Hey there! Today, I have another Loving the Lines for you! Basically, Loving the Lines is dedicated to books with stand-out quotes that need to be shared. I’m often moved by passages and lines from the books I read, and I thought this would be a great way to show the love!! Many thanks to all the wonderful writers who inspire, empower, entertain, and make people think. Today, that author and series is:
The Plated Prisoner Series by Raven Kennedy
I read the first three books in the series a few months ago and qas quickly engrossed in this unique Midas retelling. It’s a dark fantasy that gets better and better as the series progresses, and after the epic ending of Gleam, I’m dying to find out what happens next!! In the meantime, let’s check out some of my favorite quotes from the first three books.
Book 1: Gild
Synopsis: The fae abandoned this world to us. And the ones with power rule.
Gold floors, gold walls, gold furniture, gold clothes. In Highbell, in the castle built into the frozen mountains, everything is made of gold.
King Midas rescued me. Dug me out of the slums and placed me on a pedestal. I’m called his precious. His favored. I’m the woman he Gold-Touched to show everyone that I belong to him. To show how powerful he is. He gave me protection, and I gave him my heart. And even though I don’t leave the confines of the palace, I’m safe.
Until war comes to the kingdom and a deal is struck.
Suddenly, my trust is broken. My love is challenged. And I realize that everything I thought I knew about Midas might be wrong.
Because these bars I’m kept in, no matter how gilded, are still just a cage. But the monsters on the other side might make me wish I’d never left.
Favorite Quotes from Gild:
It’s the arrogance of men, to think so little of women. And it’ll be their downfall too.
“I wish I could string up the sun and keep it tied in the sky, but wishes are for stars, and I hardly get to see any of those anyway.”
“Men making deals on the behalf of women never seems to go very well for the women.”
“But memory and time aren’t friends. They reject each other, they hurry in opposite directions, pulling the binding taut between them, threatening to snap.”
We’re all actors; we’re all on pedestals with a spotlight shining on us, playing whatever part we need to in order to make it through the day – in order to help ourselves sleep at night.
“A cage is a cage, no matter how gilded.”
Book 2: Glint
Synopsis: For ten years, I’ve lived in a gilded cage inside King Midas’s golden castle. But one night changed everything.
Now I’m here, a prisoner of Fourth Kingdom’s army, and I’m not sure if I’m going to make it out of this in one piece. They’re marching to battle, and I’m the bargaining chip that will either douse the fire or spark a war.
At the heart of my fear, my worry, there’s him—Commander Rip. Known for his brutality on the battlefield, his viciousness is unsurpassed. But I know the truth about what he is.
The betrayers. The murderers. The ones who nearly destroyed Orea, wiping out Seventh Kingdom in the process. Rip has power sizzling beneath this skin and glinting spikes down his spine. But his eyes—his eyes are the most compelling of all.
When he turns those black eyes on me, I feel captive for an entirely different reason.
I may be out of my cage, but I’m not free, not even close. In the game of kings and armies, I’m the gilded pawn. The question is, can I out maneuver them?
Favorite Quotes from Glint:
“I might not have magic, but resentment is a powerful thing.”
“Time changes with torment. It stretches on, lengthening seconds, extending minutes. I’ve learned that pain and fear have a way of prolonging. And as if that weren’t cruel enough, our minds make sure we relive those moments again and again and again, long after they’ve passed. What a bastard, time is.”
It’s easier for hesitant words and feared answers to be given in the dark. At least then, we can hide them in the shadows – hide ourselves from them.
“I hope you burn so bright that you scorch your Golden King down to ash.”
“There’s safety in loneliness, but there’s a lurking danger too. One that doesn’t come from anything other than yourself.”
“How is it this male can strip me down to my thinnest layers, no matter how thick I try to build my walls?”
“I’ve been bending over backwards for so long that I forgot I even had a spine.”
Book 3: Gleam
Synopsis: King Midas made me the woman I am today. Notorious. Unattainable. His. The thing about being confined is that you believe it’s to keep the bad out… Until you realize it’s about keeping you in.
I’m now in a strange kingdom surrounded by liars, with no allies of my own, but I won’t sit idly by and let myself wither. No, there’s something that’s bloomed from the pit of my repression. Something dark. Something angry. But the last thing I expected was for my anger to call out to him. King Ravinger.
He’s sinister and powerful and entirely too seductive. I’ve learned my lesson with trusting manipulative kings, so why does my chest constrict every time he’s near? I need to tread carefully, or I’m at risk of losing much more than just my freedom.
Regret and revenge war inside of me, and I need to figure out a plan fast before I get tangled up in the schemes of kings and queens. Because I won’t be caught in a cage again. No, this time, It’ll be me setting the trap… I just hope my heart comes out of this unscathed.
Favorite Quotes from Gleam:
“Shove down weakness, and strength will rise.”
“You’re not the villain in my story.”
“I am,” he says without remorse, his sharp jaw tight with tension. “But I’ll be the villain for you. Not to you.”
“Love happens in all kinds of ways. Fast. Slow. In bits and pieces, or immediate. Filled with lust, one-sided longing, a snap realization never noticed before. Deeply. Thoroughly. Love is a whisper we didn’t hear or a sound that drums in our ears and drowns out everything else.”
“She’s a burst of light in ,my dark, erupting life in the rotted depths of my soul. She is everything I don’t deserve.”
“I know what it took for her to trust me, and I also know that I’ll destroy myself before I ever let her down.”
“The eyes of liars are tricky things. They can show you what you want to see without ever reflecting the truth.”
“I met death the night I was stolen from home, and it’s been stalking me ever since.”
“Taking chances can be like walking through a mudslide, where every inch of you gets stained, but regrets are the stagnant pools of deprivation, and I’ve been wading in them for far too long.”
“Sometimes, you look at the silver lining so much that you drift into denial about the clouds.”
“But that’s the curse of the survivors. We have to live with our dead.”
“You can’t cut off the strings of your puppet and still expect it to move for you.”
“A smile plays about my lips as I breathe in the breeze. I think this is what it must be like for a bird before it lets out its wings and flies.”
Have you read this series? Which quote is your favorite? Comment below!