Centuries have passed since civilization's brush with apocalypse. The world's greatest threats have all been silenced. There is no anger, no hatred, no war. There is only perfect peace...and fear. A terrible secret was closely guarded for centuries: every single soul walking the earth, though in appearance totally normal, is actually dead, long ago genetically stripped of true humanity.
Nine years have gone by since an unlikely hero named Rom Sebastian first discovered a secret and consumed an ancient potion of blood to bring himself back to life in Forbidden. Surviving against impossible odds, Rom has gathered a secret faction of followers who have also taken the blood - the first Mortals in a world that is dead.
On the heels of Forbidden comes Mortal, the second novel in The Books of Mortals saga penned by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee. Set in a terrifying, medieval future, where grim pageantry masks death, this tale of dark desires and staggering stakes peels back the layers of the heart for all who dare take the journey.
The Books of Mortals are three novels, each of which stands on its own, yet all are seamlessly woven into one epic thriller.
©2012 Ted Dekker, Tosca Lee (P)2012 Hachette Audio
Obviously, this is a continuation in the BoM series. If you liked the first one, you'll like this one. Ted sticks with his tried-and-true blood/life-corpse/death formula (goes back to his original trilogy) and it still works for me. On the critical side, I felt the writing was just a bit sloppy in places (although they were little things I would have expected an editor to pick up on, rather than the author). And I find Henry Leyva a bit of a disappointment as a narrator. He's both overly-precise and a bit mushy, if that's possible. And there were a number of noticeable mispronunciations (for example, the word "inauguration" is used extensively in both books and he just never gets it right). I prefer my narrators to either be a big plus (George Guidall, Will Patton or in the case of someone who has done several of Ted's other books...Tim Gregory), but I find Leyva to be a bit of a distraction. Still, enjoyed it tremendously, and will certainly be listening to the third in the series when it's available.
Mortal picks up 9 years after Forbidden ended. Jonathan has now reached the age to claim his title as Sovereign. With only a few more days to wait, all the best laid plans crumble. Saric has been busy and manages to find the cyroperserved Feyn. Saric then uses his blood to transfuse Feyn, restore her to the living, and her assuming the role of Sovereign. Jonathan meanwhile has spent his last 9 years serving as a blood donor to hundreds of nomads. At the same time, Saric has been doing the same and creating his own special army with global dominance hanging in the balance.
Any science fiction elements have gone by the wayside with this sequel. There is the constant juxtaposition of technology capable of cyroperservation with a Medieval aspect to living conditions. 500 hundred years in the future means never having to type and match blood either. A transfusion from Jonathan provides for superhuman strength, speed, senses and immortality as well. Also, all walking corpses have a distinct odor. Saric's blood is qualitatively similar, but not as good, but it does offer the added benefit that recipients become dog-like loyal and regard Saric as their "maker." Rom continues his quest of trying to put Jonathan on the throne, but never develops a clear sense of what that means or what happens after. None of the characters possess endearing qualities and are mostly one-dimensional.
As the tale evolves, it becomes clear that the biblical metaphor is calling the shots. Jonathan plays a Messiah figure (with drink my blood replaced by inject my blood). At the end, there is little resolution, much confusion, and greater dissension within the ranks. At the same time, the blood thing evolves into something even stranger. It will be interesting to see how this trilogy will resolve what appears to be complete collapse of the thrust of the first 2 books.
The narration is well executed with good pacing and an enjoyable delivery.
The story and analogy and spiritual implication. I pray I never forget this revelation of our maker.
Ram. - because I related to him.
yes, absolutely fantastic.
When ram drank jonathans blood after he died.
An abstract book that is a great though-provoking book. Easy book to get lost in. The previous book in the series is not necessary, but I would recommend "reading" that before "reading" this one.
Among the top 10
That it had a rang of truth about it and how cold the world has become.
Avra because she represented a strength and devotion young women lack today.
Avra's death was moving
The first book (Forbidden) as well as this one are well written and draws one into the tale. I felt I was a part of the story not just reading it.
I love a good murder mystery or any novel where good overcomes evil. Two of my favorite authors are Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker.
Although this sequel takes place nine years after Forbidden, Dekker & Lee write a smooth transition with well-placed reminders. They introduce several new characters that interact with the old ones and further develop the ideas in the the first book. The story is somewhat of an allegory of the gospel but doesn't parallel it. It reminds me of the Circle Trilogy. If you enjoyed those books, you'll probably enjoy these as well.
It was interesting to listen too. Did not end the way I expected. But I guess that's the way it should be. It wasn't one of those books you couldn't put down - it didn't give me that "oh my goodness" what's going to happen next - feeling at the turn of every chapter.
Nevertheless, it was a good listen. I would recommend it. I'm actually checking to see if the next book in the series is available yet.
Didn't really like that its a series, was hoping to see how it all truly ends.
Yep - sounded good to me. He even hits a different pitch when doing a woman's voice so I didn't get lost.
Mortal had a lot of storyline setup in it which made the first half of the book seem a little drawn out, however it was well worth the patience as we got to the latter half of the book and things come to a boil. I am definitely impatient for the 3rd book in the series now!
This book is similar in storytelling, character development, and progression to Red from Ted Dekker's Circle series.
The voice acting in this book does a good job of differentiating the characters, their personalities, and attitude throughout the story. Henry keeps things going at a smooth natural pace.
I'll try to address this without actualy ruining the story. In the final conflict in this book, Jonathan shows a side of himself that is contradictory to what most readers will expect him to. Considering that he's an anology of the messiah, this shows a side that we often choose to ignore or forget. Seeing how Jonathan responds to those in the conflict realy opens your eyes to the power and authority he actualy has.
Not as good as the first, but definitly worth the listen. I'm excited about where this series is going!
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