As with most youth in the realm of Elessara, it is the secret dream and hope to one day join the Esaeric Knights, to find adventure and stand against the Crusaders; a group whose mission it is to see all peoples of the realm loyal to the will of their holy Seraph, Soliri.
Like many before him, Arloren joins the knights after suffering a terrible tragedy in his own life but also discovers that he is not like the others, possessing a rare gift. It is among them that he makes new loyal and true friends and learns how to harness the power of the knights, imbuing crystal swords and shields with the light of his soul.
As his training progresses, he is taught how to fight the Crusaders and even survive an attack from the dark entity; a soul stealing enigma. However, he is first forced to face a greater challenge; the dark passion of revenge, a temptation of Darkness.
Arloren must discover the strength to endure and overcome this grievous temptation with the help of his friends and learn what it truly means to be an Esaeric Knight or be lost forever in shrouds of darkness.
Title: In Shrouds of Darkness: The Esaeric Knights (Book 1)
Author: R.L. Barrett
Release Date: May 3, 2013
Formats: 376 pages, 6×9, softcover; e-book
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy