Forbidden by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee


     Hundreds of years after a war that nearly destroyed the world, there is finally peace. What no one realizes is that every person on Earth is dead, void of any real emotions. One man, Rom, is thrust into the world of the living after being given a vial and ancient writings that hold the secret to true life. Just having possession of the vial puts him against Order and makes him a fugitive. He must uncover its secrets and find a way to stay alive.

     I’ve been a fan of Ted Dekker for several years now, but this is the first novel I’ve read by Tosca Lee. There were moments when I felt like I could pick out Dekker’s style, but for the most part this was a wonderful blending of two writers and I look forward to reading more of Lee’s work. The Books of Mortals series promises to be intriguing and suspenseful as well as emotional, which is more than understandable given what the story is about. Characters are always very important for me and this novel has great ones. Real and relatable. As in Dekker’s previous works, there is symbolism to be seen here. I found that some things could be taken a couple of different ways (symbolically) and I can’t wait for the next two novels to help me straighten that out in my mind. Symbolism aside, the story is straight-forward; suspenseful and unpredictable, but not confusing. Dekker and Lee have created a wonderful new world and I can’t wait to go there again.

1) Overall Plot = 5
2) Characters = 5
3) Flow/Pace of the story = 4.5
4) Is the story easy to follow? = 5
5) Overall Enjoyability = 5

Average of  score 4.9
Overall grade = A

Check out the authors’ websites: Ted Dekker & Tosca Lee
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Where to buy the book: CBDAmazon | B&N

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes from Center Street.

This was book 37 in my 52 Books in 52 Weeks challenge.

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