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"And I'm here to make this whole thing more awkward than it has to be."
America Singer, page 125 to Your Royal Highness, Princess Eadlyn of Angeles (she insisted)
"He pulled back again, looking into my eyes, and there was something different. Was he feeling that funny warmth creep into his arms and chest and head, too? 'Thank you,' I murmured. 'Any time. I mean'-- he shook his head, laughing at himself--'you know what I mean.' 'Goodnight, Kile.' 'Goodnight, Eadlyn." He gave me a quick kiss on the cheek before heading toward the stairs that led back to his temporary quaters. I watched him go and told myself that the only reason I was smiling like that was because of the cameras were hidden somewhere, not because of anything Kile woodwork had done."
-pg. 115 & 116
I kept thinking that I couldn't live my life for other people, that love was nothing but chains. And maybe it was, but so help me, I needed these chains ... These things didn't make me weaker; they held my soul to the earth. I wasn't going to run from them anymore. page 341
(Eadlyn talking about Eric on pg. 237)
I remembered the feeling of my first date with Hale, how I felt when I was sure he'd peeled everything back and seen the real me. This time, I felt like I was on the other side of that, looking past duty and worry and rank, seeing the true heart of a person.
And his was so beautiful.
(Eadlyn dancing with Henri on pg. 313)
When I came up the second time, laughing, I spotted Eric over my shoulder.
I could have been wrong, but his shy smile looked a little sad.
And when I was finished, I'd have a ring on my finger.
- Princess Eadlyn, the last sentence.
" You can be brave and still be feminine. You can lead and still love flowers. Most important, you can be queen and still be a bride."
"Personally, I would like to tear him limb from limb, but that's really up to you."
"This was the first time in my life I wanted to run over, grab my chair, and throw it at Gavril Fadaye."
( Eadlyn talking to Osten)
"What are you up to today?" I asked.
"I don't know."
"Go find the Selected guys and ask them awkward questions. report back."
He laughed and went running.
( Erik talking to Eadlyn about Henri) "He talks of you endlessly. Each day in the Men's parlor, I'm translating political science books to him or trying to explain the difference between the absolute monarchy you have here and the constitutional monarchy he grew up with in Swendway. He even----" Erik paused to chuckle. "He even studies the way your brothers walk and stand. He wants to be worthy of you in every way."
( America) She smiled. "When you know who matters most to you, giving things up, even yourself, doesn't really feel like a sacrifice. There are a handful of people who I'd lay down my life for without a second thought.