Publish Date: January 1, 2013
Origins: From Author for Review
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Synopsis: In 9th century Britain, chaos rules as kingdoms splinter, Vikings invade from all corners, and lives and fortunes are lost to those with the biggest sword and the smallest shreds of morality. When a young priest, Daniel, witnesses a lone warrior save his village from savage raiders, he believes he’s seen a miracle, and he follows the reclusive warrior on his mysterious trek across the island, hoping to find his own path in this brutal and unforgiving world.
Daniel’s journey takes him to places he’d long since left, forcing him to face his past, along with dour dwarves, canny druids, and an army of Viking warriors. When he meets a captive woman with strange abilities amongst the ruins of humanity's savage and unforgiving past, Daniel will face his true enemy, a powerful demon, who waits for his dominion over man to be complete.
Review: ‘Sanctuary’ is Daniel’s recollections of his life and journeys in 9th century Britain. It all begins in a small village called Rogwallow, where the village was being raided. Daniel and a young bride-to-be were hiding out in the church when the raiders found them. A man, a warrior, found them and saved them from the raiders. In Daniel’s eyes, this man is a savior and God’s answer to Daniel’s prayers. Daniel sets off in the aftermath of the raid to follow this mysterious stranger and along the way finds his true calling. Yet there are many set against him on this journey and he has to harness his true strength in order to defeat a chilling and powerful evil…
In ‘Sanctuary’, the author has brought the characters to life with ease. Even though it’s told from Daniel’s point of view, you get to know the other characters through his eyes. Daniel, for the most part, is a shrewd judge of character, even though he longs to feel the hand of God and the warmth of God’s love upon him. I feel Daniel learned, as most of us do, there are a great many influences in this life but we must be the masters of our own destiny. It was interesting to see the development of Daniel’s relationships with the others around him and his discovery of his abilities. His humbleness and honesty also saved him from imminent death several times, even if his genuine curiosity may have aggravated some. He seemed like a good guy, though flawed. The story itself flowed very well and you could see the research the author did into this time period. There were definitely a few loose ends by the conclusion, but as this is the first book in a series it’s to be expected. ‘Sanctuary’ is really a touching story of the human condition and what we are all capable of depending on the circumstances.
Dominion Series: Sanctuary (1)