That’s Going in the Quote Book: #2

The newest in an ongoing series of Quotes I’ve collected. To see previous posts in the series, click here.

May you kindle fire and never be burned by it. May the air never send storms across your path. May that path across the earth be a soft one, and the water of your tears always taste sweet with joy.

“Dragon Prince” by Melanie Rawn

I have a confession to make. I’m a romantic at heart. I love a good love story. But I’m not fond of a happy ending. Love stories where everybody gets happily paired off and walks off into the sunset hand-in-hand are too saccharine for my tastes. I also find they tend to be kind of dull, because knowing everybody’s going to survive eliminates narrative tension.

So yeah, Harlequin Romances aren’t for me.

Although I will spite-read one just to prove friends wrong when they give me one as a joke.

That’s why I love Melanie Rawn’s Sunrunner series. I’ve always been a fan of fantasy books, and this series stands out in the genre.

It’s got a unique foundation in the Sunrunners, people who are capable of threading together strands of sun- and moonlight and mentally traversing them to communicate with others who possess the same ability. It’s got sweeping drama as it follows the legacy of multiple generations of a powerful family. It’s got complex characters readers can care about – including Chay, one of the few fictional characters I’ve ever fallen in love with. It’s got drama to spare, as well as a plot twist so unexpected it drove me to the phone to call my brother, who had loaned me the books in the first place, to freak out with someone who would understand.

Oh, and it’s got dragons. Because everything’s better with dragons.

So much better that this happens.

This quote is an ancient blessing in the Sunrunners’ world. It’s in my book because it’s a sweet, lovely, sentiment that appeals to my romantic nature. The books it comes from are among my favourites because, while the characters do their best to achieve the dream the blessing wishes for them, they never quite get there. And that appeals to my cynical side.

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