Guys, it's nearly Friday! Woohooo!
Raise your hand if you can't wait for the weekend! (Zero hands raised because those hands are lovingly holding their books and OMG, Shanu, what you doin??? telling people to abandon their books??? like, who do you think you are????? go sit in a corner).
Well, both my hands are raised (but not really, because typing) for the long weekend coming up! Yes, we have a long weekend here in India because the next Monday is a national holiday! #YAASSSS
Oh, but just think of the possibilities, you guys. I can finally sleep in! And maybe get some work done, such as clean my room and do some laundry.. But, let's be honest.. ain't nobody got time to waste on all that because sleep is bae.. #OverworkedEngineer
All my rambling aside, let's talk about what the heck is up with today's post.
Thursday Quotables is a weekly feature hosted by Lisa from "Bookshelf Fantasies" where you can share one quote, line or passage from something you read this week.
I'm VERY excited to do this post because it gives me a chance to gush about something that really stood out to me while reading. Usually, I write down the favorite quote or passage in a little notebook I keep. That way, I can always visit it later.
But, doing it on the blog is, of course, a GENIUS idea. So, let's go!
For my very first Thursday Quotable, I've decided to go with a ACOMAF passage. If you guys are new to the blog... hello, my name is Shanu and I'm a Rhysand trash. So, now you pretty much know who today's quote is going to be from (Hint: it's Rhys... just in case I was too subtle there).
High Lord of the Night Court... Death Incarnate, Night Triumphant.. who can resist this GORGEOUS and PERFECT character Sarah J, Maas wrote? Rhysand is EVERYTHING to me and he will always have my heart.
And so I give to you, this beautiful passage from "A Court of Mist and Fury", page 337, where Feyre and Rhysand are visiting the Summer Court :
Rhysand was lounging on my bed as if he owned it.
I took one look at the hands crossed behind his head, the long legs draped over the edge of the mattress, and ground my teeth. “What do you want?” I shut the door loud enough to emphasize the bite in my words.
“Flirting and giggling with Tarquin did you no good, I take it?”
I chucked the box onto the bed beside him. “You tell me.”
The smile faltered as he sat up, flipping open the lid. “This isn’t the Book.”
“No, but it’s a beautiful gift.”
“You want me to buy you jewelry, Feyre, then say the word. Though given your wardrobe, I thought you were aware that it was all bought for you.”
I hadn’t realized, but I said, “Tarquin is a good male—a good High Lord. You should just ask him for the damned Book.”
Rhys snapped shut the lid. “So he plies you with jewels and pours honey in your ear, and now you feel bad?”
“He wants your alliance—desperately. He wants to trust you, rely on you.”
“Well, Cresseida is under the impression that her cousin is rather ambitious, so I’d be careful to read between his words.”
“Oh? Did she tell you that before, during, or after you took her to bed?”
Rhys stood in a graceful, slow movement. “Is that why you wouldn’t look at me? Because you think I fucked her for information?”
“Information or your own pleasure, I don’t care.”
He came around the bed, and I stood my ground, even as he stopped with hardly a hand’s breadth between us. “Jealous, Feyre?”
“If I’m jealous, then you’re jealous about Tarquin and his honey pouring.”
Rhysand’s teeth flashed. “Do you think I particularly like having to flirt with a lonely female to get information about her court, her High Lord? Do you think I feel good about myself, doing that? Do you think I enjoy doing it just so you have the space to ply Tarquin with your smiles and pretty eyes, so we can get the Book and go home?”
“You seemed to enjoy yourself plenty last night.”
His snarl was soft—vicious. “I didn’t take her to bed. She wanted to, but I didn’t so much as kiss her. I took her out for a drink in the city, let her talk about her life, her pressures, and brought her back to her room, and went no farther than the door. I waited for you at breakfast, but you slept in. Or avoided me, apparently. And I tried to catch your eye this afternoon, but you were so good at shutting me out completely.”
“Is that what got under your skin? That I shut you out, or that it was so easy for Tarquin to get in?”
“What got under my skin,” Rhys said, his breathing a bit uneven, “is that you smiled at him.”
The rest of the world faded to mist as the words sank in. “You are jealous.”
He shook his head, stalking to the little table against the far wall and knocking back a glass of amber liquid. He braced his hands on the table, the powerful muscles of his back quivering beneath his shirt as the shadow of those wings struggled to take form.
“I heard what you told him,” he said. “That you thought it would be easy to fall in love with him. You meant it, too.”
“So?” It was the only thing I could think of to say.
“I was jealous—of that. That I’m not … that sort of person. For anyone. The Summer Court has always been neutral; they only showed backbone during those years Under the Mountain. I spared Tarquin’s life because I’d heard how he wanted to even out the playing field between High Fae and lesser faeries. I’ve been trying to do that for years. Unsuccessfully, but … I spared him for that alone.
And Tarquin, with his neutral court … he will never have to worry about someone walking away because the threat against their life, their children’s lives, will always be there. So, yes, I was jealous of him—because it will always be easy for him. And he will never know what it is to look up at the night sky and wish.”
The Court of Dreams.
The people who knew that there was a price, and one worth paying, for that dream. The bastard-born warriors, the Illyrian half-breed, the monster trapped in a beautiful body, the dreamer born into a court of nightmares … And the huntress with an artist’s soul.
And perhaps because it was the most vulnerable thing he’d said to me, perhaps it was the burning in my eyes, but I walked to where he stood over the little bar. I didn’t look at him as I took the decanter of amber liquid and poured myself a knuckle’s length, then refilled his.
But I met his stare as I clinked my glass against his, the crystal ringing clear and bright over the crashing sea far below, and said, “To the people who look at the stars and wish, Rhys.”
He picked up his glass, his gaze so piercing that I wondered why I had bothered blushing at all for Tarquin.
Rhys clinked his glass against mine. “To the stars who listen—and the dreams that are answered.”
Oh my precious Rhysand... Excuse me, while I try to glue together the broken pieces of my heart..
This post is getting too long, so I'll stop myself from gushing about how much I adore this book.
I hope you guys enjoyed reading the passage I shared. Tell me if this book is one of your favorites too! (Seriously, I have FEELINGS and I must talk about them).
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