Friday, January 15, 2016

Friday Fiction Fix: "Black: The Birth of Evil"

The Short:

Black: The Birth of Evil
The Circle, Book One

By: Ted Dekker

5/5 Stars

What: A man finds himself torn between two realities—a utopian future and the present, which is about to be hit by a deadly pandemic.

Recommended to those who like: Allegory, Christian, fantasy, multiple worlds

The Long:

This wasn’t my first time reading this book, but I always seem to manage to finish it within one day (a rarity for me, anymore). That alone should give you an idea of how engaging it is. Ted Dekker writes both thrillers and fantasy stories. This book is a fantasy that brings a nice taste of modern day thriller to it.

Thomas Hunter’s world gets turned upside down the night the mob comes for him. When he wakes up in a world where good and evil are visible entities, the hundred grand he owes the mob seems like a dream. And once he learns that the world is on the brink of being destroyed by the deadliest pandemic to ever hit the earth, he feels that he alone may hold the key to preventing something that’s supposedly already happened.

This book kept me turning the pages from the first chapter. Well-paced action, breathtaking descriptions, beautiful allegory, and unique world-building resulted in a quick read. The novel combines both modern action sequences and fantasy-allegorical themes for a unique plot line. I would recommend it to anyone who likes a Christian allegory and speculative fiction. (I would also recommend having Red, the second book, handy after you finish it). 



  1. I read this book a few years ago, and I really enjoyed it, although I haven't had a chance to read the sequels yet. And I won't get a chance to reread it soon because my copy is sitting on my shelf at my parent's house. :( But it's defiantly a very good book, and I've always been a fan of Dekker. Have you read Immanuel's Veins? I think that one might be my favorite Dekker book. I'm not sure. Is Black your favorite?

    1. I've read the Circle Series, Thr3e, and the teen companion series to the Circle.

      "Red" might be my favorite, although I also like a lot of aspects of "White". They're considerably...grittier...than "Black". "Lunatic" from the teen companion series is probably my favorite out of that one.

      I also enjoyed Thr3e, though it still gives me the creeps.

      Thanks for the comment!

  2. I've heard a lot of good things about this series in the past, but I've never gotten around to it. But it's on the TBR. I'll get there before I die, maybe. Thanks for sharing!

    1. So many books, so little time! I totally feel your pain. I've actually taken to reading while I do the elliptical so that I can get my reading fix in while also getting my workout in for the week. Thanks for the comment!


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