First Year (The Black Mage #1)

By Rachel E. Carter; Published In 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Magic, Romance
Adversity teaches one more than flattery ever will.

Alex looked so much younger than his fifteen years with

Darren, Prince Darren, the sometimes-bane-of-my-existence, had put faith in a future that even I had never bothered to foresee.

He was a prince. He was fickle. He was rude. He was arrogant. I knew better. I was lowborn. He was WRONG. I didn't even like him.

I'd seen fire when he touched me, and he had made me want to burn.

If he chooses combat I'll wipe that arrogant sneer off his face the first chance I get.

I'm not sure exactly how...but instead of darkness I saw light.

It had been an assault of everything wrong and right, right and wrong, wrong and right.

I wonder if you have ever given someone a compliment that wasn't a backhanded insult.

I prefer not to, it gives people an unsettling impression of self-importance.

I wonder if you have ever given someone a compliment that wasn't a backhanded insult.”
Darren’s grasp on the handle stilled, and he glanced back at me, eyes dancing amidst the surrounding shadows. “I prefer not to, it gives people an unsettling impression of self-importance.

I would join Combat or die trying... A fine choice of words. What had been meant as a melodramatic proclamation was now to be my intended irony.

Only fools—or bandits—would travel so empty-handed. We

Sight can only invoke fear, not pain.

The people that tell you what you want to hear are the most dangerous enemies you'll ever meet.

The people who tell you what you want to hear are the most dangerous enemies you'll ever meet.

The warrior fills many roles, and the capacity to do so requires an intelligence that ordinary soldiers are not trained to possess.

The worst thing wealth does is give those that have it a false sense of security.

unable to

Warriors dealt with pain every day, and now that the worst of mine was gone, I was determined to do the same.

Well, future apprentice or not, no one is going to sway me but me.

Well, I certainly wouldn't give [advice] to the girl that has tried to get me tossed out of this place not once but twice -oh, and let's not forget your most inglorious moment, when you TRIED TO LIGHT ME ON FIRE.

You are not exactly my first pick either.

You are… You are possibly the one good thing about this place.

You don't become the best if you aren't willing to stick your hand in the fire.

You should never trust a wolf in sheep's clothing. Because the only thing the wolf will ever want to do is break you.

You will thank me one day for not filling your head with false compliments. Adversity teaches one more than flattery ever will.