by Shannon McDermott
Paperback, 416 pages
May 31st 2014 by SALT Christian Press
ìA solid fantasy that wears its spirituality lightly yet effectively.î
~Kirkus Reviews (read the entire review here
Where the Black Mountains pierce the sky, they divide the south from the north, Alamir from the kingdom of Belenus. Belenus, the undying master of the north, commanded Keiran ñ the Captain of the Hosts ñ to conquer Alamir. But the Captain is deep in conspiracy, and he has his own plans.
The Valley of Decision is a fantasy novel, a saga of slavery, freedom, and choices.
Shannon McDermott is a Christian author of speculative fiction, as well as a humorous detective series called "The Adventures of Christian Holmes". She has written both fantasy and science fiction, and has yet to decide on which one to like better.
She was born to Wisconsin, expatriates in California, grew up on the East Coast, and now lives in the Midwest. Her principal hobbies are politics, history, novels, and coffee.
Post 8 (Beyond the Maps): The Northmen
In the uttermost north, beyond even the kingdom of Belenus, icy mountain peaks look down on the Coldlands. The Coldlands are not on our maps, not even the borders. The Alamiri do not venture even to Belenus’ home, let alone past it. But rumors come to us – from foreigners, adventurers, and far-travelers, brave, reckless, wild men.
Winter is an early-comer and a late-goer in the Coldlands. In the months of its supremacy it is fierce, scouring the country with frozen storms and bitter cold. The Northmen are pale in their looks, as if somehow brought to conformity with the ice and snow. Their eyes are blue, their hair and skin very fair.
It is said that the Northmen worship gods of war and thunder with superstitious rites, that they wear the pelts and fangs of animals, that they know nothing of letters and reading. They are called barbarians.
Are they? I suppose we shall know if we ever see them. I don’t know why we should see the Northmen; the Coldlands are so far away. But the chances of the world are strange. Maybe we will someday know the Northmen after all.