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The Chronicles of Xan, Book 1

Author: Antony Barone Kolenc
 

The Shadow passed through the midnight chill, dark and silent. Two small boys peered down at it in terror. “It’s back,” one of them cried in a faint whisper.

Bandits attack a medieval village. A young boy is injured and loses his memory. He wakes up at a Benedictine monastery and is given the name Xan—short for Alexander.


But when the monastery is raided and a monk is accused of a violent crime, Xan must uncover the truth. Could the raid be related to the one that destroyed his village? And what about the shadowy figure Xan has seen lurking on the abbey grounds at night?

Mystery. Danger. Adventure.
It’s all here.
And true forgiveness and courage, too.

www.chroniclesofxan.com


What People Are Saying About Shadow in the Dark

“A well-done mediaeval mystery, laced with plenty of action and a bit of downright spookiness.”
COLLEEN DRIPPE, Hereditas literary magazine

“A brisk-moving and suspenseful tale…majestically presents the power of truth and mercy slowly but surely overpowering a world driven by death and mayhem. Exquisitely balanced, the story has both the simplicity to appeal to a young reader and the richness to touch an adult audience. Kolenc has penned a masterpiece.”
DAN FLAHERTY, The Scholar

“Shadow in the Dark has a wholesomeness that makes it stand out like a mountain among the suggestive, emotionally confused sludge that has become the accepted fare to dish up for our youth. This could be the future standard for sound adolescent literature!”
LEO MADIGAN, The Weka-Feather Cloak

“A real page turner…both instructive and edifying. Great wisdom and virtue is promoted through a compelling story…very effective!”
MARTIN KENNEDY, A Philadelphia Catholic in King James’ Court

“If you are looking for a fast-paced, morally straight book for a young male reader, you have found it here. Very well-written, this book holds your interest to the end as you struggle with Xan both to unravel the clues to his past and figure out the present mystery.”
ALISON W. PICKRELL, Den of Lions

“Fast-paced, engaging, and suspenseful, Shadow in the Dark brought Xan and the monks of Harwood Abbey to life.”
MARY CATHARINE PERRY, Amata Means Beloved

“An entertaining, engrossing adventure story well-suited for young readers (and their elders, too).”
JOSEPH ESPER, After the Darkness

“Intelligent and exciting!”
THE WRITER’S EDGE