To See Cruelty in Her Face
Characters: Eugenides and Attolia
Book: Queen of Attolia
Series: The Queen’s Thief
Author: Megan Whalen Turner
She dressed as always in imitation of Hephestia, but it was far easier to imagine the impersonal cruelty of the Great Goddess than to see cruelty in the face of the queen of Attolia. Looking at her, Eugenides smiled.
Attolia saw his smile, without any hint of self-effacement or flattery or opportunism, a smile wholly unlike that of any member of her court, and she hit him across the face with her open hand.