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Sovereign (The Books of Mortals #3)

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  1,218 ratings  ·  123 reviews
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 36 truly alive followers remain loyal to Rom.
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published June 18th 2013 by FaithWords (first published January 1st 2013)
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Evan Morgan
Best book of the trilogy. You won't see what happens coming until you read it on the page.
This has definitely been Dekker's best work since the Circle, and I think the inclusion of Tosca Lee as a co-author has dramatically increased the potential of this series.

I noticed a lot of parallels with the Circle Series (which should be expected- they do take place in the same literary universe). I'm not really sure how I feel about the ending of this series, as it plays on a key motif from Dekker's earlier works, but I don't think it will bother anyone who has not read the Circle and I do f
Christian Fiction Addiction
Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee have again combined their tremendous writing talent in "Sovereign", the third installment of "The Book of Mortals" series. As with the first two books, the scenes are vividly drawn, the writing is crisp, and the words flow smoothly, sweeping you up into the power of the story. From the start, the scenes explode with action, and I was immediately gripped by the opening chapters as good clashes with evil. My favourite character in this story is easily that of Jordin, who w ...more
I thought the first book had an interesting premise. I thought the second book had some interesting character development. And now we come to the third and final novel in the Books of Mortals series. "Sovereign" is much more obviously Christian than the other two books. If you are turned off by this, I would not recommend it. That said, this is a work if Christian fiction and the beautiful Christian ideas about compassion and love are woven into this book quite well. I personally had trouble wit ...more
Meagan Myhren-bennett
I just finished the third book in Ted Dekker & Tosca Lee's The Books of Mortals series and WOW is all I can say. This is a fantastic (I think) conclusion to this series, though when Dekker is writing you never know there could be another (think his Circle trilogy which became 4 with book 0!)

Sovereign takes up where Mortal left us, but 6 years have passed. Fear is the only emotion that everyone can feel, but for a small group of people who have themselves become divided into 3 different group
I am so disappointed in this series. The first two books were fantastic! And the first half of this book was pretty good, but Dekker completely cops out the ending. SPOILER ALERT: Surrender to love???? Are you effing kidding me??? So many wonderful ways this book could end and you choose a half-assed, unconnected, lame ending of everyone learns how to SURRENDER TO LOVE????? Thank god I didn't buy these books. I would have been pissed.
Rick Fisher
Although not the best of the three in this series, it was nevertheless, an appropriate ending. The story played out with a few surprising twists, but the ending was always going to be the same. It really took a long time, in this novel, to build up speed. But once it did, it hit mach three. It just took half the novel to get there.
This is a Christian based novel. And, as a Christian, it is fairly evident in the premise and how the story unfolds, develops and culminates. But, it can be read by
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J.S. Bailey
I have to say that Sovereign is my favorite installment of the Books of Mortals trilogy, which I have come to think tongue-in-cheekingly of as "The Books of Blood Transfusions."

I guess they technically aren't blood transfusions. But those who have read this series will know what I mean.

One theme that permeates this story is surrendering to God. When we don't surrender, we suffer; and it is only in letting go and living in faith that we find peace. I've actually been pondering over that idea for
I felt this book was lacking in plot. It just seemed to be a rehash of thoughts and ideas presented in the 1st two books. It also seemed a bit disjointed and the characters didn't seem to come alive as they did in the previous books. The end seemed a little rushed, but that was ok since by then I just wanted it to end anyway.
Much excite! Very twist! So story!

Then why do I only give this book three stars? Well, the biggest reason is that the ending . . . was corny. Cheesy. Everyone turns amazingly-lovingly-awesomely good and pure. Everyone who mattered, that is. I mean, that's nice, but I want books to BREAK my heart in two. I should be like after a book.
As well, Dekker went on and on and on and on about how beautiful and dashing and alluring and gorgeous and handsome and enthralling and godlike Roland was that I
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I want to first start by saying I loved this series. Sovereign lacks a bit, compared to its predecessors, however.

The first 2 books in the Books of Mortals spent much of their time killing off key characters, and complicating the lives of Rom and his fellow cast. It's nothing short of miraculous that some of them return to Sovereign. Going along with the palpable Christian undertones of the series, however, perhaps that was the point.

Honestly, I really wish the story were more
"….where their maker, Feyn Cerelia, ruled with an iron fist, desperate to rid the world of Jordin's kind."

And with that, Dekker and Lee lost me for good.

Feyn was far and away my favorite character in Forbidden. Maybe I'm biased. Or maybe I just loved seeing a female character whose strength was shown through her incredible leadership skills, and not her prowess on the battlefield. Maybe I cheered when Rom gave her the ancient blood. Maybe I wanted to hug her when she woke up from her fear-fill
Kathryn Clauss
For a long time I was an ENOURMOUS Dekker fangirl. That being said, I'm not sure if it is the feeling of an attempt at a young adult fiction series, or the co-authorship (I've never read Tosca Lee, but heard only good things) that made this one less fantastic as far as Dekker goes. I found this whole series trilogy and especially this book predictable. Maybe it's partially knowledge of his writing patterns (view spoiler) ...more
Thought provoking concept -world peace attained by chemically removing all emotions but fear. As always with Dekker, a great allegory about Jesus Christ and the redemption He brought.In my opinion Dekker has never topped the Circle trilogy but this was still an enjoyable read.
Sovereign the book itself was a good story. I enjoyed comparing it to the Bible as I read (Listened actually, on audio) With the blood being life and Jonathan (Jesus) being the savior. But with finishing this book I finish a sort of journey reading four or five of Ted Dekkar's book just this year. And I am.. saddened? The stories themselves are awesome and intriguing but they all end the same in a sense! All have one woman being a true leader who discovers truth at her end amongst pain, and whom ...more
A fitting end for the trilogy, I suppose. Begins by banishing any tension built up in the last installment. Meanders pointlessly and angstily through bad science, 1930s sword-and-sorcery-without-the-sorcery fiction, and the grossest religious conversion method ever, before stumbling to a finish in an apocalyptic (and yet somehow really boring) battle between the forces of redeemable white people and people with dreadlocks who were never really alive anyway. The real message is that love is the m ...more
Lee Anne
Evidently these tales are meant to be Christian allegories, but they border on blasphemy. Perhaps they'd appeal to those who enjoy that vampire series. I found them filled with gobbledegook. This last one was the most readable of the three in the series. I guess I stuck it out to read them as the storyline is somewhat intriguing, although I had to skim the interminable blood & battle scenes which reminded me of those violent unfortunate movies they made of Tolkien's tales: goblin & demon ...more
was up with (view spoiler) huh huh huh?
and WHAT
was up with the epilogue???????
I think that, for anyone who has read Dekker's Circle books, the epilogue....
will be a bit annoying. Maybe not. But it was for me.
There were quite a lot of parallels between the series's...
I don't know if I liked that. I don't think I did, actually.
Perhaps if he wrote another book that actually joined the two... like, on purpose...
Still, i
Mind Blowing Piece of Art! The final book in this trilogy has left my mind blown and with peace. I'm a huge fan of Ted Dekker and this installment along with Tosca Lee is very good. Dekker's writing is very inspring to me as a young, aspring writer and this final book in the trilogy has left me happy that all the character's finally found true love through Jonathon. However, the epilogue left me thinking, "oh no! Not again!" I highly recommend this entire series to anyone who loves thrillers, fa ...more
This was a great culmination of the trilogy with a beautiful story of redemption.

6 years after the previous novel proves that Jonathan's dead blood is much less potent than Immortal blood. Mattius, a Sovereign alchemist, has developed an air-borne virus that will make Corpses sick and kill all dark Bloods. And Immortals.

Rom does not want Feyn dead.

He and Jordin go on their own missions, coming together at the end for Jonathan's love and healing.

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This book fell into the same trap the Divergent trilogy did. It started strong with an interesting premise but the second book set up to many characters and plot devices to wrap up well in the final book. The storyline was dull and rather unbelievable, the characters were too easily redeemed, and I never fully understood why any of it mattered anyway. I believe it was meant to be a reflection of the Passion story but it was so confusing, it is better to read it without trying to reconcile it wit ...more
Er zijn zes jaar voorbij gegaan sinds Jonathan vermoord werd door Saric. De volgers van Jonathan zijn nu verdeeld in twee groepen: de Soevereinen en Onsterfelijken. Freyn is nog steeds de Soeverein van de Orde en heerst met ijzeren hand over haar rijk. Met haar leger van zwartbloeden wil ze de wereld zuiveren van zowel de Soevereinen als de Onsterfelijken. Omdat ze systematisch worden opgejaagd en gedood, zijn er nog maar zevenendertig Soevereinen over. Onder leiding van Rom leiden ze een verbor ...more
Once again, I have the AudioGo CDs with the book to follow; or look at here and there while I listen to CDs. I started while cleaning greens and cooking on CD. So far, got my interest, seems like Triphon dies again. Feyn is sovereign now after the death of Jonathan (from second series). Dark bloods versus Mortals. Light vs. Darkness.

Aside from being introduced with this fantasy-thrilled supernatural series, I greatly enjoyed the first book in the series "Forbidden" but when I heard the second s
Phillip Lemons
This is the third book in Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee's trilogy The Book of Mortals. Throughout the book I found myself wondering what message they were meaning to communicate with this story. In the end, it seems to depict the mystery of salvation. Elements of free choice and election both seem to be evident. In the end, this book has made me think and this is one of the aspects that earned this book five stars from me. I would probably rate it closer to 4.5 stars, as the story was a bit hard for ...more
This book didn't have the pulse-pounding adventure that the first two books in this series had or the other books from Ted Dekker. Until the very end, then there was the Ted Dekker that I love to read. I really don't like when he writes with a coauthor and I could really see the difference of the two authors. The first part of the book, while still good and telling the amazing story, it was just a story advancing. There was no great edge-of-your-seat ride I was looking forward to in this book.

I haven't read the previous 2 installments of this series, so maybe I am not giving it a fair chance. But I found it hard to care about the characters and found the plot kind of creepy. In the previous books, a holy man (with the initial J) was able to help people become more "human" by giving them his blood. 2 rival factions opposed this; the Dark Bloods (who seem kind of like vampires) and the Immortals (who also hate the humans). In a way, this book is about faith. The main character, the her ...more
The Books of Mortals trilogy didn't get me as enthused as I have been with Dekker's stuff.

The beginning of Forbidden had me excited but when I realized it was a re-telling of The Circle Series, I half tuned out.

Having said that, Sovereign is a terrific read. Dekker and Lee make a fine team. Dekker's plots with Lee's prose created an engaging story...for those who may not have read Black, Red, White, and Green.

As the marketing has identified, this series is a retelling of the Christian Church. Th
Julia Bauer
I wanted to just love this book so much. It is co-written by one of my new favorite writers -- Tosca Lee. I loved the first two books in the series. This last installment just fell flat for me, though. I'm not sure if I wasn't in the mood for this type of book, if my expectations were too high or if it was truly the book itself. It just felt like there as a disconnect for me between this book and the first two. I liked reading more about Jordin who was my favorite character from the second book. ...more
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