"A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver." Proverbs 25:11

Monday, February 3, 2014



The ancient and acclaimed land of Ethryn is dying from pervasive drought, and while the king searches to find water, a mighty tower is uncovered in the desert. King Kael hopes the scroll found near the altar will tell of water sources, but when he touches the gemstone set in the altar, he falls into a coma that transports him back five thousand years, where he is a slave building the tower. Thus begins the tale of God's appointing the first Keeper of the sacred site, revealing heaven's intolerance for wickedness and his relentless pursuit of the ones he love.


I was very excited when C.S. Lakin contacted me in regards to reviewing her sixth book of The Gates of Heaven series, The Sands of Ethryn. When the book finally arrived I impatiently tore open the package so I could begin to read it. 

From the first book in The Gates of Heaven series, The Wolf of Tebron, to this one, I have been captivated with the imagery, allegories, and masterfully woven tales Lakin has created.

The Sands of Ethryn is extremely well written. Lakin weaves her characters with love, life and a beautiful tale of the pursuit of God and the ones he loves. I couldn't help but be carried away to Ethryn. 

Each description and detail transported me to Ethryn. I could feel the sand against my skin, the heat of the desert, the coolness of the fountain. I could hear the sound of the footsteps behind me, feel the evil emanate from the vizir. My favorite character is a young woman named Ra'daf. Her love for her grandfather,kingdom and king and a certain young man leaps from the pages. 

There is just so much to enjoy about this sixth book. I couldn't stop reading it. The tale carried me away to another time and place yet left me grounded knowing no matter where I am or where I go, God never leaves me. 

This review was made possible by AMG Publishers and of course my favorite fantasy author, C.S. Lakin. They provided me with this free Advanced Readers Copy.

Look for this sixth book to become available in your favorite bookstore soon!


C.S. Lakin works professionally in California as a freelance copyeditor and writing coach, and teaches workshops at writing conferences and assists new writers with polishing their books. Her websites for writers www.LiveWriteThrive.com and www.CritiqueMyManuscript.com provide detailed instruction for aspiring novels, and she often guest blogs on top writing site.

The Sands of Ethryn, the sixth installment in the seven-book fairy tale series, will release in March 2014 in print book form. In addition to writing her fantasy series, she has penned a teen sci-fi adventure called Time Sniffers and has written five contemporary drama/mysteries, including Someone to Blame, winner of the 2009 Zondervan First Novel Contest (released October 2010). You can learn more about her writing and editing at www.cslakin.com.