Time Untime by Sherrilyn Kenyon
#1 New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon returns to the breathtaking world of the Dark-Hunters--one in which an ancient prophecy is finally coming to life.

For as long as she has lived, Kateri Avani has been plagued with dreams she doesn't understand. Images of places she's never been and of a man she's never met. In spite of her background, she refuses to believe in anything supernatural. But it's hard to deny something when it comes and kicks in your front door, and brings you face to face with the warrior who has haunted you your entire life...

Ren Waya came back from the dead to help prevent a devastating prophecy from coming true -- and to fight an evil that once possessed him. An evil that's blood related...Now, . the last thing he wants is to be responsible for someone else. Ever. Even if he doesn't make sure Kateri fulfills her role, time itself will come undone. Still, it's hard to help someone when you know she is either the key to your ultimate salvation...or your utter destruction.
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    Mar-2013 (Paperback)
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Ren quoting Choo back to himself: "A good friend once told me not to dread the future. One way or another it would come. The trick was to meet it with open arms so that when it ran me over, it wouldn't break anything."

Acheron: "Life is messy, Ren. It's not easy and it's definitely not for the timid. Everyone has a past. ... Regrets that steal your sleep and leave you awake until you fear for your own sanity. Betrayals that make your soul scream so loud you wonder why no one else hears it. In the end, we are all alone in that private hell. But life isn't about learning to forgive those who have hurt you or forgetting your past. It's about learning to forgive yourself for being human and making mistakes. … But the harshest lessons come when we disappoint ourselves." Ren: "Tell me, Acheron. How do we find peace again when we have wronged ourselves and others?" Acheron; "If we're lucky, we find the one person who will hold our trust and keep it sacred and safe against all attackers. … But until that day comes, we have to try and remember that home isn't a specific place or person. It's a feeling we carry inside ourselves. That touch of the divine that lights a fire inside us that burns out the past and consumes the pain until nothing is left but a warmth that allows us to love others more than ourselves. … Peace is knowing that one life, no matter how trivial it seems, touches thousands of others, and learning to respect that about all people. While you may not mean much to the world, to those who really know and love you, you are their entire world. …” Ren: “You make it sound easy, Atlantean.” Acheron: “The truth is always simple, but the path to it is overgrown with thorns and lined with traps. … Lay your past to rest … We can't change what we've done, but we can always change what we're going to do.”

Ren to Kateri: “There is no worse feeling than to have your entire world shattered when there's nothing you can do to stop it. … no one should ever know that place in hell. You are lost to the pain, and inside you're screaming at the top of your lungs for help, and no one hears you. … And when that moment comes that you realize just how alone you really are … You devolve into a rabid animal. All that matters then is that you make them understand your pain. That you shake them out of their blind complacency so that they share the hell that is yours. ...” Kateri's thoughts about Ren: He was a man whose heart had been shattered. She wanted to hold him and make it better, but she knew it wasn't that simple. … Some scars went too deep to ever be fully concealed. While you might succeed in hiding them from time to time, they always came out and reopened a wound that never fully healed.

… when you didn't have that bond [parent-child], there was no greater misery. It left a hole in your heart and a never-ending longing that was indescribable because you knew it was out there for others. You saw it constantly. Everywhere. And you wondered why you were exempt from having someone love you like that. … It was also why she hated [Father's] Day with a passion that burned like the fire of a thousand suns. Everywhere she looked, for weeks on end, was a vicious reminder that she no longer had a [father] to buy a present for. No one to call. … it was a brutal assault on those who'd lost theirs. She could only imagine how much worse it would be for someone like Ren who had no concept of what a real [father] could be. Of what it felt like to know there was someone on this earth who would kill or die for you without reservation or hesitation.

Kateri hated that she'd fallen apart like this. It was what she hated most about grieving. Most days, she was fine. But every now and again, a sight or smell would ambush her, or she'd hear a song, see something that evoked a buried memory, and it would hit her all over again just how much she missed them. How much she wanted them back and how much she hated that she'd never see them again. … And as bad as that was, she couldn't imagine the pain of not having them at all. It made her wonder what was worse. Not knowing what you were missing or knowing exactly how it felt to be loved and cared for and then having it ripped brutally away from you. [Ren is holding and rocking her, but he doesn't respond to a few questions.] “Ren? Talk to me.” His lips twitched before he finally spoke in a low tone. “I don't want to say the wrong thing again and make you cry more.” The pure innocent sweetness of that wrenched another sob from her.

Cabeza (after telling how he got the nickname): “My uncle, he was a bit loco. So he started calling me Head as a way of celebrating my bravery and loyalty. To remind me and others that the most honorable thing in life is not to live it selfishly, but to take risks for those we love. He used to say being a man is not about killing or taking. It's not about proving your worth or seducing women. it's when you are willing to give up your life rather than watch your family cry or be degraded.”
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