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Sovereign (The Books of Mortals) Hardcover – June 18, 2013

Book 3 of 4 in the Books of Mortals Series

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Product Details

  • Series: The Books of Mortals
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: FaithWords (June 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599953595
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599953595
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Mortal (2012), book 2 in the Books of Mortals trilogy, took place 10 years after the first book in the series, Forbidden (2011). This third installment, too, skips ahead a decade. Rom Sebastian, leader of a group of rebels trying to restore emotion to the human race (it was bred out of the species by the despotic Order), is facing a difficult challenge. After a desperate battle, he has been left with too few followers to go up against the Order again. And yet they must, if they are to keep the Order from wiping them out entirely. Dekker’s fans know that he is partial to grand themes (like the battle between Good and Evil), and they also know he handles them adroitly, working in Christian ideas without hitting readers over the head with them, keeping the action moving at a brisk clip, and giving us lifelike characters to root for. Here we are seeing him at his best (ably assisted by Tosca Lee). Although this is the trilogy’s concluding volume, an epilogue leaves the door open for more stories set in this same world. Fans will welcome more. --David Pitt


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

Customer Reviews

Loved this book and the entire series.
I didn't want it to come to the end but as with every book in the Mortal series, I devoured it in just a couple days!
Loved the combined writing of Tosca Lee and Ted Dekker as I am a fan of both.

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Josh Olds of Life is Story on June 16, 2013
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QUICK HIT - The themes in the novel will stay with you long after you've turned the last page. And in typical Dekker fashion, although the series is over, Dekker and Lee hint that there might yet be more to come.

It all began when Rom Sebastian was entrusted with a vial of blood and a cryptic message. Actually, it all began before that, when the world was nearly destroyed and do save it, an airborne virus was released that sapped humanity of all emotion, save fear. The vial of blood and the message were the keys to undoing the damage and releasing the walking dead into true life. That was nine years ago, as told in the book known as Forbidden.

Rom has seen so many things since then. Salvation. Destruction. Friendship. Treachery. Life. Death. And living death. When Rom drank the blood, he found himself imbued with new life--he could feel, he was truly alive. Some time after, he discovered a boy named Jonathan, who was truly alive, and whose blood could also bring others to life. Jonathan was to be the true Sovereign, the true ruler of the world, but he was killed and his people divided. Mortal tells this story.

Sovereign concludes the epic trilogy by picking up six years after Mortal concludes. Some of Jonathan's followers have understood his sacrifice and injected themselves with his spilt blood. Now imbued with a new awareness of life, characterized by wisdom and knowledge, this small group struggles to survive in a hostile world, slowly losing hope that Jonathan will return to them. Those who rejected Jonathan's sacrifice in favor of their extended lives and heightened sensory perceptions call themselves Immortals and are led by Roland, formerly one of Rom's best friends.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By V on June 4, 2013
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Could not put this book down and yet didn't want to finish because I didn't want the story to end. The characters became real and continue to occupy my thoughts. Highly recommend this series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Arysteal on July 25, 2013
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for what it's worth, is that sovereign was kind of a let down. there were parts i really liked (not many) and parts i didn't like at all (more than i care to tell). perhaps i was expecting too much. maybe when i read the series again it will seem really good and well put together but on first reading the third book i wasn't too impressed. it was worth reading simply because it was the last of a series.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Watsondrums on June 17, 2013
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"Sovereign" is the 3rd and final book in Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee's "Books of Mortals" series. "Sovereign" picks up six years after the events of the second book "Mortal". Feyn is Sovereign and in the time since the last book has bred a vast army of dark blood warriors. Her desire is to eliminate both the Immortal and Sovereign people so that she can rule the world completely and uncontested. In the meantime, the Immortal people, have also flourished and stand ready to destroy any dark blood or Sovereign they come into contact with. Of the three groups, only the Sovereign have struggled. With their numbers dwindling by the day, they stand on the brink of extinction waiting for their beloved Johnathan to rescue them.

"Sovereign" is much like the first two books. The plot is fairly solid, with good progression of the story, and nice character development. What weakens this book (and the first two to a lesser extent) is that it sounds too much like Dekker's other works. The Books of Mortals is basically just a re-written version of The Circle Series. Sure, it has new characters, a new setting, and some plot differences - but anyone who has read Dekker's Circle masterwork will instantly recognize everywhere this book (and the series) is headed. I understand that this is a Christian allegory - heck, that's why I read it, but it's just too similar to the Circle to really stand apart.

The scenes that describe the transformation when someone takes Jonathan's blood sound extremely similar to the "drowning" scenes from the Circle series. And when Jordin finally has her eyes opened by Jonathan near the end and he tells her that this physical world is really nothing more than a dream.....
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Dunman on June 19, 2013
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Movie goers will not forget when Neo was presented with the gift of choice. Dekker and Lee do a brilliant job of taking the reader through the maze and reality of freewill while reminding those who hold to such a place - heaven. Would love to have a meal with Dekker and Lee. Great adventurous read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Cartagena on June 9, 2013
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Love all three books... picked the first book up randomly while at the airport, as I was trying to find something to read, a year later I read all three. I love the immortals and the way they battle, I wish this book had more fight scene so I could get lost in imagining Roland gracefully cutting through Dark Bloods but nevertheless a good end to a good series!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mansley217 on August 15, 2013
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First off, let me start off that I'm a long time Ted Dekker fan. I've read the Circle series, the Paradise novels, the Lost Books, among others as well. A few years back when I jumped into Dekker's collection, I was so into each and every novel I could get my hand on, and I was hoping the Books of Mortals would be no different. WARNING! This review will contain some spoilers, though I will try to keep them minimal! I am reviewing as a Christian, and trying to base some of my approaches to Sovereign upon that basis, considering this is a Christian fiction novel.

STORY: The story picks up nine years from where mortal has left off. Feyn has continued her persecution of Rom's group of people, who now call themselves Sovereigns due to them choosing to follow Jonathan in his death and accept a new gift from his post-mortem blood. The idea of the blood moves the story along with three groups. You have Rom's Sovereigns, Feyn's Dark Bloods, and then Roland's Immortals, a group that had received Jonathan's blood before his death in Mortal. Each group is different in their own way, in appearance and action. It's clear in the novel that both Dark Bloods and Immortals hate Sovereigns, though why Immortals do is never elaborated upon. We also see that a person can freely, or forcibly be changed from one blood to another in various parts of the story. When this occurred in my reading, it immediately brought up the question, "Okay what is the point or reference of accepting Jonathan's sacrificial blood?
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More About the Author

"Ted Dekker is a true master of thrillers."
- Nelson DeMille, NY Times bestselling author

"BoneMan's Daughters is a tour-de-force of suspense that demands to be read in one sitting."
-James Rollins, NY Times bestselling author

"Ted Dekker is a master of suspense."
-Library Journal

"Priest's Graveyard is a thrill-a-minute ride, with heart-pounding action and a twist that you'll never see coming."
- Tess Gerritsen, NY Times bestselling author of Ice Cold

"Priest's Graveyard is an amazing novel, utterly compelling, intensely readable, well written, and completely original.
-Douglas Preston, co-creator of the famed Pendergast series

"Here's the best part about The Priest's Graveyard: It's smart enough to realize that, for many, the scariest thing in life isn't a monster or something that bumps in the night. It's love. Love is terrifying. And powerful. And unstoppable. And if you don't already know that, you're about to see why. Priest's Graveyard will haunt you--long after you want it to. - Brad Meltzer, #1 NY Times best selling author of The Book of Fate and The Inner Circle

"If you've never visited Ted Dekker's world, do it. The Priest's Graveyard is perfect entertainment. Beguiling, compelling, challenging, and riveting --fantastic gimmick-free storytelling -- that's what you get with Ted Dekker. Don't pass this one up." - Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author

TED DEKKER is a New York Times bestselling thriller author. Heralded as a "master of suspense" by Library Journal, Dekker has sold millions worldwide, establishing himself as one of the most widely recognized author brands.

He began his career writing fantasy novels that explored spirituality (Black, Red and White) and has since become a major force in the mainstream fiction arena with his recent thrillers, "Adam," "Thr3e," "Skin," "Obsessed," "BoneMan's Daughters," which landed in the #10 on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list in 2009, and "The Bride Collector". Dekker has been honored with a Christy Award as well as a Gold Medallion Award for Best Fiction. "Thr3e" and his novel "House" became feature films.

Dekker was born to missionaries and grew up among cannibals of Indonesia, and his peculiar upbringing gives him a unique perspective outside the cultural bubble, allowing him the freedom to share provocative insights in his fiction. After leaving Indonesia, Dekker graduated from a multi-cultural high school and took up permanent residence in the United States, earning his B.A. in philosophy and religion, and then went into business.

In the early nineties, Dekker decided to pursue his desire to write fiction, selling his company, moving his family to the mountains of western Colorado, and writing full-time. Two years and three books later his first novel, a supernatural thriller called Heaven's Wager, was published. Dekker proceeded to write 6 more supernatural thrillers, rising to the top of many bestsellers lists and earning himself critical acclaim and legions of fans. "Thr3e" heralded his launch into mainstream fiction and was followed by "Obsessed," "Skin," "Adam," and "BoneMan's Daughters," all of which hit the New York Times bestseller list.

Ted Dekker's fans are comprised of readers of all ages, backgrounds, and belief systems who love his compulsively readable stories, authentic characters, and universal and relatable themes that he explores from a unique point of view.

He resides in Austin, Texas with his wife and children. You can find him at and

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