Sovereign, book three of the best-selling Books of
Mortals series, continues a terrifying journey in a desolate future.
Crazy, this thing called life. Crazy, wild, terrifying, boring, beautiful, and in the end… dead.
Some have called life a sexually transmitted disease that’s terminal, contracted at conception. They’re right, this life is guaranteed to end in death, and, on a cosmic scale at least, in the blink of an eye.
Others say our life is a journey of discovery that extends far beyond this life in ways we can only take a wild stab at. Still others say that we aren’t living at all; this is all just a dream or a holographic experience that will one day blink out if and when someone pulls the plug.
Whatever your view, in addition to the certainty of death, there are a number of other experiences we all share without exception. We all fall in love. We all find our deepest certainties deeply challenged and often overturned. We all try to become something more than we already are. And through it all, every single one of us seeks for the meaning in our heartbreak, our victories and our failures.
So why live this life? And is it worth the pain we all endure? Are you dying to be alive?
When we (Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee) set out to retell our own journey of struggle and redemption in the Books of Mortals trilogy, we had no idea how far reaching and deeply impacting our discoveries would be.
These three books: Forbidden, Mortal, and now Sovereign, explore in dramatic fashion what it means to be fully human, to be saved from that part of our humanity which crushes us, and finally, in Sovereign, why, even after we have found great meaning and been into new understanding, we continue to struggle in a world that threatens to tear us apart and return us to misery.
Set in a dystopian world in which every emotion but fear has been genetically stripped from humanity, one might say that the characters at the outset of this epic adventure are not human at all. That is, until an ancient vial of blood brings five back to life with a full range of emotion.
That’s where the journey begins. That’s where love is found and a long standing peace is shattered. That’s where everything goes to hell in a hand basket.
But that’s also where the deepest love and extravagant beauty dispel the darkness and emerge triumphant.
People often ask us how our writing process evolved. Tosca is known for her historical fiction and beautifully poetic prose; Ted for his adrenaline laced plots with massive stakes. Such disparity of styles and voice. So how?
Simply put, we each wrote every word. Many times over. That writing took enormous effort but was so worth every single one of those words. And now they will live forever, both in print and in the hearts of all who dare take the journey with us.
Are you dying to live? Really live?
--Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee