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The Children of Darkness (The Seekers Book 1) Kindle Edition
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EDITOR: Lane Diamond has over 120 published books to his editing credit, including many multiple award-winners, across many genres and styles.
EDITOR: John Anthony Allen --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B00ZL8TSY0
- Publisher : Evolved Publishing LLC; 2 edition (20 June 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
- Best Sellers Rank: 306,073 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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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.
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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.
It's a story of 3 friends that find out that their simplistic world is not what they thought it was. Politics and religion have merged into a way of governing and living that leave little room for individual creativity and fulfillment. It's kind of a `what if religious leaders controlled the technology' and they took us back to an agrarian society `for our own good'.
The three main characters, Orah, Nathaniel, and Thomas learn of a secret place from a dying prisoner, strike out together on a quest to solve the clues, find the hidden location called the Keep, and return with a secret about the past that will shake the foundation of their civilization. The three friends must elude the ruling vicars who are in pursuit, make some very difficult choices, and stay one step ahead of the vicars' secret technologies.
I read the original version, titled: There Comes a Prophet and enjoyed it very much. When I learned of it being turned into a trilogy, I felt a read of the new edition was in order before the rest of the series comes out. Told from Orah’s perspective, the new version seems paints a more vivid picture of the dystopian society. I’m very glad to have read it again in the new version.
Like other books I have enjoyed, this book provides strong characters with underlying themes of friendship, perseverance, courage, and the will to challenge an authority that has more power than it should. The strengthening of Orah’s character in the new version was an excellent revision strategy.
My strongest recommendation is to simply say, "I'm a very busy professional who read this book in two days and let everything else lapse while reading it"!