Barb Szyszkiewicz, OFS, reviews Antony Barone Kolenc's newly updated novel: an adventure set in a medieval monastery.
You'll rarely hear me say that a book would make a terrific movie, but I'd say that about Shadow in the Dark, Antony Barone Kolenc's novel for young readers. Tweens and teens who enjoy a medieval setting, plenty of action, and a good scare won't be able to put this book down.
Synopsis: In twelfth century England, 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, and his best friend, Lucy, Xan commits himself to finding out who he really is. Is his family still alive? Why has God allowed so much suffering into his life? And who — or what — is the shadowy figure creeping around the abbey in the dead of night?
The virtue of integrity is central to the story, as Xan and his friends discover which of the people around them are who they say they are— and who can be trusted. This mystery story provides a fascinating glimpse inside the feudal world and the monastic life during the Middle Ages.
Shadow in the Dark is the first book in The Harwood Mysteries series by Antony Barone Kolenc and is published by Loyola Press. The author has completely revised and updated this novel from an earlier release. Join a live chat with the author on Facebook, Monday, July 13 at 6:30 PM Eastern: Tony will answer reader questions, read an excerpt from the book, and give away a copy of the novel.
Enjoy an excerpt from Shadow in the Dark:
Xan cracked open the door. Brother Oscar was nowhere in sight, but snores spilled out from his nearby cell. He slid past the monk’s door and down the steps.
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About the Author
Barb Szyszkiewicz is a wife, mom of 3 young adults, and a Secular Franciscan. She is editor at CatholicMom.com. Barb enjoys writing, cooking, and reading, and is a music minister at her parish and an avid Notre Dame football and basketball fan. Find her blog at FranciscanMom and her family’s favorite recipes with nutrition information for diabetics at Cook and Count. Her booklet, The Handy Little Guide to Prayer, is available now from Our Sunday Visitor.