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The Returning

(Seer #3)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  730 ratings  ·  129 reviews
Twenty years have passed since Carrington and Remko Brant's baby, Elise, was kidnapped and they were forced to leave her captive in the Authority City. Though they fled with the Seers far from Authority reach, they've never given up hope of rescuing their daughter from the man who betrayed them. Now Authority President, he's ushered the city into a new era of "peace" -- on ...more
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Published January 17th 2017 by Tyndale House Publishers
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Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
Rachelle Dekker’s Seer Novels have intrigued me from the beginning and after reading the first two, I was eagerly awaiting the conclusion. While carrying the same thread of the previous two, it was still different enough to stand on its own.

When I first saw that the story was going to take place 20 years after the second book, I admit I was a little nervous. Why such a long time? But I think what Dekker did with the story worked well.

We were able to meet a new cast of characters, but also see ho
Since this is the third book in the series, you’ll need to go ahead and read the first two books (The Choosing & The Calling), as the plots are linked together. The first builds the premise that the latter books rest on. Because of that, I’ll provide an overview for the series, specifically discussing the third.

The plotline was well thought through, intriguing, and unique. The characters were both compelling as well as continually developed through each book. The base concept was provoking – the
Sep 03, 2016 rated it did not like it
There were a lot of things that bothered me about this whole trilogy, but it was much more pronounced in The Returning.

First off, the characters, or, specifically, the MC, Elise, have what I'd call "superpowers" that come from believing in God. NOW OF COURSE I BELIEVE JESUS CAN DO AMAZING THINGS, AND HE DOES, AND HE USES US TOO. But this was ridiculous. They could legit "convert" people by using said-superpowers at the right time. IT WAS SUPER WEIRD and completely unfounded from a Biblical per
Jan 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
This is going to be a hard review for me to write, because I haven't written a review this negative in some time. However, there were several things that kept me from liking The Returning. I won't overwhelm you with all of them, but my top three issues are as follows.

1) The spiritual aspect of this series was not to my liking, something I suspected in the other two books but became especially prominent here. The vague, mystic form of spirituality used in this novel, so focused on power within an
David Bergsland
Sep 01, 2016 rated it liked it
An emotional, spiritual fantasy stripped of truth
This book is #3 of the Seer series, by Dekker’s daughter, Rachelle. I found it to be well written, seriously entertaining, but a spiritual fantasy stripped of truth. I haven’t read The Choosing, book one in the series, but this story works fairly well without that background. It’s just a bit more effort to get into the world she built.

The world built is sparse on detail, but very well constructed with just enough to cover the story. Her characters
Tracey Dyck
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, 2018-reads
Just a disclaimer: it's hard to review a book when life slows down your reading pace to a crawl. I didn't feel as connected to Elise as I expected to, but that could be my fault. It was also a bit odd at first to focus on a new generation of characters, with Carrington and Remko twenty years older and taking background roles. I wished they played a bigger part.

But this book had some truly beautiful scenes, much like the first two! (One scene in a hospital almost elicited tears.) Powerful truths
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Becky Van Daniker
When I first snagged a copy to review, I was excited. I loved the first two books in the series. Only after having finished reading, I didn't find myself loving it. In fact, I'm honestly having a hard time figuring out what to write in this review. This is a work of fiction and the book was enjoyable, but there are a couple theological errors that must be addressed. There also stands the fact that I don't want to come across like this is a bad book because if read as just fiction, it's not. Due ...more
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
In this final novel of the Seer Series, the year is 2278 and 20 years have passed since the second novel, The Calling. While that may seem like an odd way to continue the series, it makes perfect sense because 20 years later is when the action picks up.

The Gospel message in this novel is phenomenal. I cannot say enough positive things about that aspect of The Returning. The story line was strong in some ways and in others not as much.

My favorite of this series by far is the first novel, The Choo
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book really surprised me in a good way! I didn't think I would enjoy it as much as I did. I really liked the different themes that were Biblically related throughout. I definitely wouldn't say it's supposed to be an allegory to Christianity or anything. I loved the fast-paced story with the heart pumping adrenaline.

I want to thank Tyndale Publishers and Rachelle Dekker for the complimentary copy of this book for review and for judging during the INSPY awards. I was not required to write a
*sigh* That was good! The Seer Trilogy has become one of my favourite YA Fantasy/Dystopian series in the CBA market!

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Twenty years have passed since Carrington and Remko Brant's baby, Elise, was kidnapped and they were forced to leave her captive in the Authority City. Though they fled with the Seers far from Authority reach, they've never given up hope of rescuing their daughter from the man who betrayed them. Now Authority President, he's ushered the city into a new era of "peace"-
This was an interesting conclusion to this series. It's not often a series will jump twenty years from one book to the next. But I liked the fact that this book focuses on Elise and I liked the development of her character. She goes from being a captive to being the key to setting the whole Authority City free. Although I enjoyed the positive message of not forgetting who you are and letting the light flow through you, it got a little repetitive because this was mentioned over and over and over. ...more
Mikaela Baggen
Jun 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
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May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was the best book of the series and what a great story it was. I really enjoyed the ending...
Jennifer Nicole
Jan 03, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this series. It was cool to read a faith based dystopian book after reading The Hunger Games and Divergent series.
Sierra Faith
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-release
This book. It's been awhile since I've actually had goosebumps while reading, and this book did it. I was on a rollercoaster of emotions. It reminded me of what God says about me and makes me miss my childlike faith. 5/5 all the way. ...more
(Jen) The Artist Librarian
I was almost scared to read The Returning. Let me explain --I have a love/hate relationship with Ted Dekker's novels. He's a great writer and I was immersed in his worldbuilding and characters, but his series endings never gave me the satisfying conclusions I was personally hoping for. For example, both the prequel/sequel Green in his Circle Series or what I personally felt was a disconnected, "did-this-have-to-be-written" last two novels of The Lost Books. His series' finales never completely m ...more
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: must-read
Amazing ending to an amazing trilogy. I'll be posting a full review on my blog on release day. Jan. 17th 2017. I promise you won't be disappointed. Get. It. Now.

I was so thrilled to pick up where everything left off from The Calling. Yet I start in and quite a bit of time has now passed. Of course, it makes perfect sense why it happened this way. The story sucks you in from the get-go and I really had a hard time putting it down. I read the whole book in a 24 hour period. I'm not kidding it was
Christen Krumm
Feb 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
I raved over book one, book two was amazing, but book three. Book three is my absolute favorite.

One thing I find interesting about this series is the time difference that takes place between each book—there is twenty years between book one and book three. It’s not something you see very often in series—YA series especially—and I found this a fun aspect. And because of this, if you had to read as a standalone it could work—Rachelle does a fabulous job of catching readers up on the history of what
Aug 27, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book starts out 20 years after The Calling when Elise, (Carrington and Remko's daughter) was taken. Seven warriors are chosen by the Seers to get Elise back and take over Authority City. This is the ultimate good vs. evil battle. I was really disappointed in this book. I really enjoyed the first 2 in the series, and they were somewhat religious, but this one was too much for me. I also did not like the fact that it took 20 years to go get Elise back. I thought it should have picked up where ...more
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fast forward twenty years and we are introduced to Elise Brant, the young adult who was taken from her parents as a baby. Carrington and Remko Brants were forced to leave Elise in the Authority City but have never given up hope on finding her. Jesse has been caring for Elsie all these years and has managed to keep her from having all her memories erased by Scientist Roth Reynard. For some reason the Genesis Serum has not worked on Elise.

The Brants are members of the Seers and have chosen seven y
JS Nelson
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Kudos to you on standing up for what you believe on a public post.
However, I took this story completely differently (as everyone's POV is filtered uniquely). Perhaps the light you keep saying is unbiblical relates to the verse in Matthew 5 where Jesus is speaking to the disciples? ("You are the light of the world..." vs 14)

This book is really an allegory, rather than biblical instruction so I don't think it should be rated in the context of a biblical exposition. I personally did n
Kate (The Shelf Life)
I have been following this series from the beginning. Like the two previous stories in this series, The Returning is a fast paced story that bring you in to new and hard world. It is similar to many other kinds of books in it's genre in that it has a corropted society led by someone who doesn't have the best interest for the people, but The Seer series has also been able to give it a fresh spin.

The Returning starts off differently and I was very thrilled about that. Instead of having small chapt
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rachelle Dekker’s final book in her Seer series has recently arrived and what a conclusion it is. Taking place twenty years after the end of the second novel “The Choosing”, “The Returning” depicts the final confrontation between the Seers and Authority City. Darkness and evil have grown within the city threatening to overtake the surrounding area but the Seers have a secret weapon within the walls of the city but even they are unaware of the power that is waiting for her obedience.

As expected,
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Ages 12+
Y’all. What just happened? I have no idea how a book can make me sad, angry, excited, and happy at the same time, but this did!


Elise: pretty cool. I like how she wasn’t perfect, and I could relate a good bit.

Carrington: I wish she had a bigger part, but I mean, she is always awesome so, you know.

Remko: I liked how he progressed and also wasn’t perfect.

Wire (Graham Tollen): he is so funny though!

Kate: I wish she had a bigger part too!

Jesse: umm. Not sure how to avoid spoilers here so
Lori Wasson
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was such an awesome book! This book reminded me of the book/movie “The Giver” with a Christian twist. In this book, people are given what is called the “Genesis Serum”, which wipes out all feelings and emotions so that the Authority could more easily manipulate their people. The serum was given to Elise, but it did not work. Something is very special about her and it is revealed that she has the special ability to bring the light to people in the city.

This book is an allegory of God’s love
Maurice Jr.
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Twenty years ago, Elise Brant was stolen from her parents (Remko and Carrington) and taken into Authority City. President Jesse Cropper (who betrayed the Brants and stole her) has kept her protected over the years from The Scientist (Dr. Roth Reynard). Reynard created the Genesis Serum, which keeps the entire city in a drugged stupor, ignorant of their pasts and incapable of thinking for themselves. The Scientist wants to experiment on Elise to find out why she's immune to the serum, but Presid
Tom Burkholder
Feb 02, 2017 rated it liked it
In the book The Returning, author Rachelle Dekker wraps up the Seer Trilogy, a journey into a future city that is controlled by the Authority President and the Scientist who wants to control the minds of everyone in the city. It has been over 20 years since the injections which control the minds of the people. The author now follows the children of the Seers who escaped the city and the mind controlling drugs to form their own community.
This is very good mystery, sci-fi series that keeps you gue
Christy Foss
Aug 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
I finished this book, but only because I hoped for something to turn around. I found myself rolling my eyes at the never ending "she felt fear, then found her light" situations that popped up every chapter. The author has NOT figured out how to tell a story without using a million words and unnecessary and lame events to move the story along. WORST OF ALL: this book isn't Christian, as the author would have you believe. It is pure Universalism. "Everyone has the light within them".... never is t ...more
Dec 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
The first book was decent. The second one was sort of okay. This one completely falls off the wagon. It's odd, unbiblical and ridiculously redundant.
Even if we take away the odd mystical "Christian" viewpoints it wasn't even well written. The theme was stated at least 3xs per page- like we get it- you're a daughter of the father, you walk toward the light, blah blah. Over and over and over again. It took away the impact of those revelations and watered them down when you read them in every othe
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The oldest daughter of "New York Times" bestselling author Ted Dekker, Rachelle Dekker was inspired early on to discover truth through storytelling. She graduated with a degree in communications and spent several years in marketing and corporate recruiting before making the transition to write full time. She lives in Nashville with her husband, Daniel, and their diva cat Blair. Visit her online at ...more

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