"A smooth countenance without reflects a calm soul within."
"The praise or blame which a man's conduct deserves is really his own."
"Like this chess piece," said Sanglant, "I exist only to be moved by another man's hand."
And saw, on the path, a tiny blood-red rose. It glittered like a jewel, but when he reached to pick it up, its petals were as soft as the first flower of spring. He shifted his grip, and a thorn pricked his skin, drawing a welling bulb of blood.
King's Dragon is the first volume of Kate Elliot's long and cult fantasy series, Crown of Stars. These books are really aesthetically pretty to look at, and the pages smelled good too. They were that fragrance between freshly flipped pages and old bookstore decadence. I couldn't help myself, please pardon the ravens below, which are meant to represent some kind of evocation. I just like dark stuff. Gives my reviews character, don't you think so?
It's unholy. Devil's blood, it is. My papa told me that those hounds will only tolerate the count or his heir, or those in whom they can smell devil's blood. Them hounds were bred by elvish kind.
Like the hounds, the prince seemed to prefer his meat raw, and he ate every bit of it, including the bones. Devil's or daimone's get they might be, but he trusted these hounds, for they trusted him.
The next book is Prince of Dogs, and I am so excited to get to it. Devil's hounds are kickass, and a man of the king's lineage can only control them. It was altogether a fun book to read, I read the whole thing in just a week, a 600 page book. This is kind of a feminist take of dukedoms and duchys, with biscops and margraves and strong women protagonists who have a knight's rank. Liath and Hanna are sworn Eagles. At the beginning of the book, Liath is abused by a frater, supposedly a holy man, but he manipulates her and peels away at her dignity. Overall, fun series, and I look forward to reading more fantasy and magic inspired novels.
Without thinking, she reached- and plucked from the dead ashes of the fire a gold feather.
Turn your eyes away from me; they are as bright as the star of morning.