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The Shadow Within [Paperback]
by Karen Hancock

Four years have passed since the conclusion of The Light of Eidon. Abramm has been living peacefully abroad, but when he hears of trouble in his homeland, he returns to claim the crown he thought he’d never wear. But he has many enemies, including his murderous brother.

The only thing that will save him is the Light that lives within him, but to appease his critics, he hides this. Before he can fulfill his kingship, he must reveal the truth and be reminded, painfully and powerfully, that his destiny can only be realized through humbly acknowledging his own weakness and the utter sufficiency of the One who created his destiny in the first place.

Volume 2 of Legends of the Guardian-King

Bethany House (August 2004). Trade paperback. 400 pages.

Author Web Site(s): http://www.kmhancock.com/

Author Interview: See the July 23, 2003 Edenstar interview with Karen Hancock.

Check out reviews at Amazon.com of The Shadow Within.

See the review at ChristianFictionReview.com.

Edenstar Review:
Karen Hancock’s first two books won well-deserved Christy awards, and her newest offering is my favorite thus far.

Fantasy draws me in because of those moments when the hero’s epic journey resonates with my own battles. Hancock is the virtuoso of noble yet flawed characters whose example inspires readers to face their own monsters with greater courage.

The Shadow Within swashbuckles with high adventure, yet also pulses with more intricate and complex conflicts.

Abramm confronts deadly creatures, a brother bent on assassination, and religious and political intrigues. Yet, as the title implies, his greatest fight involves inner doubts, confusion, and temptation—another battleground every reader will recognize.

The story is presented in a rich setting of vivid description and a creative, other-world culture. Against this backdrop, Hancock introduces an enchanting new character—Madeleine—a worthy annoyance and ally for Abramm. Well loved characters return, and I especially enjoyed Carissa’s journey toward truth. All these treats combine with an eminently satisfying ending to make this story an experience that I’ve carried with me long after turning the last page.

Reviewed August 26, 2004 for Edenstar by Sharon Hinck.

Product Code: 1776
ISBN: 0764227955

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