By Michael F. Stewart
Each years the phoenix dies.
Samiya, born-into-shadow, is quickly to conflict her born-into-light brother. deserted through their mom and dad, neither needs to play the preordained position of beast and hero. whilst their household are taken hostage, they're pressured to stick to the trail specified by fable, culminating in a conflict first fought six thousand years in the past in historic Cairo. A mythic conflict the place one defeats the opposite and either turn into gods.
To become independent from from their fates, Samiya and her brother needs to resolve a secret twisted by way of cults, greed, and magic. yet delusion is a strong strength and failure to stay as much as it might probably not just ruin their lives however the lives of those they love most.
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Their reward is their undoing – or the means of their temptation. Their long life aids their achievements in art and wisdom, but breeds a possessive attitude to these things, and desire awakes for more time for their enjoyment. Foreseeing this in part, the gods laid a Ban on the Númenóreans from the beginning: they must never sail to Eressëa, nor westward out of sight of their own land. In all other directions they could go as they would. * There are three phases in their fall from grace. First acquiescence, obedience that is free and willing, though without complete understanding.
While he wore it, his power on earth was actually enhanced. But even if he did not wear it, that power existed and was in ‘rapport’ with himself: he was not ‘diminished’. Unless some other seized it and became possessed of it. If that happened, the new possessor could (if sufficiently strong and heroic by nature) challenge Sauron, become master of all that he had learned or done since the making of the One Ring, and so overthrow him and usurp his place. This was the essential weakness he had introduced into his situation in his effort (largely unsuccessful) to enslave the Elves, and in his desire to establish a control over the minds and wills of his servants.
These are the First-born, the Elves; and the Followers Men. The doom of the Elves is to be immortal, to love the beauty of the world, to bring it to full flower with their gifts of delicacy and perfection, to last while it lasts, never leaving it even when ‘slain’, but returning – and yet, when the Followers come, to teach them, and make way for them, to ‘fade’ as the Followers grow and absorb the life from which both proceed. The Doom (or the Gift) of Men is mortality, freedom from the circles of the world.