Who among us will cast aside a comfortable existence and risk death to follow a dream?
A world kept peaceful for a thousand years by the magic of the ruling vicars. But a threat lurks from a violent past. Wizards from the darkness have hidden their sorcery in a place called the keep and left a trail of clues that have never been solved.
Nathaniel has grown up longing for more but unwilling to challenge the vicars. Until his friend Thomas is taken for a teaching, the mysterious coming-of-age ritual. Thomas returns but with his dreams ripped away. When Orah is taken next, Nathaniel tries to rescue her and ends up in the prisons of Temple City. There he meets the first keeper of the ancient clues. But when he seeks the keep, what he finds is not magic at all.
If he reveals the truth, the words of the book of light might come to pass:
“If there comes among you a prophet saying ‘Let us return to the darkness,’ you shall stone him, because he has sought to thrust you away from the light.”
Today, I’m going to share an excerpt from the book, There Comes A Prophet.
This is a YA Dystopia, and I hope you’ll enjoy reading the excerpt.
Excerpt from There Comes A Prophet
By David Litwack
At the winter blessing of the light, Orah’s friend, Thomas, was taken for a teaching, the mysterious coming-of-age ritual. When Thomas returned, his dreams had seemingly been ripped away. Now spring has come, and it’s Orah’s turn, as she stands before the panel of vicars.
“Let us record the first teaching of Orah Weber of Little Pond. Blessed be the light. Orah, do you understand why you’re here?”
Orah gazed up at the three men and forced herself to match their stares.
“No, my lord, I do not. I’ve done nothing wrong.”
“It’s not the doing of wrong we concern ourselves with, but the tendency to make choices that might allow the darkness to return. You do know what the darkness is?”
“Yes sir. The darkness is the time before the light, a time of chaos and death.”
The vicar in the center wore a hat with six red stripes and had a beard two hands long. An arch vicar. She’d learned the rankings in school, but had never seen a vicar so powerful. He glared at her, unblinking, his thick brows hooding his eyes.
“The darkness was much more.” His voice echoed to the arches, which were lost in the shadows cast by candles that dotted the walls. “The teaching will help you understand what it was, so you’ll never forget the need to obey the Temple of Light.”
Orah held her head high and tried to stay focused, but her gaze kept wandering.
The clergymen sat at a curved desk mounted high on a platform, forcing the one before them to strain their neck to see. A tapestry covered the wall behind them, climbing halfway up the dome. Its colors had faded, but its meaning was clear. On one side, a sun beaming across rows of vicars with arms uplifted in prayer. On the other, a black thunderhead threatening the advancing host. The battle of darkness and light.
And beneath her feet, the hatch hiding the teaching cell.
She shook off such thoughts and answered with a firm voice.
“I look forward to your help. I’m an excellent student and eager to learn.”
“And so you shall. Orah. Isn’t that a name from one of the forbidden languages?”
“It may be, sir. I’m told it means light.” She wavered, then conjured up an image of her father. Her back stiffened and she lifted her chin. “It’s a proud name that’s been in my family for generations.”
“But a forbidden name, nevertheless. Rules exist so the darkness may never return. Yet you play loosely with the rules. That means you do not know the darkness. But, Orah of Little Pond, whose name means light, we shall see that you learn…” He leaned forward for emphasis. “…to the depths of your being.”
For the first time, she began to wither under his stare. Her hands swung behind her as she tried to hide how much they’d started to shake.
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