The Mirror Empire (Worldbreaker Saga #1)

And some of us believe in freedom of the individual over the tyranny of the common good.

Because you may find yourself in a very bad position, Rohinmey,” Dasai said. “If things go wrong, I do not want you to fight. I want you to live.

Becoming a thing, isn’t it? Killing ourselves.

Her body sometimes amazed her. She could keep going long after she couldn’t.

Just keep in mind," Liaro said, "they're not going to remember the words. They'll remember how you made them feel. Make them feel something.

Most days, though, she was just Taigan – all sexes and none. It amused her to play with the language of self.

People do not take actions based on logic. We make choices based on emotion. Every one of us. Then we use what we call logic to justify our choices.

She had a lined, weathered face that put Roh in mind of the creased leather spines of old books.

She is equal parts manic brutality and strategic fuckery.

That was a very formidable woman," Caisa said.

"I seem to know a good many of those."

"And you have a terrible habit of angering them," she said.

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There are some stories that don’t want telling,” Gian said. “Some stories you tell, they make things worse. Not better.

We all want a good many things, child, but it doesn’t mean we get them,

We aren’t going to win,” Roh said. “No,” Luna said, “but we’re going to live.

We have one shot at this,” Zezili said, “so don’t fuck it up.” Looking at the filthy, scar-faced girl next to her, Zezili suspected all the girl ever did was fuck up.

When Lilia was four years old, her mother filled a shallow dish with Lilia's blood and fed it to the boars that patrolled the thorn fence.

When we were too frightened to save our own people, we murdered others.