Book Spotlight – Darkness Holds the Son #Fantasy

Title:

Darkness Holds the Son

Author:

D.L. Gardner

Genre:

Fantasy: Noble bright

Main character description (short).

Jareth, father of two and devoted husband, Jareth has been goat herding to please his wife and life down the stigma of his former occupation, i.e. mercenary. He’s in his early 30s, strong, able, and restless with a passion to protect his family and find the cure for his son.

Synopsis:

Darkness Holds the Son takes us to a small village named Tuluva where Jareth, an unemployed mercenary, and his wife and two children are raising goats to sustain themselves. Things go well for them until the land-baron of Ogress raises their taxes, forcing Jareth to pick up his crossbow and return to the battlefield. Jareth has an even more pressing problem than keeping his family out of debtor’s prison, though. His son Crispin has seizures that are caused by magic and if Jareth doesn’t find the source soon, it could be fatal as the boy hears voices instructing him to kill his father. On Jareth’s quest, he discovers that the same affliction is haunting all the children in the kingdom.

Join Jareth, his wife, and King Barin in this new adventure as they search the Neverworld and half of Casdamia to find and destroy that which has taken the youth of their world captive.

Brief Excerpt 250 words:

“What was it like?” Jareth asked as he held the boy’s hand. “What do you feel when this thing happens?”

“Everything around me, you, Mother, the fire, the room, it became a blur. I saw only that boy, but it wasn’t really him, not in the flesh. It was his ghost. He talked to me.”

“What did he say?”

Crispin glanced out the window and shook his head, his eyes red. “I can’t tell you.”

“You must, Son.”

The hesitancy bothered Jareth. What could a vision possibly tell his boy that would make him ashamed?

“Tell me, Crispin. We’ve always shared our thoughts. Let me carry this burden with you.”

Crispin trembled and wiped his face. Jareth squeezed his hand as the boy drew a breath.

“It’s not easy,” the boy said.

“I’m here for you.”

“He wanted me to tell you that you’re fighting for the wrong cause. He said you shouldn’t draw arms with the King’s soldiers, or the baron’s or any of the lords.”

“What?”

“He said I should convince you to join the insurrection that is growing throughout Casdamia and Potamia, if you know what’s good for you. He said our generation, the children they…” Crispin stopped and wiped his eyes.

“What about the children?”

“He said we will rise to conquer at a young age and slaughter all those who are in our way—that we’ll rule both the kingdoms, and he wants me to—”

“He wants you to do what?”

“Father. I can’t.”

“He wants you to do what, Crispin? Tell me. I need to know.”

His son looked deep into his eyes, tears welling in his own.

“He wants me to kill you if you don’t.”

Why should readers buy this book (50 words max)?

The Sword of Cho Nisi series, and particularly this book, is unique, filled with action, and is meant to make the reader think. What if your children were stolen away by a dark and magical force and there was little you could do to save them? Would you fight all odds to find them? It’s a story about parental courage and passion.

Cover Art (add as attachment please)

Links etc.

https://gardnersart.com

https://books2read.com/u/4ApvJK

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