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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  5,169 Ratings  ·  570 Reviews

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

Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 6th 2010 by Thomas Nelson (first published 2010)
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Carlos Velez
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
Goldarrow Of The Silver Bow
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
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
Jenni Noordhoek
Oct 11, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Christy Lockstein
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Crystal Jewell Killeen

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
Sep 26, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Thanks again Ted for keeping me up all night and giving me ANOTHER (good) cry!!
May 29, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 06, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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!!
Daley Downing
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With all the debate over what sort of topics are "appropriate" for Christians to write about, and then I saw that Ted Dekker was the keynote speaker at 2017 Realm Makers, I thought this would be a good novel to remind believers of.

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
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
T.E. George
Jun 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nicola Mansfield
Sep 26, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Jan 24, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book came recommended to me, so I was excited about diving into it. I really wanted to enjoy it. The first few pages were intriguing: A warrior vowed to service of the empress must choose between duty and his love for the fair maiden in his charge. Sounds like a sweet little romance with a bit of a dark twist.

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
Oct 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Sigh* I can't tell you in words why I loved this book the way I did. I read it in 1day, which is not uncommon for me, but none the less. This is my 1st Ted D book & I hanven't decided if I will read another. I won't be able to stomach if I am let down.
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
Jennifer K
May 27, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Severely disappointing.

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
Jul 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"...together we wept. For we had found the truest love. We had found God's blood." This is one of the best books I have ever read about redemption and God's love and pursuit of us. The context in which it is told makes you really think and see it in black and white--pure love and pure evil. This book was meant to be a Ted Dekker retelling of the Book of Solomon. Now that was a book full of sexual innuendos. However, Ted was attempting to show both sides of that. He was attempting to show lust, y ...more
Apr 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book, although I do think the pages of rave reviews "This book changed my life..." etc are a little over the top. It will do that for some people, I can see that. I was affected myself, but to a rather mild extent, especially when compared to all the endorsement statements.

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
Dec 22, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So - I'm usually a pretty easy critic. I enjoy books - period. I picked this one up thinking Ted Dekker was a Christian author. (I don't read a lot of Christian fiction in general, but when I was perusing the library that was what made me pick it up.)

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
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“There is indeed good and there is indeed evil, and both walk the earth. But good has little to do with the forms of religion, and evil has as little to do with so much behavior condemned by religion. Both good and evil vie for the passions of the heart. For love!” 43 likes
“Immanuel, God with us-that He would leave the spiritual realm and be present in the flesh and blood in such an act of humility is a staggering notion. As it is, He willingly gave His blood, in the flesh, so that others might find life, for it is written: "He did not come by water only, but by blood," and "Without the shedding of blood there is no remission." Now blood is required to give new life to the dead.
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.”
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