Wilde's Meadow favorite line(s). I find this segment so entertaining because Encardia is a world ravaged by literal Darkness. There is no sunshine, and everything is dying. They are at war, and Kate and Arland are discussing The Crossing Caves, a place full of dark, horrible magic:
"Is there anything else I should worry about?" [Kate asks]
"Not unless you are afraid of the dark."
I laugh aloud.
Everyone glances at me as though I'm crazy.
"If I was afraid of the dark, we'd be in big trouble, Arland."
He smiles. "Good, because we cannot use light of any kind in the caves, and I am sorry I did not warn you about the dangers."
Wilde's Army favorite line(s). I like this segment because our heroes are trapped, staring up a cliff face, debating their options, and wondering the fate of the others:
Arland didn’t even question if. He already knows.
“All of them, sir,” Cadman says. “We watched them enter, but I do not believe they saw us.”
All of them. That means there are at least thirty. What does that mean for—”Perth . . . . “ The name escapes my mouth and hangs in the cool, dark air like the threat of death we continue to face.
Wilde's Fire favorite lines(s): I like this segment because Kate's embraced her powers, used them for good, and now she's paying a price: having to be honest with her friend. Honesty can be so difficult:
"He wanted to leave with you. Try the truth. Maybe he will surprise us all and be very accepting of it." [Arland says]
"Well, when you put it that way, casting a spell and sending him home sounds like the perfect plan. The truth is going to hurt him." I rest my head on his chest.
"The truth usually does hurt—and we should wait until he is dressed before talking to him."
Happy endings are hard to find, and even though Katriona is in the middle of a war with someone who’s already stolen more than she can replace, she aches for a positive future with her Draíochtans.
Armed with hope, confidence in her abilities, and a strange new gift from her mother, Kate ventures into the Darkness to defeat a fallen god.
Losses add up, and new obstacles rise to stand in the way. Is the one determined to bring Encardia light strong enough to keep fighting, or will all the sacrifices to stop those who seek domination be for nothing?
About the Author: Krystal Wade can be found in the sluglines outside Washington D.C. every morning, Monday through Friday. With coffee in hand, iPod plugged in, and strangers--who sometimes snore, smell, or have incredibly bad gas--sitting next to her, she zones out and thinks of fantastical worlds for you and me to read. How else can she cope with a fifty mile commute?
Good thing she has her husband and three kids to go home to. They keep her sane.