The Light Arises

Christian - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
405 Pages
Reviewed on 02/11/2019
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Author Biography

C. S. Wachter lives in rural Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, with her husband Joe, one German Shepherd, and three cats. She and Joe have been married for more than forty years and have three sons, one grandson and one granddaughter.
Ms. Wachter earned her degree in Performing Arts and English Education from Rowan University in 1975. She compares developing a character’s perspective to preparing for an acting role. As a life-long lover of books, she has read and enjoyed a variety of genres. However, after reading J. R. R. Tolkien in middle school her favorite has been, and remains to this day, Fantasy with a Christian perspective.

    Book Review

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.