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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.