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Shadow in the Dark


Antony Kolenc


Multiple award winner!

Alexander must recover his memory, defeat the bandits, and confront the shadowy figure wandering the abbey grounds. 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?







“With a meticulous attention to the historical setting...Kolenc weaves a fascinating and exciting tale.... [W]hat makes Shadow in the Dark really stand out … is Xan's insightful search for the meaning of his suffering and journey of faith."

— Brittany Inzeo, GoodBooksForCatholicKids.Com


Tony traveled to the United Kingdom in 2015 for his "Xan" research tour, visiting all the places he writes about in The Harwood Mysteries.

"Catholic readers will find Shadow in the Dark especially edifying because of its setting in oft-forgotten Catholic England, but the book is far from didactic or preachy...This book will go over especially well with readers ages seven to fourteen but older readers will find something in it for themselves as well."

—Click HERE for the complete review at Catholic Reads!

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