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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,007 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ted Dekker, Tosca Lee Narrator: Henry Leyva Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Books of Mortals Release Date:
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Centuries have passed since civilization’s brush with apocalypse. The world’s greatest threats have all been silenced. There is no anger, no hatred, no war. There is only perfect peace—and fear. A terrible secret was closely guarded for centuries: every single soul walking the earth, though in appearance totally normal, is actually dead, long ago genetically stripped of true humanity.

Nine years have gone by since an unlikely hero named Rom Sebastian first discovered that secret and consumed an ancient potion of blood to bring himself back to life. Surviving against impossible odds, Rom has gathered a secret faction of followers who have also taken the blood—the first Mortals in a world that is dead.

But the Order has raised an elite army to hunt and crush the living, and division and betrayal threaten to destroy the Mortals from within. The final hope for humanity teeters on the brink of annihilation, and no one knows the path to survival.

On the heels of Forbidden comes Mortal, the second novel in the Books of Mortals saga. Set in a terrifying, medieval future, where grim pageantry masks death, this tale of dark desires and staggering stakes peels back the layers of the heart for all who dare take the journey.

The Books of Mortals are three novels, each of which stands on its own yet all are seamlessly woven into one epic thriller.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[An] edgy, suspenseful, winning follow-up.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “The novel’s grand theme…is anchored in reality by a cast of strong characters and by the authors’ realistic handling of their fantastic story.”


  • “The asides and descriptions can be quite funny, and the book offers plenty of food for philosophizing concerning religion, states of consciousness, freedom, fate, and the will to power.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nancy | 2/9/2014

    " For whatever reason, it took me until after page 200 to really get into this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Susan Janke | 1/29/2014

    " VERY slow and boring compared to the first book. I stopped reading after a little over 100 pages. More disappointed than I can effectively communicate...I waited a long time for this to come out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Wildone lim | 1/25/2014

    " Right after I put down FORBIDDEN , the first book, in The Books of Mortals series, I just had to read MORTAL right away. I finished short of three days. I was just blown away, it is emotionally gripping , i had to pry away from the book towards the last chapters because somehow I did not want it to end, or was actually dreading to find out what the ending would be...just to find out that i have to wait for Book 3!!!!!! Rom, Triphon and the Book of the Keepers, Roland, Michael , Seriph and the band of Nomads , collectively known as the Mortals have endured patiently for nine years, zealously guarding Jonathan's well being towards earning his rightful seat into sovereignty.... I however am just made of flesh and bones, I cannot damn wait for 2013 to find out who ultimately would reign supreme...SOVEREIGN, I cannot wait to get my hands on you!!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sondra | 1/23/2014

    " I was disappointed in the much-awaited 2nd installment of this trilogy. At times, the prose was redundant. The pace was slow, often predictable. At the end, I kept waiting for something major to happen. Reflecting back on the book, not much happened. I will finish out the trilogy but this is not typical of Dekker's usually fast-paced page turner style. In particular I found it hard to relate to the main characters. They lacked like-ability at times. In particular, the main character, Rom. "

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