Iron Heart

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Holy steampunk!

A scarred in more than one way spaceteam.
A girl in love with her trusty Metal.
A harder-than-Ironblood kingdom space captain.
An Ironblood cult.
A princess of light, lost and found.
A prince of nothing, 'Of things forgotten. Of a people who couldn't feel the stars anymore. Of a people who treated the one who could as a weapon.'
And some very F-F, M-M couples... Cheesy Yes! But in a very good way.

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May the stars keep us steady, and the iron keep us safe (c)
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At the end of the hall was another set of double doors as big as the ones at the entrance. These were carved with moons and stars, the motto of the Iron Kingdom in gold across its length.
Dvarek et su Lait.
In Darkness We Shine. (c)
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... they're unpredictable."
So were humans, Solani, and Cercians, but the kingdom didn't try to control their minds. (c)
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... the most prestigious Ironblood private school, the Academy of Iron and Light (c)
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As a Solani, Jax prided himself in knowing two things: how to fly absolutely anything, and how to stay out of trouble. The first was a breeze. He had a knack for flying, and when he closed his eyes he could feel the stars orbit around him no matter where he was, so he could never get lost. (c)
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the tone in her voice making his stomach twist like it did when he stared at the stars for too long.
He never liked that tone. It usually ended with them trapped in a mine on Cerces, or caught in the middle of a territory war between mercenaries. She wore trouble like royalty wore the Iron Crown, and it fit her a little too well. (c)
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Goddess bright, bless my stars and keep me steady. (c)
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"I'll always come back for you," she whispered, reaching up on her tiptoes to press her forehead against his cool metal one. "I promise you on iron and stars." (c)
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Metals didn't have emotions, so how could she love something that would never-could never-feel the same She often told herself, when her heart fluttered or her cheeks burned, that she didn't love him. (c)
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I'll always come back for you. I promise you on iron and stars.
It was more than a promise-it was an oath. Unbreakable. Strong like iron and steady like stars. (c)
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... Toriean el agh Lothorne"-their family's motto, carved into every crest and every insignia with their name-"Glory in the Pursuit. Understand that. Be the man your father couldn't, or you will ruin us all. (c)
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Erik was good at wearing masks-he'd tricked the entire Ironblood society with an amiable smile and a few choice words, so that even the knuckle rings he wore looked polite. (c)
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She looked old, but in a terrifying and timeless way, the way mountains looked old but immovable. (c)
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It is an unspeakable tragedy to lose the light in our lives. (c)
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He was to be their new Emperor He didn't embody any of those traits, unless the Grand Duchess wanted a resiliently strong asshole. (c)
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Goddess, this day was spacetrash. (c)
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"I'm sure they'd follow you to the ends of the stars," the woman replied wryly, "but that doesn't mean you take them there." (c)
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I think love is a powerful thing, Jaxander, and it sometimes makes us blind. (c)
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But the way she pressed her forehead against his, and opened her golden-brown eyes, and looked into his as though he was the sun her life orbited around, stopped him from ever saying as much. (c)
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"Who's piloting the ship"
Jerking straight, he gave a gasp. "I'm the pilot" (c)
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I'm prisoner on a ship going to where I need to go, Robb realized. How lucky was that (c)
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He listened, and that made him a talented communications specialist. He absorbed languages like a sponge, so many that Ana could only hope to wrap her tongue around a quarter of them. (c)
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May the stars keep you steady and the iron keep you safe. (c)
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He used to love looking at the stars, but he couldn't remember the last time he had. (c)
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Jax raised his eyes to Robb's. They were more red than violet-like a dying star-and Robb felt as if the Solani was telling him a secret in that stare, one that his mouth could not form words to. (c)
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"You are more than the sum of your parts, D09, and I'm going to save you," ()
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"Remind me to kick your ass the next time I see you.""A kiss'll do." (c)
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"My girl"-the Ironblood woman shook her head-"we are not pirates. We don't follow rules." ()
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She wanted to die fighting. On a ship. Surrounded by nothing but light and space and sky. ()
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Where was the justice in that
The thought broke something inside her, something so deep it reverberated through her soul. Where was justice at all Where had it ever been (c)
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She would not be silent. It was not a virtue she'd learned from Siege. (c)
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But Ana had never seen the Goddess in all the seven years she'd flown across the kingdom. Not in the sky, or in the worlds, or in the stars-she'd never seen the Goddess anywhere.
If she was the girl of light, then there was no Goddess.
But what if you were looking in the wrong places a voice in the back of her head asked. (c)
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This was the end, and she wished it weren't here. She wished it were somewhere in the stars, beside her best friend. She just wanted to see him one more time. Being near Di had filled her with so much light and goodness that every moment without him felt like suffocating in space. He was gone, and there was no rescuing him. There was no way back. (c)
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Goddess bright, let me see Di again, she prayed for the first time in her life, and pulled one hand away. (c)
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But then one of the servants in the entryway fell to his knees, then the Royal Guard, then Robb, like dominoes tipping over. The Iron Adviser lowered himself to the floor and pressed his face to it, and the Messiers bowed with him.
And finally, the Grand Duchess stood from her twisted throne, and bent as low as her old age would let her, until Ana was the only one left standing. ()
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History. His history. Moments. Seconds. Days. Years. They took shape, every missed opportunity and fractured mo-ment and borrowed minute. The anythings, the somethings, the everythings, so vast and so full and it-it was over-whelming. (c)
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Everything hurt like despair hurt, an ache so deep in his chest, it felt like a hole at the center of the cosmos. Like hope hurt, too, rising, suffocating, a tingling in the back of his throat. Everything hurt like laughter hurt, all over his sides and abdomen. Like anger hurt, nails buried into his palms. Like happiness, rushing across his fiber optics like fizzy soda. Like heartache.
Like love.
Longing.
Remorse. (c)
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Something curious, and something rare. (c)
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And like a sunrise, he remembered Ana. (c)
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All fates in the universe connected in a river, and that river flowed only one way. (c)
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The glimpses of Robb's stars were supposed to be beacons to be followed, not stories to be changed. ()
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She was the Goddess-she wasn't allowed to have a childhood. (c)
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"All stories are built from the bones of something true. You are the daughter of iron and stars. You are the symbol of hope in a time when light only shines from things that burn." (c)
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Jax watched him go, the sound of the unbreakable vow ringing in his head, sweet and strong, like a gold chain woven through strings of glass. (c)
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We are a kingdom of many, after all. We are of different planets and different beliefs, but we will all be stronger with an army under the Goddess. (c)
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"I will always come back to you." ...
"You went because you always go," she argued, "and I always lead you into trouble.""Because I will follow you anywhere," he insisted. "To the ends of the galaxy, if I have to. I want to exist where you exist, and that is enough." ()
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The kiss lit a million suns in between his zeroes and ones, and made him infinite. (c)
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So she memorized how the light from the windows slanted across the sharp edges of his face, the way he leaned toward her like a shield, how there were a thousand stars in his eyes, which sometimes made them shine as silver as moonlight-as they did now. (c)
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"The Solani have a saying," he said, his voice soft. "Al gat ha astri ke'eto. It means something like 'Until the next star shines on you'-until we meet again. So, Al gat ha astri ke'eto, ma'alor." (c)
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Goddess, give us new stars, he prayed as the skysailer lifted into the starry night, and out into the darkness of space, watching Robb's shadow grow smaller and smaller until it was nothing at all.Or give us the power to change ours. (c)
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"Our family's motto is Glory in the Pursuit-the pursuit of honor, of family, of love. It isn't pursuit of your own glory. It never was. My father taught me that." (c)
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"Then if he is not a true Valerio, neither am I."
He waited for a moment as the wind carried his words through the rosebushes and willow trees, picking the dying petals of the moonlillies into the air. (c)
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"I will find you if you leave."
"Then I will just escape again, and again, until you grow tired of finding me." (c)
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But to be honest, when he looked out of the starshield at the millions upon millions of lights, swirling in their nebulae of purples and blues and greens, he couldn't think of a better view. (c)
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Ana's heart swelled. She held tightly to Di's memory core, a lifeline glowing with hope in the dark. Once, she had not known who she could be without Di, and once she couldn't have fathomed the thought. But now she knew she carried Di with her ...


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