<CENTER>The Shadows Are Preparing To Strike. . .</CENTER> Throughout history, the forces of darkness and light have battled for control of mankind. Living among us, The Guardians are capable of drawing light into a deadly weapon against The Dark Ones--those who inhabit the shadows, conjuring instruments of torture from the darkness itself. Sixteen years ago, guardian Charles Pennington buried the leader of The Dark Ones under an abandoned brewery in Buffalo, New York. Now Lars Engels has returned from hell, and The Dark Ones are gathering in numbers and power. Spreading their cloud of death across the region, they seek out the one soul who can stop them. . . Heading to Buffalo in search of her birth mother, Sara Pennington, granddaughter of Charles, is about to discover her true identity--and her ultimate fate. A guardian of intense power, she was taken into hiding as an infant. Now, she is the only one who can save the world from going to hell. . . "e;Izzo drags you into the shadows but doesn't leave you in the dark. A keeper."e; --Scott Nicholson on Cruel WinterAnthony Izzo received his Bachelor of Arts in English from D'Youville College. He currently resides with his wife and two children in Upstate New York where he is working on his next novel. When not writing, Tony enjoys reading, music, and playing guitar.