Like bees to honey, no doubt fans of Ted Dekker will flock to his newest book. However, I made the unfortunate mistake of choosing Immanuel’s Veins as the first book I would read to expose myself to this author and I believe it soured me.
Dekker is wildly popular and has a steady following so I’m sure that the bad taste left in my mouth after reading this book is due to my personal preferences. On the back of the book it says: “But remember, not everyone is for this story.” And I would caution readers that this story is not for everyone.
Depending on your tastes and preferences, I think you’ll either love this book or hate it. In all fairness to the author, if I would have known ahead of time that this story would revolve largely around a vampire(ish) theme, I never would have agreed to review it. If you’re a Twilight junkie or a fan of vampires and storylines that involve drinking blood, you’ll likely be just as enamored by this book as several of the reviewers whose feedback was published in the Readers Speak Out section.
I personally didn’t get the comparison of the vampire theme with the crucifixion of Christ. I had a really hard time trying to wrap my brain around Toma (one of the main characters) being compared metaphorically to Christ. In my opinion, the whole story was basically an attempt to gain passage on the popular “vampire” bandwagon while maintaining some semblance of a Christian fiction novel. This one didn’t work for me, but I’m sure there are many other readers out there who will appreciate this new release from Ted Dekker.
This book was provided free for review by Book Sneeze (Thomas Nelson Publishers)