Orah Weber sat near the bonfire, fearful that Nathaniel would show up tonight when the vicar was due to arrive. Nathaniel was now an adult and subject to the choosing for the coming-of-age ritual. He longed for something great, outside of their village in Little Pond. But Orah was afraid for him.
When the vicar arrived, the whole feel of the village changed and became more somber. After the blessing was given, the vicar announced that one would be chosen for a teaching so that he could be a soldier of faith. No one who had experienced the teaching ever spoke of it when they returned. Fearing for Nathaniel, Orah listened as the vicar announced that Thomas, her second best friend, would be the chosen one to accompany him to the Template for the teaching. All were well aware that this would not be a pleasant undertaking. The indoctrination by the vicars was a sensory deprivation nightmare that must be endured. The message that the darkness must be thoroughly understood and its return prevented is repeated over and over. If he could not betray the names of his friends, he was not yet deemed ready to return home. He sank down in the pitch-black chamber so his “training” could continue.
The wealth of description in this book is amazing! I could clearly envision each scene, and thoroughly knew the personalities of each of the characters. It was as if the author were painting a vivid world for me as I read. I clearly felt the emotions of the characters, and it made the book come alive. And there is so much more to learn from the main characters' adventures which have broader application to life and teach what is important. This is a good read and definitely recommended.