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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.
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Publication Date: 2011
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Series: Books of Mortals
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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.
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, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
DanielAge: 25-34Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5May 13, 2013DanielAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I 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.
DeidreeABoissevain, ManitobaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5March 1, 2013DeidreeABoissevain, ManitobaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5It 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!
Amanda BIowaAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Life-giving ThrillerFebruary 16, 2013Amanda BIowaAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5In 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.
RadioladyToronto, OntarioAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5July 8, 2012RadioladyToronto, OntarioAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Just 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.
ArkatoxIllinoisAge: Under 18Gender: male3 Stars Out Of 5Forbidden by Ted Dekker and Tosca LeeMay 7, 2012ArkatoxIllinoisAge: Under 18Gender: maleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets 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.
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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.