The Unraveling of Wentwater, Gates of Heaven Series #4   -     By: C.S. Lakin
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The backward village of Wentwater is unraveling--one word at a time--and neither the wise men in the heights nor the superstitious villagers can undo the spell gone awry. Teralyn, who only wants to play her music with the young man she loves, becomes entangled in prophecy and destiny when she learns she is the one foretold to cause the undoing of Wentwater--only by stitching every word back into existence can she save everyone she loves.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 356
Vendor: Living Ink
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0899578926
ISBN-13: 9780899578927
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Series: Gates of Heaven

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When the simple, backward village of Wentwater begins disappearing one word at a time, no one can figure out how to stop it. Not the learned men living up in the Heights nor the superstitious leaders of the village. But those who had attended the baby naming ceremony seventeen years earlier remember the words of the marsh witch, and her pronouncement that the babe would one day cause the unraveling of Wentwater. In their fear, the villagers banish the parents and set their cottage on fire, and the babe was thought to have perished in the flames. But . . . did she?

Teralyn lives in the Heights and wants nothing more than to create beautiful music on her lap harp. When she comes down to the village for a festival, she falls in love with a villager named Fromer, much to the fury of Fromer’s brother, Justyn. Justyn’s jealousy moves him to make a deal with the witch, and when Wentwater vanishes due to a backfiring spell, it leaves Teralyn, the only person left in the kingdom, with a terrible choice. She must leave her life and forget Wentwater, or she can spend seven long years restoring everything back to the way it was, by spinning nettle into thread and stitching the world back . . . one word at a time.

The Unraveling of Wentwater explores love, jealousy, mercy, and judgment. It spins a tale about the power and magic of words, and as the marsh witch, who keeps words in a jar, warns, "Be careful with your words, they have consequences!" Secrets and superstitions abound in the kingdom, but only a water creature who lives at the bottom of the lake and guards the sacred site knows the truth and can help Teralyn restore all.

In this fourth installment of The Gates of Heaven fantasy series, readers will learn of the fourth of seven sacred sites heaven set up on earth to prevent evil from gaining a stronghold over the hearts of men. Inspired by the traditional fairy tale Sleeping Beauty, readers will be taken on a journey that will leave them, in a word . . . speechless.

Author Bio

C. S. Lakin is a novelist and professional copyeditor who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, dog, and three cats. The first four books in her seven-book fantasy series, The Gates of Heaven, have been released: The Wolf of Tebron, The Map across Time, The Land of Darkness, and The Unraveling of Wentwater (July 2012), allegorical fairy tales drawing from classic tales we all read in our childhood.

Lakin's relational drama/mystery, Someone to Blame, won the 2009 Zondervan First Novel award, released October 2010. She just completed writing her eleventh novel, a modern-day take on the biblical story of Jacob called Intended for Harm and her twelfth: The Crystal Scepter (book five in The Gates of Heaven series). Also available on eBook are two mystery/psychological dramas: Innocent Little Crimes (top 100 in the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest) and Conundrum. Don't miss Time Sniffers: a wild young adult sci-fi romance that will entangle you in time!

Lakin has two websites for writers: www.livewritethrive.com with deep writing instruction and posts on industry trends.
Her site www.CritiqueMyMaunscript.com features her critique services.
Follow her on Twitter: @cslakin and @livewritethrive and Like her Facebook Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/C.S.Lakin.Author

Publishers Weekly

Wentwater is a village ruled by superstition. It lies at the foot of the mountain where, high above, the Heights is the home and pinnacle of learning. Teralyn descends from the Heights for a village music festival, accompanied by the student Justyn, whose family lives in the village. While Justyn seeks to leave his native village behind, Teralyn, a musician, finds joy in its appreciation for music, and a kindred soul in Justyn's shepherd brother Fromer. That's only the beginning of a complex plot involving a prophecy that has to do with Teralyn and the titular unraveling--disappearance--of the village as things, and the words that signify them, begin to disappear. Lakin (The Wolf of Tebron) mixes classic fairy tale elements (witches, spinning thread from nettles, water spirits) with wisdom elements from the Bible in a highly imaginative amalgam that examines the making of meaning and the making of mercy. Lakin's clever revival of the power of fairy tales as she continues The Gates of Heaven fantasy series makes one miss them as a vehicle for instructing the young. Ages 14-up. (July) 2012 Reed Business Information

ChristianBookPreviews.com

Words are vanishing in C.S. Lakin's The Unraveling of Wentwater and only Teralyn can stop it. Long ago, the marsh witch predicted a newborn babe would cause the undoing of Wentwater before her 18th birthday, and the superstitious village of Wentwater frantically tried everything in its power to prevent it. For years they thought everything was fine, until the day Teralyn arrived.


When Teralyn, a simple girl from the Heights, gets an opportunity to travel below to Wentwater village for the annual festival, she is excited to experience a different culture and hear new music that will better her own musical expertise. Her companion Justyn feels differently. Living his entire life in the village of silly traditions has forced him to venture to the Heights in pursuit of knowledge and wisdom. Having been asked to escort Teralyn to the festival, he dreads going back to his superstitious family with parents who understand neither him nor his love and thirst for knowledge.


While in the village, Justyn shows Teralyn around and takes a liking to her; when Teralyn meets and falls in love with his younger brother, Fromer, Justyn doesn't hide his hurt and jealousy. Envious of Fromer and angry with Teralyn, he sets out to take matters into his own hands. The marsh witch says she only needs his word as payment and Justyn underestimates the power of that one word.


Before long, strange disappearances occur and the villagers become desperate for someone to blame. When they accuse Teralyn of being the one the prophecy speaks of, she strives to uncover the truth of what's happening and to do everything she can to fix it. If Teralyn is the cause, then she alone can stop the unraveling of Wentwater.

C.S. Lakin has written a unique story of love versus hate that creatively reminds the reader about the power of words. She paraphrases several Bible verses throughout her novel such as, Hebrews 1:3: "[He] sustains all things by his powerful word." She includes a list of such verses as well as a discussion with questions on the biblical themes at the end of the book. And although The Unraveling of Wentwater is the fourth book in The Gates of Heaven Series, the reader doesn't have to know the others in order to fully appreciate this one. I highly recommend this novel to anyone searching for a good story with a deeper meaning woven into it. - Kristi Schweitzer, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

Editorial Reviews

What I love about C.S Lakin is the fact that in every story she brings the glory of God alive. We see the power of the cross and heaven's gates are revealed in such a way that the story comes to life. The characters in the latest installment of, "The Gates Of Heaven Series", she brings us to Wentwater.

I love how Lakin takes words and shows the power they have. The town of Wentwater is ?like invisible ink. It is disappearing as fast as it's being penned. Can we undo our words? Just what can words do? They have the power to bring others to Christ or turn them away for ever. Words hold such power. They can bring love or they can cut like a dagger in hate. Words can undo us or make us feel complete.

Lakin brings fantasy alive and puts a twist on Sleeping Beauty. This is the fourth book of the series. Just imagine, there will be seven tales of heaven when the series is complete. This series is for everyone. If you enjoy fantasy you will be captivated by this series. We see superstition at it's highest and what happens with the truth of words. The characters are rich and vibrant.

Lakin has weaved together a wonderful story that takes us to a place where imagination is at it's best and story telling is at it's grandest height. We see good and evil and the best part is we see God prevail and we see victory won.

Whether adult or young adult, you will fall in love with this series. If my children were still young and at home, bedtime would be after a reading of, "The Gates Of Heaven Series". You will be captivated before you hit chapter 2.
—Robin Prater

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  1. HollyMag
    Covina, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Lakin Provides another winner!
    July 16, 2012
    HollyMag
    Covina, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Once again C.S. Lakin takes us on a magical journey with talking owls and witches from the marsh in the fourth installment of The Gates of Heaven Series. This time the journey takes us to Wentwater, where tradition and superstition rule the every day life. In the mountains above known as The Heights knowledge and wisdom is power.

    Justyn the boy from Wentwater who always questioned the superstitions grows into a young man to be educated at the university in The Heights. Determined to turn his back on the foolishness of his family and the others in Wentwater. Teralyn has always lived in The Heights but never felt like she fit in, for deep in her heart is a passion for music.

    When Justyn's mentor asked him to take Teralyn to Wentwater for the annual festival he sees an opportunity to endear himself to his mentor. But he is soon consumed with much more than that when Teralyn seems to fall in love with his brother, Fromer. What follows is a classic story of love and the dangers of jealously and bitterness.

    The author weaves several life lessons in this tale. I honestly don't think I've figured them all out. Having worked in higher education for over 25 years I see many Justyns. As well, I've seen many Teralyns who have captured the passion of music and life. I think it's safe to say we need to land somewhere in between.

    Like the other books in the series it is appropriate for any age. If you enjoy escaping into another world that is beautifully painted with allegories this is an excellent choice. Although the fourth book in the series you do not need to read the books in any particular order. Having read the others there are locations and characters mentioned in each book from the other books.

    Disclaimer: I would like to thank the author for the opportunity to read this book and was under no obligation other than to give my honest opinion.
  2. Terra Hangen
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A new fairy tale of adventure and love
    July 11, 2012
    Terra Hangen
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    Everyone who loves to enter imaginary worlds is invited to read The Unraveling of Wentwater, a fairy tale by C.S. Lakin. Lakin creates a land where villagers slavishly follow superstition to avoid bad fortune, and people living in the Heights are scholars who are devoted to learning. Yet both groups are missing a third possibility, the belief in what The Book says. A curse is made by the witch Ursell, causing havoc in the village as it unravels and disappears, word by word. Teralyn, raised in the Heights yet drawn to the village, must spend seven painful and isolated years weaving words and what they represent back in to existence. Two brothers vie for Teralynn's affection, and one proves treacherous. This fairy tale is a grand story romp, with love, betrayal, and witchcraft holding the reader's attention and Scripture from The Great Book pointing the way forward.
  3. LaTawnia Kintz
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    A marvelous story of love, mercy, and fantasy
    April 9, 2012
    LaTawnia Kintz
    Quality: 5
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    The Unraveling of Wentwater is the 4th book in the Gates of Heaven Series written by C.S. Lakin. In this fourth installment of the Gates of Heaven fantasy series readers will learn of the fourth of seven sacred sites heaven set up on earth to prevent evil from gaining a stronghold over the hearts of men. Inspired by the traditional fairy tale "Sleeping Beauty," readers will be taken on a journey that will leave them speechless.

    Lakin takes you on a magical journey that explores love, jealousy, mercy, and judgment. She spins a tale about the power and magic of words, and as the marsh witch, who keeps words in a jar, warns, "Be careful with your words - they have consequences!" Secrets and superstitions abound in the kingdom, but only a water creature, who lives at the bottom of the lake and guards the sacred site knows the truth and can help Teralyn restore all...

    Teralyn, the babe born in Wentwater, is the one who will unravel Wentwater. On her naming day, the marsh witch appeared unexpectedly and placed a curse on her. The villagers banished the parents out of the village and set the cottage to burn with Teralyn in it.

    The villagers of Wentwater are extremely superstitious. Sweeping away the footprints of chicken feet, a loose button will cause untold trouble if it comes off the garment, stopping in a doorway and spinning around so the shadows don't hold evil.... Every bit of their lives, thoughts and relationships are tied to superstitions.

    Then there are those who live in the Heights of Wentwater. Nary a superstitious thought among them. They are scholars, thinkers, seekers after knowledge and wisdom, until they have reduced their world into a logical, intellectual world that has only room for their words. Forget magic and wonder, there is no place for that.

    Justyn is one of those who lives in the Heights. He used to be a villager, in fact, he was there when the tragedy of Teralyn happened. His brother, Fromer, still lives in the village. Only Justyn has no use for his brother, thinking he is above him and all of those who live in the village.

    Teralyn, who has lived in the Heights for all of her life, or so she believes, goes down to the village for a music fest and from that point on things begin to happen.

    C.S. Lakin has written another wonderful book. Focusing this tale on words and their importance, she unravels the two extremes of Wentwater. Then revealing the necessity of both logic and superstition, intellect and emotions, she weaves together two communities that need each other with the greatest word of all.

    I can't wait to read this book again. I highly recommend The Unraveling of Wentwater to anyone who enjoys an extremely well-written fantasy.

    I was able to review this book through the courtesy of C.S. Lakin and AMG Publishers. They provided a review copy for the purpose of writing this review.
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