Immanuel's Veins (Books of History Chronicles)
This story is for everyone--but not everyone is for this story.
It is a dangerous tale of times past. A torrid 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, s...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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!
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
If you simply don't care for violent books, then I can understand why you might avoid Dekker's work. He is unapologetic about the fact that the real world is violent and not always nice, and he feels it's necessary to show some of it with regards to later depicting the ...more
Ted Dekker re ...more
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 ...more
Two problems: the world and the characters.
1. The world. Where the heck is this place? Some foggy castle somewhere, plagued by some upstanding Russian duke named Vlad van Vladerson and ...more
The characters, even the 'bad' ones, have a level of chivalry, duty, honor, and passion that is almost extinct in my opinion these days. Such a presense of selfless unconditional love, that almost makes you sick to your stomach. Perhaps that's ...more
Ted Dekker seems to get such great reviews, but having read this, I can't figure out why.
The description/reviews for this book promised a fresh take on the vampire myths but to any well read reader, this was a hodge-podge of vampire cliches. The whole beginning was too much like Dracula, complete with the virgin/whore contrast of the two female characters, and the nighttime wanderings of the girl with the looser morals.
The attempt to tie Christianity with vampirism and th ...more
Here's why: Reading the book, we have a view from outside looking in, looking into characters lives as they begin the gradual, unnoticeable (to them anyway) descent to evil. You get the benefit of learnin ...more
I didn't much care for the following things:
- Pretty sure it says in Genesis that those demonic beings were wiped out. I don't mind stories that elaborate outside of what is written in the Bible, as long as they don't contradict it. (The Red Tent fo ...more
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I tell you, He did not give only a small amount to satisfy this requirement. He was beaten and crushed and pierced until that blood flowed like a river for the sake of love. It was for love, not religion, that He died.
There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Immanuel's veins. And those plunged beneath that watery grave to drink of His blood will never be the same.”