Here’s another random poem I wrote the other day while I was at work. I’m only posting it now of course because I am avoiding writing and researching for a very important paper….
I am the spider.
I haunt the dark corner of the room,
waiting for you,
waiting for you to be caught in my web
what you don’t see:
the beautiful, long silver fibers
I spun in a pattern
to hold us up
as you beat your wings, tearing,
crashing into silken stretches
woven and constructed carefully
by me, the spider
who consumes you,
later when my web is in tatters
and I will be crushed under shoe
or flung into the garden bushes
perhaps you will understand
the importance of a single,
how it is strong enough to bind your body,
your threatening wings
perhaps then you will understand
me, the spider.
“I know what you feel when you’re with the tracker,” he said.
“I doubt that.”
He gave a dismissive wave. “No, not the absurd pining you’ve yet to outgrow. I know the truth in your heart. The loneliness. The growing knowledge of your own difference.”
He leaned closer. “The ache of it.”
I tried to hide the shock of recognition that went through me. “I don’t know what you’re talking about, I said, but the words sounded false to my ears.
“It will never fade, Alina. It will only grow worse, no matter how many scarves you hide behind or what lies you tell, no mater how far or how fast you run.”
I tried to turn away, but he reached out and took hold of my chin, forcing me to look at him. He was so close I could feel his breath. “There are no others like us, Alina,” he whispered. “And there never will be.”
~Siege and Storm 54-55
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
This is the sequel to the wonderful Shadow and Bone
Siege picks up very close to where Shadow and Bone left off. Alina and Mal are on the run until they are captured once again by the elusive Darkling. This time, though the Darkling makes a mistake by buying the services of one privateer by the name of Sturmhond. However, Sturmhond’s plan all along was to create a mutiny and defy the Darkling. Alina, Mal, Sturmhond, and the crew are able to escape, but the Darkling still lives. He haunts Alina as she makes her way back to Os Alta to reorganize what’s left of the Grisha in order to assemble a force strong enough to take down the Darkling. But are the Darkling’s words true? Are they one and the same? As Alina’s power grows, she feels inevitably changed, but will she ever be strong enough to defeat the Darkling?
My thoughts on the novel are below, but be warned: there are wee spoilers here and there! (Yes I’ve now picked up using the word “wee” from my travels in Scotland, am working on mastering the brogue….it might take awhile)
Filed under Bloggish, Books
Sorry I haven’t been posting any reviews lately, I’ve been reading a lot (finished up the last three books in the Seven Realms series, Eleanor and Park, and now finishing up Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater) but have been feeling lethargic towards writing reviews. And now, coming up this Friday, I will be in the land of Nessie, William Wallace, and the finest whiskey on the planet! Yes that’s right: Scotland. And while roaming this beautiful country, I don’t plan on posting anything since I will be too busy with….
So I am officially on hiatus until I come back.