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Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi

  • “I won’t let your ignorance silence my pain”
  • “I teach you to be warriors in the garden so you will never be gardeners in the war.” 
  • “Courage does not always roar. Valor does not always shine.”
  • “You crushed us to build your monarchy on the backs of our blood and bone. Your mistake wasn’t keeping us alive. it was thinking we’d never fight back”
  • “You have your duty and your heart. To chose one means the other must suffer.” 
  • “Reality told us we would fail. But again and again, we fought. We perserved . We rose.” 
  • “You know how to win,” she says. “Just make sure you know when to fight.” 
  • “When your opponent has no honor, you must fight in different ways, smarter ways.”
  • “They don’t hate you, my child. They hate what you were meant to become.” 
  • “As it fades, I see the truth – in plain sight, yet hidden all along. We are all children of blood and bone. All instruments of vengeance and virtue. This truth holds me close, rocking me like a child in a mother’s arms. It binds me in its love as death swallows me in its grasp.”
  • “As long as we don’t have magic, they will never treat us with respect. They need to know we can hit them back. If they burn our homes, we burn theirs, too.” 
  • “Good hearts don’t leave scars like that.”
  • “I’m the very monster I hunt.” 
  • “I shouldn’t be asking when things got this bad. I should ask why I ever thought things had gotten better.”
  • “No matter how much I crave peace, the gods have other plans.”
  • “Love is too strong, too intense, for what I feel. For what I am allowed to feel.” 
  • “Your people, your guards – they’re nothing more than killers, rapists, and thieves. The only difference between them and criminals is the uniforms they wear.” 
  • “The truth cuts like the sharpest knife I’ve ever known.”
  • “Let them taste the terror they make us swallow.” 
  • “I begin to realize how far others will go to keep us down.”
  • “I didn’t know it was possible to fit so perfectly inside someone else’s arms.”  
  • “Power is not the answer. It will only intensify the fight.” 
  • “I don’t know what shocks me more— the power in my voice or the words themselves”
  • “I’ve been a sheep. A sheep when my kingdom needed me to act like a king.”
  • “Everyone else feels like being caught in the rain. You’re the whole tsunami.” 
  • “Reality and logic don’t matter to her. She needs this so badly, failure isn’t even in the realm of possibilities.” 
  • “The gods don’t make mistakes.”
  • “Revenge is meaningless. There’s still time to make this right.” 
  • “Count to ten,” I whisper to myself. “Count. To. Ten.” Because when I finish counting, this horror shall end.”