The Children of Darkness by David Litwack

A thousand years ago the Darkness came—a terrible time of violence, fear, and social collapse when technology ran rampant.

The children of darkness

A thousand years ago the Darkness came—a terrible time of violence, fear, and social collapse when technology ran rampant.

WINNER: Pinnacle Book Achievement Award - Best Science Fiction

"But what are we without dreams?"

The vicars of the Temple of Light brought peace, ushering in an era of blessed simplicity. For ten 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, Nathaniel, and Thomas have always lived in the tiny village of Little Pond, longing for more from life but unwilling to challenge the rigid status quo. When they're cast into 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.”

[Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic, Literary, Religion]

"The plot unfolds easily, swiftly, and never lets the readers' attention wane... After reading this one, it will be a real hardship to have to wait to see what happens next." ~ Feathered Quill Book Reviews (Awarded "The Children of Darkness" the Gold Medal in Science Fiction & Fantasy)

"A tightly executed first fantasy installment that champions the exploratory spirit." ~ Kirkus Reviews

Evolved Publishing presents the multiple award-winning first book in the extraordinary "The Seekers," a series that has received many awards (for all 3 books) and exceptional reviews This is a series you do not want to miss. [DRM-Free]

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Genre: FICTION / Dystopian

Secondary Genre: FICTION / Science Fiction / Adventure

Language: English

Keywords: literary, adventure, suitable for young adult readers, religious philosophy, religion, post apocalyptic, dystopian science fiction

Word Count: 90,382

Sales info:

This is the first of a 3-book series. It has been promoted on a few occasions, and has spent a fair amount of time atop its category at Amazon US, including a brief time as a #1 Bestseller. This book, like each book in this series, is multiple award-winner, and the publisher and author are highly active promoting and marketing it. Learn more about the book here:

Sample text:

The vicar approached the altar to the right of the sun icon, and faced the congregation with arms raised and bony fingers pointing toward the heavens.

“Dear friends,” he intoned. “The Temple brings you greetings. Another season is upon us. Blessed be the light.”

The congregation responded in a monotone. “Blessed be the light.”

“The grand vicar is the human embodiment of the light in this world. He sees into your hearts and knows if darkness dwells therein.” The vicar pivoted toward the icon and stared at its center. “Holiness, is this village worthy of receiving the blessing?”

Like the others, Orah held her breath—not because the answer was in doubt, but because the voice emanating from the sun icon always inspired her. A crackling rose from its metallic center, and children would later claim it glowed.

“People of Little Pond.” The voice resounded through the square. “This past season, we have felt your love as you walked in the light, and so, you have been blessed with a fruitful autumn. We welcome three new children.”

The disembodied voice went on, listing the names of newborns along with their parents. As each was mentioned, eyes turned. Heads nodded approval as if the births were not complete until acknowledged by the Temple. Afterwards, the chief clergyman recognized one marriage, a cousin of Orah’s to Elder Robert’s daughter, and the death of Elder John’s wife. The people took it positively—their communal father dispensing approval and sympathy.

The grand vicar finished with the usual blessing. “May those newly arrived be welcomed, those departed be remembered, and all be embraced by the light.”

With this cue, the vicar asked with a tremor in his voice, “Holiness, are they deserving of the gift of life?”

Book translation status:

The book is available for translation into any language except those listed below:

Already translated. Translated by Patricia B.
Author review:
Patricia has been a real pleasure to work with, and has done a terrific job. Highly recommended.
Already translated. Translated by Grace Maria Leal Valias
Already translated. Translated by Sara Dosil Amor

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