We're living in momentous times, Garion.
The events of a thousand years and more have all focused on these very days. The world, I'm told, is like that. Centuries pass when nothing happens, and then in a few short years events of such tremendous importance take place that the world is never the same again. I think that if I had my choice, I'd prefer one of those quiet centuries, Garion said glumly. Oh, no, Silk said, his lips drawing back in a ferretlike grin. Now's the time to be alive - to see it all happen, to be a part of it. That makes the blood race, and each breath is an adventure.