Shadow in the Dark

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ISBN: 978-0-8294-4810-8
SKU: Shadow in the Dark

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?

Embark on an adventure while reading Shadow in the Dark as young Alexander tries to recover his memory and, with his new friends, uncover the mystery of the shadowy figure in the dark.


“An engaging medieval adventure with appeal that transcends its denominational press.” (School Library Journal, June 2020)

“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.” (Catholic Mom, July 2020)


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Medieval English Adventure and Mystery for Younger Readers


I got to read this one early and wow is it fun! There is high adventure, mystery and suspense. It's an old fashioned story, told with a modern flourish. There are memorable characters, atmospheric scenes, and crackling dialogue. This is middle reader literature with a strong moral compass. It's book one of a trilogy and I can't wait for the adventure to continue.

A Clever Mystery!


Shadow in the Dark is a clever historical novel for tweens and teens. Xan turns up at a medieval monastery, unable to remember anything about himself. With the help of the monks and Lucy, who resides in the neighboring convent, he must navigate the resident bully, discover what's become of his family and whether that mysterious dark shadow roaming the abbey grounds is a wandering monk or something more sinister. The mystery aspect is well done and will keep readers flipping pages. The setting is well-suited to the story, immersing kids in medieval European life. I look forward to reading more books in the series and sharing them with my kids!