Shadow in the Dark by Anthony Barone is an exciting middle-grade adventure. The story, set in a medieval village, is about a boy who is injured and loses his memory. With the help of a group of Benedictine monks, Xan (short for Alexander) begins to heal and discover his identity. In the process, he uncovers a sinister plot that not only involves his past but places him, and those around him, in danger.
This novel has a lot to offer. Adventure, mystery, history, and an abundance of faith. Older elementary and middle school boys will especially enjoy this intriguing tale. While set in the past, there are plenty of issues modern-day readers will relate to – scary tales of dark shadows, peer pressure, standing up for what is right, and discovering one’s faith. This first book in The Harwood Mysteries is a thoroughly enjoyable read.
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?