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The Shadow and Night

by Chris Walley

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In the first book in the epic Lamb among the Stars series, author Chris Walley weaves the worlds of science and the spirit, technology and supernatural into something unique in science fiction. Twelve thousand years into the future, the human race has spread across the galaxy to hundreds of terraformed worlds. The effects of the Fall have been diminished by the Great Intervention, and peace and contentment reign under the gentle rule of the Assembly. But suddenly, almost imperceptibly, things begin to change. On the remotest planet of Farholme, Forester Merral D'Avanos hears one simple . . . lie. Slowly a handful of men and women begin to realize that evil has returned and must be fought. What will this mean for a people to whom war and evil are ancient history? Thus begins the epic that has been described as "If C. S. Lewis and Tolkien had written Star Wars." The Shadow and Night was previously published in two volumes: The Shadow at Evening and The Power of the Night.… (more)
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    Beyond the Reflection's Edge by Bryan Davis (capturingphi)
    capturingphi: Chris Walley does an admirable job combining science fiction with Christian spirituality in the trilogy called Lamb Among the Stars. Check it out
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I kept waiting for the main character to realise how stifling and unnatural his world was. Instead I got a superficial view of evil. ( )
  Shadowfoot | Dec 2, 2020 |
I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this book. It's very slow to start off, though it does begin to pick up about halfway through. The juxtaposition of hard core science fiction and evangelical christianity is a little odd. The author does a good job of explaining why the society he's created is thus, but something about this new oh-so-earnest and godly brand of humanity just doesn't jive. Part of what makes us human is our distinctions and uniqueness. To imagine that all cultures and all religions have been subsumed by Christianity... One Universe Under God, as it were, is a mite disturbing.

Some of the weeping and moaning, the wringing of hands and gasping at concepts outside what is permissible for good little automatons of the Assembly to think or participate in just rubs me the wrong way. Seriously, a society that mostly shudders and quivers at the mere thought of "evil" and does everything possible to stall taking action, pretty much deserves what it gets. There is something to the adage 'god helps those who help themselves'. Putting faith and trust in the lord is all well and good, but let's not spend days agonizing over whether it's ok to make weapons to defend ourselves from the scary genetically engineered beasties in the woods.

On the whole, I've found this book irksome, but intriguing. Reads better in small doses. Long reading sessions generally make me want to smack common sense into the main characters. ( )
  zannyvix | Oct 5, 2010 |
Chris Wally, the Welsh geologist, teacher, and writer may be found many places... Sometimes Wales, Lebanon, and northern England for a few, but also on Wikipedia, Facebook, and his own area of webspace his website and his blog.This week the Christian Science Fiction & Fantasy Blog Tour for February is The Shadow and the Night by Chris Walley. This tour will run through from Feby. 18-21. Click on any of the links below to see other participants in the tour's input.The Shadow and the Night is speculative fiction, pure and simple, learning "to fight evil without becoming evil." This book and the following sequels are not children's fiction. For me personally, I have never read a book quite like it and I must admit, as I am not finished, it is quite difficult to put down, because of the curiosity factor of what else and what next this author has put together. I find that reading something in the words of the author does well to sum some things up, or rather to at least touch to topic. The book is The Shadow and Night, the first part of the trilogy whose overall title is The Lamb among the Stars. The two succeeding volumes are The Dark Foundations and The Infinite Day, which will be published in June 2008. Several things need noting. The first is that the tagline "in the tradition of C. S. Lewis and J.R. R. Tolkien" was given (not by me) to the books as much to mark out that they are British fantasy not in the tradition of J. K. Rowling (and Phillip Pullman). Yet Lewis and Tolkien are important influences. In terms of material, Lewis' science-fiction trilogy is perhaps these books' closest neighbour, and in terms of their scale and scope, a debt is owed to Lord of the Rings. Another point to be noted is that these books are neither a conscious imitation of, nor a reaction to, any existing work. The idea for them goes back nearly a quarter of a century and the first few chapters were written as long ago as 1988. In other words, the predate Pullman, Potter, and the Left Behind series. To understand the theology of the story of the book, he has put together a great webpage "Puritans in Space". Overall, what I can tell you at this point is that Chris Walley has put together a story that all persons of intellect that enjoy a mind bending adventure will be pleased. For me, it is something that I could envision on something like the sci-fi channel, but at the same time couldn't, because it is so new and so different. I really like the way one tour participant describes it... Imagine a perfect world. A world with no sin, no war, no murder, no theft, no need for law enforcement or weapons. A world where everyone believes in and worships the one true God. A world totally at peace. Farholme is just such a place - a man made world in the distant future many light years from earth. Chris Walley has done a superb job of creating a perfectly believable world with characters that have depth and whom you come to care about. ( )
  cherryblossommj | Dec 14, 2009 |
Chris Wally, the Welsh geologist, teacher, and writer may be found many places... Sometimes Wales, Lebanon, and northern England for a few, but also on Wikipedia, Facebook, and his own area of webspace his website and his blog.This week the Christian Science Fiction & Fantasy Blog Tour for February is The Shadow and the Night by Chris Walley. This tour will run through from Feby. 18-21. Click on any of the links below to see other participants in the tour's input.The Shadow and the Night is speculative fiction, pure and simple, learning "to fight evil without becoming evil." This book and the following sequels are not children's fiction. For me personally, I have never read a book quite like it and I must admit, as I am not finished, it is quite difficult to put down, because of the curiosity factor of what else and what next this author has put together. I find that reading something in the words of the author does well to sum some things up, or rather to at least touch to topic. The book is The Shadow and Night, the first part of the trilogy whose overall title is The Lamb among the Stars. The two succeeding volumes are The Dark Foundations and The Infinite Day, which will be published in June 2008. Several things need noting. The first is that the tagline "in the tradition of C. S. Lewis and J.R. R. Tolkien" was given (not by me) to the books as much to mark out that they are British fantasy not in the tradition of J. K. Rowling (and Phillip Pullman). Yet Lewis and Tolkien are important influences. In terms of material, Lewis' science-fiction trilogy is perhaps these books' closest neighbour, and in terms of their scale and scope, a debt is owed to Lord of the Rings. Another point to be noted is that these books are neither a conscious imitation of, nor a reaction to, any existing work. The idea for them goes back nearly a quarter of a century and the first few chapters were written as long ago as 1988. In other words, the predate Pullman, Potter, and the Left Behind series. To understand the theology of the story of the book, he has put together a great webpage "Puritans in Space". Overall, what I can tell you at this point is that Chris Walley has put together a story that all persons of intellect that enjoy a mind bending adventure will be pleased. For me, it is something that I could envision on something like the sci-fi channel, but at the same time couldn't, because it is so new and so different. I really like the way one tour participant describes it... Imagine a perfect world. A world with no sin, no war, no murder, no theft, no need for law enforcement or weapons. A world where everyone believes in and worships the one true God. A world totally at peace. Farholme is just such a place - a man made world in the distant future many light years from earth. Chris Walley has done a superb job of creating a perfectly believable world with characters that have depth and whom you come to care about. ( )
  cherryblossommj | Dec 14, 2009 |
This is a truly remarkable series. Others have written about the basic story line of the book in their reviews so I won't even get into that, but I would just like to say that there is a great deal to get out of this book. More than it just being a great story there is also a lesson we can all learn about our relation to sin and evil in this world.
In the LATS universe there is an absence of evil, almost a second Edan, which has a very awkward feel at first. The first 70 pages or so I just couldn't stand because everyone was so perfect, so fake seeming, that I just could not relate. It was almost sickening how good the people were...but it shouldn't have been. This separation from sin and evil, though not possible to be reached fully, is something that we should strive for as Christians. Then when evil is let loose even the smallest sins are enormous to these people. I think we should have a similar reaction. Even just a tiny lie, a disregard for the law etc. should be something that we flee from committing.

I would also like to note that aside from the message the story is extremely well told and continually leaves you wanting to press on to find out just a little bit more of the mystery. I found him to be an excellent author in all respects though if I had to choose a flaw I would have to say it comes with dialog. Often when dialog is taking place "simple sets of quotation marks" separate "one character from another." I often found myself switching the two characters when I missed an "oh" or something like that. All and all though this is must read! ( )
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In the first book in the epic Lamb among the Stars series, author Chris Walley weaves the worlds of science and the spirit, technology and supernatural into something unique in science fiction. Twelve thousand years into the future, the human race has spread across the galaxy to hundreds of terraformed worlds. The effects of the Fall have been diminished by the Great Intervention, and peace and contentment reign under the gentle rule of the Assembly. But suddenly, almost imperceptibly, things begin to change. On the remotest planet of Farholme, Forester Merral D'Avanos hears one simple . . . lie. Slowly a handful of men and women begin to realize that evil has returned and must be fought. What will this mean for a people to whom war and evil are ancient history? Thus begins the epic that has been described as "If C. S. Lewis and Tolkien had written Star Wars." The Shadow and Night was previously published in two volumes: The Shadow at Evening and The Power of the Night.

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