We are SO excited about the publication of the first ever House of Night Novella – Dragon's Oath – by P.C. and Kristin Cast, and with illustrations from Kim Doner. And we know that all of you must be relieved that today's the day it's finally on the shelves! To celebrate, we've got another sneak peek at what's inside the book…and because we're super nice, we thought we'd put all the quotes in one place in case you've missed any of our previous teasers:
'It is a dragon,' he said, staring at the carving of the masthead. It was truly spectacular – a black dragon, claws outstretched, teeth bared – ferociously ready to take on the world.
'It seemed to me, after the events of the night, to be a good omen,' Shaw said.
Bryan stared at the dragon and was filled with the most intense flood of feelings he had ever experienced. It took him a moment to realize what they were, and then he knew: excitement and anticipation and longing all joined within him to create a single sense of purpose. He met the vampyre’s gaze. 'I choose to enter the dragon.
“If you were more mature you would care about others feelings.”
He scowled. “Really? I’m almost twenty.” Dragon paused and looked her up and down appraisingly. “How old are you?”
“Twenty-two,” she said, lifting her chin.
“Twenty-two! That’s too young to be a professor and too young to be lecturing me on being more mature.”
“And yet I am your Professor of Spells and Rituals, and someone should lecture you about what you would be if you acted older. Who knows, with a little guidance you might grow up and be a Warrior of integrity and honor.”
Anastasia turned her body so she could look directly at him. “Has anyone ever explained to you the difference between confidence and arrogance?”
“If I say no are you going to lecture me?”
She hesitated before speaking and then said, “No, I don’t think I will.”
They rode on in silence and after a short time Dragon sighed. “Okay, lecture me. I like it. Really.”
“I am a dragon only when I have to be and I will always protect my own,” he said. “Try to believe that. Try to believe in me. Give us a chance, Anastasia.”
“I will give us a chance,” she said slowly, “if you promise to remember that mercy is stronger than your sword.”
And, finally, the brand new Quote Five
Anger rushed through Dragon, so hard and hot that his hands once again trembled – only this time he did not shake with pain and loss, he shook with the barely controlled need to strike out, to maim, to avenge . . .
“Your dragon will avenge you. I will set to right what I allowed to go wrong. I will not make the same mistake again, my love, my own. The creature will not go unpunished. On that I pledge to you my oath.”