Forbidden by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee

By Adithi

From the first look at the cover of Forbidden by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee, you can tell it is going be exciting. The book has an intriguing and unique storyline, and the writing implants each vision, however gory or suspenseful, in the reader’s mind, giving the book a fantastic sense of place.

Forbidden is about a funeral singer named Rom living in a world that feels nothing but fear. Rom is given a vellum-wrapped vial of blood that can change his world forever with the simple tipping of the vial into his mouth. In a world with only fear, only Rom, and his friends Avra, Neah, and Triphon, have the power to feel emotion. And only they are able to use this power to help save the world’s humanity; they are a single spark of hope in a terrifying world. The excellent use of description combined with the “bang-bang” action of the plot drew me in for a roller coaster ride.

While the beginning of Forbidden is a home run in terms of action-packed plot, the middle of the book falters slightly; the speed of the story becomes a bit uneven. However, the excellent writing and deep characterization remains a strength, even as the plot drags. Sometimes, the time the authors take to make a character shine, like the awakening of shy Feyn, makes all the difference in a generally fast-paced story. As the readers are introduced to these instrumental villains and allies, the complexities of the book begin to emerge in an exciting way.

The love story between Rom and Avra, the unraveling of a shocking prophecy by Feyn, and the sacrifices they all must make in life, love, and position in society are as emotionally riveting as any fast-paced plot. The authors ratchet up the tension by expertly weaving description and storyline. I did notice an uneven pace towards the middle of the book and a lack of description of Rom himself, but the masterful way in which his surroundings and situations are written allow the readers to mold him with their own imaginations. It takes patience to really understand Forbidden’s cumulative effect, but the wild ride and the exciting read are very worth it.


Adithi is known as The Oak Tree on Figment, and she loves to write with an obsessive passion. Her work has been featured in magazines such as Stone Soup, Skipping Stones, and Creative Kids. The three words that best describe her are poetic, fun, and life-loving. Her motto? Love every moment, look with many pairs of eyes, and keep a smile always with you!

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