Only one can save them.
The Rebellion has fallen.
The door to the Outside has been opened.
And the one who opened it—Jurien Arminius—is now the most powerful man in Darcentaria.
But everything they have known is about to change forever.
Separated by Arminius but fighting to get back to each other, El and Torsten encounter unlikely allies that reveal stunning truths about each other, the Outside, and the very beginnings of Darcentaria itself.
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“If there is a God,” said Torsten with finality, “He is as blind and ineffective
as the ones in the temples in Antaris. I stopped listening to anything
the gods had to say when they ignored my pleas to get me out of the camps.”
He noticed Jed’s wry smile. “I know you Sklarians. You would tell me that
your God is the true one and I should seek Him. Yet I don’t see that your
people are any better off than the godless Killurians. If anything, you’ve
“I said as much the same to El once.”
“And what did she say?”
“She told me a story.” Jed eased back in his chair. “Two men who have
forgotten everything about their past lives find themselves in a dark room.
One concludes that there must be no such thing as light because there is only
darkness in the room. The other concludes that light must exist because darkness
is not an entity in itself, but the absence of something else. Light.”
“Her point being?”
“The same circumstances can support two different points of view,
Eiselher. The fact of suffering is no more evidence for the absence of God
than the presence of darkness is evidence for the non-existence of light.”
“And what do you think?” Torsten’s tone was faintly scornful.
“I think God puts suffering in our lives to shape and direct us. Maybe
even to guide us toward the light . . . to help us grow.”