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Even when I loved Nicasia, I never considered anything past a strategic marriage. I am not sure I am even capable of … loving that way. Unconditionally. There was never much of that in my family, either.

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Hm, yeah I can see what they mean! I did a couple of very general google searches and I think the article pretty much sums up what most of them say - the idea that faeries can’t lie seems to be a more modern take which popped up around the 1960s-90s period and seems to have been further reinforced more recently. I myself don’t know much about European mythology or its history so I think I’m going to go ahead and agree with the writer?

If this ask is mostly asking for an opinion about the whole depiction of faeries by Holly Black (or cass clare) vs Sarah Janet debate, I still believe that Holly managed to capture and depict the faeries far more faithfully than Sarah Janet ever did even if the idea that faeries can’t lie is a prominent feature in Holly’s works. In The Folk of the Air series, most faeries have some inhuman feature, possess actual weaknesses, are intimately connected with the nature and the land, make deceptively petty bargains, nearly drive humans mad, etc as opposed to Sarah Janet’s fae who are quite literally just humans with long canines and pointed ears. 

She also failed at trying to get us to believe that a connection between nature and the fae existed with the whole Calanmai thing (a welsh festival that absolutely did nothing to deserve being reduced to a sex ritual). And while the faeries in TFOTA consciously try to avoid war even in the final moments of the third book, Janet’s fae leap at the first opportunity to wreak death and destruction upon virtually anything to exist (the extent to which violence is glorified in her books is kinda disturbing, to be honest).

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“Magic is seldom so convenient as to conform to our preferences.”
(The Queen of Nothing, Holly Black)

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JUST FINISHED THE QUEEN OF NOTHING AND IT IS *AMAZING*. THE WHOLE ENTIRE SERIES IS AMAZING. I HAVE MANY THOUGHTS BUT I AM FILLED WITH LOVE FROM THIS BOOK SO I CANNOT WRITE RIGHT NOW! JUDE AND CARDEN MY LOVES MY PRECIOUS PRECIOUS BABIES I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVEEEE

JUST AHHHH THE COMPLEXITIES OF EACH CHARACTER AND THEIR DECISIONS AND AHFKDSHJK ITS NOT LETS JUST MURDER PEOPLE AND IT LOVELY I LOVE THAT FOR THEM I LOVE THAT ITS DKSLJFDSFSDKLJ JUDE IS A DUMBIE IN LOVE AND THE BEST SCHEMEING BITCH EVER I LOVE HER WOWWW

STAND OUT MOMENTS INCLUDE

“Jude, you can’t really think I don’t know it’s you. I knew you from the moment you walked into the brugh.”

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“He’s every bit as terrifying as any serpent.

I don’t care. I run into his arms.”

Cardan’s fingers dig into my back. He’s trembling, and whether it is from ebbing magic or horror, I am not sure. But he holds me as though I am the only solid thing in the world.”

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I feel a guard’s hand close on my arm. Then Cardan’s voice comes. “Do not touch her.”

A terrible silence follows. I wait for him to pronounce judgment on me. Whatever he commands will be done. His power is absolute. I don’t even have the strength to fight back.

“She’s my wife,” Cardan says, his voice carrying over the crowd. “The rightful High Queen of Elfhame. And most definitely not in exile.”

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another stand out is

“You ought to have taken what we offered,” Lord Jarel says, swinging his spear down toward me. “Your reign will be very short, mortal queen.”

Then Grima Mog is there o her stag, taking the weight of his blade. Their weapons slam together, ringing with the force of the impact. “First I’m going to kill you,” she tells him. “And then I’m going to eat you.”

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IM SO SORRY BUT THIS IS WHAT I WILL BE POSTING ABOUT FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS IM SO IN LOVEEEEEEEEE 

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She kills my self control - Chapter 4

/Includes dialogue from The Cruel Prince, Chapter 11

I should be enjoying this. A mortal affected by the most banal fruit, a proof of her inferiority. The usually defiant mortal girl, the girl who haunts me day and night, completely at our mercy.

Yet, I am not.

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It’s been so long since I’ve been here, that my bio says I’m 24 when next feb 7th I’ll be 27. I feel kinda nosthalgic, and happy to be finally back to my place of birth in the internet shitposting. Also, I need to follow more people from a large amount of fandoms like Throne of Glass, Bridgertons, The Cruel Prince, Acotar, Red Queen, and so many others

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i so badly want to hc carden as trans ftm bc i’m trans and i relate heavily to him so yea. carden greenbriar is a trans man and sexy as HELL

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