Series: The Circle Series #1
Published by Thomas Nelson on February 2004
Genres: Fiction, Christian, Suspense, Fantasy
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In a first installment of a new trilogy, Thomas Hunter narrowly survives a shooting attempt only to awaken in an alternate universe of green forests, a world to which he subsequently travels every time he goes to sleep.
It all began with a single, silenced bullet out of nowhere…And with that sentence my life changed. I don’t make that statement lightly. The Circle Trilogy served as the catalyst that threw me back into the world of fiction. It was because of these three books that I fell in love with Story. A lot of who I am can be traced back to Christmas 2004 (15! Years Ago!) when I unwrapped these three books and spent the next few days glued to the page.
Black, the first installment of The Circle Trilogy, sets the stage for the epic that is to come. Thomas Hunter, on the run from the mob, is shot and wakes up in the Black Forest. He is almost killed by giant black bats before a fuzzy white bat helps lead him out of the forest and across the bridge to the Colored Forest. Thomas is soon plunged deep into a brand new world, a place where Good and Evil are clearly seen, where Evil is contained in the Black Forest and the people of Elyon live without sin or shame in the Colored Forest. It’s Paradise. A new Eden. A future where history seems to be repeating itself. A future that says Thomas’s world was destroyed.
But when Thomas Hunter falls asleep in the Colored Forest, he reawakens back in Denver, dazed, confused, still on the run from the mob. But now he is convinced that his—dreams?—of the other world are real as well, and that he must stop the virus that destroys this world. Then, when he dreams, he must not only acclimate to this new world, but also prevent a cataclysm from happening there as well. The fate of two worlds hangs in the balance of the decisions of one man.
In one world, an apocalyptic scenario threatens to destroy the world; in another, an even more apocalyptic scenario threatens to undo Paradise and unleash evil. Redemptive history is played out before the reader’s eyes as Black details the birth of Evil on Other Earth. Dekker’s scope is magnificent and his allegory flawless as he builds his mythos.
Dekker takes the old, old Story and paints it in a brand new light, helping readers see past the clichéd thoughts of what we think we know about God and discovering Him again in a whole new way. His portrayal of the God-figure, Elyon, is beautiful and enchanting, breaking down the image of God as a relatively uninterested bearded grandfather figure and replacing it with a God who is excited for His creation and loves it dearly.
Black is marvelous, but it’s only the beginning, the first part of Dekker’s retelling of redemptive history. It’s really only the first part of the story. Which is why you’ll have Red sitting by your side when you finish. You’ll not even want or need a breath above before diving deep into the mythos Dekker has created.
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