Curse Bearer, Book 1 in the Risen Age Archive series, is Christian fantasy published by Written World Communications.

This is "an epic tale of curses and miracles, where headstrong ignorance creates bondage, and the desire to serve offers freedom." It's an engaging story with a lot of spiritual depth.  I enjoyed it immensely.

Danae Baledric, the eldest daughter of the local apothecary, lives in a town that has been overthrown by the enemy for so long that the people have little to no resistance left in them. After Danae's father is poisoned (in some fashion) by a knife creating a flesh wound that won't heal, Danae sets out on her quest to find answers and bring back a cure.

The journey contains Patrons and elves and an evil that hunts her. I particularly liked the spiritual depth and allusions in this novel.  The Creator God of this created world is called Creo which at least harkened my mind back to Creator every time I read a reference to him.  The fight of good versus evil showed the forces of darkness, and how Danae defaulted to darkness when she really thought she served herself.  I love to see such truths shown in fiction.

In true fantasy style, this is book one, and the story continues in the books to follow.  I intend to follow. If you read the Curse Bearer, I suspect you will too.