Nine years after Rom Sebastian was thrust into the most unlikely of circumstances as hero and bearer of an unimaginable secret, the alliance of his followers is in disarray. An epic battle with The Order has left them scattered and deeply divided both in strategy and resolve in their struggle to become truly alive and free.
Only 49 truly alive followers remain loyal to Rom. This meager band must fight for survival as The Order is focused on their total annihilation. Misunderstood and despised, their journey will be one of desperation against a new, more intensely evil Order. As the hand of this evil is raised to strike and destroy them they must rely on their faith in the abiding power of love to overcome all and lead them to sovereignty.
Sovereign wonderfully continues the new-testament allegory that was introduced in Forbidden and continued in Mortal.
©2013 Ted Dekker (P)2013 Hachette Audio
"...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)
Awesome. Magnificent. Outstanding.
This book stands alone in my mind. It is the ultimate reading (or hearing) experience.
The tender scenes between Roland and Jordan. We have this hulk of a man -- a warrior, a killer, a Prince, a deceiver and lady killer vs. his total opposite. I couldn't help but wonder what their domestic arguments would be like if both had knives and swords nearby.
Too many to name, but when Jordan pulls away from Roland to move into the distortion so she can learn what's on the other side, it made my heart yearn to see what God has prepared for those who love Him. "Breathing water" was the perfect description. The parallels in this book are more than outstanding. I wanted to hear all of it in one sitting.
Today's audience expects blood, guts, and gore. Sadly, we have come to look upon it as the flavor of a book or movie. Dekker supplies it in abundance and without excuse.
Fane's salvation paints a beautiful picture of how God sees only the loveliness of Christ in us, and yet she must bear her guilt.
P.S. I thought it comical the way I kept worrying over infection from the transfusions, incompatibility of blood types, blood that wouldn't clot, AIDS, and reusing the same tube on different people. Laying aside all the cares of this world can be laborious. Ted and Tosca, thank you for this great series. I enjoyed it immensely.
I would recommend this book because I thought it was a unique and powerful way to describe the human spirit as it may be reflected in a physical world. I think that after reading this book it definitely helped the rest of the series make sense. Plus the good guys prevailed and that made me feel good too.
Probably about 2/3 of the way through when the allegory really started making sense.
I have only one word: Surrender.
Overall it wasn't easiest read for me. But I gave it 5 stars bc it challenged me, and entertained me, and when the allegory really started to make sense the macabre scenes that are so prevalent didn't seem to bother me so.
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