Quotes from The Crimson Crown

Cinda Williams Chima ·  598 pages

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“So here's the truth - I love you. I love everything about you – the way you stick up for people even when it costs you. The way you keep trying to do the right thing even when you're not exactly sure what the right thing is. I love how you put words together. You're as skilled with words as any knife fighter with a blade. You can put an enemy down on his back, or you can raise people up so they find what's best in themselves. You've changed my life. You've given me the words I need to become whatever I want.
I love how you talk to lytlings. You don't talk down to them. You respect them, and anybody can tell you're actually interested in what they have to say.
I love the way you ride a horse – how you stick there like an upland thistle, whooping like a Demonai. I love the way you throw back your head and stomp your feet when you dance. I love how you go after what you want – whether it's kisses or a queendom.
I love your skin, like copper dusted over with gold. And your eyes – they're the color of a forest lake shaded by evergreens. One of the secret places that only the Demonai know about.
I love the scent of you – when you've been out in the fresh air, and that perfume you put behind your ears sometimes.
Believe it or not, I even love your road smell – of sweat and horses and leather and wool.
I want to breathe you in for the rest of my life.”
― Cinda Williams Chima, quote from The Crimson Crown


“Oh, I am getting married," Raisa said sleepily. "You promised me that if I agreed to marry you, that you would make it happen." She extended her hand, the one with the ring Han had given her, and waved it under his nose. "So. It's time to pay up.”
― Cinda Williams Chima, quote from The Crimson Crown


“Crow walked toward her, arms outstretched like a man in a dream, which he was, in a way. Sometimes a dream is enough.”
― Cinda Williams Chima, quote from The Crimson Crown


“That's what happens when you love someone... you notice and notice and notice.”
― Cinda Williams Chima, quote from The Crimson Crown


“But maybe it's better to go after something, and not get it, than to not even try.”
― Cinda Williams Chima, quote from The Crimson Crown



“But I don't want your throne."
"Then what do you want?"
"You.”
― Cinda Williams Chima, quote from The Crimson Crown


“Crow paced back and forth, his form flickering like flame. “It’s been a thousand years, Alister. I never intended for anyone to find it, so it’s very well protected. One little misstep, and you and my line will be history.”
“Since when are you so concerned about your line?” Han said.
Crow stared at him for a long moment. “Since I found out I had one,”
― Cinda Williams Chima, quote from The Crimson Crown


“He swept Raisa up into his arms and kissed her like it was his first, last, and only”
― Cinda Williams Chima, quote from The Crimson Crown


“What kind of love would drive a man for miles through solid rock?”
― Cinda Williams Chima, quote from The Crimson Crown


“Hope is a dangerous thing, Raisa thought. Once kindled, it's hard to put out. It makes wise people into fools.”
― Cinda Williams Chima, quote from The Crimson Crown



“The next chamber is full of songbirds, if I remember right. Their music is like turtleweed. It will put you to sleep if you listen to it. They sleep most of the time, so the best thing is to pass through without waking them up. If they do awaken, then you must sing loud enough to drown out their music."
"Great," Han said. "Whose idea was that?"
"It seemed like a good idea at the time," Crow said. "I was an excellent singer.”
― Cinda Williams Chima, quote from The Crimson Crown


“Haven't you heard about me?" he said, with a tight smile. "I'm really a very dangerous person." And he did look dangerous until he said, "Look, could you watch Dog for me while I'm gone? I can't take him where I'm going.”
― Cinda Williams Chima, quote from The Crimson Crown


“They were like two pieces of a failed star, drawn together by a shared history and a memory of illicit kisses.”
― Cinda Williams Chima, quote from The Crimson Crown


“His aster-blue eyes shown out from a face blackened by bruises and soot, his fair hair glittering in the firelight. Dressed all in black, silhouetted against flame, he looked rather like a demon, raised from the dead, trading for souls on the other side.”
― Cinda Williams Chima, quote from The Crimson Crown


“She could Captain to his Your Majesty any time.”
― Cinda Williams Chima, quote from The Crimson Crown



“The only way to get what you want is to make them more afraid of you than they are of each other.”
― Cinda Williams Chima, quote from The Crimson Crown


“She padded toward Han, barefoot, like a faerie startled out of a forest bower, bewitching mix of clan and flatland beauty.”
― Cinda Williams Chima, quote from The Crimson Crown


“Han made no effort to put up a brave front. Most of the time he just screamed himself hoarse, though a couple of times he amused himself by screaming Fionas's name as if he were in the throes of passion. FEEE-OHHH-NAAA! Lord Bayar made him pay for that, but afterward, Fiona didn't come down anymore, which Han appreciated.”
― Cinda Williams Chima, quote from The Crimson Crown


“Politics is not about justice. It's about the settling of personal vendettas under a thin veneer of civilization. All politics is personal.”
― Cinda Williams Chima, quote from The Crimson Crown


“As I said, history is written by the victors. The truth is, the villains were less villainous, and the heroes less heroic, than you’ve been told.”
― Cinda Williams Chima, quote from The Crimson Crown



“Complicated. And yet—simple. They were like two pieces of a failed star, drawn together by a shared history and a memory of illicit kisses.”
― Cinda Williams Chima, quote from The Crimson Crown


“It's not about what people think. It's about who you are.”
― Cinda Williams Chima, quote from The Crimson Crown


“You are my father,” she said to Averill. “And you are my grandmother,” she said to Elena. “And you are duty-bound to me,” she said to Nightwalker.

“If you take action against Hunts Alone without my permission, we will be at war.”
― Cinda Williams Chima, quote from The Crimson Crown


“If I could destroy the world, don't you think I could fight off the queen of the Fells?" Crow snorted.”
― Cinda Williams Chima, quote from The Crimson Crown


“It's true what they say, then-history is written by the victors.”
― Cinda Williams Chima, quote from The Crimson Crown



“How dare you?' Bayar began, but his voice had lost some of its force. 'How dare you come into this sacred hall, flinging accusations?'

'I have not yet made any accusations,' Willo said. 'Perhaps it is our own guilt clamoring in your ears.”
― Cinda Williams Chima, quote from The Crimson Crown


“As if he'd guessed her thoughts, Micah said, "I've risked everything for you." His eyes spoke more than he said aloud.”
― Cinda Williams Chima, quote from The Crimson Crown


“Politics is not about justice. It’s about the settling of personal vendettas, under a thin veneer of civilization. All politics is personal.”
― Cinda Williams Chima, quote from The Crimson Crown


“How dare you?' Bayar began, but his voice had lost some of its force. 'How dare you come into this sacred hall, flinging accusations?'

'I have not yet made any accusations,' Willo said. 'Perhaps it is your own guilt clamoring in your ears.”
― Cinda Williams Chima, quote from The Crimson Crown


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