"I am allowed to want things, winter-king."
It was a lovely end to this series, one that I tried to delay with all my might until it was nearly time to return the book to the library. My heart is caught somewhere between grief and joy. I love Arden's writing: her prose, her twists, and turns, her ability to make sure we end up loving every character with the violent fervor.
So much happened in this book that I almost felt guilty for taking a breather when Vasya could not.
I was a bit surprised when I thought we had reached the end of the book to realize that I was only 63% in. I couldn't imagine how else this book could grind my heart into hamburger meat. But then my heart was sort of whole again.
Now I need this entire series in hardcover ASAP.