Once a Hero
Author: Michael A. Stackpole
Last Read: February 2014
Quick Summary: A fantasy tale involving two separate story arcs across a 500 year time period - one in the past which involves the hero (Neal) and the other in the story's present with an elf. The story involves tensions between humans and elves, and their common enemy who Neal tried to vanquish in the past.
Excellent fantasy read - couldn't put it down when I read through it the first time. The story element is interesting (Similar to Talion: Revenant).
“without a scar, I might forget. I’m not thinking I suffer hurts so lightly that I’ll be wanting to be unmindful of them.”
“I have forced myself to be aware of everything on a battlefield. Awareness is the key to winning.”
If you are to be understood, you must speak to them in the manner which they will understand.
The island itself was deserted, and sitting there between two small rootlets of the grand tree, I managed a lot more thinking. I didn’t like all of it, but I’ve found that when you finally sit down to do the thinking that must be done, chances are there’s not much of it that will make you smile.
The hurt was in the hearing and because of what the words have made me think about. It is difficult to discover you have been deceiving yourself.
“You are forgiven if you wish, but I did not count it a fault against you.”
Puzzlement again knotted Berengar’s brow. “I don’t understand his choice.”
“Is that because it was a bad choice, or just the choice you would not have made in his place?”
Hatred is too strong an emotion to be wasted on harmless differences such as race.