Elyon – Ted Dekker and Kaci Hill

Elyon Ted Dekker Kaci Hill
Elyon by Ted Dekker, Kaci Hill
Series: The Lost Books #6
Published by Thomas Nelson on June 2009
Genres: Fiction, Christian, Suspense, Fantasy
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three-stars

New York Times best-selling author Ted Dekker revisits the universe of his half-million selling Circle Trilogy with the continuation of this popular YA series--and brings along a member of "The Circle" as his coauthor.

Darsalis trying to love the Horde as Elyon asked her to, but she's torn between this new mission and her original one . . . especially now that Johnis and Silvie no longer seem to be on her side.

The Chosen Ones are facing their greatest threat--extinction--and only by Elyon's grace will they survive to tell the tale.

The plot thickens as the twisted alliances between Johnis, Shaeda, the Shataiki, and Sucrow begin to unravel and reform. Each one is out for their own personal gain and will gladly stab the others in the back to ensure success. Shaeda’s story is fleshed out in greater detail, as is Darsal’s storyline with Marak. In a way, the Darsal/Marak plotline serves as the inverse of the Thomas/Chelise storyline in White. Instead of the Horde woman living among the Circle, one from the Circle would live among the Horde. In both instances, the purpose is the same—to show the humanity of the Horde and their need for the drowning—which symbolizes to followers of Christ the world’s need for redemption.

The goal of the twisted alliance is to retrieve a Shataiki amulet, which, after a ceremony performed by a priest of Teeleh, will allow the wearer temporary control over the Shataiki army. Sucrow wants this power to kill the Circle; Johnis desires this power to destroy the Horde; and Shaeda covets such for her own purposes. The story hurtles itself headlong into the final bloody battle. Betrayal, trickery, and sorcery abound—and the fate of the world again depends on the three remaining Chosen.

Like Lunatic, Elyon draws out more of the Dekker mythos, giving just a bit more information on the Leedhan. Kaci Hill again characterizes Shaeda to perfection, shrouding the character in mystery and seductive evil. The conclusion is a bit abrupt. While the storyline is resolved, Dekker and Hill leave a gigantic gap open to continue the storyline. Instead of tying things up in the mythos, it only leads to more questions which have yet to be resolved. The storyline just feels unfinished. There are so many unanswered questions, questions that ten years later (in RE terms) have been forgotten.

From Kaci Hill’s perspective, Lunatic and Elyon are killer debut novels. It’s not every day one gets to pen a debut novel with a NYT bestselling author. This isn’t Ted’s best offering. I genuinely think it was published at a time period where he was just trying too much, too fast. That shows through in these books, particularly in bringing on Kaci to complete the final two.

Nonetheless, it’s a fun series that’s sure to bring smiles to fans of Dekker’s fantasy works and a great way to introduce younger readers to the world of the Circle. They just don’t stand to the same level as their source material. Dive Deep!

three-stars

About Ted Dekker

Ted Dekker is a New York Times best-selling author of more than forty novels. He is best known for stories which could be broadly described as suspense thrillers with major twists and unforgettable characters, though he has also made a name for himself among fantasy fans. Dekker’s novels have sold over 5 million copies worldwide. Two of his novels, Thr3e and House, have been made into movies with more in production. Dekker resides in Austin, Texas with his wife Lee Ann and two of their daughters.

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