Few walk knowingly on evil roads. For such paths are strewn with colour and laughter that call enticingly, deceiving even the cautious.

It is only when despair’s pit has ultimately grasped a soul irreversibly within its hold that the man or woman finally understands that the allures that brought them there were mere illusions, carefully placed to hide the misery that awaited their journey’s end.

From the Wisdom of Ashael

(Dreams and Shadows, The Aylosian Chronicles #1)