Reviewed by Vennessa Ng
"Infidel is signature Dekker."
How far would you go to save a loved one?
This is just one of the questions raised in Infidel, book #2 in Ted Dekker’s The Lost Books series.
To save one, Johnis risks the lives of thousands.
Fresh from their victory over the Horde, Johnis, Silvie, Billos, and Darsal are celebrated as heroes by the Forest Dwellers. Their time of reveling in their newfound status is soon brought to an end when Johnis is confronted with the possibility that his mother, previously thought dead, may in fact be still alive—and living as a Horde slave. This possibility propels Johnis onto a course of action that puts the Forest Dwellers existence at risk.
Despite the Rouch’s warnings not to go, Johnis sets out to find his mother. Led by his heart, Johnis soon finds he has fallen into a devious Horde trap. His perilous journey not only leads 137 Forest Guard to their deaths, but also forces him to betray his Supreme Commander, Thomas Hunter.
Can Johnis save his mother? Will Thomas survive the Horde and make it back to the forest? Are the Books of History lost forever?
If you desire the answers, journey with Johnis out of the safety of the forest, across the desert, and deep into Horde territory.
Infidel is signature Dekker. Carrying on from Chosen, Book #1 in The Lost Books, readers are not given a chance to catch their breath. The action begins straight away and keeps on rolling until the last cliffhanger page.
I really enjoyed watching Johnis’s characterization take on a deeper level with realistic conflicts and consequences. A meeting with a nine-year-old Horde girl opens Johnis’s eyes to Christ-like compassion, acceptance, and love.
Dekker’s alternate world also takes on a new dimension as Johnis ventures into the heart of the Horde city. Readers who have read all the previous Circle books (Black, Red, White, and Chosen) will be all too familiar with the setting, but Dekker manages to keep it fresh and exciting.
As always, Dekker successfully balances entertainment with spiritual truth which leaves readers thinking long after they have closed the book.
There is much more in store for Johnis, Darsal, Sylvie, and Billos. Four more books complete The Lost Book series, Renegade, Chaos, Lunatic, and Elyon (the last two co-authored by Kaci Hill), and for fans of the Circle Trilogy, book four, Green, is on its way. Also adding to the Dekker bookshelf over the coming year are Sinner, Kiss (co-written with Dekker’s long serving editor Erin Healy), and Angel.
Vennessa Ng lives in New Zealand with her husband and three children. As an avid reader with a passion for Christian worldview fiction, she works to help authors improve their craft through her freelance editing service, Aotearoa Editorial Services (www.aotearoaeditorial.com), and helps publicize books and authors via her review site, Illuminating Fiction (www.illuminatingfiction.com). She has also reviewed for Focus On Fiction, Infuze Magazine, Novel Reviews, 1340 Magazine, and now TitleTrakk. In her spare time she pursues her own passion for writing and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.