The following is an excerpt from my forthcoming book, Dreams and Shadows. It seems appropriate for Valentine’s Day.
A man will believe that to be strong he must be independent of all around him; that he must rise above all who would challenge his freedom. In believing thus, he surely will fail in his life’s purpose. For mortality’s walk is not to rise above, but to rise with. It is not to be sovereign of our soul, but to willingly give our hearts to another, to be chained in love. It is the paradox of life that a man’s strength only truly comes when his soul is freely bound to another. He must come to desire to abase himself for her glory, and she likewise to willingly diminish herself for his grandeur. Then both souls will be exalted together in eternal splendour.
From the Wisdom of Ashael
Dreams and Shadows is the first book in the Aylosian Chronicles. It follows Michael, a young man from modern England who is drawn into a strange world of magic where he must learn of his own powers in order to save those he comes to love. It is due for release in summer 2015. Sign up to receive news.