Alora is known as The Twiceborn, cast adrift from her long-dead clan and feared by townsfolk around the countryside for the dark power she commands. Yet some, through desperation,will pay for her services.In return,they get exactly what they pay for. Alora is tormented by her legacy and is forced to confront it head on when she meets Aislinn, her exact opposite in the ongoing struggle between good and evil.In a harsh world of slavery and superstition, Alora comes to realize, through her association with Aislinn, that there is no true evil in the world, only good tortured by need.
Geriatric horse thieves, a subtle touch of madness,and the detrimental effects of the possibility of having your ears staked to the ground. "A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams"-Barrymore
The downside of dragging your childhood around with you everywhere you go and Gareth's sadly failed attempt to think with the head balanced on his shoulders instead of the one located a bit lower down.
"I See The Doorway To A Thousand Churches In Your Eyes"-Sara Bareilles. Or not.
"Knowing Your Own Darkness Is The Best Method For Dealing With The Darkness Of Other People."-Jung Alora contemplates an old "friend".
"Reality Continues To Ruin My Life."--Calvin and Hobbes Behrin baits Alora and Jacky, finally,has had enough to drink.
The heart of another is a dark forest, always,no matter how close it has been to one's own.-Willa Cather With Alora's help, Behrin explores his inner child.
"And So I Beg For Sleep...The Child That Walked Before She Crawled."-Melissa Etheridge Alora remembers.
"Keep calm. And go shopping." Alora plans to spend the day enjoying the carnival atmosphere of Leomedon.
"Here is my love and anger. These are my gods. These are my scars."--Indigo Girls Behrin prepares to let go of something he can't afford to lose.
"Maybe you're the night who saved my life."--Tori Amos Alora makes a purchase.
"it's not the load that breaks you down-it's the way you carry it."--Holtz Islinn's story.
"The tired spirit is a hungry spirit."--Puleston Islinn endures the rigors of farm life.
“The hardest thing about the road not taken is that you never know where it might have led.” --Lisa Wingate
Half gods are worshipped in wine and flowers. Real gods require blood.” --Zora Neale Hurston
“Maybe before you die, it's your ghosts you see.” --Olivier
“You live through the darkness from what you learned in the light.”--Hope MacDonald
“When all is said and done, the life of faith is nothing if not an unending struggle of the spirit..."--Dietrich Bonhoeffer
"I'd teach my heart to lie if I thought that it would."--Lori McKenna
"Now I need to be grounded,and how you need to see the sky. You have the wings to master and have the soul to fly."--Lori McKenna
“First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.”--F. Scott Fitzgerald
“I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.” --Helen Keller
” Fierce as the fire and fleet as the wind… ” - A.L. Gordon
"I live in the open mindedness of not knowing enough about anything."--Mary Oliver
“...I've known damnable beauty - the turgid pull of swirling blackness - but in the end, it's futile - purity alone redeems...”--John Geddes
“You can dance in the storm."--Israelmore Ayivor
“It is no wonder lesbians love women.”--Gilbert Sorrentino
“Recognizing power in another does not diminish your own.” ― Joss Whedon
“You don't love someone because they're perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they're not.” --Jodi Picoult
“Sometimes when I look at you, I feel I'm gazing at a distant star."--Murikami
“All my life, I've understood the nature of where I come from, but I never thought it might be wicked until now.” --Yovanoff
"You were as much in my hands as water... or darkness... or nothing...can ever be held."--Foucault, Northbound 35
“I try to stay in a constant state of confusion just because of the expression it leaves on my face.”--Johnny Depp
“I have never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude.”--Thoreau
Take me down under the wishing tree...and lay your healing hands on me...on me..."--Marc Cohn
“There is a charm about the forbidden that makes it unspeakably desirable.” --Mark Twain
“Yours is the light by which my spirit's born: - you are my sun, my moon, and all my stars.” ― E.E. Cummings
“The roots of any evil deed can be traced to the perpetrator's refusal to experience pain.” --Keith Ablow
“Because she deserved my tears if anyone on earth ever did."-Pat Conroy