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