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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Light Arises is a work of Christian fantasy fiction penned by author C. S. Wachter, and it forms the second book in The Seven Words series. As the former slave boy known as Wren, Prince Rayne must now return to his original ways as a warrior to obtain the next of the seven scrolls that he is compelled to find by the One, who sends visions to his head. This time, the brutal games set up by the merchants of Veres mean that Rayne will have to play in order to get the scroll. This puts him in a dangerous position when the embittered Lexi learns of the prince’s scheme, intending to kidnap him for plans of her own.
Author C. S. Wachter has created a complex and credible plot in the world of Ochlen which mirrors many Christian religious themes but also has its own sense of faith and strength. Rayne is a superbly well drawn hero with his own inner sense of loyalty and justice, vulnerable in terms of his family history but also strong by his own merits and the battles he’s had to fight in life so far. This fantasy world is vividly drawn and brought to life with excellent descriptive prose, and the insights into the minds and hearts of the characters give readers an emotional connection to the action. I also particularly liked the dialogue and the finesse with which it was made to sound authentic. Overall, I would highly recommend The Light Arises as a great fantasy read.