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Trade Paperback
336 pages
Jan 2005
Revell Books


by L.A. Kelly

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Prevented from screaming, held tightly, threatened cruelly, Netta could not resist. As her kidnapper carried her away, she could only fear for herself and the people she left behind. She recognized her kidnapper -- Tahn of the Dark Angels, her husband's murderer -- and her fear grew greater. Later came the dank cave, and even later the children he brought to share the cave with her. Netta could reach out to her Lord, even in this chilling time. But Tahn? What hope could his desperate heart lay hold of? How did hands that could kill be so gentle? How could hopeless children love this degraded man? And what in this despairing land was going to keep Netta's family, and the moral fiber of her whole land from annihilation.

Set in a mythical, Medieval, European type country, Tahn is a story of choices between redemption and hell. Each character must face his or her own heart and Lord. There are the degraded, dire young men chosen from childhood to be assassins, including Tahn Dorn, he whose name makes this book's title. The Christians must face their own human failings at a time when life seems barely worth living. A mesmerizing story, Tahn grips the imagination, pulls the reader into bi-partisanship with the characters, and presents knotty problems that bear great resemblance to today's anxieties. A real nail-biter of a plot keeps tension and drama throughout the story. Will these people we've accepted as friends make the right decisions? Violent scenes are offset by deep, committed love. Soul sickness rampages into healing. Badness is evil, but sometimes it is redeemable.

Drawing from her background as waitress, tutor, EMT, Christian worker, and parent, L. A. Kelly uses a poet's touch, embellished with a raconteur's words to present believable characters and comprehensible circumstances. Salvation, Christian love, the slow growth of light within a soul, sin horrific and sin forgiven, are just a few of the topics intrinsic to this tale. Other motifs include drug addiction, despicable habits, child care, bad and good priests, and a Christian's attitude in violent circumstances. Tahn makes a rollicking good morality tale for Christian readers and, if left where the unsuspecting non-Christian can get involved in the story, a wonderful witness for the unbeliever. -- Donna Eggett, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

Tahn Dorn is trapped in the middle of a looming conflict between two noble families. Trained in his youth to be a mercenary but troubled by the deeds of his past, Tahn must now choose between the commands of a master and the urgings of his own good conscience. When his latest orders instruct him to kidnap Lady Netta of the House of Trillet, Tahn realizes that following his conscience won't be easy, especially with the lives of his young students at stake.

As Tahn's struggle continues, neither he nor Lady Netta can foretell the series of events that will unfold and change both their lives forever. Wrestling to understand Netta's God, Tahn is filled with doubt, and Netta herself wonders how such a man is willing to risk his life for a ragtag band of little children.

The bravery of an unlikely hero, the love of an honorable lady, and the innocence of each wayward child resonate throughout this gripping tale of courage, faith, forgiveness, and unconditional love.