Another powerful novel: My review of "A.D. 33" by Ted Dekker

A.D. 33

about the book....

They call her the Queen of the Outcasts. Maviah, a woman whose fate was sealed on her birth by this world-unwanted, illegitimate, female, a slave-subject to the whims of all. But then she met a man named Yeshua who opened her eyes. She found strength in his words, peace from the brutal word around her. Because of what he taught her, she has gathered her own traveling kingdom of outcasts deep in the desert, wielding an authority few have seen. But when her growing power threatens the rulers around her, they set out to crush all she loves, leaving her reeling as a slave once more. She must find Yeshua to save her people, but when she does, she will be horrified to discover that he faces his own death. 

Enter a story full of intrigue, heart-wrenching defeat, uncompromising love and staggering victory-one that re-examines everything you thought you knew about the heart of Jesus's stunning message and the power that follows for those who follow his easily forgotten way

my review....

I was so captivated by Ted Dekker's prior book, A.D. 30, that I was worried that perhaps I wouldn't be able to enjoy his follow up, A.D.33, to quite the same extent. But I was certainly worried for nothing, as Dekker's latest read is every bit as good! Once again, from the first page I was swept up into Maviah's world among the Bedouin people, written was such realism that I could practically taste the grit of the sand between my teeth. My emotions followed hers as she was swept from peace to despair, from uncertainty to desperate hope that Jesus would rescue her in the way she thought she needed. I really enjoyed encountering Jesus through these non-Jewish characters, especially ones from such a mysterious land as Maviah and her people hail from. Dekker perfectly captures the despair that Jesus' followers felt as he was nailed to a cross and all seemed lost, with powerful writing that evokes deep emotion. Readers will experience the same hopelessness the characters feel, making the triumphant moments to come all the sweeter.

A.D. 33 is one wild ride after another, filled with drama and tension to the point that I simply couldn't put the book down. The characters are unique and larger than life, and the way they encounter Jesus had me longing to travel back in time so that I could witness what they do first hand. But easily my favourite part of the story is the last few chapters, written with such beauty that by the time I finished the last page I truly felt I'd entered into a spiritual moment while reading the book. Now how often can you say that about fiction?

Ted Dekker continues to astonish me with stories that he crafts, ones that not only capture my mind, but take hold of my heart as well. 5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Center Street, a division of Hachette Book Group Canada, for the purposes of this unbiased review.

 about the author....

Dekker, Ted (1526019)

TED DEKKER is a New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty novels with a total of more than 3 million books in print. He is known for thrillers that combine adrenaline-laced plots with incredible confrontations between good and evil. - See more at:

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