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This is book number 1 in the The Harwood Mysteries series.
An attack by bandits in the middle of the night leaves a young boy with no memory of who he is or where he is from. Nursed back to health by the devoted monks in a Benedictine abbey, he takes the name Alexander, or Xan for short. Aided by the kindly Brother Andrew, Xan commits himself to finding out who he really is.
Does he have a family? Are they still alive?
And who—or what—is the shadowy figure creeping around the abbey in the dead of night?
2021 Illumination Book Awards, Gold Medal: Juvenile/Young Adult Fiction
2020 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards, Gold: YA Fiction - Horror/Mystery/Suspense
2021 International Book Awards, 1st Place: Religious Fiction
2021 Independent Publisher Book Awards, Bronze Medal: Religious Fiction
2021 Catholic Media Association Book Awards, 3rd Place: Escapism
2021 ACP Excellence in Publishing Awards, 3rd Place: Young Readers
About the Author
Antony Barone Kolenc retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps after 21 years of military service. He is a law professor who teaches courses on constitutional and military law and has been published in numerous journals and magazines, and he speaks at legal, writing, and home education events.
An engaging medieval adventure with appeal that transcends its denominational press.
— Marie O'Toole, Caroll Manor Elem. Sch.
You’ll rarely hear me say that a book would make a terrific movie, but I’d say that about Shadow in the Dark…Tweens and teens who enjoy a medieval setting, plenty of action, and a good scare won’t be able to put this book down.
— Barb Szyszkiewicz, OFS