Returning to the Dark (from Fire of the Fallen)

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“It had been four years, nine months, and twenty-one days since Tallyn last wielded the Dark. At least that’s what the marks on the small, tattered parchment she kept rolled up in her side pack said. She’d counted them this morning just like she did every morning. Some of them were so faded and smudged they were hard to make out, but Tallyn knew them well. She’d earned each and every one; a mark for every day she hadn’t sinned against Azurys. It hadn’t been easy. Putting magic behind her had been the most difficult thing Tallyn had ever done. Until today. Returning to the Dark made her feel like a beaten dog crawling back to its cruel master.”

From Fire of the Fallen by Doug Wallace

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