In the post-apocalypse wastelands of "The First Candle," a powerful demon prince is set to destroy the last resistance to his dominion. The first candle of the Menorah beckons roving minstrel Martin Longbow to rise up and gather allies against the spiritual forces that drive earth’s ruthless factions against one another.
In his debut novel, author Eric B. Swanson imagines a post-nuclear world where there is no division between night and day and resources are paid for in blood. The book depicts an all-consuming evil terror causing humans to retreat into factions: an insular militia group, a ritualistic sect, a roving minstrel group, and the cannibalistic wanderers who defy all three.
With the epic scale of A Pilgrim’s Progress and a style reminiscent of the works of Frank Peretti, "The First Candle" invites readers to consider the causes behind humankind’s worst moments.
“When we look around at world events and conflicts, we see people killing people senselessly,” explains Swanson. “'The First Candle' posits that our real battle is not against flesh and blood, but against unseen spiritual forces.”