COLUMN: 5 Books You Can't Escape: Following Mortals?
Now we turn to the most convoluted summer read of all: the unfolding trilogy by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee that brought us "Mortal," volume two in The Books of Mortals series, in June.
Last year in their debut volume, "Forbidden," they introduced us to a world destroyed by war — unified, finally, by the intentional introduction of a virus called Legion that destroyed every human emotion except fear. Legion’s inventor, an alchemist called Sirin, predicted that 471 years after the virus infected all humanity, a boy would be born with clean blood. Through his blood, this boy would reintroduce life to the world.
In the new book, Mortal, it is now year 489 and the predicted boy, Jonathan, is about to turn 18, old enough to ascend the throne as sovereign of the world. Plans have been carefully laid by the rightful sovereign, Feyn Cerelia, who has literally sacrificed herself to insure his rise to power. Her body lies in stasis, waiting to be resurrected by Jonathan when he is revealed to the world.
However, Feyn’s power-hungry half-brother, Saric, has emerged from hiding and has used alchemy to mimic the power of life that flows in Jonathan’s veins. He resurrects his sister, intending to use her as his puppet while his manufactured army of Dark Bloods crushes Jonathan and his protectors.
Dekker is known for his dark allegories, plunging into the seamy underside of humanity to reveal our need for salvation. He paints his works in broad strokes of black, white and red, leading the reader by the hand.
Lee’s works also explore biblical themes, but her strength is in the way she breathes life into her characters. Never, for example, has Eve stepped off a page and walked into my life, as a reader, as when Lee introduced me to her in the character of Havah. Together they create a world where right and wrong are clearly defined, but the people who inhabit the world have their own reasons for changing the definitions.
Following all that? I know it’s complicated but Mortals fans are eating it up this summer. Next time you walk through a mall, an airport, a Target store — look for the book cover. That eerily glowing eye in the center of the cover will be staring back at you.
Attracted to this book or not? Thumbs up or thumbs down?
Now that I've revealed all 5 — which is your favorite?
What other books should I have included in this series?
ABOUT JANE WELLS: Jane is the Marketing Director of ReadTheSpirit online magazine and author of a book about religious themes in the Twilight saga of novels, called Glitter in the Sun.