‘Light in the Darkness’ transports readers to the ancient Southwest

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A young spiritual leader saves his people from demise in Richard E. Valdez’s new historical novel

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CANON CITY, Colo. – A young leader must rely on his faith and wisdom to stand against a malicious priest bent on death and destruction in Richard E. Valdez’s new historical fiction, “Light in the Darkness” (published by iUniverse).

In the year 1055, a peaceful people with a culture veiled in mysticism and ritual inhabit the San Juan Basin of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. A small boy named Honaw, groomed by his wise grandfather to be one of the spiritual leaders of their village, dreams of the day when he will rule with fairness and kindness – the way his grandfather does.

Honaw’s world is thrown into chaos when an evil holy man murders his grandfather to gain total rule of the village. The evil one is vanquished, but the village is destroyed. Honaw grows into a man as he leads his people on a long and harrowing journey to their new home in the fabled city of White House.

Forces of men and nature lead Honaw to become the supreme spiritual leader of all the people of the basin. At White House, he faces his greatest challenge when the evil priest of his youth returns with a band of fierce warriors to exact revenge on Honaw and his people.

Light in the Darkness
By Richard E. Valdez
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 252 pages | ISBN 9781491736647
E-Book | ISBN 9781491736654
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Richard E. Valdez earned bachelor’s degrees in history, English and education from Western State University in Gunnison, Colorado and a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Teaching writing at the elementary and secondary levels provided him many opportunities to develop his love of storytelling. He lives with his wife in rural Colorado.

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