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The Land of Darkness

(The Gates of Heaven #3)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  82 ratings  ·  22 reviews

“It is not the land that is dangerous, Callen. The danger lies in your heart. Others have lost their lives searching for the bridge. Are you certain you are prepared to pay that price?”
    Jadiel is twelve and things couldn’t get much worse—or could they?  Not long after her mother is killed in a tragic accident, her father, Ka’rel, marries a vile and abusive woman name

Paperback, 318 pages
Published October 27th 2011 by Living Ink Books (first published September 8th 2011)
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Goldarrow Of The Silver Bow
Oct 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing

Jadiel is a young 12 year old girl who loves her father and misses her mother, who died the year before. On top of grief for her mother she has to deal with her new step-mother, Huldah, and her two daughters. Huldah quickly feels the need to put Jadiel in her place making her do difficult house chores. Still the witch, Huldah, doesn’t like Jadiel taking up time with her new husband and his wealthy estate. To get rid of this nuisance she devises ways to kill young Jadiel. After a couple attempts
MaryLu Tyndall
Jan 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
C.S. Lakin took me on a grand adventure with her latest release, The Land of Darkness, and one I'm not soon to forget. This author has a unique skill of weaving both fairy Tale and spiritual themes seamlessly together into a patchwork of drama, suspense, emotion, and morality that cloaks the reader in a warm, enjoyable read. I loved the Scriptural allegories of Good vs. Evil, the evil shadow that steals men's souls, the invisible bridge that spans eternity, the sacrifice of the Son, the blindnes ...more
Kelsey Bryant
Nov 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Good story, but I didn't like it as much as the first two, which I thought were spectacular. It was partly because I didn't love the characters. (Callen got on my nerves sometimes; Jadiel was good, but perhaps she wasn't distinctive enough? I don't know; I most value character types I haven't met before.) I thought the villainous, abusive Huldah was dwelt on a little too much, though fortunately by the middle of the book and beyond she has far fewer scenes. And there was an element of creepiness ...more
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sprung from apocalyptic vision, this adult fairy tale, which is the third in the Gates of Heaven series, brings freshness and vibrancy, based on strong ethical principles, to the realm of the imaginary. The darker side is inevitably omnipresent throughout this mythical world, forming a major crux of the story. The sensual and tangible presence of evil can be seen most clearly in the murderous intent of the avaricious stepmother, Huldah, whose ruthless desire to retain her own outward, thinly ven ...more
Rachel Thomson
Feb 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Land of Darkness is the third fairy tale in C.S. Lakin’s Gates of Heaven series, this time following the quest of a twelve-year-old girl named Jadiel and her unlikely companion, a woodworking apprentice who is obsessed with finding a legendary bridge.

Driven out by her evil stepmother to find the eternal-youth-giving leaves of a tree, Jadiel has only thirty days to come home victorious, or her stepmother will kill the one she loves most—her father. Young and innocent, Jadiel nearly ends her j
Fred Warren
May 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
C.S. Lakin’s Gates of Heaven series continues with The Land of Darkness, a story woven of three threads: traditional fairy-tale, fantasy quest, and Biblical allegory.

The first part of the story travels familiar fairy tale paths: After her mother’s death, a young girl, Jadiel, suffers under the harsh treatment of an abusive stepmother, but receives supernatural help from an unexpected ally. Her travails hark back to such classic stories as Cinderella, The Frog Prince, and The Wild Swans.

To save h
Brittney Tyler
Jun 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorite-books
To start with, I greatly enjoyed this book, although, I did have some problems with it overall. This is a fairy tale, in that, it has many of the troupes of classic literature, Biblical themes, and classic archetypes. This made the book feel very familiar and a nice romp into nostalgia, especially because it reminded me of some of my childhood favorites such as The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings.

This story chronicles the story of Jadiel, a 12-year old who has been sent on an im
Dec 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I will never forget the day I opened the package and saw the book, A Map Across Time my thought, “WHY did I agree to read a fairy tale!?!?” I am so thankful I did. Because once again this author allows me to escape in The Land of Darkness, a wonderful tale of good versus evil, complete with an evil step-mother and her ugly daughters. However, the author doesn’t give you a Cinderella story. There are very interesting twists to the story that weaves a unique and thoughtful tale. And this time I go ...more
Orbs n Rings
Dec 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Not just a fairy tale but also lessons of moral principles that ring true.

Another great page turner in the C.S. Lakin series; The Land of Darkness is a remarkable fairy tale. I opened this book and was immediately carried away to an unknown land rich in color, dimension and detail, so realistic I soon forgot I was reading. I am new to the fairy tale genre and this is the second book in the C. S. Lakin series I have read. I never thought I would enjoy this type of story however C. S. Lakin has ma
Dec 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-favorites
I know, I’ve said this before, but I continue to be amazed by my level of enjoyment of fantasy novels. I never thought that it was possible for me to not just enjoy books like this, but to actually become an honest to goodness fan of the fantasy novel. I think the most appealing part of books like this is they are escapism at its finest. I love mythical creatures, adventure to places that only exist in the author’s imagination and the overall feel of books like The Land of Darkness.

Now, don’t l
May 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Author: C. S. Lakin
Published By: AMG Publishers
Age Recommend: YA
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 4
Blog Review For: Great Minds Think Aloud


"The Land of Darkness" (The Gates of Heaven # 3) by C. S. Lakin was a very good read and happens to be Ms Lakin third in a series "following the quest of a twelve year old girl named Jadiel and her unlikely companion, a woodworking apprentice who is obsessed with finding a legendary bridge."

In this novel you will find it a very enjoyable read seei
Viviane Crystal
Feb 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Jadiel has a horribly wicked stepmother who literally wants Jadiel to die. But before she dies, she must find a certain combination of herbs and flowers to make a concoction that will give the evil greater power than one could imagine. First she sends Jadiel off to find bark and leaves from a certain tree. Jadiel knows this is wrong and fears for her father who is besotted with his new wife, actually a hag in the finest sense of fairy tales of the past!

Then Jadiel meets a young man who is highly
Feb 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
I just didn't really get into this one. It is the 3rd book in the series and so I may have missed quite a bit from the first two (I really don't know- it felt like it was a stand alone with just a hint here and there that there might have been 'more to the story'). It has so much magic in it that I just felt annoyed. Yes, annoyed. There is a difference, to me, between God's wonderful creations and the 'magic' that He holds as compared to potions, spells and magic mirrors. To try to incorporate o ...more
Beverly Frisby
Feb 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Beverly by: the author
Another incredible book in "The Gates of Heaven Series." C.S. Lakin has done it again - written a masterful tale that is a page turner from start to finish. The characters are strong, the plot gripping, and the writing descriptive and magical.

In The Land of Darkness," we are introduced to Jadiel, a twelve year old girl who must complete a seemingly impossible task to save her father's life, and Callen, a woodworking apprentice who is obsessed with finding a mysterious bridge he saw on old drawi
Jan 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The middle of Los Tres Amigos has taken quite a liking to Lakin's books. He enjoyed reading The Map Across Time [check out our review here] and once the latest edition arrived he immediately began reading it.

Lakin's story brings to mind C.S. Lewis and the Chronicles of Narnia series, yet there is a spiritual aspect to her tales that seems to distinguish her from C.S. Lewis. The story is appropriate for early teens and the characters are well defined. Jadiel and Callen embark on a path full of a
Apr 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Destiny brings together two people for a greater purpose.
Callen is a woodworking apprentice with a fantastic gift for replicating even the most elaborate designs onto wood. The apprentice is intrigued when he realizes that one of his most beautiful designs was part of ancient bridge. There`s something about this bridge…

Jadiel once had a happy life, however, that changed when her mother died in a terrible accident and her father married an evil woman who absolutely despises Jadiel. At every tur
Apr 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is the third novel in the "Gates of Heaven" series. The three stories stand as independent novels, but they are all linked by the world and geography Lakin has created and a few shared characters. The story has everything a (grown-up) could want - mysterious creatures, a quest, a story that never falters. Together, Callen and Jadiel embark upon a quest, she to save her father and he to find the bridge. And do Callen and Jadiel find what they are looking for? You'll have to read the book to ...more
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, i-own, nook
I really enjoyed this story! I have appreciated each book of this series more than the one before, and I look forward to reading book #4.

C.S. Lakin writes in a style reminiscent of the Grimm brothers or Anderson--her characterizations are simple yet enjoyable, and these books are filled with description and flowing narrative. The spiritual message here is very clear, including many direct quotes from Scripture, which makes this particular book not so much allegorical as symbolic along the lines
Valarie Lovelight
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Again, CS Lakin has managed to weave at tail that touches upon God and the help he gives us. Each person path is connected to someone for a time is what this book shows. The inner trials and test within us is one of our biggest obstacles to overcome..what's in our hearts.
Sam Lonberg
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
I am so impressed with this series. This book had more explicit ties to the Gospel. Wonderful!
Mar 16, 2012 marked it as to-read
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Author of "God is in the Equation" and "The Day Begins with Christ"
Feb 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book. It was a great fiction book and it had a great christian moral
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