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The Girl and the Mountain by Mark Lawrence

The Girl and the Mountain by Mark Lawrence

Author:Mark Lawrence [Lawrence, Mark]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Published: 2021-04-13T00:00:00+00:00


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They walked south from the Black Rock and behind her Yaz felt the tether that bound her to her old existence stretching out. With each stride a small voice inside her repeated that she could still go back. She could turn on a heel and rejoin Quell, with whom everyone had always expected her to make a life, rejoin her brother, return to the Ictha with gifts and extraordinary tales and new wisdom. She could get to see the joy on her parents’ faces as she reunited them with Zeen. It would be so easy.

Instead she walked on, letting the distance grow so that even the great mass of the Black Rock would eventually be swallowed up into a white horizon. Quell had let her go. He’d neither fought for her nor followed her. He’d kept his dignity, his composure. There was wisdom in his choice. But Yaz didn’t think love was dignified or wise, not the kind that binds two souls, that draws them together from a distance and joins them into something precious. That kind of love was stubborn; it would fight to survive. Sometimes it was loud, dangerous, even ugly, but it burned bright and outshone common sense. Yaz snorted to herself. She didn’t really know what she was talking about. Such things weren’t the Ictha way; they weren’t in Ictha tales. But Yaz had already seen much that lay wholly outside the experience and understanding of her clan. She glanced towards Thurin, bent against the wind, ice fringing his furs, then to Erris, frost in the blackness of his hair, and smiled. Perhaps the world still had new things to show her.



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