Monday, September 21, 2009

Green by Ted Dekker

The beginning and the end happen in one novel called Green. Fans of author Ted Dekker have been waiting for this book since White came out.

Continuing his world found in The Circle Trilogy, Dekker shows what the final battle between good and evil looks like in his fantasy world where spiritual things are made real.

Green is the culmination of a huge story arc. Included are the books: Black, Red, White, Showdown, Saint, Sinner, and the Young Adult novels: Chosen, Infidel, Renegade, Chaos, Lunatic, and Elyon.

In a world thousands of years into our future, Thomas Hunter is the leader of The Circle. His enemies, The Horde are looking for the ultimate battle to finish them once and for all.

If you haven't read anything of Ted Dekker that I just mentioned above, this review won't really mean anything to you. (Other than you need to pick up Green!)

I was excited to sink back into the fantasy world that Dekker created in The Forest Guard and The Black Forest - with the Roush, Teeleh and many other familiar characters. But I was hoping to find more characters from the other novels involved as well.

Basically, outside of Thomas and his band of Elyon followers, the only characters to pop up are his sister Kara, Monique de Raison and Billy.

I wanted to see Johnny and Darcy again.

This is a sweeping novel and it is very violent. When you have a multi-thousand man battle taking place, you're going to have severed heads and body parts. The story is epic in every sense of the word! Dekker and created the true, mind-bending and sometimes confusing circle.

One big thing that I was not at all happy to discover is that Dekker created some character and plot points to move ahead with his vampire-heavy stories in the future. And until someone can prove to me otherwise, I see this move as an author wanting to jump on the Vampire-pop-culture-fad bandwagon and milk the money.

Someone please prove me wrong!

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