"The plot unfolds easily,swiftly, and never lets the readers' attention wane... After reading this one,it will be a real hardship to have to wait to see what happens next." -- Feathered Quill Book Reviews
"The quality of its intelligence, imagination, andprose raises The Children of Darkness to the level of literature." -- Awesome Indies
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The Children of Darkness is about a society devoid of technology, the result of an overreaction to a distant past where progress had overtaken humanity and led to social collapse. The solution--an enforced return to a simpler time. But it's also a coming of age story, a tale of three friends and their loyalty to each other as they struggle to confront a world gone awry. Each searches for the courage to fight the limits imposed by their leaders, along the way discovering their unique talents and purpose in life.
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When the vicar arrived, the whole feel of the village changed and became more somber. After the blessing was given, the vicar announced that one would be chosen for a teaching so that he could be a soldier of faith. No one who had experienced the teaching ever spoke of it when they returned. Fearing for Nathaniel, Orah listened as the vicar announced that Thomas, her second best friend, would be the chosen one to accompany him to the Template for the teaching. All were well aware that this would not be a pleasant undertaking. The indoctrination by the vicars was a sensory deprivation nightmare that must be endured. The message that the darkness must be thoroughly understood and its return prevented is repeated over and over. If he could not betray the names of his friends, he was not yet deemed ready to return home. He sank down in the pitch-black chamber so his “training” could continue.
The wealth of description in this book is amazing! I could clearly envision each scene, and thoroughly knew the personalities of each of the characters. It was as if the author were painting a vivid world for me as I read. I clearly felt the emotions of the characters, and it made the book come alive. And there is so much more to learn from the main characters' adventures which have broader application to life and teach what is important. This is a good read and definitely recommended.
Some calamity has happened in the past, basically returning Humanity to an earlier time of development, back before electricity and the modern age. People are happy, for the most part with their lives, going about their daily chores, but there are those called the ‘Vicars’ who keep people in line through fear of ‘The Darkness’ and what came before. Everyone now worships ‘The Light’.
After their friend, Tom, is taken to a ‘Teaching’, Orah and Nathaniel, all 3 lifelong friends, Orah and Nathaniel, decide that they cannot undergo a ‘Teaching’.
When Orah is taken, this leads to a chain of events that will see the friends eventually go on a Journey to find an ancient place, the Keep. It is here that answers might be found, and a way to stop the Temple of Light.
This story is about their journey, not only to find the keep, but also as they grow individually and learn about their own light and darkness, and that sometimes it isn’t all just straight lines.
There are elements of this story that reminded me of John Wyndham’s work, the artistic nature of the work, and the clever dialogue between the characters. The characters themselves were also incredibly well written, Nathaniel, the courageous young man, full of passion, but sometimes forgetting control. Orah, fiery, intelligent and beautiful, but with a calm patience that can hold the group together, and also talk them out of trouble. Tom is the friend that reminds Nathaniel and Orah of who they are, and what they are doing. He grounds them, and at the same time, he is also incredibly cunning in his own right. But he is also being consumed by ‘The Teaching’.
This is a story that can easily rival those like the Hunger Games and Divergent, as it is not only more intelligent, but the writing is superior in so many ways. Whilst there are elements of romance between the characters, they haven’t lost a large part of the story in ‘love triangles’.
This is a story about understanding the light and dark in all of us, that we are made up of a bit of both of it (or in some cases some people lean more to one side than the other). It is incredibly powerful, and I would recommend it to anyone who likes dystopian works, especially works like Chrysalids, Hunger Games, or the Tripods Series.
The plot was unoriginal and worn out (how many plots have some young people trekking somewhere with the promise of saving the world from an overreaching religion or political system), and the quality of the writing did not redeem it. The characters were unlikeable and their descriptions were flat - I simply could not identify with them and found them stupid.The countryside never came alive for me and I never had a picture in my mind of where they were or where they were going. Sorry to be so negative but there are many other 'similar' books available that are so much better.
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