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by Kelley Armstrong

p.2-3 Quiona sighed, the sound fluttering like a breeze through his mind. "What do you want me to do?"
    "Which way is out?" he asked.
    More silence. More shouts.
    "This way," she said.
    He knew which way she meant, though he couldn't see her. An ayami had presence and substance but no form, an idea impossible to explain to anyone who wasn't a shaman and as easy for a shaman to understand as the concept of water or sky.

p.19 Like most animals, we spent a large part of our lives ingaged in the three Fs of basic survival: feeding, fighting, and ... reproduction.

p.121 A guitar twanged from the far-off radio. Country music. Damn. They'd resorted to torture already.

p.269 "Clayton." Cassandra's voice, butter-smooth.
    He didn't answer.
    "A grunt of greeting would suffice," she murmured.
    "That would imply a welcome. Don't you need to be invited into a room?"
    "Sorry. Another myth shot to hell."
    "Feel free to follow it."

p.319 "like a kitten caught in the rain"

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Dime Store Magic
by Kelley Armstrong

p.23-24 I knew Sandford was a sorcerer the moment I looked into his eyes--a gut-level recognition that registered before I could have told you what color those eyes were. This is a peculiarity specific to our races. We need only look one another in the eye, and witch recognizes sorcerer, sorcerer recognizes witch.

     Witches are always female, sorcerers are always male, but sorcerers aren't the male equivalent of witches. We are two separate races with different yet overlapping powers. Sorcerers can cast witch spells, but at a reduced potency, as our ability to use sorcerer spells is handicapped.
     No one knows when sorcerers and witches originated, or which came first. Like most supernatural races, they've been around since the beginnings of recorded history, starting with a handful of "gifted" people who grew into a full-fledged race--still rare enough to hide from the human world but plentiful enough to form their own microsociety.
     The earliest references to true witches show that they were valued for their healing and magical skills, but in Medieval Europe women with such powers were viewed with growing suspicion. At the same time, the value of sorcerers was increasing, as aristocrats vied to have their own private "magicians." The witches didn't need weather-forecasting spells to see which way the wind was blowing, and they devised for themselves a fresh role in this new world order.
     Until that time, sorcerers could cast only simple spell using hand motions. Witches taught them how to enhance this power by adding other spell-casting elements--incantaions, potions, magical objects, and so on. In return for these teachings, the witches asked that the sorcerers join them in a mutually advantageous covenant.
     If a nobleman wanted help defeating his enemies, he'd consult a sorcerer, who would take the request to the witches and together they'd cast the appropriate spells. Then the sorcerer would return to the nobleman and collect his reward. In turn, the sorcerer would provide for and protect the witches with his wealth and social standing. The system worked for centuries. Sorcerers gained power, in both the human and supernatural worlds, while the witches gained security, through protection and a guaranteed income. Then came the Inquisition.
     Sorcerers were among the first targeted by the Inquisition in Europe. How did they react? They turned on us. The Inquisition wanted heretics? The sorcerers gave them witches. Freed from the moral restrictions imposed by Covens, the sorcerers turned to stronger and darker magic. While witches burned, sorcerers did what they did best, becoming rich and powerful.
     Today sorcerers rule as some of the most important men in the world. Politicians, lawyers, CEO's--search the ranks of any profession known for greed, ambition, and a distinct lack of scruples, and you'll find a wh ole cadre of sorcerers. And witches? Ordinary women living ordinary lives, most of them so afrain of persecution they've never dared learn a spell that will kill anything larger than an aphid.

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