Children of Light

“Children of Light” is a unique premise that uncovers the power of collective memories.

The Books

Children of Light (3rd Edition)

A rabbi with a secret will surrender his life in an incomprehensible battle against evil, while his friend, a priest with a dark past wrestles personal demons. The priest is called upon to prevent divorce and comfort grieving widows as he attempts to unravel the mystery of Masada with its deep connections to a unique vision heritage. The priest must confront the truth about his own connections to an ancient race when the responsibility falls to him to take up the torch as the next keeper of the Light.

The Moving Words Review:

CB Anslie pens a remarkable tale about the power of collective memory. Her book “Children of Light” starts with Rae Arrowson, a nine-year-old girl experiencing her first vision.

During sunset, while heading up the stairs, Rae saw a young woman floating on top of the stairway. She was wearing a long, roughly woven tunic and leather sandals while holding an infant wrapped in a linen cloth in her arms. Terrified, Rae watched the projection, frozen and confused. Fortunately, her father, Carl, was there to ease her worries. After explaining what she just saw, Carl knew it was time for Rae to find out the truth about her gift and how it binds the ties to the women from his bloodline. Through the help of Rae’s grandmother and paternal relatives, the little girl’s fears slowly melt away as she realizes that her gift can help connect loved ones in more ways than one.

“Children of Light” is a unique premise that uncovers the power of collective memories. The author does a great job of showcasing the concept through the characters’ dialogue, particularly in scenes including Father John Redman. Despite the premise having the potential to build a horror story, it was great to see the author take the story’s direction to an unexpected turn instead by focusing on relationships and the age-old debate of “destiny vs. coincidence.” While the book has many intriguing characters, none are as fascinating as Rae Arrowson and Father John Redman. Rae, who has the gift of past and future visions, is mature beyond her years—making her the best type of protagonist for this story. Additionally, Father John offers the logical side of the premise, examining the potential of Arrowson’s gifted lineage through logic and precision while mixing in compassion and kindness. Together, these two create a nice balance that makes the book a great read.

Overall, “Children of Light” is a fantastic read. While it leaves you asking questions at first, it does an excellent job of answering them concisely later. This book is a worthy addition if you like stories depicting the themes of interconnected souls, destiny, and coincidence—a great combination to start the new year!

Instrument of Justice

Sevan Arkezian, a massage therapist, has a secret he keeps from everyone, including his pregnant wife. He is haunted by a nightmare which he believes holds the key to what he is and his life’s purpose, a purpose that is ordained, one that connects him with the past and future. The untimely death of a client confronts him with the need for justice in circumstances where the reach of the law and the courts is doubtful. It is then that Sevan finally realizes his calling.

The Moving Words Review:

“Instrument of Justice” by CB Anslie is a spellbinding story with mystery, supernatural elements, and the relentless pursuit of justice. The protagonist, Sevan Arkezian, is a gifted psychic massage therapist whose abilities go beyond the physical realm. When he encounters the tormented soul of Paula during a massage session, he is drawn into a dark and twisted tale of abuse, manipulation, and murder. Sevan’s journey leads him to Amber, a resilient yet distraught woman entangled in a dangerous web spun by the sinister Clay Perkins. As Sevan probes more, he unveils the harrowing secrets that bind Amber and Clay together and the deadly past that haunts them. With righteousness as the driving force, Sevan must pass through the perilous waters of deceit and malevolence to bring closure to the souls he encounters.

CB Anslie creates a book that is as emotionally gripping as it is thrilling, much like her first book, Children of Light. The psychic element introduced through the character of Sevan adds an uncommon flavor to the established mystery genre, transporting readers into a world where the ethereal intersects with the earthly. Anslie’s writing pays meticulous attention to character development. Sevan is portrayed as a compassionate and unyielding pursuer of truth, making him a protagonist that readers can root for. On the other hand, Clay is the quintessence of menace, a character whose malicious actions send ripples through the lives of everyone he touches. The author paints vivid imagery—whether describing the eerie ambiance of a room or the heart-wrenching emotions of her characters, Anslie’s words create something that is both haunting and enthralling. The pacing is well-managed, keeping readers on the edge as the layers of deceit and villainy are peeled back with each chapter. Lastly, the narrative deals with heavy themes of abuse and psychological torment with sensitivity, which really makes you appreciate the strength of the human spirit even in the face of overwhelming darkness.

“Instrument of Justice” leaves a lasting impression. CB Anslie delivers a moving story that subtly emphasizes the ripple effect of actions—our deeds, good or bad, have a far-reaching impact on the lives of others. The kind nature of Sevan represents the significance of empathy towards those who are battling inner demons, showcasing that a helping hand can be a flicker of hope in someone’s life. This book is not only a tale of rescue but also a reflective journey into the characteristics of good, evil, and the enduring essence of justice and hope.

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