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The Children of Darkness

(The Seekers #1)

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The Children of Darkness, book one of the dystopian trilogy, The Seekers

"But what are we without dreams?"

A thousand years ago the Darkness came--a time of violence 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 ten centuries they have kept the madness at bay with "temple ma
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Paperback, 294 pages
Published June 22nd 2015 by Evolved Publishing LLC
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AudioBookReviewer
Sep 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My original The Children of Darkness audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

The Children of Darkness by David Litwack is the first novel in a series called Seekers. This story follows the story of a group of young adults as they begin to distrust the world around them and yearn to find a way to change all the negatives that they have become accustomed to. When their friend Thomas is taken from their small village of Little Pond to a Temple City to learn and fear the
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BookLoversLife
A little slow to start but interesting and intriguing non the less!

I loved the idea of the plot. "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 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." In other wo
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A. Powers
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit, I was a bit hesitant about reading this book. I’m not usually a sci-fi fan, but something about it was calling out to me, plus I’ve found a bunch of surprisingly good books from the Juniper Grove Book Solutions library, and I just couldn’t pass this one up while it was available. I’m so glad I went with my hunch because this book was amazing! It sucked me in right from the beginning, and I had a really hard time figuring out why it was even sci-fi in the first place. There are n ...more
Kimberly Vanderbloom
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I reviewed this book from the author in exchange for a honest review.

I enjoyed this story. It did start off a little slow but I found myself hooked to their journey. After I finished even though it started slow it made perfect sense. It was actually set up perfect for the tasks they had to endure. It is a great dystopia in a backwards world. I am eager to see what comes next. It made me think about giving one group too much power. It also teaches you to ask questions. I plan on reading the rest
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Midnights_Darling -The Emo Kittie
I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway that was hosted by the author. I was pretty excited upon receiving the email I had won it. I am a avid reader of all Dystopia books and this sounded great.

The Children of Darkness, by David Litwack , wasn't the typical Dystopia I prefer to read. My excitement to read this book quickly wavered once I reached the third/fourth chapter. It started off slow, slower than what I normally consider tolerable for the start of a book.

Thoughts on the story and charac
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Jodi Woody
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"Children of Darkness" is a re-written "There Comes a Prophet" by David Litwack. I loved the first version, so when Mr. Litwack offered the revised one in exchange for an honest review, I accepted. Great dystopian/fantasy. Well developed characters, and a great story. I really can't remember having any issues with the first version, but this one seemed a little more rounded out. No swearing or sexual content. I can recommend for ages 14 and up. The main characters in the book are teens. I give i ...more
Richard Myers
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful book about how the people are brought out of the temple of light to a new beginning of the civilization of seeking the truth about life.
Zineb
Jun 19, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest opinion.

To begin with, it took me a while to get into the book. It usually doesn’t take me that much time to accept a new world and its characters so I can say that I struggled a bit with this one, mainly because our main characters: Orah, Nathanial and Thomas spoke in a too perfect English which for some reason gave me the Shakespearean feels. Trust me, I enjoy reading a well-written book but not when it comes to formal conve
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Bhairavee Chitnis
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I got this book as an ARC in exchange of an honest review.

I totally loved this book. After reading so many dsytopian books, I was not really looking forward to yet another dsytopian future book and I constantly kept comparing The Children Of Darkness with books like The Giver and Divergent series and to an extent, this book was quite similar to those books, but it had its own distinct uniqueness.

The book started off as all dsytopian books do, explaining the rules that the world follows and how
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Fay Roberts
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this deceptively simple adventure/quest story, David Litwick manages to create a rich theocracy, its opposition and raises many valuable philosophical questions.

Set in a dystopian future where society lives peacefully and simply by following the rules of the Temple of Light, three friends accidentally stumble upon an ancient quest that will overthrow the Temple and allow society to reclaim the lost knowledge and technology of the past.

The world Litwick creates is rich and believable and he m
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Loralee
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I am a fan of James Dashner's post apocalyptic novels, presenting dystopian civilizations ruled by cruel tyrants, and this book, written with several similar themes, was one I truly enjoyed.

Still, while there are some themes similar between this book and the aforementioned books by Mr. Dashner, David Litwack has a style that is all his own, and has created a wonderful, albeit frightening image of a future world ruled by a dictator
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Andreea
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Disclosure: The e-book version of this novel was sent to me for an honest review. The opinions are entirely my own.

“The Children of Darkness” is the first book in the YA series “The Seekers” and it’s a lovely book. My only complaint is that… it’s closer to a middle-grade level rather than YA. I loved the idea behind the story. What if we returned to the Dark Ages? There is an interesting commentary on religion and individual thinking.

But at the same time I found the story too… easy. All the tro
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Mary Anne
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian

Three young villagers come of age in a world kept peaceful by an oppressive theocracy called the Temple of Light. Their lives change when Thomas and Orah are sent for the temple's mind control ritual, the teaching. Nathaniel tries and fails to help them and in the process is imprisoned. In the dungeons of Temple City, he discovers a secret that shatters his view of their world. This starts them off on a path of discovery, where they learn the truth, not only about their world, but about themselv
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Linda
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received book one in exchange for an honest review, and this is not your classic of good versus evil but it has a twist. Three friends grew up in Little Pond, Orah is a weaver and fancies herself in charge of her two male friends, and she never thought about what lay behind the tall mountains. Nathaniel dreams of changing the world and maybe going as far as Big Pond to see what it held, while Thomas just wants to play his flute and drink the forbidden drink. When Thomas is taken for teaching a ...more
Carol
Jun 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this book in exchange for a honest review. It is a post apocalyptic novel, presenting a dystopian civilization ruled by a cruel tyrannical clergy. Orah, Thomas and Nathaniel are three friends since childhood who stick together through great odds to challenge the Temple of Light. The book was a very enjoyable read and well written.
Heidi
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
My first thoughts? Absolutely amazing! In this well-written Dystopian read, the author has created a unique post-apocalyptic world that kept me interested the entire length of the novel. The plot is perfectly timed with enough anticipation (Will the teenage friends make it the keep? What will they learn while there? How will this apply to their lives? Will the vicars catch them?) enough calming moments that the reader can just simply enjoy.

The three central characters, Orah, Nathaniel, and Thoma
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KelticKat
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was intriguing dystopian coming of age saga of three friends. They live in a world of black and white - and no dreams, no free thinking.

I enjoy this story, the journey, the discovery, the beginning of a rebellion.

If you enjoy YA Dystopian adventures - you might want to give this one a try.
Billie Kretzschmar
The Keep

Was this olden times of the past or could this actually be our future? Because of our inability to get along and care for each other and the mad desire for power over each other, could easily cause this to be our future.
Alison Atherton
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
brillisnt

very good fast paced read enjoyed it throughout liked the way it's was written looking forward to the next book
Jackie
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Superb fantasy story by a first time author for me. I just loved it and am definitely ready for more.
Estella
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book for YA.
Riley
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, sci-fi
A post apocalyptic story where the recovery of the world has been engineered and is managed by a religious group who very much like to maintain a status quo. Three young people seek to find out the truth of the past and maybe the possibilities of the future. Pretty good, but one installment was enough for me because it is very much a young adult story.
Whispering Stories
**I received this book for free, in exchange for an honest review**

Like all of the best dystopian future novels, this story was deliberately vague about the ‘when’ and ‘where’ so that it would remain timeless. What we do know is that it is set hundreds of years from the present day, in a second dark age centuries old.

The premise of this novel was excellent and highly poignant in this day and age. The world is undergoing a second dark age, spanning centuries, where all progress, discovery and fre
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Chelsea
More reviews available at my blog, Beauty and the Bookworm.

I admit it: I liked this book more than I thought I would for a good while. It's a dystopian book, but that takes a while to come out, and it begins like a humdrum fantasy, which put me off a bit at the beginning. The story starts with a festival in the town of Little Pond, and one of a handful of annual visits by a vicar from Temple City to bestow a blessing of light, deal out medicines, and--unfortunately--take away one of the main cha
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Kristine (The Writer's Inkwell)
Posted originally on my blog:
The Writer's Inkwell

Imagine a world where you weren’t allowed to think for yourself, at all. Where any individual thought would be considered darkness and could endanger you and those around you. This is the world in which Orah, Nathaniel and Thomas live in. In their small village of Little Pond, they each serve their own purpose to help their families and community. Little changes in their daily schedule, but yet the three friends find themselves a safe haven to di
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Amie's Book Reviews
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

* I received a copy of this book through the Goodreads First Reads program.

This Dystopian fiction novel will captivate both Young Adult and Adult readers alike. David Litwack uses the story to examine how a theocracy works and how, over time, knowledge can be lost. He also examines the question of whether it is better to have free thought or whether safety and security is worth the loss of personal freedoms. This book will stay with the reader long after reading th
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Awesome Indies Reviewers
The Children of Darkness, the first volume of David Litwack’s The Seekers series, is a classic quest story. Three young heroes embark upon a journey to uncover a secret that can save the world. Along the way they meet a wise guide and encounter daunting obstacles that test their courage and resolve. And they return very changed.

This YA novel follows the pattern, but it’s anything but run of the mill. The quality of its intelligence, imagination, and prose raises The Children of Darkness to the l
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A. R.
Jun 08, 2015 rated it liked it
I actually finished this book a few days ago. I decided to wait a few days before reviewing because I had mixed feelings about the book.

This is one of those occasions when I wish that Goodreads had half-star ratings. (Would give it a 2.5 rating) While I liked this book, overall I felt that it lacked something. I couldn't put my finger on it, but having sat on it for a few days, I think I can express what it was.

"The Children of Darkness" is a dystopian novel of a country that rebelled against th
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Eric Buffington
Jun 18, 2015 rated it liked it
The Children of Darkness is an original twist on the post-apocalyptic genre. Three youth are coming of age and instead of conforming to the current trends of the religious/political leaders they are thrust into an adventure that helps them grow into heroes and through their courage they help transform the way people think and the way politics function.

What I think I like most about this book is that the teenagers are relatively normal. They don't face up to grown adults and beat them in hand-to-
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Tony Parsons
Jun 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Orah Weber (daughter, weaver) lived in Little Pond (village). Susannah Weber (mother) resided there also, Orah’s 2 best friends were Nathaniel Rush (farmer), & Thomas Bradford (flutist).
William (Orah’s father) had been killed).
Risking his life Nathaniel journey’s to Temple City to see Orah who had been brought there for the teaching.

She was locked away in a cell.
Samuel (old prisoner) told Nathaniel & Orah that the Grand Vicar & the rulers before them wanted to eradicate everyones pas
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