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Number of Pages: 432
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.25 X 1.08 (inches)
Series: Books of Mortals
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.
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
"...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..."
"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
Olio5 Stars Out Of 5As ExpectedDecember 22, 2014OlioQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A good follow up to the first one and just as riviting
mattparks35Joplin, MOAge: 18-24Gender: male3 Stars Out Of 5Wasn't near as riveting as the first bookJune 14, 2014mattparks35Joplin, MOAge: 18-24Gender: maleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 1I 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.
kathyHUTTO, TEXASAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5March 20, 2013kathyHUTTO, TEXASAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5IF 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.
DeidreeABoissevain, ManitobaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5February 28, 2013DeidreeABoissevain, ManitobaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I 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!
alwysreadinHerndon, PAAge: Over 65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5This book is rather fanciful and exotic.February 19, 2013alwysreadinHerndon, PAAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I 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....