THE SECT: THE WINDGATE (Book 1 of the School of Ministry Series)
AUTHOR: BRAXTON A. COSBY
Genre: Fiction/Young Adult/New Adult/Inspirational
Publisher: Tate Publishing/Cosby Media Production
Date of Publication: April 21st, 2015
Number of pages:290
Word Count: 99k
When Ziv is recruited by the secret society known as The Sect, he finds himself cast into a perilous journey of identity, love, and hope. As a Conduit, Ziv possess the ability to see creatures of the night: demons. The Sect trains him along with two other trainees to be warriors of light and confront the challenges of the treacherous Quad, in order to control their fear and hone their abilities. As an untimely love triangle emerges, Ziv must control his emotions and chase down the evil Akabod before he can destroy The Windgate and banish the entire planet into enslavement by the underworld.
The Sect: The Windgate definitely brings forth a unique tale that you probably haven’t heard before, or at least not from a male’s point of view before. Reading these kind of supernatural events from a guys POV was super different and a little difficult to get my head around. The Sect is a secret society of people dedicated to God and are committed to destroying evil forces that would go against him. Ziv just so happens to be their newest recruit when his friend/long time crush goes missing. As he learns more about the society, his life is further placed in danger, and he quickly discovers that not everything or anyone is what they seem.
This book had quite a lot of potential and an interesting character dynamic that I hadn’t encountered before. The story more so focused on the evolution of Ziv as a person as he goes through the trials of The Sect in order to become officially initiated. Throughout this process, he is thrown into various life threatening situations, each unlike the first. His companions in his quest are Francis and Jaythan, each of which were equally suspicious throughout. By the time the ending rolled around I soo predicated how things were gonna play out!
The Sect did have some very genuinely unique moments, but I found myself wishing for more extended action scenes. Though there were many action packed moments, they ended before they even got started. Also, I was expecting a little more romance than what was originally implied. There were suggestions of love between Ziv and another female character, but nothing was ever acted upon, so that was a little disappointing.
As the events came to a close, the story followed it’s same pattern of “over-too-fast action.” Yes the ending was good, but the enemy was defeated before I could really get hooked by the suspense. Overall The Sect: The Windgate was a different supernatural story filled with action packed sequences and left with an opening for more to come.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Multi-Award Winning and #1 Amazon Bestselling Author Braxton A. Cosby creates vivid, original stories that focus on relationships and world building that brings characters to life. Braxton received a lot of his inspiration from watching the accomplishments and exploits of his famous uncle, comedic legend Bill Cosby. Braxton is the CEO of Cosby Media Productions, a full-service entertainment studio that focuses on producing content in the areas of television, film, music, radio and print media. Braxton is also an actor and radio show host. As a writer, Braxton’s novels explore the psychology of human connection, concerning themes of trust, faith and selflessness. He resides in Lawrenceville with his wife and three daughters.