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Reviewed by Sarah Scheele for Readers' Favorite
The Seed: Into the Darkness is a Christian fantasy story by R. L. Barker. It shows the events of biblical history, especially the time of Christ, from Satan’s point of view as he tries to prevent Jesus Christ (the Seed) from defeating him. After Satan tempts Adam and Eve, things look good for him—but God tells of a Seed who will crush Satan’s head. Immediately, Satan’s obsession to get rid of this Seed begins in a war against humanity spanning thousands of years. The problem is, Satan doesn’t know exactly who the Seed will be. Although powerful in the underworld, Satan doesn’t know everything—so he discovers one day when he is startled to realize at long last the Seed might be really arriving.
The Seed: Into the Darkness is a profoundly enjoyable reading choice. There is integrity to the character development and the book's good literary quality creates an immersive novel. Satan was portrayed in a down-to-earth way that was even light-hearted at times, but his menace and evil purpose towards Christ and Christians were also exceptionally clear. His small-minded mania and obsession were excellently developed, as was his parade of semi-comic and grotesque minions and the humans in his path like eccentric, wild John the Baptist and sour, corrupt Herod the Great. And Jesus Himself, shown only in sketches, possessed a quiet presence that proved He is what the story is really about; the Seed who will crush Satan and win the war. From the thundering chambers of Satan’s underworld to the joyous beauty of resurrection, R. L. Barker’s story certainly delivers the themes of the Bible in a fictional package worth putting on your shelf.