I’ve had a difficult time writing the review for this book… Green: The Beginning and the End by Ted Dekker is probably one of my least favorite books. I’m not sure if I dislike it because I’m not a big fantasy fan or if it’s because I had a hard time getting into the story, but this book simply did not appeal to me at all. Which is a shame because I’ve heard so many positive things about Ted Dekker.
This is the story of Thomas Hunter and the followers of Elyon and their battle against the evil Teeleh. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, this is a classic good vs. evil story that crosses between our reality and a fantasy world where two armies are gathered to fight the final battle in the valley of Migdon. Green is both the first and final book in the Circle Series. It is the starting point of the series for new readers and the final book for those who have read the other books, Black: The Birth of Evil, Red: The Heroic Rescue and White: The Circle.
According to the product description, Green can be read as a stand alone book but I found it hard to follow the story and understand the characters, mostly because I felt like I walked in on the middle of a conversation that had been taking place for an hour. Maybe if I had read the other books, I might have understood the story and developed some sort of connection to the characters.
I can’t recommend this particular book but I’m not willing to give up on Ted Dekker just yet. Perhaps he has better books out there.
Disclaimer: This book was provided to me courtesy of Thomas Nelson free of charge in exchange for a review.