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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 ofCenturies 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.But The Order has raised an elite army to hunt and crush the living. Division and betrayal threaten to destroy the Mortals from within. The final surviving hope for humanity teeters on the brink of annihilation and no one knows the path to survival.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....

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Mortal Reviews

  • Chris Jahng
    2018-11-07 12:17

    I'm really enjoying this new series. My only (very minor) complaint is that it has so much in common with the Circle Series... which is my all time favorite. Similarities in some characterization, and even some of the plot points and metaphors used. Again... this is a VERY minor complaint for me that I am stretching at in regards to finding something I have an issue with. And there is a very good reason why the main metaphor in regards to the character and actions of Jonathan are so similar to that of Justin in the Circle series. A VERY good reason. =) No spoilers here!Fast paced as always, vintage cliff hanger chapter endings that can keep you up until 5am... what's not to enjoy? Great series that is definitely at a "what on earth will be next" feeling because of the twists and turns we are taken on. I found myself excited, then confused, then hopeful, then shocked...etc. A very thrilling emotional and adrenaline filled ride. Can't wait for "Sovereign"...

  • Christian Fiction Addiction
    2018-10-30 10:01

    Mortal is a tale that is wonderfully grand in scope, an epic novel that pits the forces of good against evil in a satisfying and gripping read. The scenes are painted in vivid and crisp detail, marching like a movie across the screen of your mind, and the plot is filled with twists and turns where you wonder who is good and who is evil. Indeed, by the end of the book I realized that nothing is as it seems, making the wait for the final book in the series rather unbearable as I wait to see what is actually going on! My only criticism of the book is that there seemed to be quite a lot of similarities between Ted Dekker's Circle series and Mortal in some of the plot elements and scenes. While the books are indeed supposed to be connected, I experienced perhaps too much of a sense of familiarity in some of what I was reading, rather than my usual awe at watching these authors unveil unexpected story lines. Again, though, the power in this book is watching the different characters come to life, and realizing that those characters who I assumed were good were not necessarily all that good after all. The novel is rich with symbolism, leaving me pondering what it means to be spiritually alive and spiritually dead, and the crazy power of love and the upside-down-nature of God's kingdom. As with Forbidden, readers should be warned that this book contains scenes of violence and blood being spilled, and so readers who usually shy away from such material may not find this book to be to their liking.Fans of previous works by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee will ultimately enjoy this well-crafted, superbly paced novel. I strongly recommend this book and award it 4.5 out of 5 stars.Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher, Center Street, for the purposes of this unbiased review.

  • Sarah
    2018-11-04 10:57

    While I still love the post-apocalyptic world Dekker and Lee created, I found this one to be a little lacking compared to the first. I missed hearing more of Rom's voice. I was expecting to see more redemption for Feyne's character given her sacrifice. (I'm still hoping to see this in the last one with everything she has endured.) And unfortunately the messiah figure, Jonathan just didn't work for me. He was more on the wimpy side, which I guess could have been an intentional foil to the warrior-like nomadic figures he surrounded himself with who could use some of his meekness. Nevertheless, I didn't have as much emotional investment into his character. Consequently, I didn't really care what became of him (which I truly hate saying). On the positive, Saric's developed into even more of an interesting character in this book. Dekker and Lee developed a wonderful nemesis in this man that you love to hate. There were some predictable elements in this book, but others at the end that took me by surprise. In a nutshell: The duo's writing was still wonderful; I was simply a little more disappointed with this book. We have the last book in the series on our shelf, so I'll go to it next, hoping to see some redemption and loose ends tied in the last pages.

  • Cami V. Romero
    2018-11-14 04:00

    3.5Me confundía que las mujeres tenían nombre de hombre jajajja

  • Scott Sawyer
    2018-11-16 06:12

    Mortal By: Ted DekkerTosca LeeThis is a work of fiction by critically acclaimed and New York Times best selling author Ted Dekker and co-authored by Tosca Lee. This book is in the fantasy genre and is definitely similar to books like the Chronicles of Narnia or The Lord of the Rings trilogy. This book has many religious undertones, specifically of Christian beliefs. The entire story is essentially a symbolic representation of the life of Christ.The book is set on Earth about 500 years into the future. However after the "Age of Chaos," which laid waste to world by way of nuclear war, all of today's modern technology was destroyed forever. Also a man made virus that was capable of destroying every human except for fear was released into the human population. Through this, a line of royalty, known as the Sovereign were capable of ruling what was left of the globe with the absolute power of fear. The main character is named Rom. He is the strong willed leader of the Mortals. He is a great character that allows the reader to witness all the action of the book through a largely unbiased view point. This character aides the reader in understanding the big picture because, Rom is constantly thinking ahead and that allows the reader to consider the consequences of every decision made throughout the novel.The main character Rom had, in the first book found a person who was meant to be the true Sovereign, his name was Jonathan and his blood was capable of returning all of the lost emotions to the people of the world. This character essentially symbolizes Jesus in that Jonathan is eventually killed, despite his innocence, and his spilt blood is utilized to bring "true life" to the "walking dead" of the earth. The main antagonist throughout the course of the book is named Saric. He is the son of a former Sovereign, who through a series of scientific experiments discovered a type of synthetic serum that unlocks some of the emotions that humans formerly owned. However this serum is only capable of unlocking the negative side of any emotion, for example, hate, jealousy, anger, etc. Just as Jonathan is meant to symbolize Jesus, Saric is meant to symbolize Satan.The main conflict occurs when Saric his army of genetically enhanced thugs against the forces of Jonathan. This helps the reader to understand the point of the novel, which is to point out the constant battle between the light side (Jonathan) and the dark side (Saric) of the human emotional and spiritual psyche. This book is very similar to the novels by authors such as C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien in that the conflicts are between good and evil, light and darkness, in which there is no grey area to choose from. It points out that there is right and wrong and that these two opposing forces are constantly in conflict with one another.

  • Meagan Myhren-bennett
    2018-10-28 09:09

    MortalThe Books of Mortals #2by Ted Dekker & Tosca LeeNine years have passed since Feyn gave her life so that Jonathan might rule, bringing hope of life to the walking dead. But mere weeks before he is to take the title of Sovereign, rumors that threaten Jonathan's power are becoming fact. Dark Bloods are a new power that has arisen, still Corpse but with the emotions, strength, and speed of Mortals. When the Mortals capture a Dark Blood he reveals that he is alive because his Maker, Saric has made him so. Saric believed to be dead these last nine years has come into the Senate Hall and proclaimed that he alone is alive. Then to the horror of all present he brings forth Feyn the Sovereign who was to be. He has removed Feyn from the stasis she was placed in after Book cut her down. Then before all present he fills her with his blood restoring her to life though in an altered condition. Saric proclaims Feyn Sovereign and then kills Rowan regent for Jonathan before the Senate Hall. But how can Jonathan fulfill his purpose and his destiny if Feyn is Sovereign? Even more disturbing is Jonathan's erratic behavior. Is their savior truly who they think him to be or has their faith and hope been misplaced?Rom and Book are convinced that Jonathan is who they have thought him to be. But the Nomads that they have joined with now think that they are the superior race, a benefit of Jonathan's blood. Mortal is a compelling book. When what we believe should happen does not, does that mean our faith was misplaced? Or were we merely misinterpreting what we knew and the answer is just different than what we believed it was to be?As with most of Dekker's books blood plays an important part. Blood is the force of change, but who controls that force? And who is to say what change is right and what is wrong? Who will you place your faith in? Your answer may determine your future!Book 3 Sovereign is scheduled for Spring 2013!

  • Candy
    2018-11-17 10:13

    Extreme disappointment with the book makes me very sad to say I stopped reading this book. I pushed to page 139 thinking it would get better, but all I saw was the characters going on and on about how their senses were heightened with the receiving of life on page after page. I quickly became bored with this, and at the extreme descriptions of everything around the characters. Besides that, and this is nothing to do with the story itself, I kept finding mistakes in spelling, in grammar and even in using the correct words. For example, in one place the sentence was supposed to read "He kissed her on her forehead." Instead it read "He kissed her on her forward." Things like that take me out of the story. On one page the characters wife is said to have only given him two daughters, and two pages later he is remembering her as she gave birth to a son. Huh? Anyway, I may pick this back up at a later date and finish it and if I change my mind about it at that point, I can always change my review. I had really hoped to enjoy this series, and I did like the first book. Now I am not sure I will finish the series. Very sad indeed as I love both Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee.

  • Emilee (Fantastical Paper Realm)
    2018-11-11 04:54

    (I'm going to start with my negative comments. I did like the book, read on for the positive) *RING* Uh, Ted Dekker, the circle series called...IT WANT'S ITS STORY LINE BACK!!!! There were so many of the same things in this book that were in the Circle. I won't go into them, though I want to, because I hate reviews with spoilers. *POSITIVE* This book was a lot better than the first one! It was a little faster paced(not quite fast enough), it had more action, and it was more enjoyable! I give it 3 stars instead of 4 because of lack of originality. There was a lot of symbolism in the book, and that was cool to decipher. I even found a new favorite character! I like the blook aspect in the book and the 4 factions of society, it makes it more complex, and thus more fascinating. All in all, I would recommend the book. Though I don't think anyone younger than 13 or 14 should read this series (mainly because of one character).

  • J.S. Bailey
    2018-10-26 09:12

    Congrats, guys...you have succeeded in making me cry like a little girl. I would have given this five stars if not for the plethora of mistakes I came across while reading. Spelling errors were quite prolific, and portions of the story contradicted each other (Like how it was stated that Roland only had daughters, and then on the very next page it said he had a son. What?). But overall, the story was still good. I found the theme of sacrificial love especially moving; and echoes of the Holocaust added an eerie touch.That being said, I look forward to reading Sovereign, the next and final novel of the Books of Mortals trilogy when it is released next year. I only hope Ted and Tosca catch more of their typos before the novel goes to print!

  • Jan
    2018-10-19 10:06

    From reviews of others who read the first book in the series "Forbidden", it sounds like most thought it was very good. Unfortunately I did not read Forbidden, and I honestly could not make it past page 45. Neil Gaman, Pathrick Rothfuss and George R. R. Martin have completely spoiled me with their incredibly developed characters and rich storylines. I found this writing dry and boring. Maybe I'll start over with the series and read Forbidden.

  • Melanie
    2018-11-02 06:56

    Got halfway done with this and just cannot read any more right now. I am so bored!! The story line was just too hard to follow and I found myself getting lost as to what was going on. It's disappointing because I loved the first book. :/ I'm not sure if I'll ever finish this or just go to book three...or skip finishing this series altogether.

  • Nancy Johnson
    2018-10-25 04:14

    It's a decent book, just not my usual type of book. I like more modern day books. Plus there was one particular issue with the plot that was not discussed, but which would have ended the main conflict in my mind since it wasn't discussed. Anyway. I don't think I'll read the final book in the series.

  • Alanna Rusnak
    2018-10-18 04:12

    The story is brilliant. The plot is fast-paced and emotionally charged. The character of Jonathan broke my heart. My only disappointment was the spelling/grammar mistakes. Once is an accident. Twice is forgivable. Five + is just embarrassing. Certainly not a reason to never pick this book up but...come on! There's an editor somewhere not doing their job.

  • Tiffany
    2018-10-24 04:54

    Not having read Forbidden, I had to go back and get a bit of the backstory before I could dive into this book. Initially, I was on the fence and tempted to stop reading it but around mid-way through, I found myself engaged in the storyline. I've already placed on hold on the third book in the series so that I can follow the storyline to it's end. Symbolism and human psychology combine.

  • Salyna
    2018-10-27 10:16

    I so wish I could say this book was well worth the read, since the first one was such a good book. However, this one lacked the luster that the previous one had. Nothing stood out to me that would make me rethink the way I walk with God. I think this book had the potential to make me rethink the way I live, if the people in the story would have talked in plain English so I could have understood them thoroughly. Instead, the characters talked about things that seemed quite important, but said it in ways that just zoomed right over my head!On top of that, most of their actions were a bit crazy! I knew going into the novel that Ted Dekker's characters are usually out of the norm and seem to be a bit mental, but usually their is a reason behind that. In this book it just seemed unnecessary, and their actions went far beyond how they acted in Forbidden. I don't think a persons personality and the way they speak is going to completely change in a few years, in that case ever.Furthermore, a lot of this story was repetitive. I felt like I was having deja-vu, but NO, they just kept on having the same conversations! (view spoiler)[ "Is Jonathon the savior? Or his blood?", "They have 12,000 Dark Bloods, we have 1,200 Mortals. How are we going to defeat them?" (hide spoiler)] It just seemed like a whole bunch of planning, instead of taking action, which their was very little of!Most of the characters had terrible morals, even the Mortals. Their was a scene where, even though not terribly long, it showed how sexual and unscrupulous they, being the mortals, were. I was most of all mad at the leader of the mortals... Concubines? Are we really going back to that? This man was supposed to show honor, respect, and most of all LEADERSHIP! So now he's condoning sexual behavior that's NOT between a man and a wife??? I know people had concubines in the bible, but it also clearly states in the bible that it is a SIN!And here is the thing that peeved me off the most. (view spoiler)[ Triphon was thrown around like he did not matter and like he wasn't an important character! He was killed, so he didn't get much 'screen time', then he was brought back to life just to be killed again, and then he CAME BACK TO LIFE AGAIN! (BTW, his deaths were so horribly done I couldn't even get emotional about them, even though he is my favorite character! I just got furious because, even if he was to die, they didn't even try to give him a memorable death!) All I can say is that if he dies in Sovereign, and they don't give him the 'screen time' or memorable death he deserves, then I don't know what I will do. That might just ruin the whole book for me right there. (hide spoiler)] I am sad to say that I would recommend skipping this book if you are reading the series. It's not worth the read in my opinion, which is a complete shocker based just upon who wrote it. This was not all what I was expecting for a sequel, and I am extremely disappointed.Please visit my blog for more reviews: http://kissedbooks.blogspot.com/

  • Matthew H
    2018-10-21 03:51

    In general terms Mortal is the second book in a series that is a continuation of a previous series of books Ted Dekker wrote but a few hundred years into the future. The story starts with the Nomad prince Roland and and his sister Michael who are known as Mortals as they plot an assault on a bar to rescue their cousin Maro who has been abducted by a new kind of enemy that are almost as strong as they are which is a big problem because no one other than the Mortals are supposed to be as strong and agile as themselves. When they report back to Rom who is the leader of the Mortals they learn that the current Sovereign, Saric, who is the brother of the last Sovereign, Feyn, who gave her life so that Johnathan could come to power as the rightful Sovereign and rescue a world that has been stripped of all emotion has been creating an army to eventually crush the Mortals before they can bring Johnathan to power. When Saric brings Feyn back to life it throws the whole the succession of Sovereigns into chaos because if Feyn dies again, Saric will rule and not Johnathan. On top of that, one of the Mortal scientists is learning that by the time Johnathan takes power his blood will not be able to bring anyone back to life which is what was believed to be his destiny. The book ends with a showdown between the Mortals and Saric's army known as the Darkbloods and a huge revelation about Johnathan's blood that will make you beg the writer to hurry up his writing of the third book. In usual Ted Dekker fashion he does a wonderful job of plot and character development. He also does an exemplary job of describing the senses and emotions during important plot points. The pacing of the book is always in an upward slope, getting better and better until he drops a bombshell at the end of the book that changes everything. I would recommend this book for anyone that loves deep story plots and are not afraid to get involved with a big series to really get the most out of it. If you'd like a book/series that is a mix of the Percy Jackson series and believe it or not the Twilight series these are for you.

  • Fernando Bonilla
    2018-10-24 03:58

    ¡Por fin acabé el libro!Después de 4 semanas, 1 bloqueo y una de interrupción para releer un libro que no me convenció tanto.Odié este libro al principio, por lo tedioso que se me hizo; aunque al final reconozco que no es tan malo, que la historia ni su construcción no es nada hueca. De hecho el mundo planteado en a primera parte es recordado varias veces y eso me gustó. Los personajes juegan papeles muy similares a los de la Serie del Círculo, pero es de esperarse entendiendo que lo que Dekker trata de hacer siempre es dar el mensaje que da la Biblia (los más que pueda), pero he de reconocer que los matices cambian para algunos como Jonathan/Justin, Feyn/Johan (sólo que lo de Jonathan sí me pareció muy triste #PorqueJoven). Por extensión, también la historia tiene prácticamente el mismo mensaje; aunque con lo iniciado en Prohibido no esperaba que la historia tomara este rumbo. Rumbo que no me desagradó, pero tampoco considero innovador (coff, coff Rojo). Espero que en Soberano la historia tome un mejor rumbo que en Blanco (aunque pienso que también va a haber un "rescate" como en éste).Decido no darle rating por todos los conflictos que tuve para leerlo y porque reconozco que no es una historia hueca y "mágica"; es inteligente, seria, con un rumbo y significado (obvio hay que terminar la serie para terminar de entender esto último).

  • Michelle
    2018-10-18 03:51

    I loved the first book in this series, but I enjoyed this one even more. There is just something about fiction that parallels the redemptive work of Christ that always inspires me. The world Dekker and Lee created when they wrote this series is compelling and symbolic in a number of ways. I found myself pondering the redemptive meaning of Christ's sacrifice and the use of His blood for our atonement in a deeper way because of this book. I also saw in the story how deception hardens the heart and at the same time how intense and overwhelming our Savior's love is for mankind despite our many flaws.I found the theology to be pretty deep in this parallel world. This is often true in any of Dekker and Lee's books. They are a perfect match when it comes to creating fiction that speaks to the heart. I found the speech given by Jonathan to be inspiring and insightful. He had a lot to say about life and the difference between being alive - as in body and soul - versus accepting his life's blood and all of the implications that would result from that choice. Several scenes were very emotional and intense. I am eagerly anticipating the third book in the series. The last few pages had some twists that made me glad I wouldn't have to wait long to read Sovereign, which releases in a few months.

  • Taylor
    2018-10-24 10:05

    Have you ever come across a novel that is so wonderful you cannot come up with a single word to describe its beauty? Mortal, the second installment in the Books of Mortals Trilogy by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee is that book. The story is so beautiful and intricately woven that it seems that the reader becomes a part of the story.Throughout this entire novel I was struck by how wonderfully it was written. Often times co-authored novels come out poorly and sub-par. Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee go against the flow of the book world, though! They’ve produced a book so fantastic that it had me in its grasp until the very end.If you thought Forbidden, the first installment of the series, was good, be prepared to be awestruck and blown away! Mortal took all of the good things from Forbidden and intensified them! This novel is not only great in its story, it is an all around betterbook than Forbidden!Mortal has become my new favorite Dekker book, as well as my new favorite Lee book! To all those people who have said that Ted’s works are declining in their… I guess you could say “awesomeness”… you will be left happy as a clam by the end of Mortal!This book was amazing. I truly cannot wait for Sovereign to release in Spring of 2013!

  • Michael
    2018-10-20 04:47

    This is one of the most emotionally jarring books that I've read in a long time. Of course, since one of the major themes of the series is the role of emotion in determining what is truly "life", this shouldn't be surprising. I'm not the kind of person to get upset over books, but I was seriously distressed by the last few chapters.I still don't really understand what when on during the last 50 pages, even after reading them twice, so I suppose that I'll just have to wait until Sovereign is released to be able to understand what happened and to relieve the tension caused by the terrible cliffhanger ending. (view spoiler)[ Seriously, I can't believe that they killed off Jonathan. Actually, yes I can. I understand that he was the Christ figure and that this whole series is functioning as a metaphor for Christianity being better than Judaic legalism, but I was still shocked and upset. Like I said in my review of Forbidden, there seriously aren't going to be many characters left alive by the end of the series if they keep up this streak of killing off the main characters. (hide spoiler)]

  • Ian
    2018-10-17 04:49

    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.

  • Mark Carver
    2018-10-28 05:09

    Like the first book in this series, Mortal is beautifully written but the premise and plot is so hard to swallow, it mars the whole project. I've said it before and I'll say it again: people with no emotions are not dead. Deadened, sure, but the idea of a world populated by "dead" people seems to be mostly a marketing gimmick in today's undead-obsessed book climate. This series brazenly redefines words like "dead," "corpse," and "alchemy," rather than simply creating new words that would give this series its own identity. As it stands, Mortal is light fantasy with much more action than its predecessor but is dragged down by a weak cast of predictable characters. Feyn is the most interesting of the bunch, but once the story starts taking its allegory too seriously, you can see what's coming from a mile away.Mortal is a light, easy read that moves quickly but doesn't really satisfy. We'll see how things wrap up with the final book, Sovereign.

  • Wildone lim
    2018-11-07 04:49

    Right after I put down FORBIDDEN , the first book, in The Books of Mortals series, I just had to read MORTAL right away. I finished short of three days. I was just blown away, it is emotionally gripping , i had to pry away from the book towards the last chapters because somehow I did not want it to end, or was actually dreading to find out what the ending would be...just to find out that i have to wait for Book 3!!!!!! Rom, Triphon and the Book of the Keepers, Roland, Michael , Seriph and the band of Nomads , collectively known as the Mortals have endured patiently for nine years, zealously guarding Jonathan's well being towards earning his rightful seat into sovereignty.... I however am just made of flesh and bones, I cannot damn wait for 2013 to find out who ultimately would reign supreme...SOVEREIGN, I cannot wait to get my hands on you!!!!

  • Antionette
    2018-10-31 11:02

    I follow this series as each book was released. I must say, Forbidden had me hooked and wanting to more. The idea that all feelings could be eradicated except for fear was beyond intriguing to me. I tore through the prequel short story: The Keeper. As soon as Mortal dropped I was on it. I must say, I really didn't like the direction this story went in and was thoroughly disappointed in the conclusion. It turned weird fast. I'm not sure I even want to delve into Sovereign. I mean, how far can the weirdness go. I'm not looking forward to anotherHousetrip down the rabbit hole.

  • Candice
    2018-11-15 03:58

    This is the second in the "Book of Mortals" series with Dekker and Lee. I have read both of their books and I think that they are a great writing pair. Tosca Lee is very descriptive, but she does not overdo it. I also found myself looking up the definitions to several words! A rarity, but I appreciated that in this writing. The scenes are very captivating. It's a page turner with a lot of unexpected twists throughout the story that keep you guessing on how the conflict of the Sovereigns will be resolved. I'm looking forward to reading the end of the series.

  • Kate Nothem
    2018-11-15 07:02

    I really enjoyed this book. I love Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee together - their ideas blend seamlessly into in the story. Sometimes you read a book by two authors and you end up picking out inconsistencies. Unlike the first book, this book really seemed to parallel the Biblical Jesus. There is a huge theological undertone. I loved the character development in this book and I could honestly believe that 9 years had passed since the first book ended. Of course, it ended in a cliffhanger - looking forward to book three in Spring 2013.

  • Joshua
    2018-11-02 10:12

    One simple word ... Wow. So many twists and turns, and stunning revalations, hard to keep up with this wild roller coaster ride. The ending left me floored. The Books of Mortals trilogy does bear some striking similarities to the Circle series, but it definitely holds it's own with so many great characters and events that you just couldn't see coming. Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee have done an amazing job so far, and I cannot wait to read Sovereign!

  • Lou
    2018-11-14 08:48

    Reseña completaDefinitivamente más oscuro y profundo que.Espero leer pronto

  • Katie Curl
    2018-11-12 07:11

    Dekker never disappoints, and Mortal was no exception. I was captivated the entire book and left breathless at the end. Dekker and Lee wrote this book beautifully. Mortal is now one of my new favorite Dekker books (and I'm definitely a Dekker fanatic, so that's saying a lot).

  • Joan
    2018-10-26 03:54

    Mortal, the second book in “The Mortals” trilogy, is an entertaining read, albeit slow in the middle part the book. I want to get to the end of the series because I am anxious to find out what happens and to get some answers in the third book. He authors does a great job with character development and his use of symbolism and allegory creates a fascinating new view of religion and history. I am hoping that the third and final book, Sovereign, wraps up the trilogy on a thought-provoking, imaginative conclusion. This will determine whether or not I‘ll try out more of the author’s series. Ted Dekker’s “The Circle” trilogy sounds intriguing, so I am hoping that the final Mortals book leaves me wanting more of the author's books.

  • Adam Foster
    2018-11-16 04:54

    Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee's book Mortal takes place nine years after the book Forbidden. This book happens in a post apoplectic world that is stripped of all emotion but fear. The main character Rom Sebastian has created a community of people with emotion and a heightened senses. These people were given life through the blood of a boy named Jonathan they are called mortals. But there's also an evil army that was created by Saric. The army is made out of soldiers called dark bloods who have increased strength and complete loyalty to their maker Saric. This book starts out very dark even darker than Forbidden. They show the very dark emotions of Saric and his dark blood. Jonathan starts to want to save those with no emotion and give them emotion. This book has more violence because the mortals start slowly fighting the dark bloods. Eventually the little sprouts of violence leads to a full scale battle between the dark bloods and mortals . But the leader of the mortals Jonathan starts to preach a gospel like message of love. Dekker writes this in a amazing way because he shows the people seeing it as madness. But latter after Jonathan is killed, people have the option of voluntarily taking his blood and dying so they can live. Dekker weaves a gospel message by having them die and come to a new love. They have a after death experience of extreme love that changes their lives and makes them no longer mortals. I enjoyed Ted’s Mortal more than Forbidden because of the message he gives and the experiences he describes of them feeling love like never before.

  • Keith Pai
    2018-11-12 11:06

    Quick backstory, I actually got this book before it was published from a store in Asheville, but never got around to actually reading it till this past summer ('14), a decision I regret.This story is Ted Dekker's return to Christian allegory. Mortals was set in a post-apocalyptic world where all emotions save for fear are dead, but a group has thrived from what started as a small band of humans resurrected by a vial of blood in the previous book. The Mortals have now established for themselves a small colony of feeling humans, and the savior and leader of the whole race, Jonathan, about to come of age. The story is filled with deals between the Mortal political leaders, Rom and Roland, and the leader of the Corpses, Saric, ultimately leading to a cataclysmic battle between the living and the "dead." However, Jonathan puts a stop to the fighting, sacrificing himself, bringing even truer life through his blood in the process, discovered by Rom and Jonathan's lover, Jordin. The book ends with a splitting in the Mortals between those who follow Jordin and Rom, and those who follow Roland who believes he and the zealot Mortals are becoming immortal, and a shift in power between Saric and Feyn over the Corpses, Saric being changed. The book demonstrated the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and our own futile human condition, warring over outdated principles and petty divisions. I liked the book, however, it was a letdown from Dekker's Circle series. One thing I disliked about the book was its stripped down nature. Dekker has made a name for himself in Christian allegory on intertwining plots and heavily symbolic material without ever feeling contrived or garish. However, this book seemed very superficial and contrived, with weaker symbolism and overdone topics. However, for his return to allegoric writing, it is a good start and I look forward to more in this vein of writing. I recommend this book to young adults just starting into the genre of Christian allegory who are interested in finding conviction and clarification of their beliefs in a nuanced world and pop culture that bases itself on both worldly pleasures and stiff traditions. This book does well to help the reader begin to think about their faith and views in a new light as a lifestyle and as a departure from traditional thinking and the world's ways. It helped me reveal that shutting my mind on the truth of Christ does not entail stiff thinking and views, but the truth of unconditional love crossing boundaries and borders.

  • Jaime Krause
    2018-11-11 05:08

    Nine years after the events of "Forbidden," Jonathan is a few days away from being Sovereign. Five years ago, his blood healed all of the Nomads. Saric brings back Feyn before Rom and his friends were planning on doing. Saric puts Feyn under his control. I was confused though as to why the Senate didn't just stop Saric from injecting Feyn. Ew.Roland, the Nomad Prince, has his own ideas for the future but is willing to follow Rom as long as Jonathan is destined to reign.Jonathan's blood becomes less potent as the other Mortals become moreso (granting them nearly Immortal). Yet Jonathan shows more love, especially towards children and the invalid. Rom tries to mirror this love with Feyn, despite the scent she carries of Corpse/Dark Blood.It's a captivating story with a near-ending that I expected, but was needed for the Nomads, Saric, and Rom. Saric's abuse and control was nerve-wracking. As it was in the Circle series (and with Jesus' story), in death there is life, and there is life in blood - the blood of a "dead" Savior. The absolute end took me off-guard and makes me want to read the final book immediately.

  • I used to read but now I don't It's bad I know
    2018-10-28 10:51

    As per usual, the middle book of the series is the best.The plot thickens, but the book is long enough to make the new elements believable. Many times I am astonished by how GOOD the writing is compared to many recent YA novels. I actually feel the story. Dekker and Lee are truly refreshing. The character cast evolves and a couple new faces are added to the throng. Again the book is long enough to get the reader acquainted instead of confused. Let me say that Saric was pretty cool before page 231 where we notice that he has painted his nails black. Now, in that moment I knew he was not going to triumph. Any man who paints his nails cannot rule the world. I'm sorry.Themes of Dekker's reverberate throughout, lending an edge of familiarity. If you've read any of his series before you will be comfortable in this world.Incredible battle scenes, passion, and less mature content than the last book make for a less creepy and more thrilling instalment in this trilogy.

  • Diane
    2018-11-02 04:10

    I just finished this one and have just started the third in this series. I will say that second books are somewhat tiresome. They tend to repeat things already stated, and create alot of loose ends that have to be tied up in the third one. That said I did enjoy the book. Not as must as the first one, but it is good. There are alot of fighting scenes, bloody and descriptive. The premiss is good, and the points are made but there are several times in the book where I thought, he has been saying the same thing forever. At the end, you are a bit disappointed with all the things that have come to pass and it leads you to want everything to be righted in the third book. And you begin looking for spiritual overlays to the story that don't happen in this book... leaving me to think the third book will be very spiritual in nature as is the basis of the story as a whole. Again, definitely a PG 13 book rating. Lots of battles.

  • stella Lee
    2018-11-15 09:05

    I am getting into this saga, not only because it is Good vs. Evil epic story; but also the story of God’s love and redemption! This beautiful allegory reminds me of “Chronicles of Narnia” and “the Lord of the rigs”, representing what Jesus Christ and His Kingdom stand for. Living in this chaotic political era where many religious leaders justify their actions in the name of Christian belief, and actions and choices of Christians do not reflect the core values of Christ; as a matter of fact, they are completely against what Christ stands for. No wonder why the quotes of Gandhi rings more true today than ever “I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” Jonathan’s sweet voice and sacrificial action remind me of what true love is … what God’s love is.… I give credit to the authors who put interesting story line based on the TRUTH and focused on BLOOD, which is not an easy concept to decipher. In both fiction and reality, deception hardens our hearts and only His blood for our atonement can make the difference between being alive as in body and soul, and it is an individualistic choice. The first installment of the series “Forbidden” was good and created settings and characters that represent different mankind, drew me into the fictional civilization after apocalypse. Then this book was even better- awestruck, revealing Jesus’s sacrifice in inversely refreshing way. I am so ready for the last one “Sovereign”!

  • Christopher Hernandez
    2018-11-11 09:50

    I originally and randomly picked up Forbidden by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee from the library as a holdover till someone returned the only copy of “Gone Girl.” The book surprised me enough to pick up this sequel. I did not know at the time that I was reading a Christian allegory. I just figured it was a “hodge- podge” mix of post-apocalyptic Romeo and Juliet, zombies, with religious overtones.So here I go into book 2 (and ironically the only copy of “Gone Girl” has still not been returned). “Mortals” has even more religious overtone and Christian allegory. The Christ representation is evident along with a theological take on Christians, Jews, and Muslims. Set nine years after the events of "Forbidden, the story takes some interesting twists, and introduces some of the action I enjoy. There were some grammatical and continuity errors, and some occurrences that left me baffled. For example (view spoiler)[ Saric has this fascination with Jonathan’s blood, and yet does nothing with alchemy-wise with Triphon in his possession. Another example is that all involved parties are aware of the poisonous effect of mortal blood on dark bloods (even in small amounts the book notes), and yet nobody thinks to employ this as a biological weapon. With that in mind, dark bloods and tribal mortal warriors clash in battle, and yet no dark bloods suffer from mortal blood exposure(hide spoiler)]. The changes in Feyn were particularly disturbing. I had assumed that the authors would bring this book to a climactic close. Instead, they chose to leave the plot in even more disarray in order to draw me into reading book 3. Did it work? Perhaps…

  • Alejandro Castellanos
    2018-10-20 10:47

    El segundo libro de la saga "Libros de los Mortales", presenta una historia con mucho más dinamismo y giros de trama muy interesantes, lo cual resulta en historia muy atrapante. Se evidencia una evolución en los personajes con respecto al anterior libro (Prohibido); sin embargo, algunas acciones de estos personajes carecen en ciertas situaciones de un porqué claro, lo que lo deja a especulaciones del lector; aunque esto puede ser intencional por parte de los autores. Así mismo, el desenlace de libro deja al lector lleno de inquietudes, lo que es una gran antesala para el último de los libros de esta saga, "Soberano".La frase del libro: - No -exclamó-. Les digo hoy que la verdadera vida no se halla en sangre que solo despierta pasiones. Igual que en los días del Caos, solamente el amor cedido libremente habita en el diseño del Creador. Quienes afirman que el amor depende de la lealtad son impostores que no saben nada del reino soberano. ¡Morirán del mismo modo que aquellos que ya caminan sin vida!

  • Alicia Kitchen
    2018-11-15 03:53

    slow start (but i think i should have re-read Forbidden first)... great climatic end... will probably re-read before Sovereign comes out next spring. loved it and the subtle references to Jesus.. :)

  • Shirley McClay
    2018-11-17 09:10

    Very goodThe first book I found a bit dark. Much of this one was as well until the climactic scene near the end. Beautiful. Horrible. Even though quite a bit is revealed and explained, there is still things that are clearly yet to unfold. I really appreciated the analogy of the peoples... or at least, how I understand it :)The Old Testament followers who knew what would one day come and passed it on through generations.The people of the New Testament who were walking dead and ruled by fear.The believers before his death, experiencing a new form of life in His presence, enjoying gifts and hope.The believers after the cross that are empowered by love.

  • TJ Burrell
    2018-10-25 12:06

    So I read the second book because it was all I had to read (I borrow from the library y'all) and it didn't get any better. (view spoiler)[This book picks up 9 years after the end of Forbidden. But I still can't get over the justification of any of the events happening in these books. Why didn't they just kill Feyn? Why does Jonathan's blood have so many miraculous properties? How could a scientist predict all this would happen? Why is old blood being injected into Mortals and does blood type even matter? Why are all my questions going unanswered? I know, I know, the story is more than that.(hide spoiler)] Overall, I couldn't get over it. I did not like this book.

  • Caroline
    2018-10-29 08:09

    It is just me or at the end the authors forgot that they had killed Triphon? I'm sorry but I don't remember or even read that Jonathan did something to make him live again. I'm truly disappointed, this book was just the same as the first one but with new characters and more levels of frustration. Yes, that can be possible. I will list some things that prove my point about the book being the same as the previous one:1. Jonathan was for Jordin like Avra was for Rom and both died. 2. Feyn was the SOLUTION. 3. Rom drinking more blood and taking his own way. 4. Saric trying to kill everybody.5. Roland wishing to become inmortal just like Saric in Forbidden.I know that's a continuation but things change right and this is more of the same.

  • Adrienna
    2018-11-11 07:59

    I enjoyed the first book in the series and trying to see how book two plays out; this time only doing audiobook via PC (which last time had the book and audio CDs at the same time but mostly did the audios). So far, what I took from this book was not only about power and dominance from the dark bloods, especially Sardic who also had brief Sovereignty in the first series; then to me it lingers to paranormal side of similarity to "vampirism" taking place since Jonathan gives his blood to the corpses to make them morals, and usually is done in the jugular (neck) with a tube coming from the MAKER to the corpse to make mortal, also Sardic gives his blood to Feyn, after receiving Jonathan's blood before he becomes a corpse, so he can complete this devious reign of power unjustly. But I hate that Feyn had to rely on Sardic as her Maker for her mortality. I also noticed that they no longer saw YHWH GOD as the Maker (creator), now it is man as the Maker of which they call the Sovereign. This is a future new world order, where it is glory to man and no longer to YHWH God. I also presume that the BLOOD is in relation to the BLOOD of Christ, whereas we are healed, we live, and we survive this humanity (no longer in bondage of the world system but reunited to our Creator, kingdom of heaven).Tosca Lee is quite descriptive as Ted Dekker loves to speak on his evil (darkness) vs. good scenarios of which I read in his previous books (especially dark one having dark eyes!). I greatly enjoyed the first book, now wondering if I will proceed in the series after hearing this one.Leisure read 2014 on audioGo (listening on PC).

  • Evan Morgan
    2018-11-14 04:06

    Big step up from Forbidden which was an amazing book!

  • Tanner Grandclair
    2018-10-22 07:11

    WARNING: SEMI-SPOILER Mortal absolutely takes the concept of a novel and wipes the floor with it. The pure amount of descriptive detail and plot development and twists makes this book so difficult to put down. This book will suck you even deeper into the series than the first book did. Page to page action and romances that will make the deaths even more painful. The detail Dekker uses in the description of the battle between the mortals and dark bloods is absolutely wonderful and impressive. I completely love this book.