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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on August 9, 2012
I bought this book based on the number of positive/glowing reviews and was pretty excited to read. The book has a great central concept that could have made for an excellent story. Unfortunately the authors spent more time rushing through the plot and very little time fleshing out the characters. I just didn't really care what happened to the characters which completely deflated some of the bigger reveals/twists in the book. The authors rely too much on telling you why a character did or felt something, instead of building the reader's understanding of the characters motivations via a well told story. I found it a bit of a chore to finish the book though I did finish. The ending was underwhelming and I will not be reading the rest of the series, just not interested enough. Not a horrible book, just did not live up to the hype.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 22, 2014
The premise of the book is interesting, but the execution is not superb - this looks more like a first raw version.....
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2011
I guess, knowing Ted is best-selling and Tosca is just amazing, I expected this book would be stellar. It isn't. I wish it was.

I'm a bit surprised to see how many 5-star reviews this has gotten. I was thinking about giving it 4 stars, hoping the ending would be surprising and exciting enough to merit the extra star, but after the climax, the only feeling I got was "...Huh? Oh. I guess that makes sense ... "

PLOT
The main concept of the plot (not the plot itself) was probably the high point of the book. The whole "living dead" and the fact that no one really knows their dead was brilliant. Loved it. Also, I loved the parallels, of course, like how the Keepers seemed to represent OT saints.

The story itself was not remarkable, seeming short and simple, and somehow not ... epic enough. I don't like not being able to pinpoint what made it unexceptional, but for some reason it wasn't. However the story did have potential for to be truly deep, complex and excellent. And I think it'll get better with the next book. We'll see. As it was, one reason the story suffered was because it wasn't supported by a cast of characters which we really knew.

CHARACTERS
The book was definitely plot-driven. I think it really could've been strong in both plot and character. Yes, it would have been longer and it would've been completely worth it. The extremely low level of my affection for the characters was probably my biggest complaint. While still "dead," they have an excuse to be no different from each other. But once their emotions were given back to them, the authors were so focused on the fact that they actually felt them that they didn't show us anything else about the characters.

This really bothered me. I really, really wanted to love Rom, believe me. But I couldn't. I didn't know who he was. The only difference between him and Avra, that I could see, was that he was braver than her. I'm not even kidding. This affects the book so much, especially in moments like Rom on the ledge, holding up [someone's] heart and screaming. That could have been such an incredible moment, but it just felt strange to me because I didn't really know Rom. I didn't feel like I was right there beside him.

One reason I didn't feel the intimacy with the characters is because of the viewpoint style. It was supposed to be Rom's viewpoint and then Feyn's viewpoint, etc., but then suddenly after hearing Rom's thoughts, we get a brief on the history of the town. It was like we jumped out fom Rom's head so the narrator could tell us something we "needed to know." Never mind that we're still supposed to be from Rom's viewpoint and he would never be thinking the town's history at that moment.

Take for instance what we had to know about Avra's scars. She trips on her dress - why? Just so we can go through a long telling paragraph about what happened to her. With their newly awakened emotions, what an opportunity to have them begin an argument (where they'd have an excuse to say things they both know, but we don't) or she becomes grateful for what he did for her, for the first time. Either of those could've has shown us about the scars without just straight out pausing the story and telling us.

WRITING
As far as the overall writing style goes, I have to say first off that I've read all (2) of Tosca's books, but nothing of Ted's. I didn't recognize Tosca's writing as much as I thought I would, which was a little bummer since she's the reason I bought the book. The writing wasn't bad, though. Aside from the viewpoint and telling ...

To end on a positive note, I will admit it was difficult for me to put the book down, and I finished it in two and a half days. But past-paced-ness didn't make up for much.

Before I end this I have to say one more thing that lowered the book's excellence. The details about the deaths. It seemed a lot of women died especially - and I'm not complaining about that. I'm complaining about the way they describe the blood pouring out of whoever's throat it is. If that is supposed to make the story more gritty or realisitc, let me just say it didn't. It disturbed me and seemed ... beneath them somehow to portray it like that. No, far from adding to realism, it detracted from the redeeming value.

CONCLUSION
Don't buy this book if
- you're looking for excellent fiction. Sorry. Go read Tosca's "Demon."

Buy this book if
- You're much less picky than I am. I am a book snob, so there's probably a 60% chance you'll really enjoy this book.
- You're really, really like one of the authors. I bought this because I own every book Tosca has written and I couldn't not read this. So if you're insatiably curious, buy it. It was nice to read, I guess. Just don't expect anything amazing.
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on August 3, 2014
Over a thousand years ago emotions held sway over the world. People were ruled by their emotions, love, fear, hate... The Age of Chaos was ended when a new order was out into place, one that controlled emotions and eradicated that chaos from the world and the memories of all those living. The only emotion left under the rule of the Order is fear.

Rom happens upon a journal that contains a vial of blood folded inside it. Rom watches a man murdered in front of him for having this journal and is confused on what to do. Murder no longer exists now that there is order. To kill one out in public like that means the journal must be important. Rather then giving the journal back, and giving himself up to be killed in the process, Rom runs. Rom slowly begins to realize the danger that he is in. He discovers that emotions other than fear were wiped out long ago and that people are essentially in a state of living death since they are emotionless. Rom takes some of the blood in the vial and begins to wake, to feel true emotion. It's then that his true journey begins.

Interesting story. It has a lot of good points to it, but some of the narrative was a bit long winded. I wish there was a bit more resolution in this book. Instead, it seemed to set the reader up more for continuing with the other books in the series. I'm not sure I'll be picking up any more in the series, but it was still a decent read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 3, 2015
Enjoyed the story and the characters. Started rather slow and I almost quit but forged ahead and the pace and intensity picked up in the second half. I am looking forward to book 2 in the series.
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on July 22, 2013
It is an interesting story but the writing is mediocre and the storyline became a bit contrived at the end.
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on June 30, 2013
The premise was creative but I just could not connect with the characters. Good book but not good enough to keep reading the next books.
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on February 13, 2013
But finally picked up enough steam to make it hard for me to put the book down, and I devoured the second book Mortals already...waiting on the third book to be published
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 21, 2011
The much awaited Dekker/Lee combination of writing styles has come! Forbidden promised a new look on life and a new way at looking at what life really is. To my disappointment the 4 main characters were very similar to those of Dekker's creation in an earlier series. The main character is abruptly is given a mission but has no idea how to complete it and from then continues to run around Byzantium like a chicken with its head cut off. Though I am an avid Dekker fan, the book didn't live up to the hype and potential I had hoped.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 29, 2014
Being a big fan of Tosca Lee"s books I thought this trilogy sounded like something I would love to read. I was going to buy all 3 books at once then decided to just buy 1 at a time. A good decision on my part. Although I finished the book, I really didn't care what happened in the 2 remaining books. This was my first Ted Dekker book. He might be a good writer but I think both missed the mark with this. Try Demon, Havah, or Iscariot by Tosca Lee. What insight, loved them!
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