"War is all we've been taught, but there are other ways to live. We can find them, Akiva. We can invent them. This is the beginning, here."
The hope. Man, this book slays me!!
The blade glinted its descent, and Akiva fell forward on his hands. He was shredded, empty. Love, peace, wonder: gone. Hope, humanity: gone.
All that remained was vengeance.
"Never repent of your own goodness, child. To stay true in the face of evil is a feat of strength."
...to be continued.
I was GUTTED when I read this the first time - without being able to go directly onto the second book.