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The Shadow and Night (The Lamb Among the Stars, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Chris Walley
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In the first book in the epic Lamb among the Stars series, author Chris Walley weaves the worlds of science and the spirit, technology and supernatural into something unique in science fiction. Twelve thousand years into the future, the human race has spread across the galaxy to hundreds of terraformed worlds. The effects of the Fall have been diminished by the Great Intervention, and peace and contentment reign under the gentle rule of the Assembly. But suddenly, almost imperceptibly, things begin to change. On the remotest planet of Farholme, Forester Merral D’Avanos hears one simple . . . lie. Slowly a handful of men and women begin to realize that evil has returned and must be fought. What will this mean for a people to whom war and evil are ancient history? Thus begins the epic that has been described as “If C. S. Lewis and Tolkien had written Star Wars.”
The Shadow and Night was previously published in two volumes: The Shadow at Evening and The Power of the Night.


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I have travelled far in the realms of fantasy and sci-fi… to Narnia, Empyrion, Middle Earth, Byntar and Albion, but never have I journeyed so far away as this book has taken me. Nor does anything even come close to the distance we encounter in 'The Shadow and Night'. As I opened the book and read the first pages, the thought came to me: perhaps this is the story I have been waiting all my life to read – or the tale I have always wanted to write. Well, not quite. But darned close to it. (Grace Bridges)

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Imagine a future that today’s generation can only dream of. A trillion people live under the gentle rule of the Assembly on over a thousand Made Worlds. Peace and stability have reigned for nearly twelve thousand years, and war and evil are merely ancient history. But all that is about to change.

On Farholme—a Made World at the edge of the Assembly—strange and troubling things are happening. Slowly, incredulously, a handful of men and women come to recognize the unthinkable: Evil has returned once more, and it must be fought. Forester Merral D’Avanos and his friends are entrusted with the daunting task of confronting their world’s elusive enemy.

Now isolated from the rest of the Assembly, Farholme must fight its battles alone. It falls to Merral to lead the untried forces of Farholme into war against opponents well-hidden and armed with strange powers. Yet even as he faces extraordinary and terrifying foes, Merral finds he has an unexpected enemy—himself.

Product Details

  • File Size: 5624 KB
  • Print Length: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (October 4, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002IPHTCC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #434,078 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally - a GOOD Christian SciFi novel October 17, 2007
Format:Hardcover
This series will really challenge the 'pre-trib', "He's coming tomorrow" crowd. It requires a long period during which the Gospel permeates human society. While I believe that Jesus's coming has ALWAYS been immanent, this story reaches far into the future, and posits for the reader's consideration a civilization where the implications of the Gospel are fully lived out, insofar as can be expected by fallen man.

The 'slow start' mentioned in another review is necessary for the author to depict this lovely society. Stick with it! It's worth it, and necessary to create the context for the reappearance of evil. It is all done without the syrupy didactic tone of so many other Christian fiction works.

This is not 'fantasy' in the genre of C.S. Lewis's "Narnia" or even the heavily alegorical "Out of the Silent Planet" trilogy'. This is REAL SciFi. This series has the future technology and whiz-bang stuff I would expect in good SciFi.

Further, so much of modern SciFi has objectionable material in it: Sexual sin, foul language, and even overt blasphemy. This is good, CLEAN, fun.

Finally, I want to say that this is the first SciFi written as Christian literature that didn't absolutely stink from a SciFi fan's viewpoint. All the others I read were 'yawners', because I knew what would happen next. They were just making characters walk through the stock Hal Lindsey, pre-trib scenarios. This one is a whole new world.

Buy it! Read it! Love it!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story February 22, 2007
Format:Hardcover
When I watch the news I sometimes wonder what it would be like to live in a world where evil didn't exist. What if we didn't need an army, or police, or weapons? Where no one lied, everyone could be trusted, and envy was unheard of? Well, that's the way it was in Farholme, a Made World, copied from Ancient earth, until Merral Stefan D'Avanos saw what he thought was a meteor streaking against the night sky. Suddenly, the peaceful world of Farholme began to change.

At first he barely noticed the changes. There were just hints that something was wrong; a deception, a vision, a show of fear. Then Vero, a Sentinel from Ancient Earth showed up to check out what was going on. As Vero and Merral began the investigation, they became embroiled in a desperate battle agains the powers of evil. At first they didn't understand what was happening to Farholme, but both men believed in God and they were willing to follow wherever He led them.

Chris Walley has created a world so vivid it seems almost real. This is a fascinating story of the battle between good and evil with a different twist. Full of action and suspense and engaging characters, it pulled me into the story from page one.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book!! January 8, 2007
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I just finished reading the two books that actually make up this single hardcover - Shadow At Evening and Power of the Night (accidentally rebought this book thinking it was a sequel - it's not). My 13 year old son recommended the books to me and I was extremely impressed with the quality of the story and the way that Chris Walley knits together a compelling sci-fi story with a Christian point of view. As a long time sci-fi/fantasy reader, I didn't think it was really possible for it to be done in a believable way, but he does it. His main character's evolution as he comes into contact with evil is a challenge for all believers! A must-read!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This one will really blow your mind... February 20, 2008
Format:Hardcover
I have travelled far in the realms of fantasy and sci-fi... to Narnia, Empyrion, Middle Earth, Byntar and Albion, but never have I journeyed so far away as this book has taken me. Nor does anything even come close to the distance we encounter in "The Shadow and Night". As I opened the book and read the first pages, the thought came to me: perhaps this is the story I have been waiting all my life to read - or the tale I have always wanted to write. Well, not quite. But darned close to it.

In the Year of Our Lord 13000, the Lord's Peace is about to come under attack. Over eleven thousand years have passed since the Great Intervention; since that time there have been no wars, indeed no evil at all among humans. The Assembly's far-flung colonies have been created from inhospitable planets over thousands of years of terraforming and atmospheric adjustments.

But I'm not just talking about physical or temporal distance. The people on these worlds are redeemed, almost unfallen, incapable of sin. Far-advanced technologies are a part of daily life, but not overbearingly; simple, useful concepts are a joy to behold, such as the personal diary: a computer, telephone, camera, journal, dictaphone all in one; and the perfection of the Internet to a virtual-reality library containing all the information in the known universe.

The most distant Made World is Farholme, six hundred light years from Earth. Merral, the forester, finds himself an unwilling fighter for the cause of good when he becomes aware of strange happenings at his uncle's farm. The array of characters surrounding Merral is headed by Verofaza, a visitor from Ancient Earth, sent to investigate reports of a possible threat at Farholme.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite series of all time
My favorite series of all time. Buy this series and read these 3 volumes cover to cover. You will not be sorry!
Published 2 months ago by David Parish
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent, excellent series. I've reread this series several times.
Published 2 months ago by Aurelie A. Miles
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome
Published 2 months ago by ELIE
5.0 out of 5 stars a little dodgy in beginning but a page turner as ...
a little dodgy in beginning but a page turner as you get in to it.
Author has an incredible imagination that contains some serious food for thought.
Published 4 months ago by Joyous One
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
everything as expected
Published 5 months ago by David A Etzweiler
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful tale!
Its amazing what Chris Walley has been able to figuratively bring forth the reality of the scriptures into a very personal story. I'm now reading the next in the series.
Published 7 months ago by Robert Rugambwa
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Sci-Fi Series
This is an epic, excellent science-fiction series! This and it's sequels were worth the time spent in reading all 1500 plus pages. It time they will show themselves to be classics.
Published 8 months ago by T. J. riley
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking leading to self convicting and improvement..
Excellent sci-fi, Especially enjoyed the portrayal of how people would think and their morality given the thousands of years of peace from external evil.
Published 9 months ago by John S Alston
3.0 out of 5 stars The shadow and night
The story is interesting, but very flawed. Although I would like to believe that a utopian society such as the one created in this book could exist I know that without evil there... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Bratty_me27
5.0 out of 5 stars Good verses evil.
I recommend this for anyone. It was a very interesting read about good verses evil in a futuristic setting. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Susan Webb
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