With a chill he realized he was in the backyard of what had been the city's biggest pottery. A thousand times he had walked past its burned out shell, its gaping windows and its door branded with the Shadow Lord's sign.
The brand meant that the Shadow Lord's hand had been laid upon the property. Now it was a dead place, never again to be used, or even entered.
-From the novel Deltora Quest: The Forests of Silence.