Dragon's Oath (House of Night Novellas #1)

I've bespelled this locket, for you; my own, my mate. The day has come when death forced us to part. You must know that I for you, forever, I shall wait. So until we meet again I hold your love safely within my heart.
Remember, your oath was to temper strength with mercy. No matter how long apart we shall be, I hold you to that oath
eternally... eternally...

Mercy is stronger than your sword.

You can't win integrity and honor from games. You can only earn them from living a life dedicated to those ideals.

You make me sound like an arrogant ass," he said.
"Are you?"
"No! I'm just me.