A Glow in the Forest
Jude Perera, author
The times are medieval. The setting is a work house nestling high up in the mountains and next to a dark forest where dangers of all kinds reside. A pair of sadists harass and torment three teenagers and a small child forced to live there. Two siblings, orphans from a noble family, who keep their origins a secret to the rest of its inhabitants, a poor farm girl and a young boy with his eyes and heart on the altar decide that enough is enough. They escape to the dark bowels of an unknown world with hopes of happiness and freedom. They are helped and led by a handsome young hunter with an unknown past and a feisty girl, who seek escape for reasons of their own. They feel the pangs and joys of first love, and encounter painful social and religious hypocrisies and superstitions that threaten to tear them apart. But they discover the healing art of forgiveness and the bonds of friendship which annihilates all prejudices and divisions. They face off against bandits, murderers, predators, soldiers, even a faceless beast of terrifying dimensions that intrude in to their home in the forest. They understand that man hides the most terrifying of beasts and the most sublime of angels within himself. Their ultimate mission is to safeguard their most priceless possession: freedom. Their adventures and episodes threaten and violate their innocence, introduce them to the pain of death and loss, but impart priceless experience preparing them for the next critical phase of their life’s journey. It leaves on a twist which promises more.