Author: Michael A. Stackpole
Last Read: February 2014
Quick Summary: An orphan becomes a Justice of the Talions - traveling the countryside, dispensing justice where there is no law (akin to the confessors from *The Sword of Truth* series). Things get complicated with our Justice is tasked with defending the king of the country that invaded his homeland.
When I was done, I felt sad that this was just a standalone novel - I liked the character and the universe enough that I wanted more. (Stackpole says it's the book for which he most often gets sequel requests)
"I will not wish you good luck, because a Talion does not depend upon luck. Have courage and trust yourself."
Such a simple job did not annoy me as it did others because, for me, it provided a reference point within reality and reassured me that while I dealt with good and evil, and the vast gray area in between, there were jobs that could be finished and finished well. In its own small way it confirmed the possibility of progress, and how any task that could be started could also be completed.
I am merely a man who realizes he is capable of mistakes, but I am also a man who is willing to take responsibility for those errors.
Lothar grumbled. "But he died from my attack. That was stupid. He just helped Marana win as if he was just her second sword." I frowned. "A tool is just a tool, unless it does the job by itself."
Remember that a stalemate is a stalemate as long as no one acts.
A man who you fear will kill you is often afraid of the same treatment at your hands. There are times when two men in such a position both defend to prevent injury and deny victory to themselves. The person to act in that situation, if he has the required skills, will break the stalemate and be the victor."
But the anger was swallowed, in turn, by the pride I had in myself. I worked hard for everything, and if that threatened them, it also marked them as petty and small.
Justice must be tempered by mercy and common sense. Justice is your gift to the world, not your right or privilege. Remember this and live by it. In this you will serve well.