paola bacigalupi

Mahlia....

“She slashed the air between them. He sprang away with a gasp. Mahlia crabbed backward, putting herself up against the dying half-man. She cradled the meds to her chest with the stump of her right hand, keeping her knife raised between her and the doctor.
‘Step back, or I swear I’ll cut you.’
The doctor’s eyes widend at the fleaming blade. horrow twisted his expression.
'Mahlia….’ ”

book: The Drowned Cities
author: Paolo Bacigalupi