Friday, July 6, 2012

Mortal by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee

When I watched Star Wars Episode 3, I had to remind myself to watch it as an old-time serial; as Lucas intended. When I saw Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, I had to remind myself that it was made in the style of those retro alien drive-in flicks. This made watching the movies a little more bearable.

So when I began reading Mortal and I saw the many similarities to Dekker's previous fantasy series, The Circle, I had to remind myself to read this latest story as if it were my first Dekker book.

Having said that, this new trilogy is not completely like The Circle Series. While there are many similarities between Mortal and Red (begins in the desert on horseback, there's the allegory toward Christianity and the Church) there are many themes in this new set that are worth the exploration. And those themes are well worth the read. If you can get through it, you'll be thinking about the ideas well after the story ends with, "to be continued..."

This is the sequel to Forbidden. Rom has found a boy named Jonathan whose blood will awaken humanity. If you haven't read Forbidden, our genes have been altered by a virus so we don't have emotions except fear.

Jonathan's blood returns the emotions. Rom and his gang have begun calling themselves Mortals and the plan is to get Jonathan to awaken humanity.

There is a lot of hack-n-slash fighting in this sequel/stand-alone novel. There isn't much character development as most of the characters stay the same throughout the entire story. The exception to this would be Feyn and her brother Saric. Considered the villains, (or are they?) their arcs are full of twists and betrayals and self-interest you'd think you're watching the third Pirates of the Caribbean movie.

This book was provided for review, at no cost by FaithWords Publishing.

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