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Mortal (The Books of Mortals Trilogy #2)

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  2,975 ratings  ·  262 reviews
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 ...more
Published June 5th 2012 by Hachette Audio (first published January 1st 2012)
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Christian Fiction Addiction
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 i ...more
Chris Jahng
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 t ...more
Meagan Myhren-bennett
The Books of Mortals #2
by Ted Dekker & Tosca Lee

Nine 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 h
Scott Sawyer
By: Ted Dekker
Tosca Lee

This 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
Emilee (Fantastical Paper Realm)
(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
Hmmm. I really liked the first book of this series, but after reading two chapters of this book, I decided not to finish it. One of the reasons I liked the first book was that it was an interesting new concept that seemed different from the Circle Trilogy. However, it became clear after reading a few pages of "Mortal" that it was basically the exact same plot with a few different characters and buzzwords. Basically, the "corpses" replaced the "horde." The book of mortals replaced the books of hi ...more
J.S. Bailey
Congrats, 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
Alanna Rusnak
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.
Nancy Johnson
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.
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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 ...more
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 rele
Matthew H
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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
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 ...more
Mark Carver
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 th ...more
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
Wildone lim
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 ba ...more
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 ...more
Kate Nothem
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 for ...more
Keith Pai
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
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 l
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 23
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.
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!
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 th ...more
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Definitivamente más oscuro y profundo que Prohibido by Ted Dekker.
Espero leer pronto Soberano by Ted Dekker
Christopher Hernandez
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). “Mortal
Katie Curl
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).
Alicia Kitchen
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.. :)
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Ted Dekker is known for novels that combine adrenaline-laced stories with unexpected plot twists, unforgettable characters, and incredible confrontations between good and evil. Ted lives in Austin with his wife LeeAnn and their four children.
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Other Books in the Series

The Books of Mortals Trilogy (4 books)
  • The Keeper: A Short Story Prequel to Forbidden
  • Forbidden (The Books of Mortals, #1)
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