The Land of Darkness

The Land of Darkness

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by C. S. Lakin

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“It is not the land that is dangerous, Callen. The danger lies in your heart. Others have lost their lives searching for the bridge. Are you certain you are prepared to pay that price?”
    Jadiel is twelve and things couldn’t get much worse—or could they?  Not long after her mother is killed in a tragic


“It is not the land that is dangerous, Callen. The danger lies in your heart. Others have lost their lives searching for the bridge. Are you certain you are prepared to pay that price?”
    Jadiel is twelve and things couldn’t get much worse—or could they?  Not long after her mother is killed in a tragic accident, her father, Ka’rel, marries a vile and abusive woman named Huldah, but Jadiel sees how he simmers under Huldah’s intoxicating enchantment. Jadiel’s wicked stepmother means to get rid of Jadiel, and sends her off with a threat and an impossible task: bring back the leaves from the Eternal Tree by the next full moon or her father will die. Heartsick and hopeless, Jadiel sets out alone and afraid.
    Callen, a woodworking apprentice for Jadiel’s uncle in Wolcreek Vale, discovers some weathered drawings of an exquisitely detailed bridge made entirely of wood and embellished with mysterious symbols that appear to be ancient script. Obsessed with finding this bridge, he sets off seeking clues to its possible existence, unknowingly beginning a perilous and mystifying undertaking. On his journey, he rescues Jadiel from brigands and learns their quests are linked—as the elusive bridge Callen seeks is crafted from the rare tree Jadiel must find. The trail of clues leads them to the forbidden Land of Darkness, where they must face the greatest dangers of all—what lies in their hearts.

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AMG Publishers
Publication date:
The Gates of Heaven Series , #3
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Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)
820L (what's this?)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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Meet the Author

C. S. Lakin is a novelist and professional copyeditor who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, dog, and three cats. The first four books in her seven-book fantasy series, The Gates of Heaven, have been released: The Wolf of Tebron, The Map across Time, The Land of Darkness, and The Unraveling of Wentwater (July 2012), allegorical fairy tales drawing from classic tales we all read in our childhood.

Lakin's relational drama/mystery, Someone to Blame, won the 2009 Zondervan First Novel award, released October 2010. She just completed writing her eleventh novel, a modern-day take on the biblical story of Jacob called Intended for Harm and her twelfth: The Crystal Scepter (book five in The Gates of Heaven series). Also available on eBook are two mystery/psychological dramas: Innocent Little Crimes (top 100 in the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest) and Conundrum. Don't miss Time Sniffers: a wild young adult sci-fi romance that will entangle you in time!

Lakin has two websites for writers: with deep writing instruction and posts on industry trends.
Her site features her critique services.
Follow her on Twitter: @cslakin and @livewritethrive and Like her Facebook Author Page:

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The Land of Darkness 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing story line. I like how it ties in with the bible so well
nutsforgoodbooks More than 1 year ago
This is such a fun story! An exciting adventure written in classic fairy tale style.
arlenadean More than 1 year ago
Review: "The Land of Darkness" (The Gates of Heaven # 3) by C. S. Lakin was a very good read and happens to be Ms Lakin third in a series "following the quest of a twelve year old girl named Jadiel and her unlikely companion, a woodworking apprentice who is obsessed with finding a legendary bridge." In this novel you will find it a very enjoyable read seeing suspense, drama, morality and even emotion. This good vs evil that steals men's souls...was just greatly delivered to the reader along with the Scriptures in this novel was simply wonderful. As a matter of fact I see that this novel was a 'fairy-tale, fantasy quest and a Biblical allegory.' One can clearly see the authors has a wonderful imagination and really does a great job at putting this all to paper for us readers to simply enjoy. I would definitely recommend "The Land Of Darkness" to anyone because I feel like it will offer you family, friendship, love and faith. So, I would recommend "The Land of Darkness" as a good read.
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
Jadiel has a horribly wicked stepmother who literally wants Jadiel to die. But before she dies, she must find a certain combination of herbs and flowers to make a concoction that will give the evil greater power than one could imagine. First she sends Jadiel off to find bark and leaves from a certain tree. Jadiel knows this is wrong and fears for her father who is besotted with his new wife, actually a hag in the finest sense of fairy tales of the past! Then Jadiel meets a young man who is highly skilled in woodworking and is off on an adventure to seek a bridge with apparently beautiful and strange etchings worked into it. Now, however, Jadiel and Callen will learn what is truly good and evil within and outside of themselves through the help of a prophet and other adventures they experience on this adventurous journey. C. S. Lakin writes in the style of C. S. Lewis, having children journey to a wicked city and battle the enemies they meet along the way, including learning about what true sacred living is all about. This author does a wonderful job conveying a sense of the sacred in an allegorical manner, a moral delight to any reader who may or may not believe!
RachelStarr More than 1 year ago
The Land of Darkness is the third fairy tale in C.S. Lakin’s Gates of Heaven series, this time following the quest of a twelve-year-old girl named Jadiel and her unlikely companion, a woodworking apprentice who is obsessed with finding a legendary bridge. Driven out by her evil stepmother to find the eternal-youth-giving leaves of a tree, Jadiel has only thirty days to come home victorious, or her stepmother will kill the one she loves most—her father. Young and innocent, Jadiel nearly ends her journey in disaster only days after she sets out, but she is rescued by Callen, an impetuous young man with good aim and little patience. Callen is seeking a bridge he has only seen in ancient drawings. As he and Jadiel work together to decode the strange writing on the drawings, they discover that the bridge is made from the same tree Jadiel is seeking. To find the tree, all they need to do is find the bridge. The only problem is that the bridge doesn’t exist. Or it’s invisible. Or it lies in a terrible, cursed land shrouded in darkness. The more they learn about the bridge and the tree, the more Jadiel and Callen find that their quest is not so much to discover a place as it is to discover the truth shrouded in rumours and lies. In Lakin’s usual fairy-tale style, this story brings together parables of Christ with talking toads and wicked witches; allegorical elements with echoes of Snow White. And readers of the whole series will be rewarded as various characters from The Wolf of Tebron and The Map Across Time appear here—the first time the stories have really started to cross over. Perhaps because one of the protagonists is only twelve, this one read more like a children’s story than the first two. That said, some of its best elements are also its scariest—a ghostly plain, a ruined city, and an escaped, ancient evil stood out as highlights. Of the three books, The Land of Darkness is also the most clearly and directly a Christian allegory, although it isn’t preachy and has the ability to raise questions, not just answer them. Although it isn’t my personal favourite of the series so far, it was an enjoyable read. Recommended. (And I always point this out–but C.S. Lakin’s covers, done by artist Gary Lippincott, are amazing. This is the best so far.)
autumnbluesreviews More than 1 year ago
Another great page turner in the C.S. Lakin series; The Land of Darkness is a remarkable fairy tale. I opened this book and was immediately carried away to an unknown land rich in color, dimension and detail, so realistic I soon forgot I was reading. I am new to the fairy tale genre and this is the second book in the C. S. Lakin series I have read. I never thought I would enjoy this type of story however C. S. Lakin has made that possible with her writing style. The characters in Lakin's books are always interesting yet never boring. Lakin weaves together tales which hold significance in real life and yet are very easy to understand. The Land of Darkness carries the reader through riddles along the way, these riddles which have been scattered throughout the story grab the reader and pulls them in. I found myself as I read fully engaged in these riddles and trying to figure out what they might mean. Some of the riddles I connected to bible scripture and that is clear at the end of the story. This being another reason why I love the writing of Lakin. I am not one for tales of sorcery, witchcraft and evil depicted in fairy tales which is the reason for my avoidance of them. Don't get me wrong as the Land of Darkness does contain it's share of evil characters, but they don't give you nightmares. They are certainly G-rated and this is a book I would even recommend to the young teen. The Land of Darkness is about love, family, friendship and most importantly faith. This tale carries with it transcending morals and life lessons that would benefit any reader whatever their life experiences may be.
HollyMag321 More than 1 year ago
I will never forget the day I opened the package and saw the book, A Map Across Time my thought, ¿WHY did I agree to read a fairy tale!?!?¿ I am so thankful I did. Because once again this author allows me to escape in The Land of Darkness, a wonderful tale of good versus evil, complete with an evil step-mother and her ugly daughters. However, the author doesn¿t give you a Cinderella story. There are very interesting twists to the story that weaves a unique and thoughtful tale. And this time I got the allegory! The characters are wonderful, young Jadiel while still mourning her mother¿s death is forced to deal with a wicked step-mother who wants her out of the way. Callen, the young apprentice for Jadiel¿s uncle, is seeking a mysterious and beautiful bridge. Circumstances bring them together in their quest, where they face many unknowns. As the author mentioned in her interview, Callen is struggling with his faith and generally doesn¿t look before he leaps. He represents so many of us in our struggle to trust. Once again there are quirky characters to aid the fairy tale element, Grork, the hoptoad being one of my favorites. The imaginary that the author creates in her words is once again beautiful. You can envision the places Jadiel and Callen travel on their adventure. You can also sense the fear and awe that they experience. This is a book for those who enjoy an escape from reality. I haven¿t read a lot of fairy tales as an adult, but if you enjoy The Chronicles of Narnia then I think you would enjoy these books. I¿m not sure if young children would be ready for a book like this. Parts might be scary to them. My youngest is almost 13 and nothing scares him. As a parent I would recommend reading the book first and determine for yourself whether your child would enjoy it.