The Light Unbound

Book 4 of The Seven Words

Christian - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
468 Pages
Reviewed on 07/18/2019
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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 Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

The Light Unbound is the fourth book in The Seven Words series by C. S. Wachter, a science fiction series with powerful spiritual underpinnings and a tale that is filled with inspiration. Rayne is trapped by the evil Sigmund and he feels nothing but betrayal. In his loneliness, he succumbs to the temptation to turn away from the One whom he believes has abandoned him in his quest for the scrolls. In a moment of dark despair, he is aided by an unlikely ally, an ancient with the look of a child called Mite. He lives in anonymity in the Camp of the Forgotten. Powerful foes are advancing towards all of Ochen, and while desperation possesses the hearts of its people, Prince Rayne must forget his self-loathing and do the one thing that matters — save his people.

This is a novel with strong religious themes, one that features the proverbial struggle between good and evil. The protagonist is a symbolic character and it is interesting how he mirrors the characteristics of Christ, who felt abandoned and betrayed by his friends at the moment he most needed them and who once turned to God in the garden to ask him to take away the bitter cup of suffering. Rayne is an elaborately developed character. A novel with an interplanetary setting and a conflict that is phenomenal and deftly developed, The Light Unbound beautifully portrays what happens when we allow God to act through our weakness. The conflict escalates pretty fast and gains momentum from page to page. I particularly loved the way the internal psychological conflict is developed, exploring the depths of the hero’s weakness and the darkness invading his soul. C. S. Wachter is a great storyteller who knows how to weave strong themes and an inspiring message into a story. A satisfying conclusion to a series that will, undoubtedly, have readers spellbound.

K.C. Finn

The Light Unbound is a work of Christian fantasy fiction penned by author C. S. Wachter and forms the fourth book in the Seven Words expansive fantasy series. We return to the adventures of Rayne after the harrowing events of The Deceit of Darkness, just as he tries to turn his back on the One and forgo his mission to recover the scrolls. He seeks a place to hide and finds solace at the Camp of the Forgotten as he tends his physical and emotional scars, but when the camp itself is threatened, his true duty shines through again. Dealing with this loss of faith and identity, so begins a new test for the heroic prince.

It was a pleasure to delve back into this fantasy world filled with faith-based values and Christian themes, and to once again see poor Prince Rayne face another trial as the man chosen by the One. Though we see him stray from the path, the conviction of author C. S. Wachter’s writing keeps you reading on with confidence to see our hero rise again, but this novel changes pace a little as it gives plenty of devotion to Rayne’s character development. The inclusion of the Camp of the Forgotten was a fascinating and original concept, laced with themes and powerful atmospheric writing to give the place an eerie ambiance which I enjoyed immensely. Overall, The Light Unbound marks another excellent addition to the Seven Words series, one which I’d certainly recommend to fantasy fans everywhere, Christian and otherwise.

Anne-Marie Reynolds

The Light Unbound by C. S. Watcher is Book 4 of The Seven Words Series. Once again, Rayne has fallen foul of Sigmund; it is the last straw for him and he abandons his quest. At the Camp of the Forgotten, Rayne is a nobody but then he meets Mite, a child-like ancient. When the camp comes under threat, Rayne has a choice – turn his back once again, or come clean and tell them who he is. If he does, he needs to find the strength to continue with his quest and defeat the black cloud that is steadily heading for them. While Rayne struggles to decide his future, back on Corylus his friends watch with mounting disbelief as the man they thought they knew changes beyond recognition. When he declares that he is the Imperial Emperor of all Ochen, doubts start to grow in their minds – is this really the Prince Rayne they knew or something else altogether? Is Rayne really the savior he said he was? Now is the time to prove himself, to find his faith again as the end draws nigh.

The Light Unbound (The Seven Words Series Book 4) By C. S. Wachter was a fascinating story. I did not read the previous three books but reading the final installment made me want to go back and read them all in order. This is a Christian fantasy story with plenty of lessons throughout the plot. It is really well-written and I cannot fault the development of the main characters in the story. Despite reading this as a standalone, I felt that I got to know the characters very well and found them likable and relatable. As far as the plot goes, this was one action-packed story, with plenty of adventure to keep readers interested and entertained. The emotion in the story comes through clearly and readers will find themselves reading with bated breath, rooting for the young prince and his friends all the way through. Excellent story, highly recommended for those who like the fantasy genre but best read in conjunction with the rest of the series.