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The Seekers: The Children of Darkness (Book 1) by [Litwack, David]
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"A tightly executed first fantasy installment that champions the exploratory spirit." -- Kirkus Reviews


"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

"... a fantastic tale of a world that seeks a utopian existence, well ordered, safe and fair for everyone... also an adventure, a coming-of-age story of three young people as they become the seekers, travelers in search of a hidden treasure - in this case, a treasure of knowledge and answers... a tale of futuristic probabilities... on a par with Huxley's Brave New World." -- Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

"The quality of its intelligence, imagination, and prose raises The Children of Darkness to the level of literature." -- Awesome Indies

"...a solid fantasy-dystopian offering, one that is not merely written by some author looking for a middling entry to the genre, but excellently crafted by an artist looking to make his mark... A timely novel beautiful in the simplicity of its writing and elegant in its underlying complexity."  -- Eduardo Aduna for Readers' Favorite

"I found the world-building surrounding the people of the Ponds so descriptive that I was transported to their homes and way of life, and when the trio embarked on their journey, I could clearly picture them every step of the way. If you're looking for a classic fantasy quest wrapped in a fascinating, dark archaic world, then this novel will not disappoint you." -- K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

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What if all you have been taught as good and right turns out to be the hand of darkness that has been holding you down?


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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  • File Size: 2302 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Evolved Publishing LLC; 1st edition (June 20, 2015)
  • Publication Date: June 20, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ZL8TSY0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #451,551 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
The Children of Darkness is an original twist on the post-apocalyptic genre. Three youth are coming of age and instead of conforming to the current trends of the religious/political leaders they are thrust into an adventure that helps them grow into heroes and through their courage they help transform the way people think and the way politics function.

What I think I like most about this book is that the teenagers are relatively normal. They don't face up to grown adults and beat them in hand-to-hand combat as is often the case with YA books. Instead they use their wits to solve puzzles and help make change.

I liked this book and kept turning pages to see what would happen, but I also often found myself thinking the book was a little rushed, and tons of stuff happened. I think if the author took time to develop characters more and show the action instead of narrating it, this story could have been two very well rounded books. Now with the political situation basically resolved, I think a sequel will seem forced, or at least like it is an afterthought. Having said that I do like self-contained stories so in a way I'm glad I got good resolution. So the one-book-or-two-book thing doesn't really matter because the story was page-turning and fun.

Having said that there are some things about this book that made me teeter between three and four stars:

1. I felt there was very little intensity. Because of the rushed pace and narrated feel to the book, things that could have been intense were simply told in story form. Some scenes I would have loved to see played out were just not there. (like the sabotage of the vicar trees)

2. The main characters didn't really need to struggle.
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As a high school teacher and avid reader, I am constantly in search of books for my students as well as myself. David Litwack's The Children of Darkness is a perfect story for young adult readers, but its underlying theme and character development will keep any adult engaged. Nathaniel, Orah, and Thomas go on a journey to discover the keep, a rumored hidden treasure that many believe never existed or has been destroyed over time. Through their quest, the three main characters work to solve a riddle while meeting many strangers that provide them with more questions than answers. These questions, however, are the heart and soul of this book: How can just a few young people change the world? If all progress were stopped, would we look back to the knowledge and wisdom of our ancestors? David Litwack writes the message I hope all of my students hear: "Ideas combined with courage can change the world."
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What if all that you have ever been taught as good and right, the light that you've been taught to appreciate turns out to be the hand of darkness that has been holding you down?

When Nathaniel Rush of Little Pond discovers that the vicars of the Light have things to hide - things that may change his understanding of the world - he has to decide if he should run away from this knowledge, fitting back into the normalcy of life he has always known, or if he should pursue it, like in his dreams of being a knight and hero.
Along for the adventure is Orah Weber, the girl he would give up his freedom for, and Thomas Bradford, the doubter, the one already broken by the Light. They must find the hidden keep, preserved for centuries by the keepers, so that the truth and knowledge of the past ages and civilizations won't be lost to the world.

Litwack's writing is fresh, and Nathaniel, Orah and Thomas come to life in your imagination as you flip (or click) the pages of this book. That's not to say that the other characters are not well fleshed out as well - they are. You feel for the painful history between Nathaniel's father and Orah's mother, and at times you are even drawn to understand the arch vicar, who seeks the keep for reasons of his own.

The Children of Darkness was originally published as There Comes a Prophet, and has been re-edited, expanded, and re-released with a new publisher in line with its rebranding as book one of the dystopian trilogy, The Seekers. Because I'm not exactly one who remembers minute details of a book I read 2 years ago, I can't tell you exactly what has changed during my re-read - but I would say that the pace has slowed a little, with snippets of Orah's thoughts coming to the fore, pushing her forward as a stronger driver of the story than before.

I received this ebook copy for review as part of a Novel Publicity tour.
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Format: Paperback
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

* I received a copy of this book through the Goodreads First Reads program.

This Dystopian fiction novel will captivate both Young Adult and Adult readers alike. David Litwack uses the story to examine how a theocracy works and how, over time, knowledge can be lost. He also examines the question of whether it is better to have free thought or whether safety and security is worth the loss of personal freedoms. This book will stay with the reader long after reading the final page.

This is the first book in "The Seekers" series. The second book, "The Stuff of Stars" is due for release in November 2015. I hate that I have to wait a few more months to read it, but I am glad it is set to be released soon.

This is a dystopian fiction epic set a thousand years in the future. Society is completely devoid of technology. Even simple things like maps have been banned and few people even know what the term means. The populace has returned to a simpler way of life. They refer to the time before as "The Darkness."

Everyone lives by the rules of "The Temple of Light." The belief is that the Vicars and The Temple keep the Darkness from returning by using "temple magic."

What is the truth? Well, you'll need to read THE CHILDREN OF DARKNESS to find out.

Orah, Nathaniel and Thomas have all been friends since childhood. All three live in the tiny community of Little Pond.

When Orah is sent to Temple City to receive a "teaching", Nathaniel decides to follow her and to attempt to save her from the horrors inflicted on those who receive "teachings.
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