Gargoyles are guardians whose job is often to protect and train children, such as Demi-Gods and Demi-Angels. Gargoyles are not very common in modern times but they were once a very strong and powerful species
Vince could not go with Libitha and their child, who would only survive if they left now. Which meant he wouldn't see them again until he died. Of course Libitha had made him promise he wouldn't make that day come sooner than it should, but it was this twist of fate that meant he was grateful the time in hell added to his life had made him old.
Facing the Shadow Self. The shadow was originally Jung’s poetic term for the totality of the unconscious. But foremost for Jung was the task of further illuminating the shadowy problem of human evil and the prodigious dangers of excessive unconsciousness.
“In moments Akiva was up in the ether, scarcely feeling the sting of ice crystals in the thin air. He let his glamour fall away, and his wings were like sheets of fire sweeping the black of the heavens. ― Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke & Bone