Book 1 in "The Harwood Mysteries" medieval adventure series 
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Shadow in the Dark

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."

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

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~ Brittany Inzeo,



 Shadow in the Dark won numerous awards, visit our awards page to learn more.

Book 2 in "The Harwood Mysteries" medieval adventure series 
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The Haunted Cathedral

Xan and Lucy must solve the mystery of a haunted cathedral, as Xan struggles with forgiveness and confronts an event that could change the direction of his life.


An ill-fated journey, a long-lost uncle, and a mysterious cathedral mark the next chapter in the life of Xan, an orphan in search of his destiny. For a year, he has lived in the care of Benedictine monks at Harwood Abbey. Now he learns that he has an uncle, said to live in the far-off city of Lincoln. Will Xan survive the trip alongside the prisoner Carlo and his cruel guards? Will he find Uncle William? And why is Xan drawn to the spirit that haunts Lincoln Cathedral—could a ghost reconnect Xan with his dead parents? With Lucy and some new friends at his side, Xan must solve the mystery of The Haunted Cathedral.

With solid historical details, elements of faith and mystery, and a fast-moving plot, The Haunted Cathedral by Antony Barone Kolenc is fantastic young adult historical fiction."


~ Theresa Linden, author of

award-winning young adult fiction

The cathedral featured in the novel has a real-life spooky history, including mysterious fires and tombs that cracked in half in the night!

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