My Review: Once again C.S. Lakin takes us on a magical journey with talking owls and witches from the marsh in the fourth installment of The Gates of Heaven Series. This time the journey takes us to Wentwater, where tradition and superstition rule the every day life. In the mountains above known as The Heights knowledge and wisdom is power.
Justyn the boy from Wentwater who always questioned the superstitions grows into a young man to be educated at the university in The Heights. Determined to turn his back on the foolishness of his family and the others in Wentwater. Teralyn has always lived in The Heights but never felt like she fit in, for deep in her heart is a passion for music.
When Justyn’s mentor asked him to take Teralyn to Wentwater for the annual festival he sees an opportunity to endear himself to his mentor. But he is soon consumed with much more than that when Teralyn seems to fall in love with his brother, Fromer. What follows is a classic story of love and the dangers of jealously and bitterness.
The author weaves several life lessons in this tale. I honestly don’t think I’ve figured them all out. Having worked in higher education for over 25 years I see many Justyns. As well, I’ve seen many Teralyns who have captured the passion of music and life. I think it’s safe to say we need to land somewhere in between.
Like the other books in the series it is appropriate for any age. If you enjoy escaping into another world that is beautifully painted with allegories this is an excellent choice. Although the fourth book in the series you do not need to read the books in any particular order. Having read the others there are locations and characters mentioned in each book from the other books.
Disclaimer: I would like to thank the author for the opportunity to read this book and was under no obligation other than to give my honest opinion.
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