Our list of the best quotes from Netflix’s fantasy drama series created by Eric Heisserer, based on the Grishaverse novels by Leigh Bardugo. Shadow and Bone is set in a war-torn world, and follows soldier and orphan Alina Starkov (Jessie Mei Li), who has just unleashed an extraordinary power that might unite her world. Alina is then torn from everything she knows to train as part of an elite army of magical soldiers known as Grisha. But as she struggles to hone her power, she finds that allies and enemies can be one and the same, and that nothing in this lavish world is what it seems.
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1. A Searing Burst of Light
Alina Starkov: When I was young, I was afraid of the dark. When I got older, I learned that darkness is a place, and it’s full of monsters.
Alina Starkov: I live in East Ravka, but I’ve never been welcome here. Because I look like my mother, and she looked like the enemy.
Ana Kuya: [to young Alina] Keep a pencil in your hand. Or else someone will put a rifle in it instead.
Alina Starkov: I spent years thinking I’d find a way out. Around the Fold, to go somewhere where no one cares where I’m from. But now, I’m old enough to know the only way out is through.
Ana Kuya: Can’t hide forever.
Young Mal: Yes, I can!
Ana Kuya: Alright, maybe you can. But this is what you become! A boy who hides from a fight! Get very good at it, maybe you’ll survive to see twenty.
Alina Starkov: So we’re back together?
Malyen Oretsev: They can’t keep best friends apart for too long.
Alina Starkov: Corporal Oretsev, are you saying you miss me?
Malyen Oretsev: Well, I need someone to take the fall for my petty crimes, that’s all.
Alina Starkov: It’s like home all over again.
Malyen Oretsev: Well, it wasn’t all bad. We learned some good life lessons back then.
Alina Starkov: Yeah? Care to share with the class?
Malyen Oretsev: One, don’t cry in public.
Alina Starkov: Hide your emotional breakdown for when you’re alone. Obviously.
Malyen Oretsev: Two, always carry a weapon on you.
Alina Starkov: Always.
Malyen Oretsev: There is a third, I just can’t remember what it is.
Dubrov: I would have made a killing on you. But, no, he refused to loan me any money, so.
Mikhael: That’s because you’re a child in a bigger child’s body.
Dubrov: You’re shorter than I am.
Malyen Oretsev: [mocking Bohdan] There’s nothing to fear. I will now be selecting names for what I call the “nightmare lottery”.
Rotty: Someone stole a DeKappel from a merch’s private residence last night.
Kaz Brekker: Is that so?
Rotty: It’s a painting. A landscape of Ravka. The Fold. Oil on parchment.
Kaz Brekker: I know who DeKappel is.
Rotty: Well, he don’t do nudes, so I never heard of him.
Inej Ghafa: [referring to Dreesen] He’s looking for a crew willing to cross the Fold into East Ravka and bring back something.
Kaz Brekker: The Fold? Well, of course, certain death pays a million.
Inej Ghafa: This one girl, Kesh, she has skill. She’s like me.
Kaz Brekker: I only invest in the one of a kind. She isn’t like you. No one is.
Inej Ghafa: What’s our move now?
Kaz Brekker: You’re the one of us who believes in a higher power. If we’re going to survive a round trip through the Fold, we’ll need a miracle or two.
Zoya: [to Mal] When I get nerves the night before, I like to have a good tumble with a stranger. Clears my head. That’s my remedy.
Zoya: [to Mal] You don’t seem like the type who does what they should.
Malyen Oretsev: [referring to the food he stole] I thought it would get me an invitation to jail, but it just got me an invitation to tumble with a Grisha.
Alina Starkov: You tumbled a Grisha?
Malyen Oretsev: No. No, I just flirted with her. Maybe she flirted with me.
Malyen Oretsev: Well, turns out they do need me, so.
Alina Starkov: So I could shoot you in the foot.
Malyen Oretsev: You’re a terrible shot.
Malyen Oretsev: [referring to the Fold] When I was young, I had nightmares about it. Going in. Finding my parents, still dead. Waiting for me.
Alina Starkov: If it goes wrong, come back. You’ve lost enough to it already.
Malyen Oretsev: I’ll find my way back to you. Promise.
Inej Ghafa: Have you ever put out fire by adding more fire?
Jesper Fahey: Then what’s the opposite then?
Inej Ghafa: A Sun Summoner.
Jesper Fahey: Alright, then, one of those.
Kaz Brekker: Doesn’t exist.
Inej Ghafa: Doesn’t exist yet.
Inej Ghafa: We can let this one go, Kaz.
Jesper Fahey: Sounds like a trap anyway.
Kaz Brekker: A trap would sound easy. This is something else.
Kaz Brekker: You don’t bring in a Heartrender, unless you need an answer out of someone who isn’t willing to talk. That’s how we get this job before anyone else.
Pekka Rollins: So here’s the deal. Work for me, give over this dump, and the Orchid, then I’ll give you ten percent of whatever business comes in.
Oncle Bart: That’s a s**t deal. I already get a hundred percent.
Pekka Rollins: Yeah, okay. The other option is, I’ll carve you up, and leave you in a barrel for the rats. So, how about ten?
Mikhael: Cheer up, Dubrov. The Black General’s here to save the day.
Dubrov: Oh, is he going to tear down the Fold?
Mikhael: No, I was being sarcastic.
Mikhael: He’s a Grisha, not a miracle-worker.
Malyen Oretsev: [to Alina] I’ll be back before you know it.
Alexei: And I’ll be here the whole time. Me and the cartographers, I mean.
Alina Starkov: We’ve been assigned with you.
Malyen Oretsev: No. Turn around right now.
Alina Starkov: Orders are orders.
Malyen Oretsev: I could shoot you in the foot.
Alina Starkov: I like my feet, thank you.
Raisa: Why are you here if we’re supposed to keep things dark?
Polina the Inferni: For when the dark comes to keep you.
Dreesen: [as Kaz and his gang enters] One look and I can tell. Criminals.
Kaz Brekker: No businessman worth his salt bargains for what he can take.
Milana: Tell me what happened in the Fold. What saved you?
Alexei: You won’t believe me, but it was a Sun Summoner.
Dreesen: [referring to the Sun Sommoner] Who was it?
Alexei: If I tell you, you’ll set me free?
Dreesen: You have my word. I’ll set you free. You’re in Ketterdam now, Alexei. You can go anywhere in the world from here. Just imagine. Come on.
Alexei: Her name is Alina Starkov.
Alexei: You’ll set me free now?
Dreesen: Thank you. Of course.
[turns, shoots and kills him]
Dreesen: You have until sunrise, then your ship will have sailed, Mr. Brekker. The prize is one million kruge. Now bring me Alina Starkov.
2. We’re All Someone’s Monster'Never make decisions out of fear. Only out of spite.' - Kaz Brekker (Shadow and Bone) Click To Tweet
Young Mal: Don’t you want to know if you’re Grisha?
Young Alina: Not if we can’t go together.
Inej Ghafa: It was one thing when we had at least week to find a way across the Fold. But sunrise? We have to say no.
Kaz Brekker: No.
Inej Ghafa: That’s a “no” to the job then?
Kaz Brekker: That’s a “no” to saying “no”.
Kaz Brekker: If I can’t crack this, none of us is going anywhere.
Inej Ghafa: And if you do?
Kaz Brekker: Then maybe you stay here!
Inej Ghafa: Maybe I won’t be here when you get back.
General Kirigan: What are you?
Alina Starkov: Alina Starkov, Assistant Cartographer, Royal Corps of Surveyors. They’re all gone. It’s my fault. That’s why I’m here, isn’t it?
General Kirigan: Answer the question. What are you?
Alina Starkov: A mapmaker, sir.
General Kirigan: Our mapmaker. Is this true? Can you summon light?
Malyen Oretsev: [referring to Alina] She’s in trouble.
Army Doctor: How so?
Malyen Oretsev: Because she isn’t Grisha. When they realize their mistake, what do you think they’ll do to her?
Army Doctor: How are you so sure?
Malyen Oretsev: Because I know her better than anyone else does.
Pekka Rollins: You can do nothing, walk away from it. I’ll tell Dreesen I’m taking over for you. Then we’re even.
Kaz Brekker: Not even close.
Pekka Rollins: Hang on. The other option is, I’ll cave your head in with your own cane, and dump you in the harbor. That first option seems better now, don’t it?
Kaz Brekker: Tell me, have we ever made a deal before?
Pekka Rollins: You and me? No. Otherwise you’d know better. Or you’d be dead.
Inej Ghafa: [referring to Kaz] He’s obsessed with taking down Pekka Rollins.
Jesper Fahey: Well, of course he’s obsessed with the one villain in town who’s taken out the stadwatch to get away with literal murder.
Kaz Brekker: Never make decisions out of fear, Jesper. Only out of spite.
Jesper Fahey: Well, greed always worked for me.
Alina Starkov: There’s been a mistake. I need to find Mal.
Ivan: The general does not make mistakes. His orders were to get you to Little Palace immediately. Now get in the coach.
Alina Starkov: Everyone makes mistakes. Look at me. Do I look important to you?
Ivan: You look like trouble. Which is nearly the same.
Inej Ghafa: I need you to kill a man for me.
Jesper Fahey: Oh. Why me? But you’ve got as many knives as I’ve got teeth.
Inej Ghafa: You know why.
Jesper Fahey: Yeah. But how is getting me to do it any different from you doing it?
Fedyor: You’re a very special girl, so how has no one looked twice at you before?
Alina Starkov: Are you joking? Maybe it’s nicer inside the walls of the Little Palace, but out here, when you’re different, when you look different, everything is at risk of becoming a fight.
Ivan: Do you know why the Little Palace has walls in the first place? Because for years, being Grisha was a death sentence. At least now, thanks to General Kirigan, we’re protected. Feared. And that’s how we survive. Not by being overlooked, but by making them look, and knowing you’re powerful.
Alina Starkov: I’ve survived long enough without your protection. Thank you.
Fedyor: But you wouldn’t last a minute now that you are you.
Alina Starkov: I get it. The whole country wants to see the Fold gone.
Fedyor: But it’s bigger than that. You are hope for the country, yes, but a myth come true for a Grisha. It was a Grisha who created the Fold. If a Grisha destroys it, maybe we wouldn’t need those high walls to protect us anymore.
Alina Starkov: [as she’s about to be killed] No! Please! I’m not Grisha! I’m a mapmaker!
Druskelle: [in Fjerdan] What you are is a witch.
Kaz Brekker: Jesper, you ask for an explosives expert on every job.
Jesper Fahey: Yeah, because I don’t want to be the one you point to, and say, “Explode something for us.” That is not a Jesper talent. I shoot things with style. And I look good. Just play to my strengths, boss.
Kaz Brekker: I go to Heleen now and ask for her buyout, she knows I need Inej, and sets a price I can’t pay.
Jesper Fahey: That’s evil. Well, how do you know that?
Kaz Brekker: It’s what I would do. Besides, Inej refuses to kill. Would you trust her in a matter of life and death?
Jesper Fahey: Well, I’ve trusted her so far, and I’m still alive. So, yeah.
Jesper Fahey: The bouncers will know you on sight.
Kaz Brekker: That’s why I brought you. Make sure they don’t see me.
Jesper Fahey: Handsome decoy is also not a Jesper talent.
Alina Starkov: What happened back there?
General Kirigan: Druskelle. Elite members of the Fjerdan military, trained to infiltrate deep behind our lines and kill or kidnap Grisha.
Alina Starkov: I meant how you sliced one of them in half from a dozen paces.
General Kirigan: Would you rather I’d used a sword?
Alina Starkov: I don’t know.
General Kirigan: There is matter to everything. Even air. Or shadow. Too small to see. The Cut is something a Summoner can do, but it requires tremendous skill. And I would only use it as a last resort. Like and ambush.
Alina Starkov: Is this my life now? Hunted wherever I go.
General Kirigan: You get used to it.
General Kirigan: That’s why I’m traveling with you.
Alina Starkov: They’re that scared of you?
General Kirigan: I think they’re more scared of you.
Alina Starkov: Why?
General Kirigan: What your power means to us. You may well be the first of your kind, but we’ve always had a name for you. For what we hope you can do. Enter the Fold. Destroy it from within.
Alina Starkov: I don’t want any of this. Why can’t you get rid of it?
General Kirigan: Do you think I haven’t tried, Miss Starkov? If I enter the Fold, I’m a beacon for the volcra. All I can do is make it worse.
General Kirigan: You would give up your gift?
Alina Starkov: Gift? You dragged me away from my only friends, and now, according to you, I’m going to be a target for the rest of my life. You want to know why you’ve never found someone with this power? Maybe it’s because they don’t want to be found!
Alina Starkov: [referring to why she wasn’t tested as a child] We hid. We were different enough already. Didn’t want to be even more alone.
General Kirigan: You are Grisha. You are not alone.
Lieutenant Bohdan: [referring to Alina] Let those fancy folk handle her. Until they decide she’s a fraud and put her head on a spike. I’m not wasting time, or men on it.
Malyen Oretsev: Until a few hours ago, she was one of your own. And you would turn your back on her so quickly? And they won’t kill her. She’s real. I saw it.
Lieutenant Bohdan: All I know is she’s not worth the risk until the King tells me so.
Malyen Oretsev: She’s worth it, sir.
Lieutenant Bohdan: When I was drafted, my sergeant schooled us about Grisha. He said we would win this war because one of them was worth fifty of us. Then the revolver pistol came in from the west, and I was told a Grisha was worth two dozen soldiers. When I lost half my company to the Fjerdans with a repeating rifle, and one in ten of our casualties was Grisha, they said, it was an acceptable ratio. How long before they are just as useless as the rest of us?
Arken: [as Inej is about to kill him] What amount of prayer can forgive murder?
Inej Ghafa: Ask the Saints for me.
Inej Ghafa: [referring to the Conductor] You choose him over my freedom?
Kaz Brekker: You assume it’s one or the other.
Alina Starkov: Am I a prisoner?
General Kirigan: All of Ravka is. Until you and I have banished the Fold.
Alina Starkov: So no pressure.
Malyen Oretsev: Mikhael, Dubrov, what are you doing?
Mikhael: Keeping a friend from making a mistake.
Malyen Oretsev: It’s not a mistake, she’s in danger.
Mikhael: Look, you want into the palace? Be a hero. Get a medal. That will get you invited.
Malyen Oretsev: Right. Fine, I’ll stay. But only for you.
Mikhael: Yeah. Sure. It has nothing to do with the getting hanged or killed part.
Dubrov: I don’t get it. She kept her power a secret from him. Isn’t he mad at her?
Mikhael: We’re all fools, Dubrov. And when our closest friend is in trouble, we do foolish things.
Kaz Brekker: I’m taking her. And when we return, I’ll have the buyout to clear the books. Until then, this is my collateral.
Tante Heleen: What do you have that could possibly be enough? The Crow Club? Well, I stand corrected. Inej is yours to lose now. It’s all yours to lose.
3. The Making at the Heart of the World'Getting lost can happen even when you know where you are.' - Alina Starkov (Shadow and Bone) Click To Tweet
Alina Starkov: Dear Mal, I don’t know where this letter will find you, but you mustn’t worry about me. I’m fine. Safe in the Little Palace. It’s like I blinked and the whole world changed.
Alina Starkov: [after hearing the servants saying she smells like horse] I am perfectly capable of washing myself. And, yes, I smell like horse. I was on one for two hundred miles. After nearly being killed. Twice. And I understand Old Ravkan, and that was really quite rude.
Alina Starkov: Don’t change my eyes.
Genya Safin: I don’t care that you’re part Shu. I care that you look terrible.
'True north is home. It is where you feel safe. And loved. You have always been my true north.' - Alina Starkov (Shadow and Bone) Click To Tweet
Genya Safin: I’m a Tailor. I can fix, but I can also modify.
Alina Starkov: I’ve never met a Tailor before.
Genya Safin: I’m almost as rare as you. Though I’d hardly say saving the Queen from sagging tits makes me as important as you. Important to the Queen, of course, and she does not like to see cracks in her porcelain.
Alina Starkov: [referring to the scar on her hand] No, that one’s a reminder of home.
Genya Safin: Sentimental. We’ll work on that too.
Alina Starkov: I can’t go in front of the King. I need more time. I’ve only been a Grisha for a day.
Genya Safin: Maybe you’ve only been aware for a day. But you’ve been a Grisha your whole life.
Kaz Brekker: Most Grisha grew up in the Little Palace. Very few would betray their general, and fewer still would help foreigners kidnap their most prized possession.
Arken: Nina’s a radical. Thinks Grisha should get to choose if they serve the Crown. She despises involuntary service more than she does Fjerdans.
Arken: [after Nina’s been captured] This seems like a reasonable juncture to abandon this whole Sun Summoner plan.
Kaz Brekker: Abandon? We’re in this now. And I know what a million kruge means to me. What does it mean to you?
Inej Ghafa: Freedom.
Jesper Fahey: Fun. Like, at least a few months.
Kaz Brekker: Right, so we press on.
Genya Safin: No one can see you until King Pyotr does.
Alina Starkov: It’s just as well. This outfit is ridiculous.
Genya Safin: Sadly, this is how the King sees the First Army. He cares little for mud, blood, or sacrifice.
General Kirigan: How was your rest?
Alina Starkov: Restless.
General Kirigan: It’s not magic. It’s science. Or rather, Small Science. We do not conjure from nothing. We manipulate that which already exists around us.
Alina Starkov: You make it sound so easy.
General Kirigan: A bird makes flight look easy. But it was born to do so.
Alina Starkov: When it’s ready.
General Kirigan: So, be ready.
Alina Starkov: You’re asking me to do something I didn’t even know I could do three days ago.
General Kirigan: Do you believe I brought you here to make a fool of you? To make a fool of both of us? Just keep your focus on me, and you’ll be fine.
Alina Starkov: I thought you ruled the Grisha.
General Kirigan: I may lead the Second Army, but the King is still the King.
General Kirigan: She is Alina Starkov, the Sun Summoner, moya tsaritsa. She will change the future. Starting now.
General Kirigan: You were perfect.
Alina Starkov: I don’t know where it came from.
General Kirigan: It came from everywhere. Because you called upon it to come. Welcome home, Miss Starkov.
General Zlatan: It is time to accept that we need to break away from the old country. Now is the time to form our own country, to keep what we make, and what we earn, instead of sending it to the East.
Kaz Brekker: Hope is dangerous. It clouds your judgment. Pray, scream, do whatever you have to do to push this out of your mind and move on. We all have debts to pay.
Nina Zenik: So you’re taking us to Fjerda? To our deaths?
Matthias: To face trial, as our law demands.
Nina Zenik: How many Grisha are found innocent at your so-called trials? That’s right. None! Your trials are a sham! Just like you and your friends.
Jesper Fahey: I lost a little bit of the money. I lost all of the money. But I managed to steal twenty pounds of alabaster coal.
Arken: No, no, no, no. Sixteen pounds!
Jesper Fahey: Sixteen pounds of alabaster coal.
Kaz Brekker: [referring to the landmines] I thought you said they weren’t real.
Arken: I said nothing of the sort. I just said I put up the sign myself.
Botkin: [to Alina] All of Ravka’s foes want to kill you before you can destroy the Fold. It’s a great honor to have so many enemies.
Zoya: [a they are about to fight] Care to back down?
Alina Starkov: Not familiar with the concept.
Alina Starkov: [writing to Mal] I wish you were here. If you were, it wouldn’t feel so overwhelming. I’m dreaming about that Stag again. I know you’d laugh. Tell me it’s just a fable. But then again, so was the Sun Summoner. And yet, here I am.
The Apparat: You are well-read, aren’t you? Educated?
Alina Starkov: The headmistress where I grew up said because I didn’t possess any physical talent, I should possess knowledge.
The Apparat: Isn’t that lovely of her?
The Apparat: [referring to the Stag] They learned killing one of these beasts, and then melding a piece of it into their body would amplify their abilities. Sometimes the gain was minor, but with the right binding, the increase in power was astonishing.
Alina Starkov: They slaughter the animals to take this power?
The Apparat: Only the Grisha who takes that life can take that creature’s power.
The Apparat: [to Alina] Mostly the peasants hate the Grisha, but I think it is because the Grisha do not suffer. But you have suffered, haven’t you? I think you will suffer more.
Baghra: You don’t belong here?
Alina Starkov: I’m told that I do.
Baghra: You have to be told a thing to believe it?
Alina Starkov: Not always.
Baghra: Then what are you?
Alina Starkov: A Sun Summoner?
Baghra: And can you summon the sun without the general clutching your wrist? His blood and bones amplify other Grisha. Did you know that?
Alina Starkov: Human amplifiers don’t exist.
Baghra: You’re an expert on such things?
Baghra: Can you summon the power on your own?
Alina Starkov: I can’t.
Baghra: [to Alina] Everyone believes that you are the one. Come back when you believe it too.
Alina Starkov: [writing to Mal] I know I should be grateful. The clothes, the food, it’s beyond anything we’d imagined. And yet I wish I were with the First Army. In some moldy tent, drawing a world, where the Little Palace is just a bit of pencil on paper. Not real. None of it real. None of it bad.
Arken: Physics and engineering account for most of my success.
Inej Ghafa: And the rest?
Arken: What we might call divine intervention, and what others might call luck.
Alina Starkov: Is this some kind of punishment for you?
Taster Boy: This is a plum gig. I was so happy when the last taster died.
Jesper Fahey: This is how we die?
Arken: Jesper, grab the goat.
Jesper Fahey: I’m not throwing out the goat!
Arken: Grab the damn goat! It’s not bait. It’s for you! I need you to calm down. Hug the goat. Shut the hell up.
Alina Starkov: What I haven’t said in this letter, Mal, what I’ve been trying to write among all these scattered words is that I’m afraid. I’m scared, Mal. We grew up reading about a Saint who would one day perform a miracle of light, and solve our country’s problems, and we knew that was a lie. We knew that no stranger ever solved our problems for us. No great miracle was coming. That’s why we had each other. The world is hard and cruel. But we had each other, and that was enough. That was everything.
Alina Starkov: If Saints were once real, they’ve long since left us. Yet now, everyone is looking at me like I’m the answer. Like I’m the miracle the world has been waiting for. Or perhaps they know I’m a fraud. An imposter. I’m terrified. Of failure, or success. If I really do have this power, who am I? I would be everything we mocked and dismissed. A stranger to myself. And to you.
Alina Starkov: You once told me you were the most scared when you were lost. But getting lost can happen even when you know where you are. You told me about cardinal north. And true north. Cardinal north is a direction on a map. True north? True north is home. It is where you feel safe. And loved. You have always been my true north, Mal. And if I am to survive this, I need to be home again, with you.
4. Otkazat’sya'Know that when I told you about true north, I was talking about you. You are my true north, and I can see my way to you now.' - Malyen Oretsev (Shadow and Bone) Click To Tweet
Malyen Oretsev: Dear Alina, weeks gone and still no word from you. This is my third letter. My unit has been sent to Chernast where the Fjerdans keep attacking at night. I tried bribing a Squaller to get word to you. He laughed at me. I petitioned the lieutenant to write to Little Palace on my behalf. Before he dismissed me, he asked, “What is she to you, anyway?” And I wasn’t sure how to answer.
Malyen Oretsev: [writing to Alina] I can’t stop seeing your face that day on the skiff. I’m not sure I ever will.
Alina Starkov: [referring to Kirigan] Black is his color. Not mine.
General Kirigan: Tell me, are you so anxious to be like everyone else?
Alina Starkov: It would be nice to know what that feels like, someday, General.
General Kirigan: Well, that day is not today.
Kaz Brekker: It turns out the Kribirsk archives house the Little Palace blueprints. But they’re kept under lock and key. Far from the prying eyes of the masses.
Jesper Fahey: Yes!
Arken: What does that mean?
Jesper Fahey: Time for a heist.
Kaz Brekker: Make friends.
Arken: But that’s the hardest job.
Kaz Brekker: You managed to win us over, didn’t you?
General Kirigan: [as Alina look at her reflection] What do you see?
Alina Starkov: Someone’s version of me.
General Kirigan: Or perhaps the real you has finally emerged.
Alina Starkov: Training is good. Well, I think it’s going well. It’s hard to tell with Baghra sometimes, isn’t it?
General Kirigan: Always.
General Kirigan: When I was a boy, I used to run away and hide here. Once I realized that I was a descendant of the most hated Grisha in Ravka, I’d come here, throw a coin. Make a wish in the fountain. Same wish, over and over again. That I could be anyone else.
General Kirigan: I have devoted my life to undoing the great sin of my forebearer, but I am never seen as the solution. Only as a reminder of the problem. And they always need someone to blame.
Alina Starkov: That’s why you look at me like that, isn’t it? I’m your solution. Only, if I fail, they’ll turn on me. And I’ll be the brand new Heretic.
General Kirigan: If you believe anything, believe I will not let that happen.
General Kirigan: I shall be right by your side. You and I are going to change the world, Alina.
Malyen Oretsev: Dear Alina, this may be my last letter to you. This Stag has some connection to you, I don’t know how or why, but if tracking it down for your general is what will reunite us, then, I’ll see you soon.
Marie: One time, Baghra released a hive of bees on me.
Nadia: Worst part is, it worked.
Marie: It really did. I could summon at will after that.
Alina Starkov: Anyway, it doesn’t matter. Once Mal gets here, it will be better. He’s seen me through everything. He’ll know the right thing to say to get me through this. Hopefully.
Marie: [referring to Mal] Is he handsome? He is handsome, isn’t he? I can tell by the way you said his name.
Alina Starkov: It’s not like that.
Marie: Are you sure?
Kaz Brekker: May the Sun Summoner bless you.
Archivist: Oh, I’m not a believer.
Kaz Brekker: Well, truth be told, neither am I.
Mikhael: What’s that in your hand?
Mikhael: Did you pick up the Stag s**t, Dubrov?
Dubrov: In case we don’t find the actual Stag.
Malyen Oretsev: [writing to Alina] I’m not even sure why I bother to write this letter. I may never have a chance to send it. But I will find the Stag. It’s the one thing I can still give you. Maybe the only thing.
Matthias: Are your parents also Grisha?
Nina Zenik: Are your parents also slavers?
Matthias: Were you born a witch, or was that by choice?
Nina Zenik: Were you born a prick, or was it a choice?
Nina Zenik: What do they teach you? Aside from the fact that we’re evil, and should be burned at the stake?
Matthias: That you kill us. Every chance you get.
Nina Zenik: Because you want all Grisha dead!
Nina Zenik: Why am I even arguing with you? You’re not here to change your mind on anything. Only to make yourself feel better about sending me to my death.
Matthias: I feel nothing about you.
Nina Zenik: Well, I guess that makes you good at your job. And also a terrible person.
Matthias: Terrible? Says the one who uses magic to stop a man’s heart.
Nina Zenik: [referring to Kirigan] You’re pathetic. You come here with your sad little peace offering, when all you want is information on him?
Matthias: You want to eat.
Nina Zenik: I’d rather starve than be a traitor!
Inej Ghafa: As a friend once said, “If I can’t crack this, none of us are going anywhere.”
Alina Starkov: I think I need an amplifier. Something to boost my strength.
Baghra: You can’t light a doorway on your own.
Baghra: General Kirigan can’t be your crutch forever. And the use of amplifiers is a barbaric, lazy practice.
Alina Starkov: You could at least try to be encouraging.
Baghra: I’m not your mother. But I guess you’ll always be looking for one of those.
Young Alina: If it’s not the Grisha trying to separate us, it will be the war. We can’t hide forever, but we can run. Together.
Young Mal: Together.
Alina Starkov: [revealing how she got the scar on her hand] I knew the testers used sudden pain to detect Grisha power. But it wouldn’t show if I was already in pain. So I protected myself.
Alina Starkov: I wasn’t aware I was Grisha. I was just doing whatever I could to not be separated from Mal.
Baghra: You protected yourself by denying yourself.
Alina Starkov: He was bullied when he was alone. I wasn’t thinking of me. I was thinking of him. We planned to run away together.
Baghra: You had plans. Perhaps he never did, because where is he now?
Alina Starkov: I don’t know.
Baghra: Who are you holding back for then?
General Kirigan: I have been fighting this war alone for so long. I have buried so many good soldiers. Friends. The coffers are running dry, the noose tightens, and our own people are turning against Grisha, just as their kin once did.
Alina Starkov: [uses her light to calm him] You are not alone.
General Kirigan: I’ve been waiting a long time for you.
Mikhael: I think my little toe froze off in the night.
Dubrov: What’s worse? The frost or the Fold?
Mal, Mikhael: The Fold!
Malyen Oretsev: [writing to Alina] I keep writing to you as if these words could reach you before I do. But maybe what I’m doing is rehearsing what to say to you. What I should have said much sooner.
Baghra: Needing anyone else is weak.
Baghra: [after Alina summons the light by herself] Good girl. Now the work begins.
Malyen Oretsev: [writing to Alina] Truth is, when you lit up Kirigan’s tent, there was a sound. A high tone. I knew it was you. When we were kids, you’d hold my hand, and sometimes I’d hear it in the back of my head. It’s the middle of the night, but I’m awake. And as is Dubrov and his tiny bladder. Then I hear that sound again. Softly. Calling to me.
Genya Safin: You wanted to see me?
Alina Starkov: [referring to the scar on her hand] I need you to do something for me. Erase it.
Malyen Oretsev: Alina, if you get this letter, know that when I told you about true north, I was talking about you. You are my true north, and I can see my way to you now.
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Alina Starkov: Let’s just say the Fold is gone. What then? Ravka will be revived. The Second Army won’t be as necessary. Grisha will have new opportunities. I’ve always wanted to travel the world. See the True Sea. Visit the library at the University of Ketterdam. Mal always talked about retiring to a farm. I never really liked farms. But perhaps a dacha in Balakirev.
Genya Safin: Assuming Saints get to retire.
Genya Safin: I like seeing you this way, but I want you to be careful.
Alina Starkov: Of what?
Genya Safin: Powerful men.
Alina Starkov: [referring to David] You never compliment anyone to their face. You like him.
Genya Safin: Not a word.
Alina Starkov: [mockingly] “Ingenious.”
'When there's something you want, better to act without thinking than think without acting.' - Jesper Fahey (Shadow and Bone) Click To Tweet
Inej Ghafa: Aren’t you supposed to be scouting our way out?
Jesper Fahey: What do you think I’m doing?
Inej Ghafa: I think you’re flirting with that stable hand.
Jesper Fahey: What stable… Oh, him. I suppose he’s moderately attractive, but I hadn’t really noticed.
Jesper Fahey: Tell me, what makes one carriage faster than another? Wheels? Weight? The year it was built? Tell you what, don’t answer. Trick question. The right answer is there is no right answer, because the carriage doesn’t matter. It’s the horse that makes the difference. The horse determines how far, how fast. And that determines whether you get caught or not.
Inej Ghafa: No human being should ever be as proud as you are right now.
Inej Ghafa: [referring to the Sun Summoner] You think that’s what it is? Just a trick?
Jesper Fahey: Kaz thinks it’s a trick. He’s not usually wrong.
Inej Ghafa: I know what Kaz thinks. I’m asking what you think.
Jesper Fahey: Hey, I think that as long as we get paid, I don’t care if she’s real or not.
Fedyor: Genya! What were you two thinking?
Alina Starkov: It was my fault. I insisted.
Fedyor: [laughs] I’m sorry, I was just trying my Ivan impression. How did I do?
Genya Safin: A little too convincing.
Fedyor: Good. Intimidation is a useful tool.
Arken: [referring to the lodestone] You don’t want to keep it in your pocket for too long. Not if you’re intending on having children someday.
Alina Starkov: But I’m actually not that nervous. I may have considered throwing myself down the stairs to get out of it once or twice.
General Kirigan: Wouldn’t work. I have Healers.
Alina Starkov: I was nervous at first. But talking to Genya, I’ve realized what this demonstration represents. I’ve always felt like an outsider. Especially when I first got here. But now I finally feel like I belong. And not that I just belong here, but to something greater. That we can offer Grisha and Ravkans hope for the future.
General Kirigan: That means a lot to me, Alina. You mean a lot, to everyone.
General Kirigan: [after Alina kisses him] Not many people surprise me, Miss Starkov.
Jesper Fahey: The more I travel, the more I learn that where you are doesn’t matter nearly as much as who you’re with.
Dima: I like that. And what other wisdom have you learned on the road?
Jesper Fahey: That when there’s something you want, better to act without thinking than think without acting.
Jesper Fahey: I’m a terrible actor. But, I’m not against the occasional light role-play.
General Kirigan: Are you ready?
Alina Starkov: I think I am.
General Kirigan: You know who you are.
Alina Starkov: I do.
General Kirigan: And now it’s time to show the world.
General Kirigan: [as Alina is about to begin to display her power] Her name is Alina Starkov. And she will bring liberation to us all.
Dima: [after they’ve just had sex] That was…
Jesper Fahey: Yeah.
Dima: I mean…
Jesper Fahey: I know!
The Apparat: [to Alina] You have earned the pride you now wear.
The Apparat: I must say, Sol Koroleva, you are becoming quite dangerous.
Alina Starkov: I’m sorry?
The Apparat: You will become even more dangerous still. You have no idea how much larger a role you have to play, do you? The people are erecting altars to Sankta Alina.
Alina Starkov: Why would they do that?
The Apparat: Because there is something far greater than armies, something strong enough to topple kings and generals, to crumble nations, and birth empires. Faith, Alina.
Malyen Oretsev: You let me see her, I’ll tell you where the Stag is.
General Kirigan: Do you know how many claim to know the Sun Summoner? Try to get a meeting with her just to be in her presence?
General Kirigan: Tell me something only few about her would know. Something personal.
Malyen Oretsev: Like what?
General Kirigan: Like what’s her favorite flower? Or what kind of book…
Malyen Oretsev: Iris. Irises. Blue ones, not the white.
Genya Safin: [after Arken has mortaly wounded Marie, who’s disguised as Alina] I’m here, Marie.
Marie: Put me back. I don’t want to die with the wrong face on.
Olga: The general must have been overjoyed when you told him precisely where to find the Stag.
Malyen Oretsev: Not yet.
Olga: So he doesn’t yet know?
Malyen Oretsev: Where are you taking me?
Olga: Exactly where you need to go.
General Kirigan: [as he’s kissing Alina] Are you sure?
Baghra: [to Alina] I’m trying to save you from living the rest of your life as a slave.
Baghra: I’m trying to save you from Aleksander. He intends to expand the Fold and use it as a weapon. That’s what he created it for in the first place.
Alina Starkov: The Black Heretic created the Fold. Hundreds of years ago, and it was a mistake. Maybe you’re dehydrated from all the heat in your hut. He wanted me to train so I could get stronger.
Baghra: Did he? Or did he want you distracted by dreams of your future with him? Did he want you dependent on him, on his Fabrikator’s tricky little gloves?
Baghra: Child, Aleksander is the Black Heretic. He chose a nobleman’s name to hide after he made the Fold.
Alina Starkov: You’re lying.
Baghra: Look at me, girl.
Alina Starkov: [as Baghra summons the dark] You can… But only Kirigan’s bloodline… You’re his mother.
Baghra: My son tried creating his own army with merzost. He didn’t think about the people who lived there, what such power would do to them. Turned them into the twisted, evil things that attacked you.
Alina Starkov: The volcra were men.
Baghra: And women. Children. I warned him there’d be a price.
Baghra: [referring to Kirigan] He’s had many names, served many kings, faked countless deaths, waiting for you. With you at his command, he’ll be able to enter the Fold and weaponize it as he always planned. He’ll be unstoppable.
Baghra: [referring to Kirigan] He’s had centuries to master lying to naive girls. Did he tell you how lonely he was? Give you a glimpse of the wounded boy? He isn’t a boy at all. He is eternal. And you never stood a chance. Do you think this was just about you? He’s been obsessed with power, with hunting all of Morozova’s creatures. You nearly gave him the Stag. And I’m telling you, you must hide.
Alina Starkov: I won’t help him. I’ll fight back.
Baghra: You’re far from strong enough to face him. I thought I had more time to prepare you, but it’ll have to wait.
Pavel the Inferni: You’re like a wounded spider in my house. You know what my sister and I do to spiders?
Kaz Brekker: [as he knocks Pavel down] Unlike a spider, I only need one good leg. However, you look like you need both hands.
Inej Ghafa: [referring to Pavel] I killed him.
Kaz Brekker: Inej, look at me. Look at me. You saved my life. Now, get your Saint and let’s go.
General Kirigan: I always have hope, Mother. Even you can’t kill that.
Baghra: That isn’t hope. It’s greed. You would use Alina against the rest of the world.
General Kirigan: You mean against our enemies? Without me, there’s just her. Standing alone.
Baghra: She is all that matters now, not me. She is the future.
Kaz Brekker: We lost her.
Jesper Fahey: Did we?
Kaz Brekker: We don’t know where she is.
Jesper Fahey: Don’t we? Just ask.
Kaz Brekker: Jesper.
Jesper Fahey: [they get onto the carriage in which Alina is hiding] Just ask. Just ask.
Kaz Brekker: Fine. Do we have a fix on where the target is?
6. The Heart is an Arrow'I'm sorry that it took me this long to see you, Alina. But I see you now.' - Malyen Oretsev (Shadow and Bone) Click To Tweet
Jesper Fahey: We have a secure route through the Fold.
Alina Starkov: I prefer to travel alone.
Jesper Fahey: Don’t be rash. You stick with us, everybody gets what they want.
Alina Starkov: I’m not being anyone’s captive ever again. So step aside, and let me pass.
Kaz Brekker: I’m afraid we can’t let that happen.
Nina Zenik: It was my power keeping you warm, Druskelle. You won’t get far out here without it. If you’d rather call me names while you freeze and drown, that’s your choice.
Matthias: Your kind are tricksters! Not to be trusted. You intend to kill me!
Nina Zenik: If I wanted you dead, I would have slowed your heart instead of speeding it up.
Matthias: Why would you save me?
Nina Zenik: Because you’re human! And despite what you’ve been taught, Grisha are not monsters.
Matthias: You need my strength to swim to shore.
Nina Zenik: And you need my power not to freeze to death.
Nina Zenik: [to Matthias] So there is a brain inside all that muscle.
General Kirigan: [referring to Alina] I know exactly how she felt. The King’s soldiers treated me the same way. Because they knew. They knew that I was more important than any of them.
General Kirigan: I’m not myself today.
Zoya: You used to call on me, on times like this.
General Kirigan: Did I?
Zoya: When your table was messy, and your bed was neat. I’d help you make it the other way around. You’d let yourself relax.
General Kirigan: I shall relax when I have Alina.
Matthias: [in Fjerdan] I am a witch hunter, and you are a witch. You are my prisoner.
Nina Zenik: That all depends on what side of the border we’re on, isn’t it?
Nina Zenik: Are all Druskelle so prudish?
Matthias: Are all Drusje so immodest?
Nina Zenik: I’m just trying to stay warm. You should join me. Unless you swam all those miles just to freeze to death in this hut.
Nina Zenik: [as Matthias is reluctantly undressing] I’m sorry to be the one to tell you, but I think you should know, there’s really nothing all that unique about Fjerdan men. You don’t have anything special. Nothing you need to hide. You’re just a man. Like all the others.
Matthias: Would you stop your wiggling?
Nina Zenik: You’re cold and clammy. It’s like lying next to a burly squid.
Matthias: You told me to get closer.
Matthias: What are you doing?
Nina Zenik: God, relax. I promise not to ravish you.
Matthias: I hate the way you talk.
Alina Starkov: So now I have your attention? It’s been months, Mal. You couldn’t even be bothered to reply to a single one of my letters.
Malyen Oretsev: What? I never heard a word from you, and I wrote to you nearly every single day.
Alina Starkov: Sure you did. What, long, heartfelt letters about your exploits with gorgeous Squallers?
Alina Starkov: Are you still afraid of Grisha women?
Malyen Oretsev: Only ones that keep secrets from me.
Malyen Oretsev: How long have you known?
Alina Starkov: That I was Grisha? You thought I knew?
Malyen Oretsev: You cheated on the test when we were children. You cut your own hand.
Alina Starkov: Not because I knew I was Grisha1 Because I knew what would happen if I somehow passed their test. They would have taken me away.
Malyen Oretsev: To a palace, Alina!
Alina Starkov: They would have split us up!
Malyen Oretsev: [to Alina] I’ve been trying to get back to you this whole time.
Alina Starkov: [as they embrace] Thank you for finding me.
Malyen Oretsev: Always. I’ll always find you.
Inej Ghafa: The job was to pick up a fake for an easy million kruge. We found a living Saint who can summon the sun.
Kaz Brekker: A good magician is a good con artist. The trick is to make it look real.
Inej Ghafa: This is different. You saw her summon with your own eyes.
Kaz Brekker: The best illusions are the most convincing. That’s the game.
Inej Ghafa: You can hide behind your cynicism, but I believe she’s the real thing.
Inej Ghafa: I won’t betray my faith.
Kaz Brekker: Pious as that may be, we cannot work effectively as a crew if you’re making decisions based on religious zeal.
Alina Starkov: Don’t be scared.
Malyen Oretsev: Your powers don’t scare me.
Alina Starkov: Is it me, then? Do I scare you?
Malyen Oretsev: No. Of course not. Why would you think that?
Alina Starkov: Because I’ve seen it. In your eyes.
Malyen Oretsev: I’m sorry that it took me this long to see you, Alina. But I see you now.
Nina Zenik: Relax. This isn’t where I have my way with you.
Matthias: I can’t wait to be back in my own bed.
Nina Zenik: Yeah, I can feel just how much you hate sleeping next to me.
Matthias: Why do you have to say things like that?
Nina Zenik: I like it when you turn red.
Matthias: You’re so lewd. It’s unseemly. Women in Fjerda are modest and pious.
Nina Zenik: Oh, so, you speak for all Fjerdan girls?
Matthias: Fjerdan women are caretakers. They’re venerated. And Fjerdan men are their protectors.
Nina Zenik: Now that sounds like a recipe for a lot of very unhappy people.
Nina Zenik: In Ravka, boys and girls train and fight together. Side by side. We don’t waste time on maidenly blushing.
Matthias: That is precisely why you will lose the war. It’s not natural for girls to fight.
Nina Zenik: No, it’s not natural for someone to be as stupid as he is tall. And yet, oh, there you stand.
Matthias: Fjerdan girls don’t want to fight.
Nina Zenik: Have you ever asked one?
Matthias: I don’t need to. It’s how Djel intends it.
Nina Zenik: I can’t wait until you get trounced by a girl.
Matthias: Not in this lifetime.
Nina Zenik: I’ll do it myself if I have to.
Nina Zenik: [as Matthias laughs] Saints, I didn’t know you could laugh.
Polina the Inferni: I will track you down, and kill everyone that you love, and then, you.
Inej Ghafa: In that case, I’ll take my knife back.
[she withdraws her knife from Polina’s chest]
Alina Starkov: We should head north. Find the Stag before he does.
Malyen Oretsev: What? Why?
Alina Starkov: It’s a powerful amplifier. It might make me strong enough to destroy the Fold.
Malyen Oretsev: Is that why General Kirigan wants it so badly?
Alina Starkov: It must have some other use for him.
Nina Zenik: Walking fast isn’t going to make us any less lost.
Matthias: I am not lost. Druskelle do not get lost. We are trained to endure and overcome these situations.
Nina Zenik: [to Matthias] Are you afraid you might start to like me? That’s it, isn’t it? You don’t want to like a Grisha. You’re scared that if you laugh at my jokes, or answer my questions, you might start to think that I’m human. Would that be so terrible?
Matthias: I do like you.
Nina Zenik: Is that so bad?
Nina Zenik: Why?
Matthias: Because you are horrible. You’re loud. And you’re lewd. And you’re treacherous. How do I know you’re not messing with my insides and making me feel like I like you? Brum warned us about how charming Drusje could be.
Nina Zenik: Oh, I see. I’m the wicked Grisha seductress. I beguile poor, innocent men with my Grisha wiles.
Matthias: [after he’s saves her life] Matthias Helvar.
Nina Zenik: Nina Zenik. It’s nice to make your acquaintance.
Malyen Oretsev: I don’t like putting you in harm’s way.
Alina Starkov: Since when have you backed down from a fight?
Malyen Oretsev: Since my new job. Bodyguard to a Saint.
Alina Starkov: What if there’s no real Saint here? It’s just me.
Malyen Oretsev: When I was eight, you defended me from boys three years older than you, with nothing more than a letter opener. Consider this payback.
Alina Starkov: Well, if I do anything particularly heroic, I’m going to need you there as a witness so you can write songs about me later.
Alina Starkov: That’s how he’s lived for so long.
Malyen Oretsev: Who?
Alina Starkov: Aleksander. He’ll hunt me down, and he’ll never stop. I’m the only threat to him now.
Alina Starkov: [referring to Kirigan] I made some stupid choices at the Little Palace. And he…
Malyen Oretsev: Hey, look, you don’t owe me an explanation. I just want to keep you safe.
General Kirigan: No ordinary tracker. No ordinary girl. Orphans of Keramzin. Reunited. Adorable. Miss Starkov is in the woods. She’s going after the Stag.
7. The Unsea
General Kirigan: [flashback] They’re punishing us for being Grisha.
Baghra: Punishing you. You made him afraid. Now he wants you to fear him.
General Kirigan: I won a war for him.
Baghra: And in doing so, started a war on us.
General Kirigan: You’re the one who taught me how to kill, Mother. Their blood is on your hands as much as mine.
Baghra: I taught you so you could protect yourself. Not them. I told you as much, but you are so stubborn. You wouldn’t listen. Maybe you will now.
General Kirigan: We need to safeguard all Grisha. We need to teach them how to fight.
Baghra: Most Grisha aren’t fighters. They fix things. They make things.
General Kirigan: Then we make an army. Morozova did it. Forge new life to amplify our power. We are his bloodline. He made us too.
Baghra: You mean to use merzost? We practice the Small Science. Not magic!
Baghra: You cannot control it.
General Kirigan: I could create, just like he did.
Baghra: Then you will die! Like he did. It’s unpredictable. Unstable. The Small Science feeds us. Merzost feeds on us. I forbid it. Now, do you hear me?
General Kirigan: I have no army to fight yours, so I shall remake yours as my own. Submit to me!
[releases his shadow and the Fold is formed]
Baghra: What did you do?
General Kirigan: I made something.
Kaz Brekker: Between our dwindling funds, lack of time, and conflicting interests, it’s time we cut our losses.
Jesper Fahey: I guess the B****rd misses the Barrel.
Inej Ghafa: [to Jesper as she’s stitching her wound] You can watch a bullet tear through a man, but a needle’s too much?
Inej Ghafa: I can’t go back. What?
Jesper Fahey: Well, I was going to tell you to trust Kaz, and that he’d never let you go back, but I don’t have the right to tell you what you should do with your shot at freedom.
Inej Ghafa: You make this a lot harder, you know.
Jesper Fahey: I know. I’d miss me too. I’m fantastic.
Alina Starkov: Mal, when we find the Stag, I need to be the one to kill it.
Malyen Oretsev: You’re a terrible shot. They made you a cartographer for a reason.
General Kirigan: [referring to Mal and the Stag] You can’t save them, Alina. You may have the power of light, but not the power to heal. I know the tracker is important to you. Give me the Stag, and I’ll have my Healer save him.
Malyen Oretsev: No!
Kaz Brekker: The Sun Summoner. You were right. She’s real. I played it over and over in my head. None of it’s a trick. The light was hers.
Inej Ghafa: So, what? Kaz Brekker finally believes in Saints?
Kaz Brekker: Hardly.
Inej Ghafa: But you just said that…
Kaz Brekker: I said Alina Starkov is a Grisha with the power to manipulate light. She’s a girl with a gift, not some savior of lore.
Inej Ghafa: Kaz, if not Saints, what do you believe in?
Kaz Brekker: Myself.
Inej Ghafa: Why did I even ask?
Kaz Brekker: And you. And Jesper. My Crows.
Inej Ghafa: Because we flock to your bidding? Like the animals of vengeance you named us after?
Kaz Brekker: Crows don’t just remember the faces of people who wronged them. They also remember those who were kind. They tell each other who to look after, and who to watch out for. No Saint ever watched over me. Not like you have.
Inej Ghafa: I can’t go back to the Menagerie.
Kaz Brekker: You won’t.
Alina Starkov: I didn’t kill the Stag. It’s not my amplifier. He killed it. He gets its power.
General Kirigan: You asked for this yourself, when we met. To transfer your gift to someone who could use it.
Alina Starkov: I can use it now
General Kirigan: You know so little. You’ll learn.
Alina Starkov: I know things. General Kirigan, is it? Or is Aleksander a fake name too?
General Kirigan: Careful with your words, Alina. Consider whose life is in your hands.
Alina Starkov: [referring to Mal] You said you’d let him go.
General Kirigan: I said I would heal him. What happens next is up to you.
Alina Starkov: None of this has been up to me!
General Kirigan: Do you know the only thing more powerful than you or me? The two of us. Together. Together, we can end all wars. We can protect our own. Is that not what you want?
Alina Starkov: Are we destroying the Fold?
General Kirigan: We can do anything. Together.
Alina Starkov: [a Kirigan summons her light] This is my power!
General Kirigan: But now I control it.
Kaz Brekker: “Jes”?
Jesper Fahey: It’s Suli, for friendship.
Inej Ghafa: No, it’s not.
Kaz Brekker: Trust me. Arken and I think alike.
Jesper Fahey: [suddenly Arken’s vehicle explodes] Too soon to appreciate the irony, am I right? Yeah, too soon.
Alina Starkov: [referring to Kirigan] You were a spy for him.
Genya Safin: I tried to warn you. “Be careful of powerful men?”
Alina Starkov: You should have included devious women.
Alina Starkov: My letters to Mal, you never sent them.
Genya Safin: I had no choice.
Alina Starkov: Except that you did. And you chose to betray our friendship!
Genya Safin: Choosing friendship over survival was not a luxury I could afford.
Alina Starkov: I know what it means to be an outsider struggling to survive. And it’s no excuse.
Alina Starkov: The King deserves every bit of your vengeance. But Kirigan does not deserve your loyalty. He is just as responsible for your position.
Genya Safin: I am his soldier. We all are.
Alina Starkov: We are his pawns. Nothing more.
Inej Ghafa: So you’re not going to take another run at Alina? And you’re really willing to let a million kruge go?
Kaz Brekker: Jesper and I can’t do it without you.
Jesper Fahey: Been saying that since day one.
Kaz Brekker: And you’ve made your position perfectly clear.
Inej Ghafa: So all you want is to cross the Fold?
Kaz Brekker: Once we land in Novokribirsk, it’s your choice what you do next.
Malyen Oretsev: You come here to kill me off?
General Kirigan: No. How many times do I have to tell you people? I’m a man of my word.
Malyen Oretsev: And when does your word mean anything? Black Heretic. That’s right, I know who you are. And whatever you have planned for Alina, she won’t forgive you. And if you keep me alive, I will hunt you down, and I’ll claim the bounty the old King put on your head.
General Kirigan: Alina has strong feelings for you. And you for her. I read your letters. All these years, you never truly appreciated who she is. But it’s alright, because I do.
Malyen Oretsev: Oh, you have no chance, shadow man. Because I’m the one she chose.
General Kirigan: You are a child. And she is Grisha. Take away my shadows, and I still have something that you don’t. Patience. Alina may well take years to forgive me, but I can wait. Meanwhile, you will grow old. Your hair will gray. And she will remain ageless. Like me. And one day, maybe a year from now, maybe fifty, she’ll realize that she has only one equal. That there are no others like us. And that there never will be. I’m not going to kill you, Mal. I don’t need to. Time will do it for me.
Malyen Oretsev: You’ll wish you killed me here!
Jesper Fahey: [referring to the ID papers] No one is ever going to believe I’m that old.
Kaz Brekker: You tell yourself that.
Malyen Oretsev: [as he kisses the goat] Oh, you smell.
Alina Starkov: I’ve had enough of your lies.
General Kirigan: And what lies are those?
Alina Starkov: About the Black Heretic. You spun all this guilt around your burden, the sins of your father. There was no father. You created the Fold. You killed my friends. My parents. And now your perversion of power extends to me.
General Kirigan: How could you so easily believe the twisted words of that angry, old woman?
Alina Starkov: And who should I believe? You’ve been lying to me since the day I met you.
General Kirigan: Telling you half a story is not the same as lying.
General Kirigan: Continuing to serve such a king would make me a traitor to my country. And my conscience.
Alina Starkov: So then you’re a martyr?
General Kirigan: I would’ve thought you of all people would understand what it’s like. To live in hiding for fear of being murdered simply for being. It’s why I built the Little Palace in the first place. Everything that I have done, everything that I have ever done, has been to make Ravka safer, to make Grisha safer!
Alina Starkov: I could have made Grisha safe, but you never gave me a choice.
General Kirigan: Perhaps. But you have given me one. A chance to make amends. To finally win.
Alina Starkov: You put this collar on me to exploit my power for your gain!
General Kirigan: For us. To help us conquer the Fold together. You and me. You cannot do this on your own. And neither can I.
Alina Starkov: We could’ve had this. All of it. You could’ve made me your equal. Instead, you made me this. You don’t care who suffers, as long as you win.
General Kirigan: Fine. Make me your villain.
Jesper Fahey: [as he hands his ID paper over] I know. I look amazing for my age.
Captain Churik: Well, I thought you looked older.
Alina Starkov: This isn’t a good look for you. Everyone will see that I’m your prisoner.
General Kirigan: I doubt very much they’ll notice your feet.
Jesper Fahey: If I’m meant to die today, and either of you two survive, make sure I have an open casket.
Kaz Brekker: No one’s dying today. No mourners.
Inej Ghafa: No funerals.
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Alina Starkov: [as they go through the Fold] I should just tear this down now.
General Kirigan: And what can you really do on your own? Besides, it would be a monumental waste of power.
Jesper Fahey: We are in the worst place in the world, on a ship full of people who want us dead, surrounded by monsters who want us in their gullets. I should have brought Milo.
Inej Ghafa: Who’s Milo?
Jesper Fahey: The goat.
Matthias: If we were in Fjerda, my people would help.
Nina Zenik: Help kill me, maybe.
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Matthias: I will go north in the night.
Nina Zenik: No. This can’t be it. I’m not done tormenting you.
Nina Zenik: There must be a place where we’re not just Grisha and Druskelle.
Matthias: Somewhere beyond Ravka? Beyond Fjerda?
Nina Zenik: A place where we’re just Nina Zenik and Matthias Helvar.
Matthias: If I go, I could never go back to Fjerda. I would be court-martialed as a deserter.
Nina Zenik: I’d be branded a traitor to all Grisha. I know. It’s your whole life. I can’t take that away from you. But thank you for saving me.
Matthias: You did the same for me. And if we stayed together, I doubt it would be the last time. But I have only known two countries my whole life. Yours and mine.
Matthias: [referring to the Wandering Isle] They are infernally happy there.
Nina Zenik: Yeah, you’ll come to like being happy. You’ll never have to grow that damned Druskelle beard. I mean, you’re welcome to grow a beard, but only for the purposes of keeping me warm.
Matthias: I will keep you warm.
Nina Zenik: There’s a pub downstairs that serves hot meals. Maybe they have waffles.
Matthias: What are waffles?
Nina Zenik: I can’t wait to introduce you to my truest love.
Matthias: [referring to the waffles] Is this supposed to be sweet or savory?
Nina Zenik: Yes.
Nina Zenik: [referring to Matthias] He’s with me.
Fedyor: Your heart is pounding. Is it for him? For the enemy?
Nina Zenik: He’s changed.
Fedyor: They don’t change.
Kaz Brekker: [referring Kirigan] And I saw his face as he boarded. I know that look. He’s a man consumed with vengeance.
Jesper Fahey: See it enough in the mirror, do you?
Kaz Brekker: [referring to Alina] She’s the one keeping everyone safe in here. If we have control of her, then we call the shots. We need to threaten her life.
Mal, Inej: What?!
Kaz Brekker: [referring to Alina] Who’s in control of her?
Malyen Oretsev: The general I’m going to kill.
Kaz Brekker: Inej, give him his gun.
Malyen Oretsev: Why?
Kaz Brekker: Because if he isn’t with Kirigan’s crew, he’s with ours.
Alina Starkov: You have me. You have this. Destroy the Fold. You said we could.
General Kirigan: And why would we destroy the Fold? It’s the greatest weapon that we’ve got.
General Kirigan: You’ve seen what the Sun Summoner can do. Now bear witness to what I can do with her power.
Alina Starkov: Whatever it is you want me to do, I won’t do it.
General Kirigan: You’ve done your part. Now I shall do mine.
[he uses his power to expand the Fold engulfing the town on the other side]
Malyen Oretsev: The bold move is to strike now.
Kaz Brekker: And the smart one is to get clear of the damned Fold first.
Malyen Oretsev: I never said I was smart.
General Kirigan: With the power of the Sun Summoner at my command, I control the Fold. And its monsters. I can move it to any border I like. Engulf any harbor. Consume any city. Take what you have seen back to your home countries. Tell the Fjerdans. Tell the Shu Han. There will be no more war with Ravka. All countries will answer to us. For who would oppose us now?
Kaz Brekker: We wait!
Jesper Fahey: But the action’s up there.
Kaz Brekker: They have the advantage.
Jesper Fahey: Only because I’m not in the game.
General Kirigan: [as Ivan kills the passengers on the Skiff] Shame. I’ll have to give that speech again now.
General Kirigan: It’s just you and me now, Alina. And we are all we need, anyway.
Alina Starkov: You may have needed me, but I never needed you.
[uses the dagger to slice the object that bridges their powers out of Kirigan’s hand]
Alina Starkov: Your first words to me were, “What are you?” This is what I am.
General Kirigan: How do you claim such power? I am the one who killed the Stag.
Alina Starkov: I didn’t understand before, but I do now. You cannot claim what was not given to you. The Stag chose me.
General Kirigan: You chose to betray our people. I was trying to save us.
Jesper Fahey: [as he shoots Ivan] Still couldn’t shoot the pretty face. I’ve got to stop doing that.
General Kirigan: I’ve survived for centuries. Did you really think you could kill me?
Malyen Oretsev: I don’t have to kill you, Darkling. Your past will do it for me.
Malyen Oretsev: [as Alina becomes conscious] Don’t you dare say, “Meet me in the meadow.”
Inej Ghafa: I’ve never met a Saint before.
Alina Starkov: I’ve never been a Saint before.
Inej Ghafa: Wherever you are, whatever you need, my hand is yours.
Alina Starkov: I think I like that hand with a dagger in it.
Alina Starkov: So, will you still be trying to kidnap me?
Jesper Fahey: Of course not.
Kaz Brekker: Have you found religion too?
Jesper Fahey: No, it’s just, I’m exhausted. Besides, it’d be bad form to kidnap someone after they saved your life, wouldn’t it?
Alina Starkov: We’re worse off than we were before, Mal. Kirigan turned on his own people.
Malyen Oretsev: Okay. You’re not ready yet.
Alina Starkov: Neither were they.
Malyen Oretsev: That’s not your fault.
Alina Starkov: Who do you think the world will blame?
Malyen Oretsev: We’ll come back, I promise. You will tear it down. Just not today.
Kaz Brekker: It’s dangerous to go looking for the dead. What you see may haunt you for the rest of your days.
Zoya: Not going will haunt me more.
Zoya: The people will turn on Grisha again. You need to find new allies.
Alina Starkov: Then I’ll come back, and reclaim our country.
Zoya: I still don’t like you, but I’m grateful for you. So remember this. Saints become martyrs before they get to be heroes. So, stay alive.
Malyen Oretsev: They’ll have to get through me first.
Zoya: You need more than bullets and bravado to survive the people hunting you now.
Inej Ghafa: [referring to Alina] She needs my help more than you.
Kaz Brekker: But we do need you. I need you.
Inej Ghafa: I want to see the look on Heleen’s face when you clear the books. After that, we’ll see.
Matthias: [as he’s been held captive] This was just a cruel joke all along. To prove a point. To treat me as I treated you.
Nina Zenik: No. This was to save your life. They would have killed you. It was falling on the mercy of Kerch law, or certain death. I knew if I said you were a slaver, they would only arrest you.
Matthias: I am no slaver.
Nina Zenik: Trust me, please.
Matthias: You broke my trust.
Nina Zenik: No, I can fix this.
Matthias: You cannot fix this.
Jesper Fahey: We set out with a clear mission, a prize of a million kruge. And a new member on our crew. So, what did we learn? People with trains are evil. You can’t kidnap a human sunbeam. And maybe, just maybe, greed is a poor motivator. True wealth is the friends you make along the way.
Inej Ghafa: I just might be impressed.
Jesper Fahey: I’m talking of Milo, of course. But I won’t have my smelly friend when walking into Ketterdam.
Jesper Fahey: Tell me you have a plan. I don’t care if it’s a lie.
Kaz Brekker: I have a plan. And, just how this all started, we’re going to need a Heartrender.
Jesper Fahey: Milana?
Kaz Brekker: No. For this to work, it has to be someone neither of them know. Someone desperate for work, with loyalties only to us.
Nina Zenik: [overhearing that the Sun Saint is dead] Excuse me. Is what he said true?
Kaz Brekker: I don’t know if she’s dead. But she is a Saint.
Alina Starkov: Did he call us ghosts?
Malyen Oretsev: It also means survivors. But ghosts are what we’ll need to be for a while.
Malyen Oretsev: Zoya’s right. The whole world will be after you.
Alina Starkov: I know some people in this world who’d like those odds.
Alina Starkov: It’s you and me now, like old times.
Malyen Oretsev: I like those odds too.
Alina Starkov: And when I’m strong enough, we’ll come back. Together. And tear it down, now that the Darkling is dead.
[we then see Kirigan has survived and gets the Fold to follow him]
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