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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; First Edition edition (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414313276
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414313276
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #625,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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M. Pasztor
The world that Chris Walley has created is beautifully described with characters that come to life, their struggles and their joys.
T. Schroeder
I highly recommend this book to the sci-fi, fantasy, or Christian fiction lover.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By John G. Everett on 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 By Barbara Warren on 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 By All About Books on 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 By Grace Brigette Francis on 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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