From Debbie Wiley Book Reviews
by Ted Dekker
Evil stalks the people of the forest. Teeleh has overtaken most of the
land and his people are covered with a scaly disease, one that clouds
their thinking while ravaging their bodies. The Horde, as Teeleh’s
people are known, fear the cleansing waters of Elyon, while the Forest
Guard led by Thomas Hunter still fights for Elyon. But is it all just a
Johnis had been easily dismissed from the tryouts to join the Forest
Guard. Small of frame, he is still mourning the loss of his mother.
However, circumstances in the final round of tryouts involving a
strange game of football bring Johnis to the attention of all. Now,
Johnis finds himself the companion of three other teenagers, Darsal,
Billos, and Sylvie, as they set off on the final test to join the
Forest Guard. Fate has another plan in store for them all, however….
Ted Dekker is an author renowned for his Adult Christian fiction
stories. CHOSEN is related to his Circle Trilogy but is easily read and
understood on its own merits. However, after reading CHOSEN, I
definitely want to visit the world seen in the other books as the
glimpses we see are fascinating.
Ted Dekker does a marvelous job at world building. The evil stalking
the land is palpable and frightening. We see echoes of the Christian
theme throughout the story in both the images and the storyline. In
fact, all the elements of salvation and redemption are subtly woven
into the story as we see a world in which Evil is the overriding force
and yet pockets of Good still exist.
On the surface, CHOSEN is a fast-paced young adult fantasy novel but
there is so much more beneath that. Readers will find themselves
pondering elements of the story long after the last page is finished-
while grabbing book 2 to start reading, of course. CHOSEN is well done,
with even the title having true meaning. Well done!
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (January 2008)
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