Hey, all! So, at the time I am writing this, Oklahoma City has been under heat advisory for the past several days. What better way to spend Oklahoma’s scorching summer days than chilling inside and reading a good book while your German shepherd stands guard against mailmen, FedEx, and UPS delivery drivers? One of these books was Lunatic by Ted Dekker and Kaci Hill. This is the sixth installment in Dekker’s spinoff hexalogy The Lost Books. The Circle Series was what first brought me into the world of Thomas Hunter which is right up my alley. As soon as I am finished with the series I intend to give it to my nephew. So, kid-friendly! Hooray! And possibly, surprise (if Hunter is reading this)!
Author: Ted Dekker and Kaci Hill
Release Date: June 2, 2009
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy
Length: 301 pages
Status: Series (5/6)
Sum It Up (from Amazon)
Fight the Horde . . . or die with love.
Separated by time and space, our heroes finally return home. But five years have passed and they find a nightmarishly changed world.
The despised Horde are now in control. The healing lakes of Elyon are now blood red. And mighty Thomas Hunter and his Forest Guard have disappeared.
Take a stand with the chosen but be wary, for not all is as it seems. Now the chosen themselves are questioning their very sanity. For the only way to win may be to lose. The only way to live may be to die. And the only one to lead may be a lunatic.
Let’s Review, Shall We?
Anyway, I have followed Ted Dekker’s books since I read House which he co-wrote with one of my favorite authors, Frank Peretti. I read This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness at a young age, and I loved them. So, I was excited to continue reading more of that type of stuff, and Dekker was promising. He did not disappoint. But, I digress. Again.
The Lost Books is about four chosen warriors, hand-picked by Thomas Hunter (which is a big deal) to lead them into prosperity and victory against their mortal enemies, the horde. At the beginning of Lunatic we see three of our heroes returning to their homeland after suffering some series losses. They now have all seven books, but time has passed since their leaving and returning to Middle. The horde has taken over, and they have no idea what has transpired in their absence. Let’s just say they missed a boatload, and the story links with The Circle Series chronologically as well. The time line is all very complicated, though.
**End of Spoiler Alert**
Anyway, Johnis, the leader, and Silvie, his second, are led telepathically into the desert to meet with a strange being called a Leedhan who is a dangerous creature, weaving images and legends into Johnis and Silvie’s knowledge. She says she wants to ally herself with them, but it is yet to be determined whether she is to be fully trusted. However, they consent, which takes them on a suicide mission into yet another black forest, this time accompanied by a small unit of horde throaters per Sucrow’s (the priest), command.
What? Did you read that right? Yup. Crazy things are going down, and Johnis is losing himself to lunacy. I am excited to see how the story concludes with the next book.
Overall, the entire book rose far more questions than gave answers. Which, at this point (fifth book out of six) is completely acceptable. I did enjoy the book, but it was not my favorite in the series. Granted, it is a middle grade novel, and I do not typically read those. I will definitely finish the series though. Additionally, it was a short, quick read, and I enjoyed it after the heaviness of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. (You can check out my review for that here.)
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
- Brian gave a fair review on Goodreads that is similar to mine. Yet, he seems to not have liked it as much as I did. Great point of view if you are on the fence!
Thanks for stopping by! As always, you can follow my progress on Goodreads! Can’t wait to meet you there!