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(The Books of Mortals #2)

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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 of ...more
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Published June 5th 2012 by FaithWords (first published January 1st 2012)
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Sharon Paavola
Mar 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like it but thought at times it was slow.
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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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 ...more
Jan 19, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Cami V. Romero
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, 2018
Me confundía que las mujeres tenían nombre de hombre jajajja

Esta vez me gustó mucho más, creo que se debe a que le preste más atención xD
Weird. I didn't get it and left it unfinished. Maybe it was because it was to long since I read the previous book or perhaps I just wasn't in the mood. I am going to move on
Scott Sawyer
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jan 31, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
J.S. Bailey
Feb 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 12, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 16, 2016 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Erika Hayes
Oh boy, it is the same book as the first. The book draaaaags. I am still dumbfounded at the use of underground "tube" I am only assuming old subways that get the black bloods through to the death camps but the horse as the primary mode of transportation for the sovereign and bro. I actually appreciate the story and the ideas but I am pulled out of the story by so many little things like this. The idea that there are subways but they still use lights (candelabras- great Scott, that word is waaay ...more
Dec 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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 ...more
Matthew H
Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Fernando Bonilla
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
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
May 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jul 08, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 ...more
Wildone lim
Nov 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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 ...more
Apr 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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Big step up from Forbidden which was an amazing book!
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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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