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A Blade So Black

L.L. McKinney

Top 10 Best Quotes

“Says the dude who carries around a big fuck-off sword.”

“Maybe it wasn’t the smart thing, but when you lose someone like that? They’re just gone? There’s this hole inside you you’d give anything to fill. You don’t think, you don’t plan, you just pour shit into it, anything that will fill it.”

“He was going to find this kitten had claws.”

“Promise me you’ll be careful. I know you already are, just”—she lifted her hand from Alice’s knee, made a fist, then forced her fingers loose to pat her knee again, squeezing—“even when you’re careful, even when you play by the rules, it might not be enough. Gotta go the extra mile out here.”

“Alice spent the rest of the evening up in her room pretending to read a book about a black girl and some dragons. Normally, she’d be all about that Khaleesi life, but a combination of worry for Hatta and just plain old boredom—she’d been trying to get into this same book for a week now—kept her from making it past the first chapter.”

“You must think I’m stupid,” Mom said way too calmly.”

“Oh, I don't know. The human world has its charms. Cotton candy for instance." "Yeah, and it's got plenty of problems." "It's got you.”

“Let's worry about this heist and keeping my black ass out of prison, and then you can worry about my love life.”

“Knowledge is power, and the world is set against you knowing anything, so when someone's trying to teach you something, pay attention.”

“She’d protected this world, but would anyone protect her?”

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Book Keywords:

retelling, sad, fantasy, a-blade-so-black, death, badass, misery, young-adult, loss, darkness, sadness, depression, grief

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