Marianne Curley; Guardians of Time: The Key

For a moment Ethan simply stares. Before him is the monster of his nightmares: his sister’s murderer, the beast who robbed him of his greatest love. How easy, how fulfilling would it be to take Marduk’s life? But the arrow in Ethan’s fingers slips to the ground.
‘No. Even revenge is too great an honor for you.’
As the night falls and brings an end to this long day of darkness, Marduk inhales his last staggered breath and his body turns to stone.