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gentlemotherfontofmercy · 3 minutes ago
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apparently it's a plot point later on in this series that shu han wants to control Grisha and turn them into puppet super soldiers - which begs the question of why the author decided to frame the creation of the second army as this being one of Aleksander's many evil actions when really all he was doing was enabling his people to fight for themselves before someone else came along to weaponize them against their will.
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lorsanbitch · 8 minutes ago
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kaz: if you go up on the deck youre going to fucking die, dumbass
mal, going up on the deck: yes
kaz, jesper and inej: ????????????????????
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dablackdahlia · 10 minutes ago
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Y’all is Nadia a tidemaker in the netflix adaption? Here me out, look at her kefta
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And if we compare it to Zoyas whitch is clearly sliver, it begs the question. Or maybe it was briefly mentioned and I’m just dumb
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kaz-brekkrs · 12 minutes ago
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so I've succumbed to temptation and started rewatching sab and I honestly can't get over the way the chapel scene in 'show me who you are' was filmed.
inej perched on the balcony as if she's a part of the chapel, free for worship. kaz looking up at her, almost as if he was on his knees.
the way inej's hand remains outstretched; an unspoken invitation. the expression on kaz's face; gratitude and reverence and awe.
the first blood that we see inej spill is for kaz, to protect kaz, and it's framed as a righteous and holy act. it's framed as being a moment of enlightenment.
It goes beyond veiled allusions of yearning and desire and goes all out to establish inej as the object of kaz's devotion.
she's not just an investment. she's not just a desirable asset for her skills. she's something truly special and unique; she's the most significant thing that kaz believes in other than himself.
inej doesn't just make kaz feel as though there's magic in the world; she is the magic.
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winterinthecity · 18 minutes ago
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Ya empecé Shadow and Bone
Shadow and Bone y Six of Crows entraron a mi lista de pendientes en 2016, casi al mismo tiempo que Simon, gracias a Gus por supuesto. Y no puedo creer que haya postergado leerlos 5 años, aunque aparentemente postergaré leer Cazadores de Sombras 12 años a este paso.
El asunto es que me encantó el inicio, es decir es precioso, hay un mapaaaaaaa, UN MAPA, HAY UN MAPA EN EL LIBRO, lo necesito en físico con urgencia -se calma- y hay un glosario (thank u Leigh Bardugo), me encanta cómo narra Alina, mucho... creí que me resultaría odiosa no sé por qué, pero Alina me encanta, el que no me encanta es Mal, uno acá esperando enamorarse, pero no, Mal es.... meh -saca su 'fuckboi repelent'- tal vez me guste más adelante, por ahora no me parece ni bien ni mal y menos me resulta atractivo ni nada, digo está descrito muy guapo físicamente y es como dulce, pero simplemente no. Y sé -*spoilers*- que cuando Alina empieza a ser 'poderosa', Mal como que empieza a fijarse en ella... ajá, ahí empieza a fijarse en Alina... como 7 años después, claaaro. idk.
Prefiero no decir nada de Mal porque no sé si tal vez lo adoro más adelante. Así que mejor me callo respecto a él.
Por mientras... me tomé un descanso en la página 100 porque muchos nombres de origen ruso y me sobrecargan. Así que empecé el libro de poesía de Halsey. Veamos qué tal es :D
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god-or-a-wolf · 30 minutes ago
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Kaz in Shadow and Bone gives me so much confidence and seratonin, I can't recall having ever seen a character disabled in a way similar to me, and his isn't the same but he walks with a cane too! we see him walking without it sometimes, and even walking without it when he shouldn't and needing to take breaks! he's not unrealistically the best fighter in the show but he's still extremely competent and bright. I am absolutely projecting my trauma on him too, and I just really appreciate a visibly disabled character that's portrayed in a realistic manner that is still so badass. anyway I love him
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metalandmagi · 32 minutes ago
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If I had a nickel for every time an older actor named Ben was in a project surrounded by young teenagers, playing a character that should be unlikable, in the year 2021, I’d have two nickels, which isn’t a lot, but it’s weird that it happened twice. 
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moth-of-a-man · 35 minutes ago
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just finished the third shadow and bone book and i’m pretty sure it gave me actual rabies just from the stress omg that was so good
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alekscnder · 39 minutes ago
could i please request some nikolai childhood friends to lovers? your writing is incredible!!!
pairing: nikolai lantsov x reader
warnings: fluff; swearing; reader is a heartrender.
a/n: i'm so happy you enjoy my writing! tysm for requesting honey and yes this is headcanons AGAIN i swear i'm addicted... if any of you have a problem with it just make it clear when requesting i won't mind <33 anyways i hope you like it even though i honestly think this is crap
also someone requested something similar but tumblr keeps VANISHING MY ASKS OUT OF NOWHERE??? i have no idea where did it go so anon if you see this this is for you too!!
even after years living in the little palace, you have never liked that place
sure it started feeling like your home after so much time
but you still didn't feel like you belonged anywhere there
you had genya and eventually alina when she got to the little palace, but that was all
people just didn't try to be nice to you, and you were happy in treating them the same way
until nikolai lantsov happened
he came into your life so suddently you're still not sure how it exactly happened
you were both really young, but little y/n still managed to pretty much despise every single kid her age besides genya
maybe because you were dragged out of your life and thrown at the palace to train with people you have never seen in your life
and because every single kid in that place wanted something from you
they wanted to best you, to be greater than you
the way you were literally split into groups and resumed in colors, for saints' sake, didn't help too
like who the fuck had this idea? you had always hated it
you hated those colors, and you hated even more the red kefta you had to wear everyday and know that people would judge you because of a simple piece of clothe
so the fact that nikolai wasn't grisha helped a lot
you were scared at first, actually
that he wouldn't want to be your friend because of what you were
but after some time you realized he would never judge you because of your powers, like other otkazat’sya would do
nikolai, however, knew from the first time he saw you that you were one of the few people that didn't give a fuck about him being a prince
actually, as you grew up, there was some times you even forgot about his status
he was just nikolai, and you were just y/n
you were inseparable, nikolai was always at the little palace to see you
because you hated the grand palace even more than you hated your 'home' and he knew that
nikolai was the only one you let see all of you, even the parts that scared you
you told him about your fears about not being enough to serve in the second army
and he always, always made sure to reassure you and say that you were the most strong and brave person he has ever met
and you told him about smaller things too
like how you hated some of your classmates
and the way you described them made nikolai hate them too
because if someone hurts you, then he automatically hates them
"ugh, i fucking hate his guts."
"i know, right?! me too!"
nikolai told you about his life inside the grand palace, too
the horrible things people said about him when they thought he was not hearing
the neglect he got from pretty much everyone in his family
and, of course, how he was afraid of the throne that might be hand down to him if anything ever happened to vasily
you fucking hated his brother with every strength left in you
like you just wanted to punch him so hard
"you think i would get in trouble if i made vasily's heart stop? just for a minute-"
nikolai would literally have to hold you back, but he couldn't stop laughing. "you murderous little thing."
it's not like he could judge you anyways
you defended him, and he defended you
it has always been this way, always
he got in a fight with a fucking tidemaker who insulted you once
you almost passed out from concern
"you could have died!"
"it's not that serious."
"oh, yeah! he just tried to fucking drown you!"
you swore you would stop telling him about any trouble you got in after that, but he always found out somehow
you couldn't keep nothing away from nikolai
nothing.
not even the way you started to feel about him after you grew older
things got really complicated as soon you realized you weren't kids anymore
you missed him more than you should whenever he was away traveling
and you could never not notice how you always were the first person he saw after he got back
you could never not notice how pretty much every living soul in ravka would give anything to get a chance with the prince, too
and you hated it more than you would like to admit
it hurt you more than you would like to admit when you could hear his heartbeat speed up when he was near some other girl who wasn't you
you have never hated your powers more than you hated it in those times
when you could feel nikolai's blood pressure rise to the sight of a beautiful girl who could never be you
you hated every single thing you felt about him, because he was your best friend, and could never be more than this
you hated to think you two would never stood a chance, because there was so many things in the way
like the fact he might be king of ravka one day, and you would always be just grisha
just another soldier serving in the second army
the most powerful heartrender in the corporalki order, that was the only title you would ever get
nikolai could be king, for fuck's sake
he would most probably marry a princess who you could never compare to
and what hurt the most was to think that even though you could excuse all of this, you could never get away from your power
you would live for centuries, if you ever got powerful enough for this
and nikolai... nikolai just wouldn't
these things hurt way too much, they made your heart clench and your eyes burn with tears everytime you thought about any of it
so you buried it all deep down inside your heart
you stopped noticing everything that gave you hopes of nikolai feeling something for you
and in the worst time possible, because that was the exact time when he fell in love with you
it's like you made yourself blind to everything he did that wasn't in a friendly like manner
so you were never able to hear the way his breathing changed whenever he saw you for the first time in the day
how he literally always lost his ability to breathe properly for a couple of seconds at the sight of you
and you didn't see the way he made everything in his power to make you notice him, because you have already convinced yourself that he would never want to have any more than friendship with you
but it was definitely there to everybody else to see, he didn't even bother hiding it
it was so obvious like, him staring at your lips for way too long
"i'm sorry, what were you saying?"
"for saints' sake, nikolai..."
"i was distracted!"
"again?!"
or him coming back from every one of his expeditions with gifts for you
every single one of them.
and then how he had the brightest smile on his face whenever you wore or used something he gave you
he keeps everything you give him, too
no matter how small it is
one time you were in his room, almost rotting out of boredom
when you found a letter you wrote for him for his birthday inside one of his drawers
in this day, something touched that deep place in your heart where you hid your feelings for him
and after that, it was like something small awakened in you at every one of his gestures
you felt this thing stirring inside you when alina had a interesting conversation with you in your room one day
"people think you and nikolai are a thing, you know that?" she said out of nowhere, sitting on your bed while you did a simple braid on your hair in front of the mirror
you scoffed. "why would they think that?"
"i think it's the way he acts around you."
your fingers stopped on your hair. you narrowed your eyes. "what way?"
alina chuckled, as if the answer to that was obvious. "like he would get on his knees and ask you to marry him any time."
you had to laugh at that. "alina, i'm a heartrender, nikolai is to be king..."
the serious expression on alina's face made you stop talking. "maybe it is time to ravka to be led by a grisha."
those words haunt you for days
was she right? but most importantly, would nikolai care that you are grisha? would anything in this world stop him from loving you?
deep, deep down, you already know the answer to all of this questions
and you felt like you needed to put an end to this
so you ask nikolai to meet you at the lake one night
he's already there when you arrive
you're exhausted, your body sore from the training lessons you had earlier that day
your hair is messy, your braid almost completely undone
your face is red and you're out of breath because you had to run your way there since you're a bit late
but when nikolai turns around to face you
well, his expression is pretty much like what you imagined it would be if you punched him in the face
you stop abruptly
"what? is something wrong?"
he shakes his head, then avoids your gaze, looking anywhere but your eyes
he gestures to your kefta, the one you wear literally every single day
"you just look good in red."
it shouldn't have hit you with so much force
red. the color you hate so much because of what it tells about what you are
the color you've hated your whole life because of what it meant
he thinks you look good in red
you hate that color
yet, you feel good wearing it now
it feels... right
because nikolai likes you besides that color, besides of what it means
he likes you besides of what you are... no.
honestly? you thinks he likes what you are
that thing inside you finally explodes
you walk the few steps that are between you and him, almost running
nikolai's eyes are wide as you approach him because tears are running down your face and a sob lefts your lips
he's about to ask what's wrong when you throw both your arms around his neck
and kiss him
nikolai loses his balance when your bodies collide, taking a step back, but he still holds you close while doing so, his hands not leaving your waist
you hear it then
his heart, you hear it now
you hear the way his heart races furiously, beating just as fast as yours
you more than hear it, you feel the way your heartbeats are in unison
it sounds like a song you've been waiting to hear your whole life, and feels like everything you could ever ask for
when you pull away, your chest is going up and down fast against his, almost every part of your bodies are touching one another's
your face is so close to his you can see every single freckle on his face, and you can see the exact color of his eyes - you have always wondered if they were bright brown or dark green
none of you says anything for a moment, the cold air tickles your nose as you start to understand what just happened
nikolai is the first to speak
"it took you long enough."
"i'm going to throw you into that lake."
he throws his head back when he laughs, his arms still wrapped around you. "seriously, there was some times i wanted to grab you by the shoulders and shake you until you realized that i love you already."
"why didn't you do that? it would have been easier."
"i was too afraid you were going to throw me into a lake."
you laugh, but the sound fades as soon as you realize what he just said
nikolai smiles at you, as if he knows what you just realized
"you... love me?" your voice is barely above a whisper, as if you're afraid it isn't true
"isn't that obvious?"
"say it again."
"what? isn't that obvious?"
you roll your eyes. "not that, you idiot, the other part."
"i love you."
you wrap your arms around him again, hugging him this time, your face sinking in the crook of his neck as if to hide your giant smile
"i love you too."
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grishaverse-wraith · 40 minutes ago
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The Crows and lying on the internet:
Jesper: I may change a few details up occasionally...
wylan: a few?
jesper: shut up merchling(affectionate)
Inej: I never lie online, what's the point?
Wylan: I lie about my age
Inej: Yeah I guess I lie about that too
Nina: I lie to make myself seem better and more interesting
Matthais: the internet ???
Nina: ...
Kaz: you fools.. you insolent cowards.. I have eight fake online personas right now. Only pigeons put their real information where the whole world could see it
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stephanythedramaqueen · 42 minutes ago
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Okay but the Darkling using the Fold to protect his country isn’t even out of the realm possibilities and actually a pretty reasonable way to keep his borders in control. Like we haven’t seen the Chinese do EXACTLY that with the Chinese Wall and the ancient Romans do with Hadrian’s Wall. Keeping the Fold surrounded in Ravka while at the same time controlling it with his Grisha, keeps both his people safe and ends that endless war they’re fighting. He’d reunite west and east Ravka if he and Alina work together actually, prompting trade to flow back into the rest of Ravka, both feeding his people and refilling the crown’s treasury.
And I’m sure the Darkling usurping the crown is framed as a bad thing, but if you look at the big picture... He is immortal, he would hold that seat for as long as he lives and bring stability to his country. No such thing as change in government when he dies and his heir follows because it will always be him. There isn’t a power vacuum after some unpopular king dies bc it was always be him. No risk of incompetent monarchs fucking shit up both for Grisha or plunging the country in unnecessary wars bc it will always be him. We’re talking about a perpetual regime that actually can have progressive growth because it will always be him. He’s had 500 years of serving countless kings on his repertoire, you cannot tell me he doesn’t know how to effectively rule a country. To secure his throne he could actually have Sankta Alina as his queen, Nikolai saw the truth in that by proposing to her, but Alina would have the better hold and be in a better position of power to not only rein in Aleksander’s more ruthless approaches, while at the same time actually helping the geopolitical situation the country is currently in. Who else better to be a queen than someone who thought she’d been non-Grisha all her life until it turns out that she was one? Who else better to gap the divide between the Grisha and otkatzat’sya than a queen who knows and sees the perspective of both sides?
Idk. to me Shadow King and Sun Queen sounded like a better outcome for the Grisha and for Ravka in the long run than whatever the heck happened in canon.
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grishaverse-oddity · 49 minutes ago
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My thoughts in the last part of Rule of Wolves in no particular order:
-oooohhhh shit
-SHES A DRAGON NOW MOTHERFUCKERS
-Nina deserves to kill everyone there, go off babe
-Nina just has the worst luck with love interests goddamn
-OOOOO HANNE GONNA BE KING HELL TO THE YEAH
-Oh damn Nikolai just announced he is a bastard to everyone
-OH DAMN ZOYA IS A QUEEN NOW
-Ooooooo Zoya is going to kill him
-Genya, Alina, and Zoya being the best of friends makes my soul so so happy
-Zoya finally having a good support system in her life and letting herself fell makes me SOFT OKAY
Basically, I have latched onto Genya, Zoya, and Nikolai and will never let go
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bigheartedbibliophile · 59 minutes ago
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Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Summary: 💔🤩☀✋🏻😘☠
SPOILERS
This book was interesting. I really enjoyed Alina Starkov as a character, and I am excited to see more of her in the next two books. Her and Genya’s friendship? I am obsessed. I know Genya seems to be some sort of “traitor” but I really didn’t see it that way. I liked how the author was portraying the Darkling, and I definitely understand his thought process - the power of the Fold to keep the peace. I also really liked Mal in this first book, although he was kind of being a dick when he was with his guy friends. I understand why he was so angry with Alina when she was wearing black, the Darkling’s colors. He just lost two of his friends for essentially no reason, and the one person he thought he still had seemed to be over him. To be fair, Alina thought he was getting her letters and just choosing not to respond to her, so she had every right to be angry as well. What I didn’t like about this book was how rushed everything seemed to me. And poor Alexei! He was there for like 2 pages, and then poof! Gone. I wanted to see more darklina too. Everyone was hyping them up, and I can definitely see why for the show (cough cough ben barnes) but I really didn’t get much of that in the book. And I honestly think if the darkling had shared his intentions with the fold from the start with Alina, she would have done it willingly. I got glimpses from her that she understood his thought process of having peace forever with the power of the Fold. I’m intrigued to start the next book though!
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harleyquinnzelz · an hour ago
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Introducing - ‘Lucie Lantsov’
 “You’ll ache. And you’re going to love it. It will crush you. And you’re still going to love all of it.”
The caged bird of Os Alta, they called her. Lovely and delicate, kept in her gilded cage and appeased with books and dresses and all manner of pretty things. There were rumors, of course, stories shared among the inhabitants of Ravka regarding the king’s niece and why she never left, why she was kept so carefully shut away, even when the royal and family left Os Alta in the same in favor of their lake palace. 
The truth is, Lucie Lantsov is one of Ravka’s most well-kept secret. Favored by her uncle, the King, for a power that is mysterious to all of those around her. Lucie is a Grisha, but a Grisha unlike any other. They have no class of Grisha for what she is and no other Grisha to compare her powers too. Some call her a caged bird, but there is another name for her as well. 
The Prophet. 
Lucie possesses the ability to foretell the future. A fun parlor trick, to be sure, but it runs deeper than that. Within her, she possesses the ability to see the turns of major battles, the disastrous ends of potential alliances, the tragedy of love stories gone wrong. Because, though she can see what might happen, the future is not set in stone, and the knowledge of what might happen gives her the ability to change it. It’s a useful ability, one that her Uncle values over nearly every other Grisha ability. But, it doesn’t improve Lucie’s ability to fight, she can’t beat down an enemy with it. And why would he want her to when she can be kept in Os Alta, the most well-protected city in Ravka. There, Lucie will be safe. 
Summers are spent wandering the empty halls of the palace alone, not welcomed among the other Grisha or in the Little Palace because of who she is, the little bird with a foot in each world, born with a silver spoon in her mouth and every advantage placed in her hands. But it is here, in these empty halls, alone and desperate for companionship, that she first caught the interest of the Darkling. The rest, as they say, is history.
“Doesn’t it sound lovely beyond belief?”
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