheets on his bed because they still smelled like her, because he went to sleep dreaming that she was still lying beside him.

And now I want you to know, Rhysand, that I love you. I want you to know ... " His lips trembled, and I brushed away the tear that escaped down his cheek. "I want you to know, " I whispered, "that I am broken and healing, but every piece of my heart belongs to you. And I am honored - honored to be your mate.

He laughed, surprised he could even do so. He's a handsome bastard, I'll give him that. I think Maeve likes to collect pretty men. Aedion snorted. Why not? She has to deal with them for eternity. They might as well be pleasant to look at. She laughed again, and the sound loosed a weight from his shoulders.

As the memory of that day echoed through her, she remembered the words Sam kept screaming at Arobynn, as the King of the Assassins beat her, the words that she'd somehow forgotten in the fog of pain: I'll kill you! Sam had said it like he meant it. He'd bellowed it, again and again and again...

The Wing Leader said from behind her, Do you believe monsters are born, or made? From what she'd seen today, she would say some creatures were very much born evil. But what Manon was asking … I'm not the one who needs to answer that question, Elide said.

Tell me what I must do to atone; tell me to crawl over hot coals, to sleep on a bed of nails, to carve up my flesh. Say the word, and it is done. But let me care for you as I once did, before ... before that madness poisoned my heart. Punish me, torture me, but let me help you. Do this small thing for me - and let me lay the world at your feet.

She was not becoming anything different from what she always was and always had the capacity to be. You just finally saw everything. And once you saw that other part of her… You cannot pick and choose what parts of her to love. Just as you cannot pick which parts of me you accept.

She slung an arm around his waist, unwilling to let go of him lest he turn into wind and vanish.

She was a wolf. She was death, devourer of the worlds.

Fleetfoot turned to look up at Celaena, her golden eyes full of question. Celaena reached down to stroke the warm head, the long ears, the slender muzzle. But the question remained. Celaena said, She's never coming back. The dog kept waiting.

The nearby rooftops were empty and flat, the gaps between buildings easily jumpable. She didn't care what this group wanted with her. She didn't care what sort of information they expected to twist from her. When they had taken Chaol, they'd made the biggest mistake of their lives. The last mistake, too.