The Lost Books Visual Edition – Ted Dekker

The Lost Books Visual Edition Ted Dekker
The Lost Books Visual Edition by Ted Dekker
Published by Thomas Nelson on December 2010
Genres: Fiction, Christian, Graphic Novel, Fantasy
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four-half-stars

The first four of The Lost BooksChosen, Infidel, Renegade, and Chaos—were adapted into graphic novel format by J.S. Earls and Kevin Kaiser to show off Other Earth in all its vibrant color. The result is an experience like no other. Dive deep into Elyon’s water and experience The Lost Books in a whole new way.

Amid the sweeping epic of The Circle Series, Dekker set a series called The Lost Books that served to flesh out Other Earth and give us the perspective of four teens and their own journey to save Other Earth. The first four of The Lost BooksChosen, Infidel, Renegade, and Chaos—were adapted into graphic novel format by J.S. Earls and Kevin Kaiser to show off Other Earth in all its vibrant color. The result is an experience like no other. Dive deep into Elyon’s water and experience The Lost Books in a whole new way.

Johnis is just a kid—a lover not a fighter—but it’s he who has been Chosen not just for the Forest Guard but for so much more. Soon into their quest to prove themselves as Guard, they run into trouble and soon find themselves on a much greater quest. The Seven original Books of History, the books that contain the annals of everything that has been, hold the keys to Heaven and Hell, good and evil, right and wrong. Good must triumph over evil, but the power of the seven Books together in the wrong hands could unbind all the rules. And the only thing standing between the Dark One and the Books it covets so much are these four young fighters. It all rushes toward an epic climax where all could be either won or lost.

The Lost Books Visual Edition is great insofar as adaptations go. The panels were carefully selected so that Dekker’s vision for the story gets through, even though the entire story cannot. The illustrations are well-done and really give the reader a sense of what the Circle universe looks like. This nicely bound 4-in-1 is, like the The Circle Series 3-in-1, a bit smaller than the original non-collected versions, but formatted in a way that doesn’t drastically affect its readability.

It also suffers the same flaw as the The Circle Series and the Dekker graphic novels in general: they aren’t complete. In regular novel format, The Lost Books cover six volumes with the last two being co-written by Kaci Hill. These two novels released after the release of original Lost Books graphic novels. But not to fear, The Lost Books saga ends nicely with Chaos while the final two volumes tell a story all their own.

In the end, fans of Dekker who haven’t already gotten their hands on the individual editions will find this edition a must-buy. New fans of Dekker, especially younger ones, will find this a great way to be introduced to the amazing mythos Dekker created in his Books of History Chronicles. Even for someone who generally doesn’t read graphic novels, I found it utterly enjoyable.

four-half-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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