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The Valley of Decision Reviews and Endorsements


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.

Novel by Shannon McDermott, author of the Christian Holmes series


"Valley of Decision is a masterful tale of fantasy, friendship, and redemption. It is sure to inspire as well as entertain all those who read it."

- Sarah Holman, author of Adventures and Adversities

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"A solid fantasy that wears its spirituality lightly yet effectively.”

- Kirkus Reviews

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The Valley of Decision transports its readers into a fantasy world as rich and authentic as Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings... McDermott’s characters and storytelling are not only credible, they are totally enthralling, imaginative, and original.”

- Dr. Brenda Ayres, Director of Undergraduate Research and Creative Writing, Liberty University

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Shannon McDermott is a promising young author who has created an intriguing story with strong plotting and character relationships. Readers who enjoy thinking below the surface of a novel will find much to think about here.”

- Janie B. Cheaney, Sr. Writer, WORLD Magazine



I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Christian fantasy and allegory.”

- Sara,


...This is a book that will appeal to anyone who enjoys reading about the pursuit of freedom. There are lots of moving parts that came together in the end for a satisfying conclusion. I'm glad I had the opportunity to read this, and I look forward to reading more from this author!”

- Melanie,


The characters were definitely my favorite part of the book... I also really enjoyed the unfolding mystery of who the Fay are and why they are a part of this world... [The Valley of Decision] has strong themes of loyalty, bravery, and doing what is right .”

- Tina,