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(The Lost Books #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  8,702 ratings  ·  551 reviews
Think with your heart and prepare to die for you have been chosen.

The land of the Forest Dwellers has been decimated by the Horde under the watchful eye of the vilest of all creatures, Teeleh. Thomas Hunter, supreme commander of the Forest Guard, is forced to lower the recruitment age of his army from 18 to 16. From among thousands, four new recruits are chosen to lead--an
Hardcover, 260 pages
Published December 15th 2007 by Thomas Nelson
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Becky B
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Middle school & high school Christian fantasy fans
I read a LOT of YA fiction since I'm a school media center specialist (fancy name for librarian) and I feel like it's a sad statement about the quality of Christian YA available out there that this book has gotten such good reviews. Measuring it next to all YA available out there, this book would be in the low middle of quality, but measured against other Christian YA, it is sadly towards the top. We need more Christian YA that is not just good for Christians, but good quality literature in gene ...more
Camly Nguyen
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Plot wise,it's meh, not really much going on for most part of book. We start off with a group of kids being chosen and sent on a mission into retrieve a cactus but some magical bats appear and tell them to find these special books instead. So they go off in the desert to find these books and hope to not get caught by the Horde (bad zombies?). A bit of negotiation and fighting in the end. Bleh. Not very special, but light and somewhat entertaining.

I understand that this was a kids book a
Jan 07, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: yyay
The writing is clumsy (such as "The question is whether or not you've lost the few peanuts contained in that container above your shoulders" p. 109, and "he knew he would die if he let those finger/claws touch him" p. 144). I get annoyed when writers take a lot of time writing out endless bickering dialogue but can't be bothered to write out the non-bickering dialogue and instead put a summarizing paragraph in place of it. The kids in the cohort were much stupider than they needed to be consider ...more
Tilmer Jr.
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ted Dekker is one of "those" authors. By "those" I mean he falls into that category where people either really love his work or they can't stand it. I have to say I am a fan. I like Dekker. I think he writes compelling fiction that refuses to let go of your mind until you get to the end of the story. That very feature is why I give this work four stars rather than five. It's a great story. You won't want to put it down. The trouble is that the universe of which this volume is a part is vast. You ...more
Simon Taylor
May 11, 2014 rated it liked it
I strongly recommend reading the Circle Saga first to get a proper understanding of the setting of Chosen.

Chosen, the first of the Lost Books series, is a midquel set between Black and Red, the first and second instalments of the Circle Saga (read 2006-2007). Hunter is reduced to a supporting role with four new recruits to the Forest Guard – sixteen year olds Johnis, Bilios, Sylvie and Darsal – taking centre stage. On an initiation task, they are accosted by one of the Roush (allegorical angels)
Chloe Stone
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this overnight in one sitting, and it was amazing. It was short but it really packed a punch. I think I'm going to marathon the series. But I also read in an ad in the back that this is what happened in the middle of a series, in between the first and second book? I might read that series afterword. I picked this entire series up at Mercy House in a box set for a dollar, which was amazing. If you live in Harrisonburg, VA I suggest you go to Mercy House, because you can buy an entire big c ...more
Patrick Poteet
Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Family trip listen. First Ted Dekker book. Enjoyable story that works for young teens.
Kaitlyn Dube
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this! It was a Christian book, and was completely clean. Very fun read!
Jul 26, 2009 rated it it was ok was not exceptionally written in as much as the words and sentences were very simpleton and there was no figurative language or devices or even phrases, catches, not even a sentence that stood out. Was it written for a younger age audience? I think it was in the teen section, but the combination of fantasy characters, shallow depth level involved (as far as romance or emotion - other than action), and pedestrian choreography of the sentences made it seem more directed toward lower age ...more
May 27, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fantasy
This awas kind of dreadful. Geeky but smart teenager Johnis is made leader of the new group of Forest Guard in a community where water is life and the desert holds the Horde - a group of diseased peoples whose desire is to destroy the forest dwellers and make them like themselves. Johnis goes on a quest across the desert with his reluctant fellow teens and start a quest for a number of books that will control the world. But they have to find them before the Dark One does. Fuzzy angels and evil b ...more
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked this book because it was funny, suspenseful, and full of action. In this book Johnis and three others go on a quest to find the Lost books of history which can change history. Their quest leads them to lairs and out into the desert. The story is set in a world that is like our own but not like it. There are seven forests and the rest of the world is supposedly desert. The four Chosen Ones try two figure out if it is actually desert or if there is something more.
Morgan Folk
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Personal Response:
I thought the book, Chosen , by Ted Dekker was a outstanding book. I could relate to the book, because it was a lot like the Hunger Games. The main character was very enthusiastic and it made me really get into the book. Also, I could relate because the main character seemed to fit my personality type. The book really reminded me of Beowulf and how there are three monsters.

The book all started when Billos, Silvie, Darsal, and Johnis had been sent on a mission to find f
Samantha Boyette
Mar 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
So apparently I was very confused reading this book, because I thought it was a sequel to the Land of Elyon books by Patrick Carman. Apparently Elyon is a well known name for God, who knew? All the same, this book was pretty good.

The book follows four teenagers as they quest to prove that they are worthy of being new leaders of the forest guard against evil beings known as the horde. Yes, the four of them are very stereotypical as many people have said, with the main character being the smart, q
Apr 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Krystal

At first glance Chosen reminded me of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings or Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle, but I was sorely mistaken.

Chosen, the first in The Lost Books series, spans the fifteen year gap between the Circle Trilogy’s Black and Red books. Whether you have or haven’t read the Circle Trilogy doesn’t matter though because The Lost Books stand alone as intriguing tales of good versus evil.

Dekker throws us into a world much like our
Apr 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: YA bookclubs
This was an amazing story. I read it straight through. Couldn't put it down. It reminded me of the Song Of Albion series written by Stephen Lawhead in the mid 1990s. I loved the premise, the plot, the action, the emotion. It was amazing. And those characters were in perilous situations so often it was downright thrilling. I love it when situations seem hopeless, but then something happens to turn it around. But like life, it's never easy. Love isn't easy, nor is faith, not when the facts tell yo ...more
Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
Well, where do I start? I'll start with the good things. The book was easy to understand and descriptive enough. Mostly I just loved the little white bat things, because I found them amusing.
But there is a list of bad things I found in this book. Firstly, the plot was ridiculously slow, and I found myself only reading it when there wasn't anything else to do. When you read the description of this book, you expect a violent, action-packed story. Well in this I was dissapointed with the lack of e
Lindsay Duffy
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
It's an OK story that feels like a generic plot that's been done over and over again. You follow a group of teenagers who spend most of the book making fun of or mocking the weak kid before they go onto a journey to find the magic McGuffin. But wait, the bad guy wants it too! And if he gets it, the McGuffin will join the other McGuffins and hell will be unleashed!

I've seen this done in movies, games, and books so many times that I found myself predicting the way the story would unfold and becom
Darin Mcgrane
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
I recently read this book over the summer and i thought it was very intresting. its about a world so close to ours, but still not in our time. Elyon is like the supreme ruler in the sky and his most beutiful creature that he created was called telleh (he let it go to his head) This book is about the four chosen ones that, out of all of the forest dwellers, are pick by Elyon to save the world from telleh and the dark one. This book is the first of a series that is awsome and turns form a routine ...more
Maris Bave
This was an imaginative story, especially with the bats. I felt like the writing was weak, though, and the characters were flat. It certainly moved fast enough to keep me reading to the end, but for the most part the plot just wasn't reasonable. (view spoiler) ...more
Jun 04, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: yawn
Wow, I couldn't even finish this. Not because it was boring or anything, it just was terribly written. Ugh, just terrible. It jumped all over the place, there was really no background to the story. Just bad. My policy is if it's still bad and I'm a fourth of the way through, ditch it. That's what I did. Why waste my time on something I know isn't going to get any better? Advice to the author, no ones going to finish a book with a bad beginning. ...more
Apr 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In my opinion this book was incredible. If you are a fan of fantasy type novels such as the Percy Jackson books, this would be up your alley, minus the Greek and Roman gods. It is a cool twist of good versus evil. The main gist is that a group of kids are chosen to find a set of books and go through severe circumstances on their way to retrieving the first. I highly recommend this book, especially if you are into good versus evil with a twist.
May 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: was-good
I liked this book, the action and mystery was good. And the romance was okay, i wish Ted Dekker went into more depth of the character's love stories, that would of been great :) But the story line was good. ...more
Josh Olds
Apr 12, 2020 rated it liked it
It’s been thirteen years since Tanis drank of Teeleh’s water, releasing the murderous Shataiki from the Black Forest to ravage the land. Now one hundred thousand followers of Elyon must bathe daily in the waters of Elyon lest they contract the dreadful disease that will turn them into the Horde—their mortal enemies. From the very first pages of Chosen, Dekker launches his reader right into thick of the mythos of what is now called The Books of History Chronicles.

This first book in the YA series
Lizzie  J
Jun 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I've tried to read this series twice before and always was unable to finish just because other things happened and I forgot about the series. The first time, I got around book four before I dropped off. The second time, I only got to the second. Now that I'm a little older, I thought I'd try once more.

I'm not sure that they're as good as I remember.

I think the main issue is with the characters. Johnis is okay, but I really don't like when characters are magically chosen at birth, never realize
Shannon S
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Chosen, written by Ted Dekker and published in 2007, is the first of a six book series. This book is a young adult fantasy meant to entertain those intrigued by adventure. This book is definitely worth reading if you want a thrilling and heart racing story that comes to life in your imagination. It is easy to read due to its cohesive flow and well developed characters. The imagery is so powerful that it is easy to forget you are reading.

Dekker follows Joseph Campbell's mono myth and develops th
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
Okay... This book was a bit weird for me. It started off really strong. It was fast paced, and interesting, and this strange post-apocalyptic society they were living in was fresh after the twisting cities and politics and cunning people and back sliding from all the other books that I'd been reading before this. But I did end up having a few issues with the book.

1. The clear black and white, good vs evil
It was waaaaaaaaay too cut and dry for my tastes. At every single turn and any opportunity,
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I think the biggest reason I loved this book was nostalgia. The fact that I had nostalgia for an imaginary world made me think the book deserved five stars. I also loved it because I couldn't put it down.

This series takes place in the same world as the Circle Series by Dekker, which is the first series I read by him (hence the nostalgia). Especially after the huge disappointment the last book in that series "Green" was, I was very pleased to once again be engaged in a book that takes place in "o
Jul 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 13-25
Hunter is the commander of the forest, is seeking new recruits for his army. After many participate in the games, four are chosen- chosen to put their lives on the line. These four are sent out on a mission, but end up leaving the forest to seek the lost books. These books are very special and powerful, so the four are sworn to secrecy. As they travel on this journey, putting their lives in danger, Roush (the batlike creatures) are there to help the kids but there are also the black creatures wh ...more
Mar 01, 2021 rated it did not like it
1/4 into the book and I was still very unsure about this book. There were enough moments that pique the interest to make me read on and decide to finish the book but I knew very early on that I wouldn't be picking up the next books.

The "chosen child", mark and all just screams Harry Potter to me and now have that in mind it's all I see.

The overall and writing dialogue are passable (like enough to convey the story) but there are certain passages that were just awful and unpolished. So, for a bo
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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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The Lost Books (6 books)
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