"What could she do who would not cast away magic and leave the home that an ageless day had endeared to her…?" — Lord Dunsany
 

Sidnye (Queen of the Universe) — Book 2 — La'aryylia


WARNING! MAJOR SPOILERS FOR BOOK 1
OF THE SIDNYE SERIES DIRECTLY BELOW!

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People are afraid of what they don't know, Sidnye thought. But once you know what it is you're afraid of, you can trade in the fear for detachment. Like when you're facing the unknown, you have to worry about what it is because there's an obligation to try to figure out how to fight it.

Once you know what it is, you can decide you don't have to fight it. Because you know you're going to lose anyway.

The only thing being scared was good for was giving up. When Emmet said it, Sidnye hadn't realized how right he was.

She'd been afraid before. She was numb now.

Numb was better…


It's one thing to talk about your world falling apart, as you're hit with headaches and dreams that let you see things happen before they happen. It's another thing when your world falls apart for real, because your school is attacked by alien bugs and you have to escape in a starship after your dog that you thought was dead saves your life.

It's easy to feel the fear that comes from being dragged away from everything that used to be part of your life.

It's easy to feel angry when you're told you're not going back to that life, but no one will tell you why.

It's easy to feel the fear and the anger turn to something so much worse when you realize that everything you thought you understood about your life is a lie…


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Sidnye (Queen of the Universe) — Book 1

Sidnye (Queen of the Universe) — Book 1Life is complicated enough when you live full-time at boarding school because your parents are dead, and when the other students around you are mostly idiots, and when you’re doomed to spend the rest of your existence in cafeteria detention because you just can’t stop annoying the people in charge of your life.

But that’s when you discover the headaches you’ve been having aren’t just a part of being thirteen and feeling the weight of the world hammering down on you.

That’s when you realize the dreams you’ve been having are more than dreams, and the people you thought you were closest to are less concerned with caring about you than with keeping you from knowing the things they don’t want you to know…

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In the dream, she was scared and she was moving. Around her, a flare like dawn erupted from the shadows, brighter than anything she'd ever seen before. Pillars of light pulsed fast, heat and cold crashing in.

Rising slowly above her, Sidnye saw a thing that couldn't possibly exist. This was the thing she'd been dreaming of when she woke, and which had frozen her voice in her throat. As it uncurled from shadow, its six legs gleamed like black steel. Its eyeless head jutted out from no neck, looming over her as she fell back, arms up as if she might protect herself that way. The thing's insect shape was steam and darkness, a haze clinging to it as it slammed toward her, too fast for her to escape…