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Forbidden by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee
September 6, 2011 - Amy Phelps
Enter a post-apocalyptic world of a different kind in New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee's "Forbidden."
After years of war and violence, humanity finally came up with a way to end it - through a virus called Legion. Now the world is littered with "zombies" but not in the way you are thinking - humanity has been stripped of every emotion except fear -kept to keep them all in check by the ruling government.
Living in an almost Medival-like world, the new humans ready for the appointment of a new Soverign, a young woman named Feyn. But little do they know, something is brewing behind the scenes. A secret group, the Alchemists, give Feyn's brother, Saric, something to make most of his emotions return - and what does makes him a power-hungry monster. Determined to take over the kingdom, Saric will stop at nothing, not even murder to get what he wants.
Meanwhile, another secret organization, the Keepers, seek out a young artisan named Rom. Going about his business one day, Rom meets an old man who gives him a vial of blood and tells him his father was part of their organization and died for it. Rom is entrusted with the key to saving civilization if he seeks out a particular boy. Then the man dies.
Rom is immediately in danger, as those from the government come to seize him. His mother is killed and he barely escapes, along with his friend, Avra. Rom decides to see what he is saving and drinks the blood...and then his world changes.
Rom, Avra, and two of their friends are soon on a collision course with Feyn and Saric that will change the world, but will it be for better or worse?
This is the start to an intriguing fantasy series about what it means to truly be human. And with characters that you will care about, this is the start of something addicting.
"Forbidden" is published by Center Street. It is $24.99 and 376 pages long. Look for the next book, "Mortal," coming in 2012.
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