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Immanuel's Veins

(Books of History Chronicles)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  5,908 ratings  ·  622 reviews

This story is for everyone--but not everyone is for this story.

It is a dangerous tale of times past. A love story full of deep seduction. A story of terrible longing and bold sacrifice.

Then as now, evil begins its courtship cloaked in light. And the heart embraces what it should flee. Forgetting it once had a truer lover.

With a kiss, evil will ravage body, soul, and

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Published September 7th 2010 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published 2010)
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Carlos Velez
Sep 03, 2010 rated it did not like it
I don't want to finish this book.

It is one of those stories where the dude (Toma) sees some girl (Lucine) who is beautiful and falls instantly and madly in love. But there is no reason for him to be in love. Ted Dekker spends 90% of the first several chapters of the book going on and on about the emotions Toma felt, and how he can't focus, can't think straight, is nervous, is a teenaged-emo kid with raging hormones. But at no point do Toma and the object of his obsession ever have a conversation
Fylvia Kline
I feel like such a jerk giving a negative review of a book that begins with 16 raving endorsements. The only thing I liked about the book was the skillful development of the character Toma. His persona was unveiled in parallel to the unveiling of the theme of sacrificial love.

Beyond that, there were a few things that bothered me:

1) The inconsistency of the language. The story is set in the 1700s, but the conversations are mixed with colloquial phrases from centuries later. Phrases such as “hunk
Abby G.
Nov 22, 2010 rated it did not like it
Do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-Dooo “Welcome, you have just entered the Twilight Zone.” *turns off Twilight Zone theme song*

Ok ok so I am going to get hate mail for this but, this book sucked. I felt like I was in the twilight zone, you know the Twilight book series “twilight zone”. Really Mr. Dekker, you had to copy cat that? Couldn’t you come up with something new?

As always with Dekker the opening of Immanuel’s Veins was good.

But the morals were so messed up through out the book I almost put it down
Jenni Noordhoek
Oct 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: adults, maybe an older teen
The 2-star rating is probably not really deserved - Dekker is very good at what he does - it's personal opinion based on what I got out of the book.

First of all, addressing the 'Christian' concerns over the book:

Dekker has only one thing on his mind when he writes, apparently. Christ's love for the church, etc. (I think all of the books of his that I've read touch on this subject at least once, and some spend most of the time discussing it) This story is a little different.

Act 1 goes by with
Like bees to honey, no doubt fans of Ted Dekker will flock to his newest book. However, I made the unfortunate mistake of choosing Immanuel’s Veins as the first book I would read to expose myself to this author and I believe it soured me.

Dekker is wildly popular and has a steady following so I’m sure that the bad taste left in my mouth after reading this book is due to my personal preferences. On the back of the book it says: “But remember, not everyone is for this story.” And I would caution r
Christy Lockstein
Sep 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Immanuel's Veins by Ted Dekker is a stand out book by a controversial Christian author. Toma Nicolescu is a devoted warrior for Catherine, Empress of Russia, so when he is sent to Moldavia with Alek, his comrade-in-arms, to protect the twin daughters, Lucine and Natasha, of an important estate, he intends to remain businesslike, despite their renowned beauty. Alek and Natasha have an immediate connection as lovers of passion and freedom. Toma is mysteriously drawn to Lucine, but his duty to Russ ...more
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book started off a little slow, but as Ted Dekker always does, he draws you in with a freaky plot that you Can't Put Down.
I enjoyed Immanuel's Veins. It was different subject matter than other books I've read by Dekker and I liked it. It was a vintage vampire-like tale set in Russia back when Catherine the Great was ruling.
Other than the slow beginning and the rushed development of Toma's love for Lucine, I thoroughly enjoyed this read!
Jenn Stevens
Sep 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to get an early copy of IV, and have read it twice. Ted has really gone over the top with this novel. It is sure to create some controversy due to the raw emotion bled into the page- A good thing, I think. I've read all of Ted's books, and am inspired by his honest, unapologetic style. I found Immanuel's Veins to be his most powerful work thus far. It really made me think and examine preconceived notions I had about my Creator and myself, among other things. It even made me un ...more
Jan 12, 2012 rated it did not like it
What do you call a male "bodice ripper" ? A cod piece crusher? This book was not worthy of Mr Dekker's usual effort. It is repetitive in thoughts, actions, and words. Melodramatic to the point of ridiculous. Ted... we "get" it.. they are Vampires!! There's NO MYSTERY!! The minute "Vlad" (Couldn't you think of a name that was a little more original?) walks through the door we know what he is..or.. do you think your readers are really that dense that you have to repeat the obvious over and over? I ...more
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A friend of mine once commented in a book review about a collection of vampire stories how the classic ones with sin, morality, and evil vampires are refreshing in the climate of the current vampire craze. Indeed, the clash between the current trend of morally ambiguous, sex-crazed vampires, and the older cosmology with its emphasis on good and evil, God, sin, and religion, is a picture of much of what makes modern literature so useless compared to the classics of almost any genre.

Ted Dekker re
Crystal Jewell Killeen
Jan 26, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: terrible-books

Immanuel’s Veins is the story of Toma Nicolescu, a warrior commissioned by Catherine the Great of Russia to protect the Cantemir family of Moldavia. Toma and his friend Alek are to protect this family, a women and her two twin daughters, from the threats of the encroaching war. Toma is a well known warrior and is a man who takes himself and his orders very seriously. However, very soon after meeting the eldest Cantemir daughter Lucine, Toma realizes he is in a situation he is desperately unprepa
Janna Ryan
Sep 26, 2010 rated it liked it
I love Ted Dekker. Seriously, I love his writing, his style, his stories and can I just say that I met him last year and he is just a great guy (and I'll just say what we're all thinking - he's pretty sexy too!). I love the way his stories suck you in and grip you until they are finished and then they keep your mind captivated for days after. "Boneman's Daughters" was really good, "Kiss" with Erin Healy was excellent, "The Lost Books" are amazing, you get the idea. I was really excited for "Imma ...more
MaryLu Tyndall
Nov 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
I haven't read many of Dekker's novels but I couldn't resist this one that he labeled an Historical Romance. After all, that's my specialty! Anyway, let me first say that I don't care for vampires. But let me also say how refreshing it was to see that vampires are actually evil in this story. I'm sorry, but I just can't get into the contemporary blood-sucking, pale-faced, creature as the romantic hero. Despite the vampires and the gore, this book kept me up LATE into the night. But that's Dekker ...more
Becca Campbell
To our world that has forgotten the meaning of selflessness and unconditional love, Dekker spins a tale to remind us not only of what true love really is, but the lengths to which it will go to save a soul.

Completely different than anything else Dekker has written, this book immersed me in a world of long ago and took me on a journey through one man’s anguish, temptation, passion and sacrifice, leaving me with a sense of overwhelming joy.

This is not a story about vampires, but it is a story abou
Kylie Crucifixion
Nov 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Thanks again Ted for keeping me up all night and giving me ANOTHER (good) cry!!
T.E. George
Jun 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense
Toma Nicolescu and his companion Alec Cardei have seen more battles and faced more fierce enemies than either can remember in their service to their Empress, Catherine the Great. And now they have been sent on a special assignment to protect a Moldavian countess and her two daughters, Lucine and Natasha. The countess is a free spirit who has raised her daughters to live for the moment and whatever love (or lust) they care to explore. Such instantly appeals to Alec who both acknowledges being the ...more
May 29, 2013 rated it did not like it
SPOILER ALERT: I am normally a Ted Dekker fan, but I have to say I was very disappointed in this book. It is a vampire drama/romance in which the main character, Toma, falls in love with a beautiful woman (Lucine) who is seduced by vampires. He then must storm the castle, rescue the girl, and ultimately "be her Immanuel" by shedding his own blood to save her life and destroy the vampire. The story reads like an Ann Rice novel, with the first third of the book focusing on the flirtations and phys ...more
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My rating on this deserves explanation.
My feeling about this was on a Love/hate basis. My first problem with the book was that it was made obvious they were vampires but the characters didn't seem catch on. My other problem was that Mr. Dekker was simply following the vampire fad EVERY ONE ELSE IS. Twilight made Vamps awesome and everyone seemed to have jumped on the bandwagon. Then he also tried using "clever" names such as "Vlad" and "Alucard" in the names. Okay, so we all know Alucard is Dra
Aug 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Wow. I had begun to dislike Ted Dekker's books in recent years what with all the darkness that seemed to be portrayed in them, especially his thrillers. I have always believed that an in depth study or knowledge of evil is not the way to fight it and that seemed to be something many of his books endeavored to do: educate one on evil so it can be avoided.

I am very pleased to say that this book is nothing like that. It has, in fact, made me think I had misjudged his books. I will definitely give h
Leigh Ann Coffey
(Reviewed after second read)

I didn't remember much from the first time I read this book a few years ago, so I decided to read it again. I realized, now that I've read The Circle Series, that this novel actually ties into it. Technically it's a stand-alone, but it makes much more sense now that I'm familiar with the whole Circle system.

Immanuel's Veins is a weird book to me. I can't put it down, but it's just weird. Normally I love allegorical novels, which is why I love the Circle series, but th
Sep 06, 2010 rated it liked it
The back cover of Immanuel’s Veins says “This story is for everyone but not everyone is for this story.” That’s all I needed to see to know that I just had to read this book. If a Christian book even hints at pushing the envelope, I just can’t resist. Even as I write this review, I’m still not sure how I feel about it, and I finished reading it days ago. This being my first Ted Dekker book, I did not know what to expect, but I knew his books were very popular. I think fans of his will love this ...more
Jun 05, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
You pick up this book 'cause of its cool title and since it says "Dekker" on it ... Here's my review.

I like the point of the book that DekKer made overall about how powerful seduction really is. However, in the middle it dragged--a lot--and at times I felt I was slogging through it, and WHY is Toma in love with Lucine!?!? Because she's beautiful and you "understand" each other? NO! I would've enjoyed the book more if it hadn't been from Toma's point of view in the different sections.
Not so much
Dec 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Ted Dekker has a way of capturing the reader and forcing you to turn the page, even when you're not sure if you want to or not! He is a little too comfortable writing about the darkness in my own opinion. He gets so dark that it makes me cringe and wonder if I should be reading it! But the spiritual undertones are amazing. This one was no different. A page turner that kept me entranced and wondering what was even going on for the first half of the book with a wonderful ending and a reminder of t ...more
Lee Anne
Dec 31, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Don't bother. I've gotten really into some of Dekker's other books, but this one was terrible. Touted as a "book that will change your life," all it changed was my knowledge of how bad writing can be. It's supposed to be an allegory of Christ's sacrifice, but I was so annoyed by the main character that I found myself hoping that a twist would make the vampires (who wore red and black,had names like Vlad van Valerik, and are more cliched than anything you can think of) the good guys. None of the ...more
Apr 02, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I felt this book was so poorly written that I couldn't even finish it. It smacked of romance novel complete with descriptions of flowing hair and bulging muscles, contrived dialogue and actions by characters that were inconsistent with the era and whom they were supposed to be. Mr. Decker had a great premise, but failed on the execution. This was my first book by Mr. Dekker and I was hoping for so much more. His other books may be more enjoyable, but I am now hesitant to give one a try. We shall ...more
Mar 22, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: really-bad-books
Ugh. I couldn't STAND this book. I have to say, the descriptions and stuff in Twilight were better. I HATE Twilight by the way. This book was horrible. I compared it, in a description to my friends, as a stale cracker compares to an awesome steak. If you're a vegetarian, put something else in. Mary Sue/Gary Stu syndrome, big words smattered in with corny descriptions, no feeling in the cliched plot... it just annoyed me. ...more
Feb 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
I'm trying to finish this book. It is difficult. I just want it to be over.
Okay, I made it through, and I hated it. There are very few books that I absolutely am disgusted with, but this was one. The actual idea of the story was a good one. It was so wordy, and sickeningly syrupy, however, that it completely killed the story. I found myself rolling my eyes about 80% of the time. So glad it's over. If you like sappy and over the top, you will love this book.
Wendie Rogers
May 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book! It took me in and I could not put it down read it in 3 days!!
Hannah Sulfridge
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, adventure
What a bluntly honest book displaying the dangers of lust over true love! The plot of this story drew me in and kept my attention, but the ending scene of redemption so captured the picture of God's love, I read it through several times, each time tearing up at the realization of all that God does for me! ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Acquired: Received a review copy from Thomas Nelson's Book Sneeze Program.

Reason for Reading: I've been a fan of Dekker's for a few years and am reading each new book that comes out.

A warrior, Toma, and his companion are sent to guard a Lady and her twin daughters as the Empress feels they may be in danger and the daughters are suitable to be used for marriage negotiations. His companion has an affair with one daughter and Toma falls in love with the other but keeps his feelings to himself as he
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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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