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The Children of Darkness (The Seekers Book 1) Kindle Edition
"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, theresult of an overreaction to a distant past where progress had overtakenhumanity and led to social collapse. The solution--an enforced return to asimpler time. But it's also a coming of age story, a tale of three friends andtheir 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.
- ASIN : B00ZL8TSY0
- Publisher : Evolved Publishing LLC; 2nd edition (June 20, 2015)
- Publication date : June 20, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 2444 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 328 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #696,039 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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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.
Orah, Nathaniel, and Thomas have been friends since childhood. Living in their tiny village of Little Pond, they want more out of life than is offered by the teachings of the vicars of the Temple of Light, but are afraid to challenge the status quo. When Thomas is taken away for ‘teaching,’ and returns with his spirit broken, they become even more determined to break away from the oppressive order. The defining moment comes when Orah is taken for teaching, and Nathaniel defies his father and follows after her to rescue her. Held prisoner in the Temple City, Nathaniel encounters a fellow prisoner, Samuel, who has been imprisoned for decades. He learns that Samuel is a Seeker, who, as he approaches the end of his life, is looking for someone to take over for him, and he believes that Nathaniel is that someone.
Armed with secret instructions from Samuel, he travels with Orah and Thomas in search of the Keep. When they find it, all that they thought they knew is challenged—moreover, they are determined to challenge the iron hold the Temple of Light has over the people.
The Seekers is post-apocalyptic fiction at its best. Without going into great detail, it addresses issues that are relevant today—and nails down the truth; power corrupts, and the desire for power leads to unimaginable evil. It also shows that for evil to prevail, it is only necessary for good people to stand by and do nothing.
If you’re a fast reader, you can probably finish this book in about three hours, but give yourself more time. This is one you need to read slowly so that you can absorb all the messages that it so skillfully conveys.
The story revolves around three teenage friends, all who have known each other for all their lives. The setting is a simple society, a stern theocracy that does NOT like any kind of independent or original thought. There are shadows of a society long past, much different than this one, that is now considered to be evil and cannot be learned of by any common citizen.
The citizenry is controlled largely by fear, both of the past and their theocratic masters, the vicars. We see the young people as one comes "of age" (the exact number is never mentioned, though I think it is 17), and is chosen by the vicars for a "teaching". This is something all the citizens try to avoid, because a person who goes through this activity is never the same again. The purpose of the teaching is to drive home and confirm the fear of any kind of "back-sliding" into past thinking, and is a powerful form of brainwashing which we get to witness, at least in part. The goal of the vicars is to squelch any desire to question the motives and actions of the Temple, the ruling group.
Of course, two of our three young people are just that - dreamers and questioners. The third, the one who gets the teaching, is actually the one who probably needed it the least. The upshot and final goal of the teaching is to break the person and force them to betray someone else. In this way, one can compare it to the McCarthy hearings of the 1950s.
The group finds out about a resistance movement of a sort created long ago when the Temple was just growing in power. They decide to follow the clues, in order to find out what has been kept from them.
Up to this point in the tale, the tension has been high, the action almost constant, and the story spellbinding. Once the group sets off on their quest, though, things start to bog down, and frankly get a bit trite and boring.
These teens are defying a system that has been in power for over a thousand years, yet their travels have little challenge. They find every one of the people holding the next clue in the chain with no challenge, they encounter almost no opposition while on the road for multiple weeks, they get fed when they are hungry, get water when they are thirsty. They figure out ancient clues and signs that no one else has considered for a millennium. Frankly, they are now Uber-kids, smarter than everyone else. They make it to their goal almost unchallenged. This section is where the story loses some of its high marks.
They then spend some time learning of the past, and seem to catch on to modern concepts with little problem. Not bad for three kids from an agrarian Dark Ages type of society. Once they leave the learning place, though, the pace and tension pick back up a bit.
Finally, the Temple starts to strike back and actually use their superior power. The ultimate challenge of the story, the present versus the past versus any possible future, comes into focus. The tale ends with some surprising twists, and in ways not everyone would expect. While it is a series of sorts, this book is quite able to stand alone.
I was overall quite pleased with the story arc, and except for the travelling without challenges, I enjoyed the tension level of the book. This is another of those infernal books that screws up my sleep cycle, because it was difficult to put down. A very worthy effort, and I would say deserving of the awards they posted about it. I don't know if I will go on to the next book, but I think it is more because I am satisfied with where Book 1 ended rather than because of any lack of enjoyment. This is a worthwhile read, a fast read, though one of sufficient length not to be a one-nighter.