‘…they would ride out simply to see the winter and to hear what Tristen would say of it, how he would wonder at things men simply failed to look at, past their childhoods.
But, oh, how precious those things were! To look at the sky, breathe the cold wind, have fingers nipped by chill and skin stung red and heart stirred to life, gods, he had been dead until Tristen arrived and asked him the first vexing question, and posed him the first insoluble puzzle, and marveled at hailstones and mourned over falling leaves. What miracles there were, all around, when Tristen was beside him…’
Lines to get your heart beating!
“Mauryl Summoned me,” he said to those on either hand, “but it went amiss. Or did it? Was his wizardry not greater than his working? And didn’t things go as he wished, in spite of his wishes?”
“- As he wished, in spite of his wishes…all of that, you are, young lord. You’re the substance of his wishes, and the sum of his courage. He let you free. He didn’t Shape you. He left that to the world and this age. He left you to Shape yourself, young lord, and Tristen he named you, and Tristen you are. Think of it. Think of it, where you go. Never let that go.”
I’ve been reading the wonderful ‘Fortress’ series by C.J. Cherryh. Books to fill you with joy and longing and wonder and magic… The perfect escape.