Shards and Ashes

By Melissa Marr, Kelley Armstrong, Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl, Carrie Ryan

Gripping and robust unique tales of dystopian worlds from New York Times bestselling authors

Kelley Armstrong
Rachel Caine
Kami Garcia
Nancy Holder
Melissa Marr
Beth Revis
Veronica Roth
Carrie Ryan
Margaret Stohl

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She observed a round stone stairway. observed herself strolling down it in the back of Alex. She brushed earlier him and went into the corridor. Her concept was once to return out front door, yet as an alternative, she became within the wrong way, into the pitch-blackness. gentle flared in the back of her. She heard the thudding of his boots, after which he used to be beside her. He had a flashlight. He stated anything to her in German, gave his head an impatient shake. “English, English,” he acknowledged to himself. “What is going on? ” he requested her. “There’s whatever down there,” she acknowledged, halting earlier than a gap within the flooring on the finish of the corridor.

The boy, Rama, sits on his scuffed boot heels, staring out into the loss of life day and the turning out to be evening. underneath him, the light sprinkling of lighting fixtures that was once the Southlands, that's what continues to be of the Southlands, spreads just like the scattered beads of a snapped necklace. in the back of it, within the far-off black, is the sea. Haiyang, as they name it. There aren't any lighting fixtures there in any respect. It seems like loss of life. Siwang. the good darkness. How Rama imagines it. bright. Lightless. long past. Rama steadies himself, catching his breath because the chopper twists and the steel ground panel slides backward, swinging his legs out from less than him.

Khali stared at her, wide-eyed, ready. watching for what? Darya puzzled, however it used to be a foolish query. She knew what Khali used to be anticipating: a suggestion, I’ll cross list her dying track for you. yet Darya didn’t supply. She took the pad of paper from her sister’s palms and scribbled, ok. thank you for telling me. It was once hour of darkness. Khali had left hours in the past, correct after Darya wrote again to her, yet no longer in a huff—that used to be now not Khali’s method. She regularly made certain to smile whilst she stated goodbye. Darya placed her ft over one facet of the mattress and allow them to grasp for a second sooner than touching them to the tile.

Darya crawled less than the sheets, collected her knees to her chest, and stared on the contrary wall. She slept previous midday. Khali got here in to talk to her, even touched her hand calmly, yet she pretended that she couldn’t believe it. She had performed what her sister sought after, yet she had no longer performed it with a great middle; she had performed it out of legal responsibility, anything she had regularly kept away from. and she or he felt angry—angry with herself, for doing it, and offended with Khali, for making her consider like she needed to, and offended on the dying track itself, for refusing to go away her by myself from the second one she woke up.

For that, she was once carried out. these within the castle have been allowed just one baby, and in attempting to secretly have a moment, she’d dedicated excessive treason. She’d begged for mercy, pleaded and wept that she have been blinded through maternal intuition, which might were even more touching if I hadn’t identified the truth—she’d promised the kid to the health practitioner for an outrageous sum. His spouse used to be barren, and the hot inhabitants principles didn't let adoption. They’d conspired to fake the doctor’s spouse used to be pregnant, whereas hiding my mother’s situation.

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