Light and dark battle for the soul of six-year old Prince Rayne, heir to the throne of all Ochen and prophesied Light Bringer of the One. Kidnapped, his memories and voice blocked, claimed as a slave, and given the name Wren, he is raised as an assassin.
Sigmund, powerful ancient sorcerer and enemy of the One, plans to frustrate the prophecy by using the young prince to assassinate his own parents. With the death of the Light Bringer and the failure of the prophecy, Sigmund and his demonic colleagues will be free to bring darkness to all seven worlds of Ochen. But what the sorcerer fails to realize is that the One has already claimed the boy, placing within his spirit a glowing ember of light, and giving him support in a world of abuse and violence.
The Seven Words fantasy series, though set in a far distant future, is a sword and sorcery tale that explores the working out of prophecy through themes of forgiveness, trust, and courage.
Sorcerer’s Bane is the first book in the Seven Swords. It is about a young prince, Rayne, who is kidnapped and trained as an assassin. His purpose: kill the king and queen. Rayne is given the name ‘Wren’ so that people do not expect him to be the prince. He goes through painful struggles, lessons, and training until he is ready for his task. There is a permanent battle inside him between darkness and light (which is where the main themes of Christianity can be seen). But Wren’s ultimate question, in the end, is whether or not he’s up to the task of assassinating the king and queen, his parents.
I loved this book! There are Christian themes in it (with several mentionings of ‘the One’ as God). However, even with this theme, the book does not circulate so primarily on Christianity that someone who’s not a Christian would feel like they are being talked down to. I loved the characters, and C.S Wachter did an incredible job with their developments. As to be expected, there is some violence and a few gritty scenes. But the author handled them well, and they are balanced well with other, less violent scenes. There is a slow development at the beginning of the story, but it makes the ending all the more satisfying.