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Leviathan Wakes (Expanse #1) Twilight Vows (Wings in the Night #6)

His expression softened. All right, Etta. All right.

Why did you lie to Hasan? she whispered.Nicholas knew exactly what she was talking about.

Blood Reunion (Blood Destiny #10)

By his accent and manner of dress, I assumed he is a Mahometan. At her blank look, he elaborated. A follower of the prophet Muhammad.What she thought of as a Muslim. She nodded.I only know a little about their faith—stories, really, he explained. But I assume it matches certain tenets of Christianity, a rather important one being, of course, that unwed women are not to be left alone with rogues whom they are neither related to by blood or bound to through marriage.

Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle #1)

I won’t pretend I’ve never done anything disreputable or had a dishonorable thought, he said quietly. It simply wasn’t a question for me. He would have brought you to another room, and I wouldn’t leave you alone in a strange place, where anyone could come in and harm you with me none the wiser. But…if anyone were to find out I’m staying here, rather than in a separate room, your reputation would be irrevocably damaged.I don’t care about being judged by another century’s standards, said Etta. Especially one that I’ll probably never see again.

I know, he said, tearing a clean sheet into a bandage to wrap her leg. But it matters to me. Had I known the idea would be so unappealing, I never would have suggested it.

Was that…hurt she detected?I am as impervious to your words as I am to your blades, he said, the words chiming like a song.

We shall see. Etta almost jumped clear out of her skin. It sounded as though the Belladonna were standing directly beside her, whispering the words loudly to her for the man to overhear. Why…it looks as though a single spark would set you aflame.A shadow passed over the man’s face. That strike, at least, had landed. I felt your mark upon that child, that young man, and spared his life only to amuse myself by killing him in front of you. This game is at its end, sister.

Skin (Flesh #2)

The Belladonna gazed back, as serene and still as the moon. And so it is.The man’s eyes were like sunlight passing through glass, intensifying as they fixated on something. Etta felt the gaze burn through her skin, to her core, as his eyes flicked over to her. They narrowed, as if in recognition, and terror froze her in place.

She sucked in a sharp breath; at that moment, darkness broke loose from the closest stall and flooded the tent with night. Blood slapped the white canvas, the fabric rending, as a body was thrown through. It rolled over to them, limbs flapping, sucking wounds visible, until the stranger—a traveler Etta didn’t recognize—gazed up at her, unseeing.She was pinned by that moment, unable to get her feet under her again. The screams of the other travelers tore through her ears, but she couldn’t work up one of her own, could barely breathe.

Nicholas, Sophia, and Julian tore out of their stalls as she dove for the table, for the box, for the astrolabe. Her fingers closed around it, and she felt the familiar pulse of the astrolabe’s power inside. The air pulled around her—her only warning before she was blown off her feet by the impact of someone slamming into her. The ground rushed up to greet her.No, no, no! The box flew out of her hands as she fell, her vision blanking out with the force of her impact on the stone. She heard the wood splinter; her knife, her sole weapon, clattered as it danced away; but before she could reach for either, a torrent of black fell over her. Hot spittle flew in her eyes; the attacker’s weight was oppressive, as if trying to force her deeper into the ground. Etta choked on her next breath as the man leaned low, coming close enough for her to smell the decay emanating from his rotting teeth. His clawlike dagger dug into her upper arm and twisted.

With a cry, Etta managed to unpin one hand long enough to catch his jaw, desperately reaching with the other for the knife she’d lost, muscles straining, fingers grasping—A sword swung out, its dull edge catching the Shadow on the side of his head. The blow was enough to stun him, but not to knock him off her chest. Etta managed to wriggle that last inch to the left, latch on to her knife, and, without any thought but getting out from under his weight, slam the blade upward, into the only place she could find without armor: his neck. The spill of dark blood made her stomach riot as it bubbled from the man’s wound. The Shadow was shoved away from her, and she sucked the smoky air into her already burning lungs.

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