The King of AttoliaBook - 2006
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"No 'glory shall be your reward' for me. No it's 'stop whining' and 'go to bed'
He's funny. . . . He can make you laugh so hard it hurts. . . . But underneath the jokes and the gibes and the playacting, there's nothing there but . . . spite. There isn't anything he won't laugh at.
As a ten-year-old boy, the Thief of Eddis could stop a grown man in his tracks with a single look. Where had that look gone?
I am so sick of people who all seem to be smarter than I am and know more than I do. I want to go back to the farm. These people make my family look easy to get along with.
Costis believed in his gods, prayed to his gods, and sacrificed to his gods, but Eugenides was rumored not only to believe in his gods but also to speak to them and to hear them answer. The idea made Costis uncomfortable. The gods may have walked the earth in the time of the legends, but he preferred to think of them safely on their altars.
O Goddess . . . I have brought you the most precious silver in my city. The silver leaves of the olive. . . . Please, Goddess, make me a good leader for my people. Let me bring them peace, and I swear I will cover the hills around the city with silver, in your honor. Everywhere the moon shines around the city it will strike the silver leaves of the olive, I promise.
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