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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 – the Captain of the Hosts – 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.
Paperback, 416 pages
Published May 31st 2014 by SALT Christian Press
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Deborah O'Carroll
I loved this book!

THE VALLEY OF DECISION has revived my belief in self-published stories (because that was getting pretty low there for awhile...).

It was very well written and enjoyable and unique, and for the most part well thought out. The story, about the minions of an evil ruler rebelling against him, was intriguing.

The adventure was thrilling, and I was on the edge of my seat throughout, with no idea what was going to happen next. I couldn't predict any of it--it was all new. Which, cons
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Stargazer R. L.
This is probably the most stressful book I've ever read. Because of this book I am now in love with Keiran and my heart is broken into a million tiny pieces.

I enjoyed the middle of the book very much and I loved Keiran. A lot. He's awesome. Cael is also great. I really enjoyed most of the conversations. Keiran, Cael and Jarmith have many priceless lines! It was a very interesting story.

But the ending broke my heart it was so sad. (view spoiler)
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Sarah
Age Appropriate For: 12 and up for violence
Best for Ages: 12 and up

I shy away from reading fantasy, much less endorsing it. However, when Shannon asked me to endorse her newest book, I told her I would give it a try. I am so glad I have this excellent book a change and I hope you will to.

Although it can best be classified as fantasy, it does not have the magic and overwhelming darkness that normally comes with the genre. Like Shannon’s other books, she is reclaiming some of the genre’s that are
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Tom
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I won this in a Goodreads giveaway, generously given by the author. This book has themes similar to that of The Lord Of The Rings, the idea of good against undeniable evil. The character in the book I found that I could relate to was Cael as he was the character that I would love to be. The book left me with a sense of reading a linguistic fantasy at points, but also left me feeling as though there needs to be a sequel. There was everything that a good fantasy novel needs, it has battles, warrio ...more
Michelle R. Wood
May 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: solo, fantasy
It's been awhile since I cracked open an honest-to-goodness high fantasy tome, and unfortunately it was a mixed bag. This book's expansive, bold plot is weakened by writing that doesn't quite meet its bold vision, but there are glimmers of greatness to reward the reader who finishes it.

It took me a while to really get into the story: both The Valley of Decision and its short story prequel Sunrise Windows suffer from slow starts. This quiet-before-the-storm approach might have worked if the prose
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David Bergsland
Jun 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: readers of epic fantasy
This is a copy of my posting on Reality Calling:

This is a very intriguing and enjoyable Christian high fantasy leaning toward the heroic. The level of spirituality is Old Testament with potential self-chosen spiritual life change possible—though not common. A relationship with God is virtually unheard of among man but the core of the fay world with which man is intertwined. The world is divided between the half in bondage and slavery to evil and the half seemingly free to make their way toward g
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Melanie
Jul 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Like most fantasy books I've read, this story is pretty complex. There are lots of names to get used to and figure out where the characters and locations fit. I am a personal fan of lists of characters so I can refer back to it as needed and this book didn't have one (there is, however, a map which I found to be quite helpful). It started out slow to me and took me a while to really become invested. I'm glad I kept reading, though, because once the groundwork was set and the plot picked up, the ...more
H.S.J. Williams
Jul 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
A world enslaved by malicious Fay...a rebellion stirring up amidst the very ranks of evil led by the Captain himself...

The plot idea is rare and intense....but the author chose to go with a more quiet, thoughtful approach. Much of the book focuses on character instead of action. Our three main heroes are three very different men who find themselves with the same goal. What we see of the world is interesting, and the villains are chilling. The author's writing, while fairly simple, is quite capab
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Teri
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I won this book on Library things in a book give-a-way and am so glad I did. I love to read Christian novels but this was a new twist for me and I am so glad I had the chance to read this. Although I had a good time trying to get the gist of who was who and how they connected I truly enjoyed the story line and the way the story progressed and how the way free will was explained. The characters are strong and it interesting to see the changes they go thru and the awakening, the Captian when he ma ...more
Brent Soderstrum
May 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-read
I won this book through GoodReads first read program.

I am not a big fan of fantasy books but this book has a very good story which kept me interested throughout. Keiran, Cael and Jarmith are the main characters in the book. Keiran is the leader of the army of Belenus and Cael is his right hand man. They capture a spy from Alamir named Jarmith. Jarmith changes their lives. Lots of twists and turns are in store for you as you follow their adventures. A subtle Christian message is woven into the bo
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Chris Bullock
Jun 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a pleasant and straightforward story line but with sufficient intrigue and twists and turns to maintain interest. Although a complete story in itself, it lends itself to a series of sequels. The characters are believable and the friendships/relationships between the main players are clearly established. It was a thoroughly enjoyable read and particularly suitable for Young Adults, but acceptable to all ages.
I look forward to reading more novels from Shannon.
Carrie Johnson
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Valley of Decision is a fast paced, action filled fantasy about slaves who serve their evil master as soldiers. The characters are unforgettable and the plot keeps you wanting more. There is some humor given at much needed times when the moments are getting too solemn. Twists and surprises makes it hard to put this novel down. I look forward to reading more from this author.
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Shannon McDermott is the author of the fantasy novel The Valley of Decision, as well as the futuristic The Last Heir. She has written the Adventures of Christian Holmes, a series of humorous detective novellas, and Beauty of the Lilies and Summer Leaves (Sons of Tryas, I and II).

Shannon lives in the Midwest and enjoys coffee, novels, and history.
“They were the truth, so far as I can see."
"But you cannot see very far, and what you do see you do not understand. You do not know the truth.”
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