The most beautiful thing about the book, as with all Dekker books, is no matter who the lead character is, he is always flawed. His strength only comes from Christ making Him the true hero of the novel rather than the protagonist. In the end, the message of redemptive love is made perfectly clear through this novel. It allows one to relive this astonishingly wonderful tale of good overcoming evil no matter what the cost.
The story is the first person tale of Toma Nicolescu, a warrior in the service of Catherine the Great, empress of Russia during the Russo-Turkish War in 1772. It is also the third person account of Lucine Cantemir, the woman Catherine sent Toma to protect. But Toma doesn't know what he is to protect Lucine from.
Lucine lives with her mother and sister in Castle Cantemir in Moldavia. All three women had led a life of wanton sexuality, but Lucine had learned a few things to give her a more mature outlook on life. Toma falls for the beautiful Lucine but cannot speak because of his oath to his empress.
Soon a strange group of Russians visits from a nearby castle, led by one Vlad van Valerik. Toma seems the only one to be suspicious of these smooth-talking, enticing men and women, but he's not certain it isn't just his jealousy at work. Lucine's sister succumbs immediately to their charm, and the next morning Toma finds her with blood on her face and no memory of what happened, other than it was wonderful.
Various of them visit the nearby castle, and Toma discovers the Russians to be inhuman. One who had died is now alive again. They also have a taste for blood, and Toma himself nearly succumbs. But when Vlad van Valerik begins to woo Lucine, Toma senses true danger and begins to act.
That's about all of the plot I'm willing to give away. I'll just say that (to me) that first part of the book took too long, seemed too slow. Things definitely picked up after that, and took some surprising turns on its way to the conclusion.
Two things stand out about this book, besides the voice of Toma. One, it addresses today's fascination with vampires in a fictional but Christian manner. Two, it is not a book for those who are squeamish about lust and longing spread out across the page.
If you are curious about the title of the book, think of the hymn whose first verse begins:
There is a fountain filled with blood
Drawn from Emmanuel's veins;
And sinners plunged beneath that flood
Lose all their guilty stains.
Do I recommend the novel? Maybe. It depends. The blurb on the author's website ends with this line, and it is true. "But remember, not everyone is for this story."
I have been a Dekkar fan for a long time. I was given this book by a junior high student and was appalled when I read it. The author attempts to convey a story of redemption, however, it gets lost in the sensuality and grotesque relationships between vampires. I would definately recommend that no one read this book and that christian books.com takes it off their products list.
Review: Immanuel's Veins - Ted Dekker- September 2010
Wow , where do I start with any of Ted Dekker's books they are the kind that are written in a way that gives the novel a sense of historicalness and also a feel of Christianity but on the other hand touches a side of fantasy , mystery and thrill with a hint of adventure chucked into the mix. It seems however that nobody is safe with the rise of Vampire Fiction as we see Christian author Ted Dekker touch ever so slightly into the realm of Supernatural.
In Immanuel's Veins we witness the release of two warriors Alek and Tomas who on the orders of Catherine the Great are to go forth and protect the twin daughters of a fellow monarch. It is upon the arrival to the castle that they are fully aware of how promiscuous one of the twins are and Alek ever the playboy falls for her. During the ball , we witness a group of Russians who we later down on the track in the novel notice that they slightly resemble what you and me may call Vampires.
As their time is spent looking after the twins Tomas the Warrior starts to develop feelings for Lucine but as he knows his place is to protect her and not take advantage his string values and morals shine through in the novel whereas Alek is a playboy through and through.
We read as further down in the track the Vampires come to claim Lucine and have Natasha and Alek under their spell . It is up to Tomas to go in and rescue them , with his love for Lucine burning strong -will this give Tomas a clear head or will it cloud his judgement in doing what is right ?
As always Ted Dekker's novels come complete with a story and a meaning and read as we discover the depth of Immanuel's Veins as a tale of one man's (Tomas's) journey to find redemptive love and that no matter who we are or what our past may have been - we can always find redemption and love.
Immanuel's Veins is a novel that should be on everybody's to read list whether you rate yourself as a Christian or an Non-Believer.
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February 11, 2011
This is the second book that I have read by Ted Dekker. "Immanuels Veins" contains a sizzling love story full of deep seduction. A story of longing and bold sacrifice.Its a story of power, lust, love, evil ... and redemption Then as evil begins its romance to uncover the light. And the heart embraces what it should flee. Forgetting it once had a truer lover.
I'm not really crazy about reading but Immanuels Veins was just an amazing book. I just stayed up all the night reading and just couldn't stop. I always thought one thing would happen but then something else would come up and mix things up. It's the love that most people in this world long for. Its full of suspense, and bone-chilling scenes that makes me hold my breath, and it also has an amazing message that isn't soon forgotten.
"This story is for everyone--but not everyone is for this story" this is one of my favourite quotes from the book. Immanuels Veins has been touted as a great love story, as so it was. Like no other love story you've ever read.