The Deceit of Darkness

Book 3 of The Seven Words

Christian - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
476 Pages
Reviewed on 05/27/2019
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Author Biography

C. S. Wachter lives in rural Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, with her husband Joe, one German Shepherd, and three cats. She and Joe have been married for more than forty years and have three sons, one grandson and one granddaughter.
Ms. Wachter earned her degree in Performing Arts and English Education from Rowan University in 1975. She compares developing a character’s perspective to preparing for an acting role. As a life-long lover of books, she has read and enjoyed a variety of genres. However, after reading J. R. R. Tolkien in middle school her favorite has been, and remains to this day, Fantasy with a Christian perspective.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Deceit of Darkness is an engaging work of Christian fantasy fiction penned by author C. S. Wachter. Following The Sorcerer’s Bane and The Light Arises in The Seven Words series, this third installment focuses on Rayne as he faces the difficulty of being wrongly accused and hunted by bounty seekers who would happily find him, dead or alive. Despite his past victories and incredible feats towards bringing light to the world, darkness once again threatens, and this time it may even be in the form of his own trusted friends. As Rayne strives to continue his divine quest and seek the scrolls, the ever-present threat of betrayal looms, and it may bring his journey to a sudden end.

There are plenty of twists and turns in this lengthy and highly descriptive work to please fans of the series so far, and those who enjoy a strong character-led piece of fantasy action fiction. Prince Rayne and Sigmund continue the fight of good versus evil and light versus dark, with enemies old and new waiting at every suspenseful turn. Author C. S. Wachter handles the suspense elements very well so as not to give away too much too quickly, and her descriptive work brings the characters and their deeper relationships to life on every page. Rayne’s emotional journey is particularly heartfelt in this installment, and overall I would definitely recommend The Deceit of Darkness and The Seven Words series in general to fantasy fans looking for clean work and underlying Christian themes.

Katie Barrett

The Deceit of Darkness, book three of the Seven Words, picks up right after the cliff-hanger in book two. After finding the scroll of Veres and leading the people to freedom, Rayne and his friends must continue on to Sorial where an unexpected turn of events sends them to Amathea. Here, they stay at an orphanage owned by a member of the Reclamation Committee, Travis. Rayne has to blend in with the orphans, finding that he's now wanted for crimes he didn't commit. He gets sent to a farm, but he runs back to the orphanage after he slips up, and he and his friends then split. They reunited shortly after, and Rayne claimed the scroll of Amathea. However, they're forced to once again divide to conquer different tasks. Thorvin and Rayne head to Glaceria, where Rayne retrieves the scroll of Glaceria. He and Thorvin leave the icy world, deciding that they need a break. After skipping to Corylus, they're greeted by Noah, a guard of the king and queen. He says everything righted itself, and the king and queen are in Nemora waiting for him and Thorvin to celebrate Rayne's seventeenth birthday. They thought it was too good to be true, and it was.
This book has so much more in it than the previous two books, and that's not a bad thing. C.S. Wachter does an incredible job bringing each world to life and giving unique personalities to each character. Every location is so different and vivid. You can feel the characters' emotions through their words and actions. Even when it's obvious there's going to be a twist, it's impossible to guess what will happen. The relationships between the different characters really shine in this book, as does the dialogue. C.S. Wachter makes the speech seem believable, and the characters' reactions are real, as if the conversation was happening right in front of you. The personalities also shine in this book, giving each character depth. I said before that the second book improved upon the first, and this one is even better.
I recommend this book for any fantasy lover or someone who appreciates real characters. It's an honest, emotional book that you won't be able to put down once you pick it up.