A world exists where Forest Dwellers and the Horde battle one another. Bathing is a nathema to the Horde, who follow the Dark Priest and his minions. Four teenagers have been selected to join the Forest Guard- Johnis, Silvie, Darsal, and Billos- but their battle is only just beginning....
Johnis, Silvie, Darsal, and Billos should be savoring their survival from the Horde but instead Johnis is worrying about his mother. Does the ring signify his mother is still alive and now one of the Scabs? Against all logic, reasoning, and advice, Johnis sets off to rescue his mother. Will he jeopardize everything, including their quest for The Lost Books?
INFIDEL is the second book in this fascinating young adult fantasy series. Readers will best appreciate the storyline after reading the first book, CHOSEN, as the relationships and the quest for the books are part of the ongoing threads in the series. Fans of Ted Dekker's Circle Trilogy will note the parallels to that series as well although it is not necessary to read it to enjoy INFIDEL.
I have to admit that Johnis irritated me on quite a few occasions in INFIDEL. In fact, I was starting to wonder if perhaps the beauty of the series was being lost... and then we meet Karas. The story of this one Horde girl is both touching and thought provoking. By the conclusion of INFIDEL, I was more than convinced of both the brilliance of Ted Dekker as an author and of the beauty of the Christian themes woven into the tale. Through the storyline's twists, we see the power of love, both in its ability to weaken and its ability to strengthen. Sheer genius!
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