Malek crouched in front of Nalia, his beautifully cruel face inches from her own. Though human, his immortality lent him the ageless glamour of a young demigod.
“You see now, don’t you?” he whispered, his voice tender, but his onyx eyes hard. “We need to be together, you and I. This fighting—it only brings us sadness, no?”
He lifted her chin. His fingers smelled of clove cigarettes, and his breath carried the faint scent of the absinthe’s anise.
He tightened his grip, his thumbs digging painfully into her jaw. She nodded her head, numb. Finished. There was only one response that would keep her out of the bottle now.
"But what have I to prove? It should be you wrapped up in Zmey Gorinich’s coils, proving that you are not a monster, that you are worthy of me!”
“Have I not proven it? Have I not taken you out of your starving city and fed you, clothed you in fine things, taught you how to listen and how to speak, brought you to a place where you are a mistress, a tsarevna adored and worshipped, made love to, your skin dusted with jewels? Did I not dower myself? Did I not come to you on my knees with a kingdom in my hand?”
when i’m rolling with the punches but hope is gone, leave a light on. an electronic mix for when your enemies can be found both in the world and in your own mind, for two steps forward and one step back, for kaladin. → [listen]
We each survive in our own way.
brother, you will return (listen)
A fanmix for Kaladin Stormblessed in the army of Highprince Amaram, from his arrival to his departure in disgrace.
1. Someone You’d Admire - Fleet Foxes (Kal looks back at Hearthstone as he leaves and wonders if the last words he will hear from his father will be ‘I’ve lost both of you’.) 2. Home - Will Hanson (early in his time in the army Kal’s thoughts are still of returning, and of peace.) 3. Further and Further Away - Cheryl Wheeler (war takes that away, strips away his innocence. he learns to survive, and little more.) 4. The Breaking Light - Vienna Teng (Tien’s dead eyes stared upward.) 5. Prospekt’s March/Poppyfields - Coldplay (war is monotonous. Kaladin saves those he can.) 6. Brothers in Arms - Dire Straits (his squad is fiercely loyal to him - the first to call him ‘Stormblessed’. he swears to himself that he will return them to their homes.) 7. Broken Crown - Mumford and Sons (betrayal from one he had thought noble. loss. broken promises. brands.)
+ one surprise bonus track, for true, bittersweet homecoming.
Cover art by Exmakina, used with permission.
I may be late to the party, but never let it be said that I didn’t at least show up.
This or That | Anon: Shadow and Bone or
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
… because you are mine, my treasure, my hoard.
celaena looking fierce on the uk covers + palettes
She brought her mouth close to his ear. “My name is Celaena Sardothien,” she whispered.“But it makes no different if my name’s Celaena or Lillian or Bitch, because I’d still beat you, no matter what you call me.” She smiled at him as she stood. He just stared up at her, his bloody nose leaking down the side of his cheek. She took the handkerchief from her pocket and dropped it on his chest. “You can keep that,” she said before she walked off the veranda.