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Chaos (The Lost Books #4)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  4,327 Ratings  ·  96 Reviews

Deep in the mountains of Romania stands a fortress, and deep within that fortress lies a chamber. In that chamber, ruling the dead for over two thousand years, live one Shataiki bat straight from the bowels of the Black Forest. He seeks the final Books of History with which he will destroy the world.

But there are four who stand in the
Hardcover, 253 pages
Published May 6th 2008 by Thomas Nelson (first published January 28th 2008)
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Jan 04, 2008 Dena rated it it was amazing
This one didn't start as strong as the others in this series, but it did have quite a bit of humor. It picked up somewhere after the first handful of chapters with the action and thrill we expect and love from this author. And as always... a Ted Dekker, power-packed, didn't see that coming ending... that sets the story up for yet another series!!! Ted Dekker is brilliant!
Jennifer Broadbent
Jun 07, 2012 Jennifer Broadbent rated it liked it
I believe I will continue to read all of the books related to the circle series. Seriously, Ted Dekker! I am a huge fan.
Jul 29, 2008 Casseo added it
Wow...! Ted Dekker never ceases to amaze me! I love this series! It is soooo good! Once you get into it, you go nuts waiting for more! A must read, no doubt!
Jan 11, 2012 Brian rated it it was amazing
Well, Dekker really finished strong with the story in the first 4 books. While there are still two more books in the series (thus completing the "L" and "E" in circle), this was the end of the major arc told throughout the first four books and it ended up being quite enjoyable. Where the first two books suffered a bit from being a bit too "YA" centric and were a bit too simplistic, the last two evolved quite nicely into quality story-telling with all the action, twists and turns that Ted is famo ...more
May 15, 2011 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jennifer by: Fran Hudson
Picked up the 1st book in this series for $3 at the store. I didn't get a chance to read it right away, but lent it out & was told it was a must read...

Chaos & Infidel were OK - not amazing, but not terrible. Renegade felt like it was trying to tie the storyline with something else, but the transition was anything but smooth. Then we get to Chaos. This book really feels like Dekker had to wrap this series up and get back to the "main story" that is shared in the Circle series & the P
Cody Phillips
Sep 16, 2012 Cody Phillips rated it it was amazing
Deep in the valleys and mountains of Romania, lies the Dark One. For two thousand years he has ruled the dead; yet he still seeks all 7 Lost Books of History. He seeks them to destroy the world, but the four chosen ones are in his way. The book is about a war between good and evil and a battle of the finding of the 7 Lost Books of History. Who will prevail and who will fail to find the 7 Books? I really liked the book because it was very suspenseful and it was easy to picture the book’s setting ...more
Jul 25, 2014 Sophie rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, alt-reality
Just feel meh after reading this...
Apr 09, 2009 Lisa rated it liked it
A quick read, but not as exciting as some of his other books. I can tell it is a youth book because the story line is somewhat diluted.
McKenzie Rae
Feb 17, 2013 McKenzie Rae rated it really liked it
This was a very well-written and detailed misadventure of four beautiful characters, followed since being chosen four books back (or, for Karas, three books back). Howevever, I was a bit confused at some parts, as they didn't line up and were, in themselves, contradictory. I loved the beginning episode (roughly chapters 1-12). Though it was cringe-worthily ridiculous, stirring up a bit of sympathy for these misguided souls, it was incredibly put. So very real and raw. The plot progressed fairly ...more
Becky B
Sep 17, 2012 Becky B rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: only those who can stomach sub-par writing
Dear Mr Dekker, please, let me edit your books for teens before you publish them! Please! If I had been the editor, I would have prevented so many readers from using your books as projectiles because they can't get through the first half of the book without strong urges to do so. It would have been so much better if you had just either a) summarized the first 2 chapters and started off with Johnis & Silvie finally meeting someone who could clue them in to the times and culture, or b)if you h ...more
Simon Taylor
Apr 03, 2016 Simon Taylor rated it it was ok
To be fair to Dekker, he puts some effort into Chaos. It feels like, really, Chaos is the story he wanted to tell. When the idea for the Lost Books came to him, it seems this is the bit he started with. Before padding it out into a six-part series, that is.

The final moments of Renegade saw our three surviving heroes zap themselves (bear with me) back in time to a future contemporary Las Vegas. And if that confuses you, it definitely confuses them. But it’s some twenty years after the events of t
Vincent Lesner
Feb 19, 2017 Vincent Lesner rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I listened to the audio book rather read the book, so that may have influenced my thinking on the story. I can tell that this book was to a young adult audience. The dialog didn't seem believable at times. I kept asking myself "Would someone really talk like that and not appear socially awkward?" I did like that fact that the kids didn't understand the slang that was spoken between worlds. That would have been believable along with the adjusting to the technology and culture. Overall, it was a g ...more
Aug 09, 2011 Aaron rated it really liked it
The fourth book in the CIRCLE collection takes a well-received change. Not only have the chosen ones experience the "in between" Earth, but now they've traveled back in time to the year 2033 or something. Anyway, it's amusing to see these primitive kiddos try to make their way through "our world," while quickly stirring up a lot of trouble.

These books are clearly written for adolescents, but are just as fun for adults to read through. I think it took me all of four nights to get through, and tha
Sep 25, 2014 Ben rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fantasy lovers and action and adventure lovers
Recommended to Ben by: My mom
In the mountains of Romania there is a fortress, and in that fortress there is a chamber, and in that chamber there is one shataiki bat straight from the heart of the Black forest ruling the dead for oiver two thousand years. He is seeking to find the final books of history so he can destroy the world but four stand in his way. I think this book is a great action-adventure and fantasy mix because the chosen are running around a new, high-tech world that they have never seen before, dodging Chevy ...more
Melissa Darnold
So, let's preface this review--like I preface all of my reviews on his writing--by stating that Ted Dekker is like a wizard when it comes to words. He evokes emotions out of me that I know only come from such a spiritual gift. I am always left so grateful and conflicted and I love it and hate it so much at the same time. I love this world. I love the visceral ways we are shown evil in this world. I love being in the world of the Shataiki, so when I was ripped away from it and put into the "real ...more
Mar 10, 2013 Casey rated it really liked it
The best one since Chosen. Probably even a little better than Chosen. I like Chosen because the story is original and it's the beginning and the all sorts of stories are being developed. Then there's Infidel and Renegade which need to be read so you can fully appreciate Chaos. Chaos is well Chaos. The characters are taken from one world to a completely different one which I like. The plot is a complete roller coaster and the ending just sort of leaves you, probably hoping you will read five and ...more
Feb 23, 2015 Tori rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
I found this book to have been a flat, rather sad conclusion to a rapidly downward spiraling story. (But it's not the end! You say. There are two books left. So you are correct. But any book that ends with "And thus ends our tale. Or does it?" (paraphrased there), or, in otherwords, a book that relies on cheep tricks to keep the reader reading, and not just in that last line, is not a book or series I'm going to continue in.
Thus, it ends for me. No more wincing whenever Love over Logic is argued
Mar 09, 2012 Anita added it
Shelves: series
The fourth in the 'Lost Book' series bridging the 15-year story gap between the first two books in the 'Circle' series: 'Black' and 'Red'. Having attempted to read 'Black', I got rather mixed up between the different and alternating realities, and soon shelved it. Now, that I've read the 'Lost Book' series, I have a better grasp of the plot that winds through the series -- and though it might seem as though I'd be reading the front part of the book after I've read the conclusion -- for me, it's ...more
Cameron Nash
Jan 25, 2014 Cameron Nash rated it really liked it
This was an interesting book that i would recommend for teenage readers. It was a very easy read, short and not a lot of crazy big words. It was interesting in that it gripped the reader to continue reading. I enjoy Ted Dekker because he enjoys taking odd concepts and making them interesting. This book is part of a series where chosen ones from the future go back in time to try and save "The Histories." The most interesting part of it is that the future isn't what most people expect it to be, in ...more
Mar 24, 2016 Micaiah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh my gracious. That was crazy. Good, but crazy. Ted Dekker is a master storyteller. He manages to squeeze so much into so little space - that's what makes his books so intriguing. They pull you along at a break-neck speed, and all you can do is hold on.

Chaos was definitely a bit chaotic. But it was probably my favorite of the Lost Books so far. It was a bit humorous watching Johnis and Silvie struggling to make sense of things in our world. (On that note, I really liked the Snickers scene.) An
Apr 26, 2015 Daniel rated it it was amazing
This series keeps getting better and better. This was the best book of the series. It does a great job mixing humor, mystery, and intrigue. Our brave young warriors face off on another wonderful journey to find the missing books and learn more along the way. This time they learn a shocking secret or two that will almost certainly take you by surprise. I highly recommend this book to fans of the series. I loved it and can't wait to get started on Lunatic. These books are my new addiction. Thanks ...more
May 08, 2011 Rebeca rated it really liked it
It took me nearly a month and a half to finish this book, but it was not at all because it was not good. Simply, I was lazy and would read it, put it down, read it, put it down and so forth.

However, I was finally able to finish it and wow! Aren't I glad! What a great book!
If you compare it to the other The Lost Books, you simply cannot. It does not have the same feel as the previous three books since it does not include all four of "The Chosen," but it does not make it any less awesome!

I seri
May 01, 2012 Holly rated it really liked it
trying to get back into these books after not reading them for a while. They are still highly addicting and probably the most fun I have had from a Christian novel in forever. I used to read these kinda books back in high school say like 18 years ago. Then i stopped and went into chick lit, memoirs, adult fiction and finally made my way back to young adults. That brings me to these gems that I discovered years ago. Finally finishing this series. Unsure if I'd ever read his adult stuff but these ...more
Oct 13, 2011 Sareh rated it really liked it
I didn't like this book as much as I've liked the other books. I'm not sure why but there was something that I just didn't like. Maybe it was because of the time rift?

Although it's interesting when character time travel and then you find out that one character was there for ten years while it's only been a few minutes for another character and you both traveled at the same time; I just found it unsettling how Karas was suddenly so old.

But beyond that it was still as good as the rest of the book
Mhmm. Brilliant...of course, since it's written by a mastermind author! This book took so many plot twists that you NEVER see coming. And the ongoing quest for the missing books is amazing...paricularly since at the beginning of this one, Johnis and Silvie are in this world instead of Middle Forest, and they're experiencing all the sights and sounds for the very first time. Some really funny parts involved with that. Haha.
Jun 07, 2010 Gigi rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
This book worried me a bit because I loved the first two in the series, then book three disappointed and the beginning of this book seemed to start off in a very silly way. But once it got to the half way point the reasons I have enjoyed this series kicked in. The characters became real again and I found myself engaged in the story once more. By the time I finished I found myself looking forward to book 5.
Aug 04, 2012 Linda rated it it was amazing
The Chosen One, and his companions are still on their quest for the 7 Books of History. The battle between good & evil continues, as they are transported back in time (to OUR present day), Nevada. Strangely, the 4 transported at the same time, but some have been there 10 yrs, while others are just arriving.

I picked up the first two books in a 2-in-1 volume, and instantly became hooked. I am continuing the saga.

Jan 21, 2015 Sara rated it it was amazing
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Nov 11, 2016 Crystal rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I liked it better when the story took place in the alternate reality. I hated the beginning of the book - it was just ridiculous. Thankfully the book did improve somewhat once Karas showed up. Well improved until it got to the end. That was one of the worst endings ever “and that was it. Or was it?” Here’s to hoping the next book is better.

Sexual content: very mild
Violence: moderate (fights, battles, and shootouts (no details))
Language/Profanity: none
Drugs/Alcohol: none
Meadow Frisbie
Feb 07, 2009 Meadow Frisbie rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This was a good adition to the series, though quite creepy, dark, and gross. I liked when Johis and Silvie first went into our world, Los Angeles.

When Alucard finally gets his hands on the 7 books of history he can bridge the evil from his world to ours, and as our heros are strapped to the wall watching him do his all lost?
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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 Lost Books (6 books)
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“Because she, too, was the Dark One, wasn't she? They all were, as much as they were all Forest Dwellers, without Elyon's cleansing waters. Yet they were chosen. It was up to them to follow either the one who had made them dark, or the one who had chosen each of them. Teeleh or Elyon.” 4 likes
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