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Mortal (The Books of Mortals) Hardcover – June 5, 2012

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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..."
--- 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

About the Author

TED DEKKER is a New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty novels with more than 7 million books in print. He is known for thrillers that combine adrenaline-laced plots with incredible confrontations between good and evil.

TOSCA LEE is a New York Times bestselling author whose works include Demon: A Memoir, Havah: The Story of Eve and the Books of Mortals series with New York Times bestseller Ted Dekker. She is best known for her strong prose and humanizing portraits of maligned characters.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Books of Mortals (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: FaithWords; First Edition edition (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599953587
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599953588
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Firstly, you need to read Forbidden, the first in the series, otherwise you may struggle to understand all of it.

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.
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** FIRST PARAGRAPH CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR FORBIDDEN **

Nine years ago Feyn sacrificed herself to ensure Jonathan could come to power and now his time to rule is quickly approaching. Within days he will turn eighteen and take his place as Sovereign of the world. However, Rom's carefully constructed and nurtured plans take an unexpected turn when Saric discovers Feyn's location. Instead of Jonathan giving Feyn life, Saric does. But is the life contained in Saric's blood true life? With Saric's blood flowing through her veins, her loyalty to her Maker is without question, which leaves the Mortals wondering how Jonathan can possibly come to power. In a book that requires serious suspension of disbelief and struggles with unimaginative, dull characters, Mortal continues to follow the path of Forbidden in being little more than a variation of the Circle series.

I feared Mortal was in trouble when it took me three tries to make it through the first ten pages. However, I'm fairly optimistic and I thought that possibly this book just started out slow. Unfortunately, the slow start doesn't end until 200+ pages and even then only has short bursts of engaging action. With the exception of approximately 75 pages, this book was a struggle to read. So much so that at one point I rewarded myself with an ice cream sandwich for simply finishing a chapter without taking a break. I'm sorry to say, but this book is essentially Red with a little White, watered down and very, very dull.

One of my biggest complaints with The Book of Mortals series continues to be its similarities with the Circle series. However, there are some differences between the two series, the most noticeable being the lack of any true object of worship by the characters in Mortal.
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A little disappointing for a Dekker book, It was very discriptive, a little too much, had trouble holding my interest. About 75 percent of the way through the book, it finally caught me, and then it ended.
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I am a guy, and with that said, not much of a reader. If it's not on TV it must not be very interesting, right? Well anyway, I have been endeavoring to read more. Then my wife recommended this series of books by Dekker. I have never read so much in such a short period of time. These 3 books are fabulous and definitely books any man will enjoy. Plenty of firepower here and enough dimension to the story and characters to keep your interest. Highly recommended!
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I was an avid Dekker fan after completing the Circle and Paradise series, along with a few other of his novels. I completed Forbidden and I enjoyed the imagery and the differences Dekker and Lee were taking with these new novels. But when I came into Mortal, I was immediately thrown off and turned off by alot of things, each of which will be broken down below.

LACK OF ORIGINALITY
The book itself seems almost halfway ripped from the Circle series. The battles and even some of the relationships seem to be almost exact carbon copies. In fact there is a scene between two people where an explanation is ripped directly from Dekker's previous novel White. Many of the characters themselves seem to have an established role at the beginning of the book; yet they never grow beyond this role. For the sake of not spoiling the novel for any, I won't mention specifics, but if you would like to discuss them, please comment.

HARD TO FOLLOW
This problem stems from a number of items. There are many twists in the novel; sometimes twists can be a good thing, but the way in which Dekker and Lee incorporate them seem to leave the reading saying, "Huh?" Many are not just unexpected; they seem to make no sense at all. The authors build up a character, develop them, then seem to go in a completely different direction that seems contrary to everything that happens to these said characters. For example, a character from the previous novel who seemed to play a darker role is simply killed off screen. It seemed odd to build up a character for a whole novel then simply do away with them in such a quick and haphazard manner (That's just my opinion.
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