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Mortal (The Books of Mortals) Mass Market Paperback – February 26, 2013
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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..."
"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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In my review of Forbidden I was looking for more in this second one particularly in terms of character development. I found Forbidden very plot driven and was looking for more development of the characters in this 2nd novel. Yes, there definitely is some development. Feyn and Saric but particularly Roland are well enhanced. I was disappointed Rom took a back seat in this one as he was the lead character in Book 1.
The Christ analogies continued and were particularly advanced. The power of His blood to save and resurrect us is powerful.
The were some great surprises, particularly at the end. And we are left hanging for Book 3 which is good with a number of different balls up in the air so to speak.
Some great action and some very thrilling scenes make it a very enjoyable read.
But Rom and his Mortals are aware of Feyn's abduction by Saric. Ultimately, Feyn, now a Dark Blood herself, comes to meet with Jonathan so that the Sovereign issue could be worked out. Saric has amassed an army of thousands of Dark Bloods ready to strike at the Mortals. What happens next is a true battle between good and evil, and only one side will win.
I enjoyed the first book in this series, "Forbidden", and I was anxious to read "Mortal". At first, I was disappointed with the way "Mortal" started out, but I must say that the pace rapidly increased, and the story got much better. I like the character development in this book, and the story rapidly builds throughout. After being unsure if I wanted to continue reading, I am now highly anticipating book three of the series.
I'm a big fan of Ted Dekker's books, having read "The Priest's Graveyard", "The Boneman's Daughters", and "The Bride Collector". I'm now a fan of the Books of Mortals series, too. The action and events that take place in this book are exciting to read, and the trials and tribulations faced by the characters are vividly written.
I highly recommend "Mortal" and the earlier series book, "Forbidden". If you've never read Ted Dekker or if you are a loyal reader like me, you'll be drawn in to this great series.
However, this book made me mad. I felt like Dekker and Lee were trying to make this book allegorical. Dekker and Lee alluded to Biblical themes but the themes in this book lack Biblical basis.
* SPOILER ALERT *
I also felt like Dekker and Lee were saying that Calvinists were going to hell, in the dialog between Jonathan and Saric on the battlefield. Dekker and Lee wrote, "As in the days of Chaos, only love given freely inhabits the Maker's design. Those who claim love dependent on allegiance are imposters who know nothing of the Sovereign realm. They will die the same as those who walk without life already!" (Mortal, p.366). In other words, Dekker and Lee believe in conditional election; it also sounds like they are saying that those who believe in unconditional election - Calvinists - are not Christians at all, thus Calvinists are going to hell.
Then again, maybe Jonathan was simply addressing Saric. The majority of this book made no sense at all. Some of it was fun to read, but overall the book was difficult to follow. Some of the stuff Jonathan said seemed incredibly random and made no sense at all.
Tosca Lee is a great author who generally writes with a warm and engaging style, having the ability to humanize unlikable characters. I see nothing of her style in her collaborations with Ted Dekker.