Janni Lee Simner (janni) wrote in tdir_readathon,
Janni Lee Simner

Choosing or being chosen

So I just finished part one, and I had this thought. Will does not choose to be an Old One; it's something he's born to--and, by implication, he's also born to serve the Light, not by choice, but simply because that's who he is.

But then, the people who serve the Dark, are they also born to it, and not of their own choosing? And if so, can they be held any more responsible than Will for what they were born to be? Did those who serve the Dark even have the option of choosing otherwise?

I can't remember whether the books deal with this. It will be interesting to find out.

Of course, that uncomfortable thought wasn't enough to stop this bit from Merriman making me go all shivery, in a good way:

It is a burden. Make no mistake about that. Any great gift or power or talent is a burden, and this more than any, and you will often long to be free of it. But there is nothing to be done. If you were born with the gift, you must serve it, and nothing in this world or out of it may stand in the way of that service, because that is why you were born and that is the Law.
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