Meet Vin…

“Mallory,” said Vin, sitting on the sofa and putting his feet up on the table, “You know perfectly well that I have never claimed to be a gentleman…”

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Meet Gwyn…

Gwyn smiled. “For you? I’ll do my very best.”

A rush of wind blew dust into Alice’s eyes, and she blinked, rubbing her hands across her face. When she looked up again, Gwyn was striding towards Batarel… but he looked different. His suit had disappeared, and in its place was armour: a breastplate strapped over shining mail, and his wings out wide, sparks coursing across the feathers. It only took him a few steps to reach Batarel, whom he knocked off his feet with a single blow to his chin.”

Meet Xaphan…

“I really did expect more from you. We all did. He certainly did. And after all that time we spent together, after everything we talked about, I was absolutely convinced that we understood one another… and then you go and do something like this.”

Meet Brieus…

“We’re talking about the Fallen. Of course they’re stupid.” Brieus peered into the eye-socket of a skull. “This guy must’ve been a looker; just get a load of those cheekbones.”

“That’s a woman’s skull, Brieus.”

“Even better. Hellooo.”

Meet Rimmon…

Rimmon’s face clouded and he drew back slightly, straightening his back and pulling away from the bar. When he spoke again, his voice was chilly. “You won’t win. You can’t.”

Meet Charon…

“Look what the angels have done to you, child. Turned you into their toy…”

Meet A’albiel…

A’albiel was at the edge, looking down. “We will not abandon you…”

Meet Gabriel…

“When the lights go out and the world stops, at the end of time, and there’s nothing left but dust and ash and embers… Gabriel will still be standing there with blood on his hands.”

Meet Abbadona…

“Even the damned can wish for hope. You’re mine. My last hope. You don’t just abandon your hopes on the riverbank.”

Meet Lucifer…

“I warn you: eleventh-hour repentance is not something I have much patience for…”