The Dark Foundations

The reviews here have appeared in various places on the web. They are reproduced ‘as is’ with no attempt to tidy them up. Many thanks to the reviewers!

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From what claims to be “The Least Read Blog on the Web”, 4 October 2008. Thanks John.

Book 2 of the Lamb Among the Stars, this book covers the necessary middle ground between the innocence of The Shadow and Night, and the final epic battle in The Infinite Day. Here our friends Merral, Vero and the others must come to grips with invasion forces across their world of Farholme, and insidious evil that destroys from within their own government.

But how does a peaceful world go to war? There are soldiers to be trained, strategies to be constructed, and secrets to be kept. Vero becomes increasingly canny in waging war, while Merral is horrified at the things he must accept …

While it is possible to begin the series with this volume, it is recommended to start with book 1, where the failure of innocence is unveiled in all its horror upon an unknowing people. That first fight was localised; now it is global, but in the next volume it’s set to affect many worlds. And Merral must face the very gates of hell if he is to save the innocent.

Grace Bridges on Splashdown Reviews, January 2010

Second volume of the sci-fi Lamb Among the Stars trilogy that began with The Shadow and Night. This second volume reads more as a war novel than the first book, which developed this world and the characters. Now these characters are beseiged against a much stronger and more numerous enemy. The theology continues to develop, showing the difficulty of man’s struggle against evil and against his own rebellion, and the dependence of man upon God’s divine intervention. Another strong effort; I am looking forward to the concluding volume, which looks to develop some interesting plot points that have only been hinted at so far, and to expand the storyworld from one planet to the entire universe.

Jim Sanders, October 2008 on The Juice Bar

On the Imagination Investigation website from Chawna Schroeder, March 2008.

Just keeps getting better (*****)

Walley’s writing continues to amaze, entertain, and enlighten. This series shows incredible imagination and much spiritual insight. If I had to sum it up….it’s “Star Wars” the way it should have been written…with the real “dark side” against the heavenly forces. I have and will continue to strongly recommend it to all my friends.
I only have a couple of small eschatological reservations, and I don’t think those interfere at all with the enjoyment of a great series. It’s not the idea of a sinless milennium much longer than a thousand years…that’s always been open to interpretation. But the characters living sinless lives don’t seem to have much of an intimate or spirit-filled interior life with God. That didn’t ring true. And in this book, there is a strong demonic power with the ability to read human minds. That would violate our free will.
However, neither of these would cause me to give Walley’s marvelous writing anything less than a top recommendation.
Also, as others have indicated in reviewing the first couple of books in this series…the category of “young adult” isn’t really accurate. Adults will enjoy thoroughly…and may glean more spritual insight as well.
Job well done…can’t wait for the final book!
Patricia Cummings, USA, on

Finally! (*****)

This book is here! I have been waiting so long! :)

The Dark Foundations by Chris Walley is an excellent continuation of an excellent series! With the exception of a very annoyingly nerve-wracking cliffhanger ending, I am completely happy with this book! This book is really quite shocking – you never even suspect anything like it from the first two books. It continues the story of Merral and the fight for Farholme and the Assembly, but introduces some additional sideplots and stunning backhistory from a non-Assembly world. None of the characters are flat, even Lezaroth the captain of the ship that is leading the war against Farholme, you grieve for, because of what he once was, and what he then became through following Nezhuala (who kind of seems like the Antichrist). Excellent, excellent, excellent!
Barlow “Future Author”, USA, on

I suppose one could say this book is written ahead of its time… (*****)

The Dark Foundations is the epic sequel to the Shadow at Evening and the Power of Night. In Farholme, the former Farholme defence unit upgrades to the Farholme defence force to deal with the isolation from the rest of the Assembly. The writing is superb, absolutely shaming all other books in the genre – especially Harry Potter. There is depth to the characters, and you will be riveted by every page. You will want to finish this book – it will take priority over that essay you have to write. It is just that good. And the ending, this is one of the greatest endings I have ever read and is right up there with the ending from Ted Dekker’s Black – the ending of the Dark Foundations just leaves you wanting more. I cannot say enough good things about this book.
The one complaint I have is of a few too many uses of todays common phrases. Yes they are funny, but a bit overused. However, every one of the comments by Lloyd makes up for it. And the ending…you will be left yearning for the Infinite Day. (the final book of the series)
“TML 19”, Canada, on


Thought you’d like some further feedback. I looked at your first two books on the shelf at the bookstore for six months before deciding to buy them. Boy was I rewarded! When it was time for The Dark Foundations to come out, I couldn’t get it at the bookstore fast enough.

I liked the first two, but TDF really drew me in on a whole new level. I found myself repeatedly describing the philosophical aspects as ‘fascinating’ to friends and family, and was deeply disappointed when I closed the cover because I loved my time in the story so much I didn’t want to leave… test of a good book there!

I’m still chewing over what I read — another good sign — and am really coming to appreciate how the plot structuring allows for discussion of sin as an integral part of the story instead of just an after-thought or a pseudo-Christian reference. I like the intelligence of your approach and how it so completely differs from the one extreme of cheesy Christian works and the other extreme of assuming quality writing must needs be stripped of any solid belief structure beyond what the general market finds acceptable.

I did think of Lord of the Rings with the eagles reference, and at a particular point where the Envoy plays a special role (don’t want to reveal anything here!), but more in terms of how a bibliophile enjoys the connections between favorite books. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series!
“KB” on News from Farholme blog

Best Science Fiction I’ve read! (*****)

Pros: In depth characters, great writing style, innovative story line

Cons: none

Chris Walley is a great author! Dark Foundations was finally released and is the third book in the Lamb Among The Stars Trilogy.

I’ve been waiting for over a year for this book, and it was sure worth the wait. I’m only a 100 pages into it and I’m already in engaged in the story line.

set 12000 years in the future, Jesus has intervened in a special way and the sin nature has been almost entirely suppressed for that 12000 years. Human kind has spread among the galaxies, seeding other planets and transforming them into viable places for humans to live. Technology is advanced and Christ is king among the worlds.

On Farholme, the furhest planet of the Assembly, evil comes back and the story of the three books is about the human race trying to deal with this new threat. Walley does a fantastic job in bringing out the innocence and naitivity of people who have had no sin but now have to deal with deception and hate and everything else that comes with sin.

Again ,this is the third book, but treat yourself to the first two, you will not be disappointed!
Bill, on Yahoo Shopping

And on the Christian Fiction Review website (rating 9/10).

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