From Debbie Wiley Book Reviews
by Ted Dekker and
note that this book is the fifth in a series and may contain spoilers
for earlier books.*
Johnis, Sylvie, and Darsal have returned home to their world after
finding all seven Books of History. It’s the end, right? Wrong! Things
have gone disastrously astray in their own world as five years have
passed and the Horde has overtaken the forests. Worse yet, the lakes
they need to cleanse in daily have turned red. How will Johnis, Sylvie,
and Darsal avoid turning into Scabs? Meanwhile, Johnis is seeing a
vision of a woman pleading for help. What does the mysterious Shaeda
want from Johnis?
I have mixed feelings about LUNATIC. I thoroughly enjoyed the first
four books in this series but LUNATIC seems a bit different in its
overall tone. We see things from the perspective of the villains in
this tale as the Horde leaders play key roles in events unfolding.
Marak emerges as a major character as Ted Dekker and Kaci Hill weave in
a magnificent Christian theme to his story. Initially, I was frustrated
with Sylvie’s diminished role but on further reflection suspect that
there may be deeper themes emerging in regards to her and Johnis as
My biggest disappointment with LUNATIC, however, is the writing style.
The story seems somewhat choppier than the previous books and the
plethora of characters is a bit confusing. This is not a story you
could jump into the middle of the series and easily comprehend. The
cliffhanger ending is also a different twist as we had at least some
sense of resolution in prior books.
On the positive side, LUNATIC is fast paced and keeps the reader
turning the pages. I already like Johnis, Sylvie, and Darsal as
characters so I want to know what is in store for them and therefore
will read ELYON to see just what happens next. Marak is also endearing
despite his Horde mindset as we can see his inner struggles unfolding
before us. LUNATIC isn’t the best book in the series, but my love of
the characters makes it worth reading. Ultimately, future events in the
following book, ELYON, will determine whether LUNATIC remains a keeper
on my shelves or not.
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (June 2009)
Other Books In Series:
The Lost Books series
by Debbie, Debbie Wiley Book Reviews
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