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Trade Paperback
356 pages
Jul 2012
Living Ink Books

The Unraveling of Wentwater

by C.S. Lakin

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Words are vanishing in C.S. Lakinís The Unraveling of Wentwater and only Teralyn can stop it. Long ago, the marsh witch predicted a newborn babe would cause the undoing of Wentwater before her 18th birthday, and the superstitious village of Wentwater frantically tried everything in its power to prevent it. For years they thought everything was fine, until the day Teralyn arrived.

When Teralyn, a simple girl from the Heights, gets an opportunity to travel below to Wentwater village for the annual festival, she is excited to experience a different culture and hear new music that will better her own musical expertise. Her companion Justyn feels differently. Living his entire life in the village of silly traditions has forced him to venture to the Heights in pursuit of knowledge and wisdom. Having been asked to escort Teralyn to the festival, he dreads going back to his superstitious family with parents who understand neither him nor his love and thirst for knowledge.

While in the village, Justyn shows Teralyn around and takes a liking to her; when Teralyn meets and falls in love with his younger brother, Fromer, Justyn doesnít hide his hurt and jealousy. Envious of Fromer and angry with Teralyn, he sets out to take matters into his own hands. The marsh witch says she only needs his word as payment and Justyn underestimates the power of that one word.

Before long, strange disappearances occur and the villagers become desperate for someone to blame. When they accuse Teralyn of being the one the prophecy speaks of, she strives to uncover the truth of whatís happening and to do everything she can to fix it. If Teralyn is the cause, then she alone can stop the unraveling of Wentwater.

C.S. Lakin has written a unique story of love versus hate that creatively reminds the reader about the power of words. She paraphrases several Bible verses throughout her novel such as, Hebrews 1:3: ď[He] sustains all things by his powerful word.Ē She includes a list of such verses as well as a discussion with questions on the biblical themes at the end of the book. And although The Unraveling of Wentwater is the fourth book in The Gates of Heaven Series, the reader doesnít have to know the others in order to fully appreciate this one. I highly recommend this novel to anyone searching for a good story with a deeper meaning woven into it. Ė Kristi Schweitzer,

Book Jacket:

When the simple, backward village of Wentwater begins disappearing one word at a time, no one can figure out how to stop it. Not the learned men living up in the Heights nor the superstitious leaders of the village. But those who had attended the baby naming ceremony seventeen years earlier remember the words of the marsh witch, and her pronouncement that the babe would one day cause the unraveling of Wentwater. In their fear, the villagers banish the parents and set their cottage on fire, and the babe was thought to have perished in the flames. But . . . did she?

Teralyn lives in the Heights and wants nothing more than to create beautiful music on her lap harp. When she comes down to the village for a festival, she falls in love with a villager named Fromer, much to the fury of Fromerís brother, Justyn. Justynís jealousy moves him to make a deal with the witch, and when Wentwater vanishes due to a backfiring spell, it leaves Teralyn, the only person left in the kingdom, with a terrible choice. She must leave her life and forget Wentwater, or she can spend seven long years restoring everything back to the way it was, by spinning nettle into thread and stitching the world back . . . one word at a time.