Today I’m excited to participate in the Blog Tour of The Seeker Series by David Litwack. For this blog tour I reviewed the first book in the series ‘The Children of Darkness’. This is a science fiction dystopian series.
For more information about the tour please visit tour page.
About 'The Children of Darkness':
A thousand years ago the Darkness came—a terrible time of violence, fear, and social collapse when technology ran rampant. But the vicars of the Temple of Light brought peace, ushering in an era of blessed simplicity. For ten centuries they have kept the madness at bay with “temple magic,” and by eliminating forever the rush of progress that nearly caused the destruction of everything.
Childhood friends, Orah and Nathaniel, have always lived in the tiny village of Little Pond, longing for more from life but unwilling to challenge the rigid status quo. When their friend Thomas returns from the Temple after his “teaching”—the secret coming-of-age ritual that binds young men and women eternally to the Light—they barely recognize the broken and brooding young man the boy has become. Then when Orah is summoned as well, Nathaniel follows in a foolhardy attempt to save her.
In the prisons of Temple City, they discover a terrible secret that launches the three on a journey to find the forbidden keep, placing their lives in jeopardy, for a truth from the past awaits that threatens the foundation of the Temple. If they reveal that truth, they might once again release the potential of their people.
Yet they would also incur the Temple’s wrath as it is written: “If there comes among you a prophet saying, ‘Let us return to the darkness,’ you shall stone him, because he has sought to thrust you away from the Light.”
This book is available at Amazon.
About 'The Stuff of Stars':
This second book in The Seekers dystopian series continues the story started in the critically-acclaimed ‘The Children of Darkness’.
Against all odds, Orah and Nathaniel have found the keep and revealed the truth about the darkness, initiating what they hoped would be a new age of enlightenment. But the people were more set in their ways than anticipated, and a faction of vicars whispered in their ears, urging a return to traditional ways.
Desperate to keep their movement alive, Orah and Nathaniel cross the ocean to seek the living descendants of the keepmasters’ kin. Those they find on the distant shore are both more and less advanced than expected.
The seekers become caught between the two sides, and face the challenge of bringing them together to make a better world. The prize: a chance to bring home miracles and a more promising future for their people. But if they fail this time, they risk not a stoning but losing themselves in the twilight of a never-ending dream.
This book is available at Amazon.
My Review of 'The Children of Darkness':
I’m a huge fan of dystopian novels. I love to read about a futuristic world where everything is different. The fun thing, if you ask me, about dystopian novels is that, although it sometimes really is unimaginable, there’s always a part of you that thinks that a world created in a dystopian novel could be possible. When I read the book description of ‘The Children of Darkness’ that was definitely the feeling I got. So I signed up for the blog tour and couldn’t wait to start reading.
The beginning of ‘The Children of Darkness’ took some getting used too. It was interesting but also a little strange and a little slow. But because I was fascinated with the friendship between Orah, Nathaniel and Thomas, and because I was intrigued by the ‘darkness’ I kept on going and began to enjoy this book more and more with every page. The strange part was definitely the way the people were reciting all these sentences they learned from the moment they could speak. It really gave me the creeps.
‘The Children of Darkness’ definitely is a fun dystopian novel. I really enjoyed getting to know this futuristic world. The author really did a great job with creating this world. I’m especially impressed with the way the author described the vicars. The vicars of the Temple of Light just really freaked me out. They were supposedly the bringers of peace but they are definitely not what they claim to be. I mean they supposedly bring the peace, but when you don’t do what they expect you are being taken to go for a ‘teaching’. Something that changes everyone who’s been there. I was really happy when the main characters were getting suspicious about their way of life. The people definitely needed to find out what the deal was.
The one thing that was a little disappointing about the book was the way it missed a little bit of action. It’s not that this book was bad, but it just that I expected more action when I read the book description. It felt a little mellow at times. And action is also what I kind-of expect when I start reading a dystopian book. But missing a little bit of action definitely did not make me not like this story. Not at all. This book was well thought of, the writing was done really well and the characters were interesting enough to make me want to keep on reading.
‘The Children of Darkness’ definitely is a fun science fiction dystopian novel I would recommend!!
About the Author:
The urge to write first struck at age sixteen when working on a newsletter at a youth encampment in the woods of northern Maine. It may have been the wild night when lightning flashed at sunset followed by the northern lights rippling after dark. Or maybe it was the newsletter’s editor, a girl with eyes the color of the ocean. But he was inspired to write about the blurry line between reality and the fantastic.
Using two fingers and lots of white-out, he religiously typed five pages a day throughout college and well into his twenties. Then life intervened. He paused to raise two sons and pursue a career, in the process — and without prior plan — becoming a well-known entrepreneur in the software industry, founding several successful companies. When he found time again to daydream, the urge to write returned.
David and his wife split their time between Cape Cod, Florida and anywhere else that catches their fancy. He no longer limits himself to five pages a day and is thankful every keystroke for the invention of the word processor.
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