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Nine years ago Rom Sebastian consumed an ancient potion of blood that transformed him into the lone Mortal on a planet populated by the dead. Now others have joined him. But the oppressive Order has raised an army to crush the living---and betrayal threatens the Mortals from within. Will they survive to save humanity from annihilation?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 432
Vendor: FaithWords
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.25 X 1.08 (inches)
ISBN: 1599953560
ISBN-13: 9781599953564
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Series: Books of Mortals

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Publisher's Description

Centuries 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. A terrible secret was 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.

Nine years have gone by since an unlikely hero named Rom Sebastian first discovered a secret and consumed an ancient potion of blood to bring himself back to life in Forbidden. Surviving against impossible odds, Rom has gathered a secret faction of followers who have also taken the blood-the first Mortals in a world that is dead.

But The Order has raised an elite army to hunt and crush the living. Division and betrayal threaten to destroy the Mortals from within. The final surviving hope for humanity teeters on the brink of annihilation and no one knows the path to survival.

On the heels of Forbidden comes MORTAL, the second novel in The Books of Mortals saga penned by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee. 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 take the journey.

The Books of Mortals are three novels, each of which stands on its own, yet all are seamlessly woven into one epic thriller.

Author Bio

TED DEKKER is a New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty novels with a total of more than 10 million books in print. He is known for thrillers that combine adrenaline-laced plots with incredible confrontations between good and evil.

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In Ted Dekker's and Tosca Lee's Mortal, Jonathan Talus nears his eighteenth birthday and his ultimate purpose: to become Sovereign of the world. Five hundred years in the future, the world is dead. A virus has wiped away all emotion except for fear, and humanity remains lifeless. Jonathan, being the only child born with life in his blood for centuries, has been giving people life through his blood for nearly a decade. More than a thousand people have been essentially born again. These living people - Mortals - wish to see their savior as Sovereign, the highest position held in the Order, the government of the dead. As Sovereign, Jonathan can bring about his new kingdom of life. But just days before Jonathan's birthday, an evil force rises against the Mortals with a manmade army with obedience for their master engrained in their genes. The Mortals are forced to question their loyalties and decide how far they will go to assure that Jonathan becomes Sovereign.


It is clear that this plot parallels the life of Jesus Christ's on earth. Jonathan gives life through his blood and promises to usher in his new kingdom with the Mortals in it, reminding Christian readers of God's redeeming blood. "Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day" (John 6:54 NIV). This parallel is further advanced by the fact that Jonathan, though perhaps the most important character, is never the narrator. Other characters like Rom Sebastian, leader of the Mortals, and Roland, prince of the Nomads, view Jonathan from a distance. His words are wise and his actions confuse these two men many times, but still they follow him, just as Jesus' disciples followed Him without question. This clever tactic allows the reader to view Jonathan with just as much reverence as his followers.


These Mortals are powerful warriors with better sight and reflexes, and the intense battle sequences are marvelously and meticulously detailed, allowing the reader to picture the scenes with clarity. Mortals see the world through perfect eyes, and Rom's and Roland's rich descriptions provide startling passages throughout the book.

Jonathan is enigmatic throughout the story, leaving his followers confused and worried about his state of mind. Sadly, though, little time is spent with Jonathan in the story. Many pages are devoted to Rom and Roland planning ways to ensure Jonathan's ascension to Sovereign, and readers may feel they are attending boring tactical meetings for many pages. The dialogue is stiff, and though the fictional world leaps off the pages, the characters remain flat.


Dekker and Lee successfully create an imaginative world in Mortal but leave the characters predictable, except for Jonathan. Teenage boys will love the detailed battle sequences and Christian teens will find comfort in the familiar parallel to Christ's redeeming blood. - Donna Menke, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

Editorial Reviews

Praise for FORBIDDEN:

"...mammoth twists and head-pounding turns that will have readers and book clubs debating the roles of emotion and logic that drive human existence."
--- Publishers Weekly

Dekker and Lee have created an intriguing future world...poised on the edge of vast upheaval. [They] draw readers into it and make them eager to read more..."
--- Booklist

"With great plot twists, compelling writing, and unanswered questions, this is a must-read for Dekker fans..."
--- Library Journal

"FORBIDDEN: The Books of Mortals rocks with the same level of intensity and brilliance as Dekker's Circle Series. Riveting, resounding, and a magnificent blend of Dekker's and Lee's styles. I devoured FORBIDDEN."
--- James L. Rubart, bestselling author

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  1. mattparks35
    Joplin, MO
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Wasn't near as riveting as the first book
    June 14, 2014
    mattparks35
    Joplin, MO
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 1
    I was really excited about this book after reading the first in its series, Forbidden. I thoroughly enjoyed the Circle Trilogy and Forbidden was very similar in its style but very different in it storyline. However, I found myself dragging through Mortal to the point where I am not as excited to finish the series. This book seemed to just drag on and on. Furthermore, the Christ character in the story, Jonathon, was very mystical. If you read this book as a Christian, try not to read too much into Jonathon as a type of Christ. If you try to, you will be very disappointed, maybe even angered. But it is also a work of fiction and is evangelistic in that it seeks to present the gospel in a very cryptic and symbolic way. Hopefully, the reader will be challenged in some way.
  2. kathy
    HUTTO, TEXAS
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 20, 2013
    kathy
    HUTTO, TEXAS
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Mortal, Books of Mortals Series #2, Hardcover.
    IF YOU ENJOYED THE CIRCLE BOOKS- THE MORTAL BOOKS WILL NOT DISAPPOINT YOU. I LOVE ALL TED DECCKER MATERIAL AND AM A TRUE FAN OF HIS AND TOSCA LEES.
  3. DeidreeA
    Boissevain, Manitoba
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 28, 2013
    DeidreeA
    Boissevain, Manitoba
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Mortal, Books of Mortals Series #2, Hardcover.
    I really enjoyed this series :). It kept me glued to the book until it was finished! I can't wait for the third one to come out!
  4. alwysreadin
    Herndon, PA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    This book is rather fanciful and exotic.
    February 19, 2013
    alwysreadin
    Herndon, PA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for Mortal, Books of Mortals Series #2, Hardcover.
    I find the imagination of the author exceedingly great.

    This series weaves a spell of 'what if' over the reader.

    I can't wait to get the third book in the series to find out just what does happen....
  5. Michelle Sutton
    Arizona
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Enjoyed this even more than the first book!
    January 9, 2013
    Michelle Sutton
    Arizona
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Mortal, Books of Mortals Series #2, Hardcover.
    I loved the first book in this series, but I enjoyed this one even more. There is just something about fiction that parallels the redemptive work of Christ that always inspires me. The world Dekker and Lee created when they wrote this series is compelling and symbolic in a number of ways. I found myself pondering the redemptive meaning of Christ's sacrifice and the use of His blood for our atonement in a deeper way because of this book. I also saw in the story how deception hardens the heart and at the same time how intense and overwhelming our Savior's love is for mankind despite our many flaws.

    I found the theology to be pretty deep in this parallel world. This is often true in any of Dekker and Lee's books. They are a perfect match when it comes to creating fiction that speaks to the heart. I found the speech given by Jonathan to be inspiring and insightful. He had a lot to say about life and the difference between being alive - as in body and soul - versus accepting his life's blood and all of the implications that would result from that choice. Several scenes were very emotional and intense. I am eagerly anticipating the third book in the series. The last few pages had some twists that made me glad I wouldn't have to wait long to read Sovereign, which releases in a few months.
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