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Number of Pages: 356
Vendor: Living Ink
Publication Date: 2012
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
Series: Gates of Heaven
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