Once again, I don't have anything to say besides "I'm working on it, please let me live," so I'm going to do something new: I'm going to give you random lines from the book, out of context! What fun!
If you're especially spoiler-averse, stop now. However, it's not like the spoilers are going to be too heavy. I'm not going to drop any bombshells on you. Just tidbits that you might find interesting.
And as always, please remember that these haven't been edited, so I don't consider myself bound to keep any of these in the book. They might change.
Finally: just to keep things interesting, one of these lines is a complete lie! See if you can spot which one!
Here we go, lines from the current version of Blackflame:
EITHAN: "There will be no forgiveness. To the blood pits with you!"
The dragon advances.
The dragon destroys.
The dragon consumes.
"Path of Crawling Shades," Eithan said, and the red man's shadow flowed behind him until it engulfed the entire back wall. "This is a Path from a more advanced country than this one, but a practitioner once traveled here to be executed. They practice a unique process that essentially turns their shadow into a symbiotic Remnant."
Lindon tore through the wall.
"River doesn't get too far without banks," Yerin said. "Out of control, it's just a flood. Spills everywhere. You want it to go where you want it to go, you have to guide it."
Eithan reached out without looking, seizing an old, worn broom leaning against the side of a house. Its shaft was gnarled but reasonably straight, polished by years of use, and it ended in a tied bundle of straw.
He ran his hands up the broom, not saying a word.
His core flared with dark, bloody light.
Yerin raised her sword, which she had never sheathed. “If this was your mistake alone, I’d let you make it."
A pair of red eyes popped out—first one, then the other—glowering with menace and swirling to stare at Yerin.
She raised her sword.
Lindon bolted for the exit.
"Good thing Lindon didn't live to see this," Yerin said with a sigh. "Turns out all that about Suriel was just one big, trauma-induced hallucination. He never even left Sacred Valley, he just had a heart attack and then died in a coma. This would be a very disappointing story to read about, I can tell you that."
...so which is the lie? Which is the truth?
ARE YOU DETECTIVE ENOUGH TO SOLVE THE RIDDLE?
He landed, examined the arrow, nodded appreciatively, and tucked it away into his void key.
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