“It had been done swiftly and quietly; Iadon couldn’t afford to let it be known that the crown prince was an Elantrian. Ten years ago, the Shaod would have made Raoden a god. Now, instead of making people into silver-skinned deities, it changed them into sickly monstrosities.”
My Italian Bulldozer
“He remembered the Professor’s encouraging words: the important thing was that he was here, exactly where he wanted to be, in a place blessed by everything benign that Tuscany could offer.”
"Once done it's done, no take-backs, no renegotiation or second-guessing, nothing to choose except how to live with it, how to try to fall asleep knowing that there's this loaded gun out there, in this stranger's hand, and anytime she wants she could just shoot. Shoot him. Bang."