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(The Lost Books #4)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  4,907 ratings  ·  110 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 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!
Jul 29, 2008 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!
Mason Soerens
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Chaos was yet another one of Ted Dekkers great works. This was my favorite book in the Circle series. I think having the setting on earth and being more current was a lot more relatable towards me. I also enjoyed how much action was included in the book.

Johnis and Silvie found each other after entering what they called Second Earth. Time wasnt the same on Second Earth. Seconds in the Forests turned into hours. It seemed as though everything worked on magic, as well. Bright
Jennifer Broadbent
Jun 07, 2012 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.
Jan 11, 2012 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 ...more
May 15, 2011 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
Cody Phillips
Sep 16, 2012 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 books setting ...more
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is Chaos! When Johnis and Silvie end up in today's Earth in search of the Lost Books of History it is more than they can imagine. What follows is a wild drive in a Chevy and other dangerous antics from United States to Romania. For me it was amusing but I knew they were desperate to get a hold of the books before the Dark One got his or her hands on them. At the end in one of the Shaitaiki's lairs they learn who is actually the Chosen One and who is the Dark One. It was surprising but it ...more
Jul 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, alt-reality
Just feel meh after reading this...
Apr 09, 2009 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.
Sydney Culpepper
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Full confession: didnt actually finish it.

As I said in my review of Chosen, I had previously gotten halfway through the series when I was in early high school and decided to finish it. Clearly, I couldnt.

This book (at least the first half of it) is a mess. The first sixteen chapters are a ridiculous montage of Johnis and Silvie galavanting around Las Vegas causing an inordinate amount of trouble. Nothing important to the plot happens for sixteen chapters. Its just then being stupid. What
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really wish I could do half stars.... four for the beginning. I'm trying to figure out exactly what bothered me. Probably mostly the amount of times Silvie said she loved Johnis and went all googoo over him and vice versa. They're like that annoying couple in high school where they are constantly together and constantly fawning over each other and they never talk to anyone else and just sit there staring at each other and making out.... I wanted to punch them....

But then the book got REALLY
Kent Dickerson
Oct 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
This is my least favorite of the books by Ted Dekker, that I've read so far. The plot was thin and character developement was lacking. One thing that really surprised me for a Christian fiction, was the complete blaise attitude about sin. They steal a car and beat up people without any legitimate cause and are without remorse. An explanation about it being due to atmosphere differences was inadequate. The consequenses and guilt of sin still should have been delt with. This is one book I am not ...more
Mark Brandwein
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Chaos, was so far my favorite of the Lost Book Series. The 4 chosen ones , wake up, in the United States. Their quest continues for the 7 Lost Books of Histories. Ted Dekker , once again has left clues in this book about the next Series, following this 6 book series. Well written Sir and thank you for the ultimate ride.
jessica ☾
May 11, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
These books are for children, so I completely understand the repetitive pattern in each installment- it's just gotten too painstakingly of a challenge to force myself to enjoy the stories. I really enjoyed the start, but in afraid I'll have to DNF the series here.
Emily Huffman
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ted-dekker
This has been my favorite so far. It was a nice change of pace as Ive felt the first two were very similar and the third one lead into such promise for the fourth. Which I enjoyed at lot more. For the first time in this series Im excited to see what the next book has in store. ...more
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
As with the other three, I like it, but it's kind of average. I will say this is my favorite so far though! It was a page turner, so I gave it a four. Really weird, Mr. Dekker has a great imagination! I like his stuff!
Chosen because it was set in Romania, but it wasnt really set there. Tiresome and overwritten and unrealistic. Being an audiobook didnt help. ...more
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Slow down, Dekker! Just kidding, don't. The pacing in this series was breakneck from start to end, and I loved every moment of it.
Christina Cattane
Can't wait for the next one

Couldn't put it down though I needed to sleep. I am anxious to read the next one and find out what happens.
Anna Haber
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Best of the Lost Books so far! Loved all the twists and turns, especially that one at the end. Can't wait to see what the next two books will bring!
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
Blah blah blah repetitive nonsense with so many good-guy vs bad-guys back and forths its hard to keep them straight. Now in Las Vegas! Kinda. Oy.
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Lost Books is a good title for this series. I get lost in them and can't put them down! :-)
Jennie Taylor
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was excellent. It was a little slower than the rest until about half way through. I felt like the climax happened a little later than you would expect in a book, but it added to the element of surprise. I must say I really enjoyed this book too!
McKenzie Rae
Feb 17, 2013 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 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 ...more
Simon Taylor
Apr 03, 2016 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 its some twenty years after the events of
Vincent Lesner
Feb 19, 2017 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 ...more
Aug 09, 2011 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
Sep 25, 2014 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 ...more
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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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