Half a millenia past, after wars that decimated the earth, Sirin brought forth a new wisdom. He taught the laying aside of life's excesses in exchange for simple equality. He preached the dangers of emotions untamed. Many followed him, and for a time peace reigned throughout the earth--but humanity could not keep this up for long.
Megas developed a virus that would spread throughout the earth, stripping every person of all emotions but fear. When Sirin is martyred, the blame is placed on extremest factions, and the road is paved for Megas' rise to power.
The Book of Orders, a strict rule that reaches into every area of life is canonized under Megas' rule. The people crave the order and freedom from fear that complying brings. They long for the possibility of bliss after death, which can only be achieved by strict adherence to Order.
The year is 480--calculated from the moment the age of Chaos ended and the age of Order was ushered in. Simple craftsman Rom, and his friends are unwittingly thrust into the crux of the battle to save humanity from Order. Some will die; some will wish they could. Each of them will feel more alive than they ever imagined. And a small cripple boy will be the only hope for life the world has left.
This book is truly amazing. The combined storytelling of Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee have created a book that is destined to be among the greatest pieces of literature. There is no real way to describe the majesty of this book adequately. You must experience it for yourself. First in The Book of Mortals series, Forbidden is an experience you won't soon forget. 5 Stars--but worthy of many more.
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