New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker teams with Tosca Lee to create this gripping thriller set in a desolate future.
Many years have passed since civilization's brush with apocalypse. The world's greatest threats have all been silenced. There is no anger, no hatred, no war. There is only perfect peace... and fear. But a terrible secret has been closely guarded for centuries: Every single soul walking the earth, though in appearance totally normal, is actually dead, long ago genetically stripped of true humanity.
Fleeing pursuit, with only moments to live, a young man named Rom stumbles into possession of a vial of blood and a piece of cryptic writing. When consumed, the blood will bring him back to life. When decoded, the message will lead him on a perilous journey that will require him to abandon everything he has ever known and awaken humanity to the transforming power of true life and love.
But the blood will also resurrect hatred, ambition, and greed.
Set in a terrifying, medieval future, where grim pageantry masks death, this tale of dark desires and staggering stakes peels back the layers of the heart for all who dare to take the ride.
A new trilogy and a new partnership begins with Dekker (The Bride Collector) and Lee (Havah) in the first of The Books of Mortals series. In the distant future, a dystopian world is ruled by The Order that controls humanity by genetically removing all emotions but fear. When young Rom Elias receives a cryptic message written on animal skin and a vial of blood from a man who seems to know a lot about his father's death, he risks everything to escape the Order and find out what the vellum and vial mean. He must convince friends and family to drink from the vial in order to feel human emotion again. This sets off a chain of events that will pit love and self-sacrifice against the dark emotions of hatred and greed. There's a new writing partner, but this is still true-blue Dekker, with mammoth twists and head-pounding turns that will have readers and book clubs debating the roles of emotion and logic that drive human existence.
It will blow your mind
I am an avid Ted Dekker reader, and have always thought Tosca Lee's books looked interested, and this duo has created something entirely new!
If you have read Ted Dekker's circle series, this is just up your alley. Without knowing it, we have all taken feelings and emotions for granted not understanding how they affect our life, but after reading this book I have a whole new view on emotions and the life we've been given.
But you know what is even BETTER then that? The book keeps you on the edge of your seat, and the entire time I literally had no idea what was coming on the next page!
Great so far
I just got the book today and I haven't been able to put it down. It's fantastic. I was hooked after the first few pages, I am on chapter four. Let you know more later. But as right now I would defiantly recommend this book.
I've read so many of Dekker's books. Once again I wasn't disappointed. The portrayal of complete innocence up against complete corruption have become images I won't soon forget. Plot twists abound!