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Covenant ⚣ Covenant Books ⚡ Author Rashid Darden – Thomashillier.co.uk Who will be the first to break ADRIAN is on a mission to heal himself from his emotional wounds Though he is fresh off the burning sands of Beta Chi Phi, he suddenly finds himself alone He sets himsel Who will be the first to break ADRIAN is on a mission to heal himself from his emotional wounds Though he is fresh off the burning sands of Beta Chi Phi, he suddenly finds himself alone He sets himself to the task of reconciling with his parents while forging his own path as a newly out man on campus no easy feat when some fraternity brothers still harbor animosity toward himAIAH is struggling to redefine himself He is a student, basketball player, and boyfriend to a beautiful young lady But who does he want to be Isaiah s friendship with Adrian awakens new feelings within him feelings that are both exciting and terrifyingOver the course of one summer these two men are united as friends and What happens between them is kept secret, even from their closest friends As they cross each other s paths on the close knit campus, they both long to finish what they started during that long, humid summer Still, they made a promise.

  • 240 pages
  • Covenant
  • Rashid Darden
  • 06 October 2017

About the Author: Rashid Darden

Rashid Darden is an award winning novelist of the urban LGBT experience, a seasoned leader of black fraternal movements, and a professional educator in alternative schools He is local to the District of Columbia and Conway, North CarolinaHis books include the Potomac University Series Lazarus, Covenant, and Epiphany Yours in the Bond Men of Beta, Volume I the Dark Nation Series Birth of a Dark Nation and Children of Fury the anthology Time and The Life and Death of Savion Cortez, a volume of poetry His short story Smith Jones Young Americans was first published in Short Fiction and Poetry Inspired by David Bowie Volume I In , Rashid s play Message from The Legba was selected as a winner of the OutWrite DC and Theatre Prometheus One Page Play Competition It was staged in Rashid won the Elite Award in Literature from Clik Magazine in Rashid is the National President of Gamma Xi Phi, the professional fraternity for artists He is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, the Apollonians, and the Freemasons Always a teacher, Rashid has led workshops on practical topics like bylaws and governance, membership recruitment and engagement, and intersectional awareness Rashid s efforts in the community have garnered him awards from Greek Tweak, the Thursday Network, and the Georgetown Black Student AllianceAs an alternative school educator, Rashid has curated varied syllabi for use of educators and students, including the Nat Turner Syllabus, Moonlight Syllabus, David Bowie Syllabus, and the Harriet Tubman Micro Syllabus He has taught writing and language arts in traditional and innovative ways, from lectures to project based learning Rashid has used restorative practices to proven academic and social emotional success of his studentsRashid believes wholeheartedly in living an authentic, intersectional life at all times He is an out, black gay man who has experienced chaos and order, wealth and poverty, urban bustle, and rural peace He brings to his novels as well as his own life a sense of thoughtful disruption Ultimately, he believes in the principles of everyday brotherhood that is, the parts of ourselves which keep us connected to one another in meaningful ways.



10 thoughts on “Covenant

  1. Stanley Clay Stanley Clay says:

    Author Rashid Darden betters himself considerably with Covenant, the sequel to his debut novel Lazarus In a story that is sweet and sexy, poignant and though provoking, funny and sad, the author skillfully continues the journey of our young and affable now out of the closet hero and narrator Adrian Collins as he traverses college life, fraternal brotherhood, family reconciliations, the pain of lost love and the joy of new love.Adrian, now a sopho and still healing from his break up with Sav Author Rashid Darden betters himself considerably with Covenant, the sequel to his debut novel Lazarus In a story that is sweet and sexy, poignant and though provoking, funny and sad, the author skillfully continues the journey of our young and affable now out of the closet hero and narrator Adrian Collins as he traverses college life, fraternal brotherhood, family reconciliations, the pain of lost love and the joy of new love.Adrian, now a sopho and still healing from his break up with Savion, the handsome Latino poet we met in Lazarus, seems to be handling his business on campus well He befriends other gay and lesbian schoolmates with dignity, and his frat brothers, for the most part, accept him and his sexuality, although he suffers an on campus assault by a vicious homophobe, from which a very special friend rescues him His on campus and fraternity challenges are rather lightweight this time around, including a cursory dissertation on the cruelty of hazing But Adrian s efforts to straighten out his relationship with a mother who seems to value his scholastic achievements over the bond most sons share with their mom, and a father who attempts to re enter his life after a twelve year absence, gives this tight short novel much heft.However, the book s great emotional daring do is Adrian s relationship with campus basketball star Isaiah, a gorgeous hunk Adrian s had a crush on since his freshman year Their friendship, a lesson in brotherhood, is simply beautiful As we watch their relationship evolve into something much , something both secretly desire, we admire how they both respect a covenant of restraint I suspect precious few of us are capable of maintaining.This time around not much really happens plot wise, and that s perfectly okay Most of the action is internal, lifting the story emotionally, even jerking tears with lovely human insights and personal discoveries.Even the sex scenes are romantic and touching, although they still manage to engender considerable steam, especially a tryst that ends up in a shower.That the author has chosen to let Adrian tell his tale nonlinearly is another plus Adrian is a good guy facing a life whose complications any reader can empathize with As we seldom see the segments of our life stories in chronological order, Adrian too shares with us in the order dictated not by time and place, but by the emotional highs and lows of his heart, constantly trying to make some sense of young manhood and the wonderful frustrating mumble jumble that colors the coming of age process and love s baffling conundrums.Covenant is a very sweet ride, simply and touchingly told, and although nitpicker me would have liked a slightly stronger ending, Mr Darden reminded me of something I ve always believed, and that is that love truly does conquer all

  2. LaToya Hankins LaToya Hankins says:

    I love the way the author weaved the past and the present in telling the story of Adrian and Isaiah s relationship The flashbacks were easy to follow and I really appreciated how he managed to incorporate the themes of hazing, gay bashing, and the down low brother perception I think the author was fair in developing the character introduced in his previous work and I m looking forward to reading his next work.

  3. Jen Jen says:

    Rashid Darden s follow up book to his debut Lazarus is an enjoyable and thought provoking read It s construction iscomplex than Lazarus, as Covenant moves backwards and forwards in time We join Adrian as he returns to Potomac University, but we flash back to the summer he spent getting close to his roommate The book effortlessly jumps between the two time periods, detailing his current time on campus, trying to figure out where he stands with his roommate, who is struggling with his sex Rashid Darden s follow up book to his debut Lazarus is an enjoyable and thought provoking read It s construction iscomplex than Lazarus, as Covenant moves backwards and forwards in time We join Adrian as he returns to Potomac University, but we flash back to the summer he spent getting close to his roommate The book effortlessly jumps between the two time periods, detailing his current time on campus, trying to figure out where he stands with his roommate, who is struggling with his sexuality and what it means for his future, and jumping back to the summer they spent together, where it becomesevident that Adrian s roommate has a decision to make Darden is deft with his handling of time many authors struggle trying to keep the timeline of a book understandable to the readers, but Darden handles the flashbacks easily, not just in orienting the reader, but in choosing when and how to make the leaps backwards and forwards The story itself is always moving forward very skilfully, despite the leaps back in time I really enjoyed that the portions set in the summer always seemed to move the fall story ahead, as you learn piece by piece what has brought everyone to the point they are at Covenant also delves into matters within Adrian s fraternity, Beta Chi Phi, and his conflict with a brother who doesn t accept him Darden does a great job showing the gamut of reactions to Adrian being an out gay man on campus and as part of a fraternity Adrian s new relationships with some other gay and lesbian minority students expand his support beyond his longtime friends, but his fraternity brother s reaction is a reminder than Adrian s journey is not easy or simple, despite the support he has from the friends closest to him The book brings up some issues I m hoping to see expanded on in the third book, Epiphany, such as Mohammmed s feelings toward the pledging process they were put through, and Adrian learning his father frowns upon their method of pledging The set up of potential conflict in the third book is enticing.Overall, Covenant is a great read which carries on Adrian s story, while introducing us to some new characters, while others are expanded upon It is a must read for those who have read and enjoyed Lazarus

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