Everyone’s afraid of the dark. Now, there’s a reason to be.Lux and his younger brother Lunam enjoy the full freedom of the simple life and all the childhood adventures offered by growing up in a small village in a picturesque glen. Life is tranquil, peaceful, and just about perfect—except for one formidable fact…Every day is followed by night. And, with the night, comes the DARKNESS.Slowly shrouding the valley and relentlessly seeping into every nook and cranny on its nightly rampage, the darkness returns to feast on its victims. No man, woman, child, animal—or even, insect—is safe. The darkness consumes all; the darkness’s hunger is never satisfied.When the sun falls from the sky, the villagers, young and old, must take to arms, guarding their homes, loved ones, and livestock with every ray of light they can muster. Even young Lux and Lunam are well-soldiered in their responsibilities to safeguard themselves and their parents during the nightly vigil, the nightly fight to live to see another day.It’s always been this way—the truths and ritual passed down from generation to generation since ancient times. No one dares question why. Nothing can change the frightening fact of the lives of the villagers or emancipate them from their singular foe—nothing, except a child’s imagination and a curiosity as immutable as the darkness’s own appetite.There’s just one truth guiding every man, woman, and child to strive to see another day: “Darkness Comes but Once a Night.”♦ First Place Award for Fantasy Fiction (CIPA EVVY Book Awards) ♦ Gold Medal for Best Short Story (Literary Classics Book Awards) ♦ Award for Fairy Tale & Folklore Fiction (CIPA EVVY Book Awards) ♦ Bronze Award for Fiction Short Story (Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards) ♦ Bronze Award for Short Story Fiction (eLit Book Awards) ♦ Excellence Award for YA Sci-Fi & Horror (New Apple Summer E-Book Awards) ♦ Literary Classics Seal of Approval ♦ B.R.A.G. Medallion Award ♦Enjoy the Read…If you delight in fantasy, adventure, otherworldly supernatural mysteries, brotherly love, the power of imagination and one boy’s determination, the fight against the dying of the light, the triumph of good over evil, and one village’s tale of being afraid of the dark, you’ll relish reading The Darkness.
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Justine Avery is an award-winning author of stories large & small, for all.Born in the American Midwest and raised all over the world, she is inherently an explorer, duly fascinated by everything around her and excitedly noting the stories that abound all around. As an avid reader of all genres, she weaves her own stories among them all. She has a predilection for writing speculative fiction and story twists and surprises she can’t even predict herself.Avery has either lived in or explored all 50 states of the union, over 36 countries, and all but one continent; she lost count after moving 30-some times before the age of 20. She’s intentionally jumped out of airplanes and off the highest bungee jump in New Zealand, scuba dived unintentionally with sharks, designed websites, intranets, and technical manuals, bartered with indigenous Panamanians, welded automobile frames, observed at the Bujinkan Hombu Dojo in Noba, Japan, and masterminded prosperous internet businesses—to name a few adventures. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree that life has never required, and at age 28, she sold everything she owned and quit corporate life—and her final “job”—to freelance and travel the world as she always dreamed of. And she’s never looked back.Aside from her native English, Avery speaks a bit of Japanese and a bit more Spanish, her accent is an ever-evolving mixture of Midwestern American with notes of the Deep South and indiscriminate British vocabulary and rhythm, and she says “eh”—like the Kiwis, not the Canadians. She currently lives between Los Angeles and London with her husband, British film director Devon Avery, and their adored children. She writes from wherever her curiosity takes her.Avery loves to connect with fellow readers and creatives, explorers and imaginers, and cordially invites you to say “hello”—or konnichiwa. You can find her at JustineAvery.com, on Twitter @Justine_Avery, and at Goodreads.com/JustineAvery.