In the first book in the Dark Harvest trilogy, an epic battle between good and evil pushes three warrior-clerics to the very limits of their strength---and their faith---as they fight to unearth the truth of an ancient evil, a tree rooted in bloodshed, and a fabled book that holds the secrets they seek.
Morumus, a devout monk, has been given the task of his life: translate Holy Writ into the language of those who practice the Dark Faith. His translation could be a great, sweeping sword, used to break its power . . . but as Morumus and two fellow monks begin the taks, dark currents drag them toward a dangerous conspiracy. Will he find the secret to vanquish the Dark Faith? Or will he lose everything?
An epic struggle against evil commences as Morumus, a devout monk, seeks to unearth the truth of the Dark Faith. But while he seeks a weapon against it, dark currents drag him toward a dangerous conspiracy . . .
Jeremiah W. Montgomery is the pastor of Resurrection Presbyterian Church (OPC) in State College, Pennsylvania. He has been an engineer, an essayist, and a pipemaker. He and his wife have four sons who love to read and a little girl who cannot wait to begin.
Darkness is on the rise in Aeld Gowan, and all that stands in its way is the unlikely hero Moromus, a bookish young monk with a gift for languages and a haunted past. Jeremiah Montgomery packs the first installment in his debut series full of adventure, dread, and dark conspiracy.
"A frightening engagement with the most cunning kind of evil! Montgomerys epic fantasy is as relevant for todays faithful as it is captivating."
Gripping, well-written fantasy with a startling degree of historical accuracy, The Dark Faith sends well-rounded characters on a quest that grows darker as the mystery deepens. Its chaste but violent climax makes it clear that this is the first book in a series: The protagonists dont yet engage the enemy, but hints abound that that engagement will be worth the wait. Recommended.
I have enjoyed reading fantasy for nearly fifty years. In that reading, the one thing that has continued to distress me is that most fantasy is entirely secular in its outlook. Even in those fantasies that involve religion, the religion is either mere coloring, not essential to the plot, or it is some sort of vague "spirituality." In Mr. Montgomery's novel, on the other hand, religion is central to the plot and the characters. It is well developed and thoughtfully presented. Further, I simply enjoyed the book. It tells the tale well, and keeps the plot humming along.