Welcome to Quotable Books, a meme hosted by me, Sophie, at The Dreaming Reader! Every Tuesday, I'll post quotes from a book that had writing that especially captured my attention.
This Week's Quotable Book:
Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff
Publication Date: September 18th, 2012
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
A DYING LAND
The Shima Imperium verges on the brink of environmental collapse; an island nation once rich in tradition and myth, now decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshipers of the Lotus Guild. The skies are red as blood, the land is choked with toxic pollution, and the great spirit animals that once roamed its wilds have departed forever.
AN IMPOSSIBLE QUEST
The hunters of Shima's imperial court are charged by their Shōgun to capture a thunder tiger – a legendary creature, half-eagle, half-tiger. But any fool knows the beasts have been extinct for more than a century, and the price of failing the Shōgun is death.
A HIDDEN GIFT
Yukiko is a child of the Fox clan, possessed of a talent that if discovered, would see her executed by the Lotus Guild. Accompanying her father on the Shōgun’s hunt, she finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in Shima’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled thunder tiger for company. Even though she can hear his thoughts, even though she saved his life, all she knows for certain is he’d rather see her dead than help her.
But together, the pair will form an indomitable friendship, and rise to challenge the might of an empire.
They loved him back. It's easy to lose yourself in the idea of a person and be blinded to their reality. It's a simple thing, to love a stranger.
"To be a servant can be a noble thing, but only as noble as the master served."
"Yet as sunset approaches, all anyone needs do is look ahead and see where this current will lead us. To realize that if we do not stop and swim against the stream, eventually we will find the precipice over which it flows. We all of us know it. We see it when we look in the mirror. We hear it when we wake in the long, still hours of the night. A voice that tells us something is deeply, horribly wrong with this world that we have made."
I'll admit this is a bit of a sneak peek to those who haven't been able to read Stormdancer yet. But it definitely has some serious emotion sprinkled in with the action scenes. I really didn't expect Kristoff to have such a beautiful style, but he does, and I admire him greatly for what he's managed to do with this book. Definitely check it out on Amazon or Goodreads! My review for it will be coming out tomorrow. Are you excited for Stormdancer? Comment and let me know!"Our troubles are mayflies, rising and falling between the turn of dawn and dusk. And hwne they are gone to the houses of memory, you and I will remain, Yukiko."