"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, and prose raises The Children of Darkness to the level of literature." -- Awesome Indies
From the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
* 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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This a wonderful story set thousands of years in the future, when Vicars of the Temple of Light control the people. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Mindjacked
Orah Weber (daughter, weaver) lived in Little Pond (village). Susannah Weber (mother) resided there also, Orah’s 2 best friends were Nathaniel Rush (farmer), & Thomas Bradford... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Tony Parsons
enjoyed the story. great characters and interplay with same. A great book on its own with out the need of knowing there is a 2nd.Published 1 month ago by Stewart Metcalfe
When men try to govern our thoughts it will lead to rebellion. Liked that some opened their eyes. I will recommend this book to my sisterPublished 2 months ago by Gali
But here again, it lures you to buy more. However for me it is a standalone. So many free books to be read.Published 3 months ago by Mary MacKay
Kept me interested through the whole story. Great
plot and some points, were surprises.! Made me want more books like this!
The setting of this novel feels like the middle ages, but in fact it is far into the future. The Temple of Light in order to bring peace has stifled innovation and creativity. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Patricia Brightwell
Interesting read with a twist on post apocalyptic life. The Children of Darkness soon learn that coming of age in their simple and basic life is not what they have believed. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
You know how any book or movie about a "post-apocalyptic future" is almost always preceded by the word "bleak"? Well, then here's a book for you. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Matthew D. Ream
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