Forbidden - eBook  -     By: Ted Dekker, Tosca Lee
Buy Item $6.99 Add To Cart
Add To Wishlist

Forbidden - eBook

Center Street / 2011 / ePub

$6.99 (CBD Price)
Availability: In Stock
CBD Stock No: WW18356EB

Current Promotions
* This product is available for purchase only in the USA. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Read this eBook on:

CBDReader App for Android

  1. 1

    Using your Android device, you can download the CBDReader App directly from the Android Market. First, click on the 'Apps' icon from your main screen.

  2. 2

    On the app screen, click 'Market' or 'Play Store'.

  3. 3

    Click the spy glass icon and search 'CBDReader'.

  4. 4

    Click 'Free'.

  5. 5

    Click 'Install'.

  6. 6

    Click 'Accept and download' to affirm the terms and conditions.

  7. 7

    Click 'Open' to open the reader.

  8. 8

    Log in with your CBD account and all the eBooks you've purchased on the website will be automatically added to your device.

Have questions about eBooks? Check out our eBook FAQs.

Product Description

1200 years ago, during the Age of Chaos, life as people knew it was nearly annihilated by hatred, ambition, zealotry and war. From the aftermath of near destruction rose a message of hope through the establishment of a new order-one which elevated knowledge and control above the volatility of emotion and expression. No more would the world suffer the effects of malice, greed or passion. Strong, mitigating emotion exists only in historical memory...

After happening upon an ancient journal through strange circumstance, Rom's world is shattered. He learns that humanity long ago ceased to live, that it exists today in a living death. In a terrible risk, Rom exposes himself to the vial of blood folded into the old leather of the journal. His change is fearful and fraught with mind-bending emotion. A once-pious observer of the Order's passionless statues, he is filled with uncontrollable impulses. He is filled with love.

He is undone, terrified, and alone in the dead world.

Rom quickly learns of a child-heir of a ruling house with the power to reverse the Order's death. However, the child's house is second in line. The apparatus of power rests with woman named Feyn, and with that, Rom's task becomes clear: he must kill Feyn so that the second-in-line may assume power. To do so will bring love and passion back into existence, but at the risk of threatening the security of the world with the revolution and anarchy that nearly destroyed it over a millennia ago.

Product Information

Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Center Street
Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 9781455509850
ISBN-13: 9781455509850
Availability: In Stock
Series: Books of Mortals

Related Products

  1. Mortal, Books of Mortals Series #2, Large Print, Hardcover
    Mortal, Books of Mortals Series #2, Large Print, Hardcover
    Ted Dekker, Tosca Lee
    Center Street / 2012 / Hardcover
    $11.88 Retail: $26.99 Save 56% ($15.11)
    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 14 Reviews
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW515281
  2. Forbidden, Books of Mortals Series #1, Hardcover
    Forbidden, Books of Mortals Series #1, Hardcover
    Ted Dekker, Tosca Lee
    Center Street / 2011 / Hardcover
    $4.99 Retail: $24.99 Save 80% ($20.00)
    5 Stars Out Of 5 25 Reviews
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW953540
  3. Sovereign, Books of Mortals Series #3 -eBookeBOOK
    Sovereign, Books of Mortals Series #3 -eBook
    Ted Dekker, Tosca Lee
    FaithWords / 2013 / ePub
    5 Stars Out Of 5 4 Reviews
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW34840EB
  4. Sovereign, Books of Mortals Series #3
    Sovereign, Books of Mortals Series #3
    Ted Dekker, Tosca Lee
    FaithWords / 2013 / Trade Paperback
    $11.99 Retail: $15.00 Save 20% ($3.01)
    5 Stars Out Of 5 4 Reviews
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW953602

Author Bio

TED DEKKER is a New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty novels with a total of more than 5 million books in print. He is known for thrillers that combine adrenaline-laced plots with incredible confrontations between good and evil.

TOSCA LEE is the critically-acclaimed author of Demon Memoir, a Christy Award finalist and a Publisher's Weekly Editor's Choice. Her novel, Havah received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and 4.5 stars from Romantic Times.

At the start of Forbidden, a thriller by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee, everyone in the world is dead, and they don't even know it. Years before, alchemists banished what they called "Chaos" - all human emotions except fear, the one emotion needed for those in power to maintain order. The main character, Rom, is given a vial of ancient blood that has the ability to restore emotion to five people. He and four others drink and rediscover what it means to feel – to love and hate, to become angry, joyful, and sorrowful. By drinking the blood, they unwittingly join a secret society of Keepers, sworn to protect the true history of Chaos and eventually restore all of humanity to life again. They have only days to do so before the evil, ambitious Saric will claim the throne, ruled by dark passions given to him by the alchemists’ serum. Rom is one of five people in the world who is truly alive, and he has to risk that life and the lives of those he loves to save the world.

Whereas Forbidden doesn't have an explicit Christian message (at least in this book, the first in a series), it gives a Christian perspective on areas such as the difference between love and lust, the subtly of deception, and the existence of an immaterial aspect to human beings. In a world dominated by fear, the main characters learn the truth of 1 John 4:18: "There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear." Fans of Dekker's Circle Trilogy will recognize his style of allegory, using the plot to imitate dimensions of the biblical story in a way that makes them feel new. The stiff, hollow worship of the Maker through the rituals of the Order is portrayed as distorted at best, or, at worst, a lie used for manipulation. True worship is seen in the reverent expectation of the Keepers who have sworn loyalty to a young boy chosen to save all of humanity.

Forbidden is a strange combination of thriller, science fiction, and fantasy, but all of the genres work well together, and the plot of the novel is instantly engaging and fast-paced. The styles of the two authors complement each other, creating a vivid, moving story. One of the book's few weaknesses comes from its main premise: in a world populated by people with limited emotion (and a few people adjusting to strong, new rushes of emotion), it can be hard to connect with the characters. At the same time, the book does an excellent job of exploring the topic of what makes us human, and why emotions, good and bad, can be both beautiful and dangerous. The bloodshed in the book can be intense, but it is meant to emphasize the evil of violence in a world that supposedly outlawed all crime. The ending isn't quite satisfactory, but because it is meant to lead into another book, it will make readers eager to read the rest of the series. - Amy Green,

Product Reviews

4.8 Stars Out Of 5
4.8 out of 5
4.8 out Of 5
(4.8 out of 5)
4.7 out Of 5
(4.7 out of 5)
Meets Expectations:
4.7 out Of 5
(4.7 out of 5)
of customers would recommend this product to a friend.
Displaying items 1-5 of 25
Page 1 of 5 12345 Next
  1. Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 13, 2013
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I loved the book. it was a great sequil and verry well writen. the auther does a good job of keeping you on the edge of youre seat with lots of action all while keeping a good moral story line. the only thing that struck me as odd is after only anoter 1200 years humanity seems to have forgot the only hope for the world. JESUS CHRIST. his name has not come up once.
  2. Boissevain, Manitoba
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 1, 2013
    Boissevain, Manitoba
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    It was an awesome book, just like all of Ted Dekker's other work :)! It kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through!
  3. Iowa
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Life-giving Thriller
    February 16, 2013
    Amanda B
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    In a world as dark and foreboding as the fear that rules it, one man is entrusted with a centuries-old secret and awakened to a life forbidden for half a millennium. Having impulsively ingested a bit of ancient blood with only a cryptic message as his guide, Rom Sebastian discovers an unknown power that lies dormant in every soul. A throng of emotions - passion, sorrow, hope, love - beautiful and terrible at once, but so vastly far above the simple life of fear known to every inhabitant of the decomposing earth.

    Now on the run from a fearful government who views him as "out of Order," Rom must choose either to live in the familiar clutches of fear or bravely seek out the truth behind these new emotions. To learn their purpose _ and his.

    Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee serve up a heart-racing thriller that'll engage your every emotion and leave you craving more while digesting a hard-hitting truth. The truth that true life is not one that sits back in pillow-fluffed ease while fearing the future. True life is one of seeking purpose beyond ourselves, no matter what the cost, and no matter what the pain along the way. "Because in life we risk death. _ The heart can bleed. And it will." (Forbidden, page 373)

    Once again, Dekker transports us to an alternate reality to help us better understand our own. Once again, he weaves a climactic tale of romance and redemption to remind us of a certain life-giving blood. Much like the power of that life-giving blood, this is a story that cannot possibly be understood through mere description _ it must be experienced.


    While similar in many ways to Dekker's Circle series (and personally, I believe that Thomas Hunter plays an unseen role in this story, *wink, wink*) The Books of Mortals trilogy takes it up a notch on the violence scale. Okay, maybe several notches. (Think head-chopping violence and mega-creepy villains from Green and rack up their frequency a bit.) Also, the spiritual analogies are slightly more vague, at least in this first book of the series. But dig deep and think hard _ the content is rich.
  4. Toronto, Ontario
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 8, 2012
    Toronto, Ontario
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Just when I thought Ted Dekker could never go beyond his last amazing novel, he does it again! Forbidden is an allegorical page turner that is so crystal clear, you see the parallel images of heaven and earth, played out in this futuristic drama. I was completely enthralled with the story from beginning to end. I have the sequel standing by, so you know where I'm going to be! Get it, read it, you won't be disappointed.
  5. Illinois
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: male
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Forbidden by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee
    May 7, 2012
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: male
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 1
    [Book Description]

    Many years have passed since civilization's brush with apocalypse. The world's greatest threats have all been silenced. There is no anger, no hatred, no war. There is only perfect peace... and fear. But a terrible secret has been closely guarded for centuries: Every single soul walking the earth, though in appearance totally normal, is actually dead, long ago genetically stripped of true humanity.

    Fleeing pursuit, with only moments to live, a young man named Rom stumbles into possession of a vial of blood and a piece of cryptic writing. When consumed, the blood will bring him back to life. When decoded, the message will lead him on a perilous journey that will require him to abandon everything he has ever known and awaken humanity to the transforming power of true life and love.

    But the blood will also resurrect hatred, ambition, and greed.

    Set in a terrifying, medieval future, where grim pageantry masks death, this tale of dark desires and staggering stakes peels back the layers of the heart for all who dare to take the ride.

    [Book Description End]

    With one month from the release of the series' second installment, I finally finished Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee's highly-acclaimed Forbidden, which I first started reading in October 2011.

    The first in the Books of Mortals trilogy takes place in an alternate future in which fear is the only emotion genetically allowed. Although the setting and story are certainly good, the book failed to meet its hype. The book was slow, and even got to be quite boring in many places. It's a struggle to get through, making an unpleasant experience.

    The antagonist is a man named Saric. He was given a serum by alchemists that brings back some of his emotions, but only the horrible ones. Basically, he was turned into a beast in a world that knew only fear. He sickened me to the point that I truthfully say I have never hated anyone, real or fiction, more than I hated Saric. That is not how to write a good bad guy! A well-written bad guy is one who you can see reason behind; one you can sympathize with. Ted Dekker has a trend of writing antagonists who are mentally unstable and/or retarded, and no offense to him, but that is the most annoying kind of bad guy in any story. By the end of Forbidden I literally wanted to butcher Saric.

    There was a flaw in the story's concept. It's an awesome concept for a setting, but it's not possible to get rid of all emotions except fear. Among the characters who could only experience fear, I saw other emotions as well, such as confusion and desperation. Those could be considered attributes to fear, but that's irrelevant, because they're also emotions separate from fear. If someone in that universe suppresses their fear, they can still be confused, causing a major flaw in the idea of no emotions but fear. Other emotions are necessary in order to have only fear, and that in itself is contradictory.

    Forbidden was good, but there were a lot of things I had a problems with; all those listed above, in addition to all of the blood, gore, and sexuality. There's nothing necessarily wrong with having blood, gore, or sexuality in a novel, as long as they don't go overboard. I, for one, am someone very easily grossed out, and there was a lot of gore that I wasn't comfortable reading. The authors could have been just as realistic in their writing while just being less explicit. I know that, because they've done so in the past. As for the sexuality factor, the main evil character, due to his dark emotions, was quite a pervert, wanting to bed every woman he laid eyes upon. He very nearly raped one of the main characters at one point. Another reason to be irritated at Saric and his idiocy.

    Yes, yes, as everybody told me, the book improved massively by the end. The pace quickened, the story developed, and everything turned out really cool. But does a book getting good by the end classify it as a good novel? Unfortunately, not this one. If the entire first half of the book had been retold in half the length, it would have been twice as good. Considering the story got good by the end, I'll be eagerly awaiting the release of Mortal, the second in the series. Poor, poor Forbidden, however, is left with only three stars out of five. If not for the second half of the book, it would have been left with two.
Displaying items 1-5 of 25
Page 1 of 5 12345 Next

Ask Christianbook


Ask Christianbook

What would you like to know about this product? Please enter your name, your email and your question regarding the product in the fields below, and we'll answer you in the next 24-48 hours.

If you need immediate assistance regarding this product or any other, please call 1-800-CHRISTIAN to speak directly with a customer service representative.

Find Related Products

Author/Artist Review

Start A New Search