Children of Light and Darkness



Aegypt is only the beginning...Ancient Light
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The Sixth Ancient Light Novel...


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Length of Novel:

112,900 words

Keywords and Market Focus:

Fiction, Egypt, Ancient Egypt, Cold War, China, Mao, Burma, Fairies, MI, British Foreign Office, Russia, Tomb, Suspense, Mummy, Archeology, Mystery, Britain, Scotland, KGB, Scotland, Ceridwin, Gaelic, Celts, Queen Elizabeth, Anglican, Fairy, Seelie, Unseelie, Goddess; will fascinate anyone interested in mystery and suspense—will appeal particularly to those who enjoy archeological historical mystery and suspense novels.

The theme of Children of Light and Darkness is similar to the gothic horror novel The Jewel of Seven Stars by Bram Stoker mixed with a school novel like The Trouble with Angles by Jane Trahey; it is a completely new twist on the many Egyptian and archeological historical mysteries currently in print.

Children of Light and Darkness is a continuation of the adventures of Lumičre's children, the daughter of Paul and Leora begun in Aegypt, The Goddess of Light, The Goddess of Darkness, The Shadow of Darkness, and The Shadow of Light.


Fiction Suspense


In 1960, Lumičre Diakonov, the Shadow of Light, bore twin daughters. She named them Sveta, meaning light, and Klava, meaning lamed one. One of these girls might become the Goddess of Darkness and revive a cycle of evil like the world had never seen before. In 1965 Lumičre and her husband were lost in Burma on an official mission—unknown to “the organization,” they took their daughters with them.

In 1970, new information comes to light about the loss of Lumičre and her husband, and “the organization” sends Kathrin McClellan and James Calloway to Burma to search them down. After a month, Kathrin and James accidentally find Klava and Sveta. The girls are venerated as village goddesses and are called Darkness and Light by the people. Sveta and Klava have incredible powers—powers Kathrin and James see first hand. Kathrin and James realize, they must return these children to Britain, but how and at what cost? Kathrin’s is an operative in interrogation. She convinces the girls to accept her as their mother. To the girls, this agreement is as binding as life itself. James procures their paperwork, and Kathrin and James find themselves heading to England with two young goddesses in tow.

Now, for better or worse, Kathrin is the guardian, the official mother, of Sveta and Klava. How do you raise two goddesses? How do you turn them into socially responsible beings? How do you prevent one from becoming the new Goddess of Darkness? What agency of the government sent Kathrin and James into Burma to find them in the first place? Who really is Kathrin McClellan?


Obviously, Sveta and Klava must go to school.  Will St. Anne's Anglican School ever be the same again?  They all need a place to live.  Kathrin has a small flat, she can barely afford now.  What about a father for them--will James dump Kathrin when they return to England?

Children of Light and Darkness shows the trials and travails of Kathrin, James, Klava, and Sveta as they negotiate British society at the level of family parlors and royal palaces. The Queen, along with the darker denizens of the British Isles become intimately involved, and the end is much more surprising than anything you can imagine.

Author's reviewer’s quotes: 


There are no repetitive plots in the Aegypt novels. Children of Light and Darkness is an entertaining piece of domestic intrigue—it will make you laugh and sob. Fun change up to the whole series.

Lumičre is conflicted. Leora is not. Kathrin is someone else entirely. An identity crises is not a good thing for the most powerful being on the British Isles.

Children of Light and Darkness is just entertaining. There is a lot to think about, if you want it, but the whole idea of twin goddesses negotiating fifth year in an Anglican school is hilarious.

Short descriptive teasers: 

Kathrin McClellan and James Calloway discover two real goddesses in the wilds of Burma, and they bring them back to Britain…

Klava and Sveta want a mother, and they find one, Kathrin McClellan; Klava and Sveta happen to be goddesses of light and darkness, but hey, everyone has issues.

The twin daughters of Lumičre and Aleksandr Diakonov raised themselves in the wilds of Burma, now James and Kathrin bring them back to England—one of them may be the Goddess of Darkness.




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Aegypt is only the beginning...







ISBN: 1602900132

ISBN-13: 9781602900134

Format: Paperback, 232pp

Publisher: OakTara Publishing Group LLC

Pub. Date: January 2008



An unspeakable evil and an unbelievable power is about to be released into the world...

In the Tomb of Darkness and Light
If someone from the ancient world walked suddenly on the earth, what would they tell us about their times, and what changes would they observe in ours?  What if that person was revered as a goddess in the ancient world and evidenced a power beyond modern human understanding?  What if she were malevolent?
Fort Saint stands on a plateau between the salt deserts of the Chott Djerid and Chott Melrhir.  Four thousand years ago the chotts were filled–one salt and one fresh.  The fort coincidentally guards an ancient foundation where once stood a temple.  
The commander of Fort Saint, Lieutenant Paul Bolang discovered the foundation and unearthed Egyptian hieroglyphics on it.  His letter brought an archeological party to explore it.  And when the archeologists unearthed a tomb beneath, Paul was the only one who noticed a keen foreboding in the find.  Death followed the opening of the tomb and led Paul to uncover alone the existence of two other hidden tombs: the tombs of the Goddess of Darkness and the Goddess of Light.

Paul was present when the archeologists opened the tomb of the Goddess of Light and someone or something escaped.  Paul chased the being out onto the desert and captured a naked woman who spoke only ancient Egyptian.  

Paul struggled to communicate with woman who called herself Leora.  She claimed to come from the tomb, and she claimed to be the Goddess of Light—a claim she backed up with inexplicable powers.  Leora seemed benevolent, but she alerted Paul that her sister, Leila, the Goddess of Darkness wanted to also escape her tomb.  Leora warned that if Leila were released, she would visit only evil and suffering on mankind—that was her nature.

Now the archeologists have discovered the second tomb, the Tomb of the Goddess of Darkness, and they want to open it.    

Aegypt is only the beginning...

 The Ancient Light Novels

          Aegypt (Published by OakTara)

          Sister of Light (Contracted to OakTara)

          Sister of Darkness (Contracted to OakTara)

          Shadow of Darkness (In consideration with OakTara)

          Shadow of Light (In consideration with OakTara)


          Children of Light and Darkness (In consideration with OakTara) 


          Warrior of Light (In consideration with OakTara) 


          Warrior of Darkness (In consideration with OakTara)  



Meet the Author

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The finest escape in literature is an escape into a real and inviting culture—so asserts L. D. Alford a novelist who explores with originality those cultures and societies we think we already know.  He builds tales that make ancient people and times real to us.  His stories uniquely explore the connections between events close and familiar and events of the past—he cleaves them together with threads of reality that bring the past alive.  L. D. Alford is familiar with technology and cultures—he earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Pacific Lutheran University, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University, and a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Dayton. He is a graduate of Air War College, Air Command and Staff College, and the US Air Force Test Pilot School.  He is widely traveled and has spent long periods in Europe and Central America.  His writing includes over 40 technical articles and a historical fiction novel The Second Mission published by Xulon.  L. D. Alford is an author who combines intimate scientific and cultural knowledge into fiction worlds that breathe reality.



  Novels by this Author
       The Second Mission (Available now)
       Centurion   (Available now published by OakTara)
      Ancient Light              (Available now published by OakTara)
                  Aegypt         Sister of Light   Sister of Darkness


 The Dragon and the Fox


 The Chronicles of the Dragon and the Fox (Available now published by OakTara)


              The End of Honor    The Fox’s Honor          A Season of Honor 





  L.D. Alford is the author of more than 41 technical papers published in international journals on flight test, military policy, flight safety, space, and cyberwar.  Technical Writing
  L.D. Alford has been a professional aviator for more than 30 years.  Aviation Writing

L.D. Alford Aviation Writing Technical Writing Unpublished Novels Writing Links Engineer