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(The Books of Mortals #2)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  4,246 ratings  ·  311 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
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Published June 5th 2012 by FaithWords (first published January 1st 2012)
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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 t ...more
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
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 warrior ...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
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 h
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
Shelves: fiction
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 rele
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 th ...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 ba ...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 for ...more
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Jul 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian, fantasy
I enjoyed the first one and found the sequel entertaining. I did get caught up in it and all of it's twists and turns. The premise of a world where people don't have access to all of their emotions (except for fear) until some discover a way to get them back is thought provoking. Parts of it strongly parallel the story of Jesus in the Gospels and it also made me think about how much of a parallel it was and if the "Jesus figure" would truly redeem the world in the same way.
Apr 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mortal, the second book in “The Mortals” trilogy, is an entertaining read, albeit slow in the middle part the book. I want to get to the end of the series because I am anxious to find out what happens and to get some answers in the third book. He authors does a great job with character development and his use of symbolism and allegory creates a fascinating new view of religion and history.

I am hoping that the third and final book, Sovereign, wraps up the trilogy on a thought-provoking, imaginat
Adam Foster
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee's book Mortal takes place nine years after the book Forbidden. This book happens in a post apoplectic world that is stripped of all emotion but fear. The main character Rom Sebastian has created a community of people with emotion and a heightened senses. These people were given life through the blood of a boy named Jonathan they are called mortals. But there's also an evil army that was created by Saric. The army is made out of soldiers called dark bloods who have increa ...more
Keith Pai
Aug 13, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
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
Darth Casanova

Mortal (Books of Mortals Series #2) by Ted Dekker, Tosca Lee

Han pasado siglos desde el enfrentamiento de la civilización a la destrucción total. Las peores amenazas han cesado. No hay enojo, ni odio, ni guerra. Solo hay una paz perfecta… y temor. Un terrible secreto ha sido guardado celosamente durante siglos: cada una de las almas que camina sobre la tierra, aunque aparenta ser totalmente normal, en realidad está muerta, desde hace mucho tiempo, genéticamente despojada de la humanidad verdade

Jaime K
Nov 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I watched Star Wars Episode 3, I had to remind myself to watch it as an old-time serial; as Lucas intended. When I saw Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, I had to remind myself that it was made in the style of those retro alien drive-in flicks. This made watching the movies a little more bearable.

So when I began reading and I saw the many similarities to Dekker's previous fantasy series, The Circle, I had to remind myself to read this latest story as if it were my first Dek
Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I pretty much finished this book between six loads of back-to-school laundry. I just couldn't stop until I knew what happened. Read someone's review that said it was a take on the story of Jesus but it's really the 'new' savior. Funny because they make a reference to David & Goliath. Is that right? The stone throwing incident. They continually discuss the Maker who at one time was called God. I guess the Revelation is of no consequence here. So Johnathon, through his blood is bringing emotio ...more
I used to read but now I don't It's bad I know
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
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
I saw this book passing by a bookstore; the blurb seemed interesting so thought I'd give it a try. I didn't know it was the second in a trilogy so I proceeded to (getting and) reading the first book. I liked it, didn't love it, but it had potential.

I had one rather large doubt, though, and that was why did the child (Jonathan) have prophetic visions? Genetically speaking, nothing justifies that the child be psychic... I thought I'd get answers in the second book. So I jumped into it and all I ca
stella Lee
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am getting into this saga, not only because it is Good vs. Evil epic story; but also the story of God’s love and redemption! This beautiful allegory reminds me of “Chronicles of Narnia” and “the Lord of the rigs”, representing what Jesus Christ and His Kingdom stand for. Living in this chaotic political era where many religious leaders justify their actions in the name of Christian belief, and actions and choices of Christians do not reflect the core values of Christ; as a matter of fact, they ...more
Reseña completa

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
Alejandro Castellanos
El segundo libro de la saga "Libros de los Mortales", presenta una historia con mucho más dinamismo y giros de trama muy interesantes, lo cual resulta en historia muy atrapante. Se evidencia una evolución en los personajes con respecto al anterior libro (Prohibido); sin embargo, algunas acciones de estos personajes carecen en ciertas situaciones de un porqué claro, lo que lo deja a especulaciones del lector; aunque esto puede ser intencional por parte de los autores. Así mismo, el desenlace de l ...more
Lori Twichell
Sep 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I reviewed the first book in this series (Forbidden) I said that it felt like the build up to a roller coaster ride. We were strapped securely in to our seats (surely for our own safety – this was collaboration between two of the greatest modern masters of words woven into story after all), primed, pumped and filled with eager anticipation for the journey. Then the gears clanked together and the engine started pulling and we were off; fingers clutched tightly around the bar with our hearts ...more
Feb 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, christian
This is book 2 in a series, and I liked it better than book 1. There's much more action, and more intrigue. Let me say, by way of introduction, what it's not: it's not science fiction, though the jacket blurb sounds like it and it has a few elements. It's more like fantasy. It's also not much of a dystopian novel, although it has that as its background, it doesn't develop that much at all (not as much as the first book). This book, more so than Forbidden, is primarily a Christian allegory.

The Ch
Mr Bill
Mortal by Ted Dekker is the second installment in The Books of Mortals series about a land where people long ago had all of their emotions except fear stripped from them with the "Legion Virus", a genetically engineered virus, and just recently found something of a cure but are having trouble re-introducing the cure into the current culture. Book two tries to get Jonathan (the born cure) into the sovereign position, but meets with extreme difficulties, including but not limited to the fact that ...more
Jul 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series IS very similar to the Circle series and that's part of why I'm really enjoying it so far. The Circle series is my favorite of Dekker's series. My only disappointment is that being published by a Christian publisher, there are about 3-4 uses of profanity I found frustrating as well as many places where editors missed typos and general spelling errors. It was distracting. One of Dekker's previous books used the profanity (Bone Collector, I believe) and that was a let down to me as wel ...more
Oct 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I moved right on the this book, it was also amazing. If you read the first one a few weeks or longer before this one- the beginning gives a really good quick description of the first book. Ok- so this is also an awesome book. This book covers the group that calls themselves Mortals- it really is not a separate book or really a stand alone novel. basically this book covers what happens to the people who take Jonathan's blood, and briefly his blood again at the end of the novel. There are lots of ...more
Shirley McClay
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very good

The first book I found a bit dark. Much of this one was as well until the climactic scene near the end. Beautiful. Horrible. Even though quite a bit is revealed and explained, there is still things that are clearly yet to unfold.

I really appreciated the analogy of the peoples... or at least, how I understand it :)
The Old Testament followers who knew what would one day come and passed it on through generations.
The people of the New Testament who were walking dead and ruled by fear.
The b
TJ Burrell
Nov 11, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So I read the second book because it was all I had to read (I borrow from the library y'all) and it didn't get any better. (view spoiler) ...more
I enjoyed the first book in the series and trying to see how book two plays out; this time only doing audiobook via PC (which last time had the book and audio CDs at the same time but mostly did the audios).

So far, what I took from this book was not only about power and dominance from the dark bloods, especially Sardic who also had brief Sovereignty in the first series; then to me it lingers to paranormal side of similarity to "vampirism" taking place since Jonathan gives his blood to the corps
Apr 30, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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.

Other books in the series

The Books of Mortals (3 books)
  • Forbidden (The Books of Mortals, #1)
  • Sovereign (The Books of Mortals, #3)