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Publisher's Summary

"But what are we without dreams?"
A thousand years ago the Darkness came - a terrible time of violence, fear, and social collapse when technology ran rampant. But the vicars of the Temple of Light brought peace, ushering in an era of blessed simplicity. For 10 centuries they have kept the madness at bay with "temple magic," and by eliminating forever the rush of progress that nearly caused the destruction of everything.
Childhood friends Orah and Nathaniel have always lived in the tiny village of Little Pond, longing for more from life but unwilling to challenge the rigid status quo. When their friend Thomas returns from the Temple after his "teaching" - the secret coming-of-age ritual that binds young men and women eternally to the Light - they barely recognize the broken and brooding young man the boy has become. Then, when Orah is summoned as well, Nathaniel follows in a foolhardy attempt to save her.
In the prisons of Temple City, they discover a terrible secret that launches the three on a journey to find the forbidden keep, placing their lives in jeopardy, for a truth from the past awaits that threatens the foundation of the Temple. If they reveal that truth, they might once again release the potential of their people.
Yet they would also incur the Temple's wrath as it is written: "If there comes among you a prophet saying, 'Let us return to the darkness,' you shall stone him, because he has sought to thrust you away from the Light."
©2015 Evolved Publishing LLC (P)2016 Evolved Publishing LLC
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5 out of 5 stars
By Mindjacked on 07-24-16

Not Just for Adults

This a wonderful story set thousands of years in the future, when Vicars of the Temple of Light control the people. In the town of Little Pond three friends, Orah, Nathaniel, and Thomas are coming of age. When Thomas is taken and than returned from a "teaching", a secret ritual, that has left Thomas changed and broken, Orah and Nathaniel search for the secret behind the ritual that hurt their friend so much, only to find it also left them threatened as well. When Orah is taken next for a teaching, Nathaniel follows and what they both find in the cells under Temple City will change their whole world forever if they make it out in time, the race is on.

This was a wonderful book, kind of like Harry Potter meets Divergent. The action is non-stop and though some spots are predictable others are quite surprising and refreshing. There are as many twists and turns as there are Vicars, and the treasure hunt to the keep was fun and masterful.

I listened to this in audiobook form which made some of the cytology parts hard to try and figure out for yourself, but narrator Erin DeWard does a excellent job with all the characters and their voices, he captures and uses the attitude of the book to suck you in and keep you listening well past when you should.

This is a great book that every should try.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Josh R on 07-23-16

A good start to a possibly great series

Overall I really enjoyed this book. It was a new take on dystopian sci-fi that was original to me. It takes place in a future where society as we know it has collapsed and an authoritative theocracy controls everything. After ruling for over 1,000 years, almost nothing remains from the time before, i.e. paved roads, cars, phones, etc. In fact, technology doesn’t really exist at all in their world. I felt the characters were generally unlikable at the beginning, but as the story progressed they became more relatable. By the end I actually grew to like them. One thing that was really interesting to me was seeing how all the character’s reacted when they came across any objects from the time before society collapsed. I really didn’t like the narrator at the beginning either. The voices she were excellent, but she varied her speaking pace too much. She would switch from speaking very rapidly to very slowly from one sentence to the next. By the end her narration style grew on my though. In the end, I found this book exciting from the start and it kept me engaged through the entire story. I look forward to listening to the next book in the series.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.

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