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The Right Move?

  • May 14, 2009
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It's been five years since Elyon's lakes have turned red. Johnis, Silvie, and Darsal arrive back in Other Earth with the Books of History in tow, only to find out life has changed drastically. Thomas and The Circle are nowhere to be found and Middle has been taken over by The Horde. With their lives on the line these three warriors must find a way to thwart the Horde's evil plans, all the while trying to keep themselves from becoming Scabs. To make matters worse, Johnis comes face to face with a whole new evil that holds power beyond belief. The Chosen One must prevail or all hope is lost.

So you've written a best selling series that just happens to tie in to your most beloved work. While the masses are convinced this series is over, you decide to come back in style and deliver two more final installments that no one saw coming. What's the best way to come back with a bang? I'm not sure I know the answer, but I'm almost certain most authors would not bring on a debut novelist to collaborate with. Fortunately for us, Ted Dekker is not most authors. While this move might seem risky on the surface, I think bringing Kaci Hill on is the best move Dekker has made since he thought up The Lost Books.

Lunatic is a dark story to be sure, but a masterful tale nonetheless. We of course get to spend time with our favorite heroes and I especially loved the personal journey Darsal sets out on in this story. Johnis and Silvie are as engaging as ever as they struggle through a new battle that has the potential to destroy them both. The Horde are given more screen time in Lunatic as we get even more insight into Scab life. Dekker and Hill bring us their best work with the introduction of a new villain that is unlike anything we've seen in Other Earth.

In many ways Lunatic feels like The Empire Strikes Back of the series which only bodes well for the conclusion, Elyon. I love the way that Ted Dekker and Kaci Hill have taken a familiar story and upped the ante on all accounts with more action, more intrigue, and ultimately more emotion. Hill somehow manages the daunting task of bringing uniqueness to the story without taking away any of the Dekker feel we all love so much.

Risky? Maybe. A bold move? Sure. The right move? No doubt about it.

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review by . May 24, 2009
A lot has changed in the five years since Johnis, Silvie, and Darsal left the forest. Thomas and the Circle are missing. The horde has taken over Middle Forest. There's no more ritual bathing, instead it's been replaced by drowning. The three are faced with the questions of where to go and what to do. Deciding it's better to split up, Johnis and Silvie leave Darsal in search of a lake and Thomas. Instead, they find Shaeda and a power beyond their imagination. Meanwhile, Darsal, tries to flee but …
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New York Times best-selling author Ted Dekker revisits the universe of his half-million selling Circle Series with the continuation of this popular YA series--and brings along a member of "The Circle" as his coauthor.

Johnis, Silvie, and Darsal found the Books of History, and now it's time to return home--but five years have passed at home, and nothing is as it was. The Horde has taken over Middle, Thomas and the rest of the Forest Guard are in hiding, and a strange new force is challenging everything they thought they knew. Should the Chosen One continue to follow his heart . . . or is his heart finally leading them astray?

About the Author
Since 1997, Ted Dekker has written full-time. He states that each time he writes, he finds his understanding of life and love just a little clearer and his expression of that understanding a little more vivid. Dekker's body of work includes Blessed Child, Blink, The Circle Trilogy (Black, Red, White), Heaven's Wager, A Man Called Blessed, Obsessed, Thr3e, Thunder of Heaven, When Heaven Weeps.
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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ISBN-10: 1595543732
ISBN-13: 978-1595543738
Author: Ted Dekker
Publisher: Thomas Nelson

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