Who among us will cast aside a comfortable existence and risk death to follow a dream?
A world kept peaceful for a thousand years by the magic of the ruling vicars. But a threat lurks from a violent past. Wizards from the darkness have hidden their sorcery in a place called the keep, and left a trail of clues that have never been solved.
Nathaniel has grown up longing for more, but unwilling to challenge the vicars. Until his friend Thomas is taken for a teaching, the mysterious coming-of-age ritual. Thomas returns but with his dreams ripped away. When Orah is taken next, Nathaniel tries to rescue her and ends up in the prisons of Temple City. There he meets the first keeper of the ancient clues. But when he seeks the keep, what he finds is not magic at all.
If he reveals the truth, the words of the book of light might come to pass:
“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 is a coming of age story set in a future dystopian world devoid of technology. It is a little slow to start, but from the time Thomas is taken away for a “teaching” it pulls you right in and takes you along on an adventurous ride with three courageous friends, Orah, Nathaniel and Thomas. I found it to be a great coming of age novel, perfect for the young adult genre, although I am sure that most adults would enjoy it as well. The bottom line is, if you are looking for a great young adult, original science-fiction/fantasy story, then this is the book for you.
Note – I received this book for my early review. All opinions expressed are my own.