„The gods…the gods may forgive much, to a truly penitent heart.“

Her smile grew bitter as desert brine. "The gods may forgive Ista all day long. But if Ista does not forgive Ista, the gods may go hang themselves."

p. 61
Paladin of Souls (2003)

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