"When she awoke every morning, she repeated the same words: I will not be afraid."
Excuse me while I sit over here in the corner and sob just a touch.
Finally went and started this after getting a text at midnight last night from a friend to whom I had recommended the prequel novellas.
Pretty sure we are still friends, but only because I admitted that:
1. Yes, I totally cried, too.
2. Yes, I am so so sorry that I recommended them and yes, you are quite welcome also.
3. Yes, there are several more books in the series and they are out and I know for sure our local Barnes & Noble has them, I saw them on the shelf, and they open at ten.
So in practice I guess I started this in self-defence in case something terrible and heartbreaking happens at the end of this one. I was looking forward to them anyway, so I'm not exactly upset about the idea, although I understand that the series is not yet finished and thus I am setting both of us up for a cliffhanger of doom.