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In a style reminiscent of Charles
Williams and old-fashioned Christian horror, author Teric Darken tells
thoroughly modern stories of that thoroughly ancient battle for the human soul.
A slightly formal, carefully reasoned, first-person narration gives the story
immediacy and rapidly creates a very believable college-age protagonist.
Rebelling against his father’s fame, taking risks with sex drugs and alcohol
but never quite losing his way, young Caleb and his lifelong friend Gat go from
experimenting with a Ouija board to standing in front of what might be the
devil himself to make a deal.
The friends part ways, each to his
own temptation. The thrill of the chase, the excitement of the lure and the
horror of the monstrous maze ensue. While one protagonist passes his hand
through flickering flame and accepts the coin, the other strives to resist. While
one ignores all that stands in his way, the other tries to save. And while one
falls, the other still might redeem him.
Caleb is the son of Kill FM 100's Cart-man, from the author’s previous work, and
there’s just as vibrant a modern musical soundtrack to this tale. A dark horror
story with tireless moral undertones, and a starkly genuine portrait of modern
temptation, this is definitely “edgy Christian fiction.” The characters and
horrors may seem a touch predictable at times and the telling a bit slow, but
there’s a movie-like feel to the sights and sounds, and a truly intriguing
sting at the end of the tale. Plus there’s music and the Cart-man in cameo.
I was lucky enough to get a copy of this novel when it was offered free.