“It’s not bravery if you don’t feel fear, right? If you’re not afraid, then you’re not really forcing yourself to do something brave.”
“Humming the Star Wars theme to encourage myself, I wobbled onto my feet. Sometimes a girl's gotta provide her own trumpet-heavy heroic soundtrack.”
"I, a woman of the River, keep a brief record of the greatest power our people have seen - how to shape fire from the heat of the living, how to pull heat from the air and give it life inside fuel. How to hear the heat how to bring it inside myself, form it into flame and set it free..."
“He'd followed Dasha once before and remembered which door was hers. He knocked, peered inside, then jumped in and shut the door, quiet as brushing two feathers together. He smiled at his own stealth, then swaggered right into a chair, banging it against the wall. You oaf. He cut short his swagger and begin to move with exaggerated sneakiness. There was a certain pleasure in that, too.”
"Was she guarded? Wasn't it wise to be guarded? 'I don't want to get my heart broken. I only have one heart you know.' But it wasn't that. She was willing enough to risk her heart. But she wasn't yet willing to sacrifice the children who depended on her for food."