My favorite exchange: Spoiler: vague spoilers "Nobody loved me." "No -- you didn't love anyone. Not even yourself." God damn. Spoiler Like, it's nothing special up till the last three words. "Not even yourself" makes it not just a ruthless diagnosis of what's broken in Ka'an but compassionate in a strange way, too. Ka'an becomes pitiable. And on the flip side, what it implies about Kieran, who hated himself for so long -- Ash's love didn't save him, his love for Ash did, and he's come to love himself as well. The best climactic fight scenes are emotional climaxes too.