The Light Arises

Christian - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
405 Pages
Reviewed on 02/11/2019
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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 Light Arises is a work of Christian fantasy fiction penned by author C. S. Wachter, and it forms the second book in The Seven Words series. As the former slave boy known as Wren, Prince Rayne must now return to his original ways as a warrior to obtain the next of the seven scrolls that he is compelled to find by the One, who sends visions to his head. This time, the brutal games set up by the merchants of Veres mean that Rayne will have to play in order to get the scroll. This puts him in a dangerous position when the embittered Lexi learns of the prince’s scheme, intending to kidnap him for plans of her own.

Author C. S. Wachter has created a complex and credible plot in the world of Ochlen which mirrors many Christian religious themes but also has its own sense of faith and strength. Rayne is a superbly well drawn hero with his own inner sense of loyalty and justice, vulnerable in terms of his family history but also strong by his own merits and the battles he’s had to fight in life so far. This fantasy world is vividly drawn and brought to life with excellent descriptive prose, and the insights into the minds and hearts of the characters give readers an emotional connection to the action. I also particularly liked the dialogue and the finesse with which it was made to sound authentic. Overall, I would highly recommend The Light Arises as a great fantasy read.

Katie Barrett

Finally free of his chains, Rayne spreads the news of being the Light Bringer. But something lurks away from the light. His cousin has evil in store from him, stealing Rayne's life. As relations with his parents and cousin escalate, Rayne receives word from the One. He is to go to Veres with his friends. But when they arrive, they find that Rayne's cousin has informed the powerful Lord William of their journey there. Lord William captures them and splits them up. As Rayne's friends are taken away for slave work, he is forced to fight in the ring. His opponent? Yormund. The fight was a death sentence in itself, but Rayne is saved by a man named Shin. Before Rayne suffers any more, he is kidnapped yet again. This time, his captor is a girl by the name of Lexi and her friends. They take Rayne away, wanting to kill him because of what he did in his years as an assassin - ruined Lexi's father's life. But the One speaks to them, and they delay his sentencing. Instead, they leave to rescue Rayne's friends. After a successful rescue mission, they receive word from the One, who tells them to travel to Caarwyn Rill, in the mountains. Once they arrive, they are greeted by the Elders, one of which goes by Jiro and is Shin's brother. While most of the Elders trust the newcomers, two in particular, First Elder Tegan and Elder Powell, have their doubts. How could one so young be trusted to unite the seven scrolls? But they put their trust in the One after he reveals his own confidence in Rayne, and they grant him access to where the scroll can be found. Rayne retrieves the scroll with the help of an ancient named Ari. When he returns to Caarwyn Rill, however, he finds danger.

Wow! I loved the first book, but this one is even better. The story is smooth and blends well, and there's a good balance of action, dialogue, and some more subdued moments. The descriptions C.S. Wachter uses brings the world of Veres to life, and the dialogue is witty and makes sense. This book had the benefit of a firm line to follow after the first book paved the way, and it does an incredible job of that! There were some unexpected directions the story took, but they were all enjoyable. This book seems to take itself less seriously, and as such, it creates a much lighter, delightful experience. If Wachter continues with this quality of writing, I will definitely be reading some more.

I recommend this book to any and all who like fantasy. Even if you don't but you appreciate a good story, read this! If you read and liked the first book, you will love this one all the more. I couldn't believe how much it had improved on an already great story. Wow!