Reviewed by John Perrodin
Infidel (The Lost Books : Volume 2)
by Ted Dekker
"Infidel is a pleasure for the eyes. Through the first-rate illustrations we see the anguish of the Horde people."
Even readers who don’t have a clue about Ted Dekker’s Circle Trilogy will find much to enjoy in the graphic novel, Infidel. The book starts out with a dramatic sequence, artfully drawn, and packed with menace. The hero, Johnis, may be dreaming but he’s sure that there’s a message to be garnered from the night visions of his long-lost mother.
Johnis is one of several “chosen” recruits of the Forest Guard (the good guys). Like any conflicted hero he must decide whether to put personal concerns above the good of his people. Is it right to sacrifice many to save one? Johnis would say “yes.” He chooses to rescue his beloved mom though doing so puts his fellow warriors at grave risk.
But what else can Johnis do when he learns that his mother is a captive of the horrific Horde? Although the lost Books of History must be found – all seven of them – Johnis isn’t above first using the remarkable volumes for his own purposes. Thomas Hunter has a small but significant role and readers of Dekker’s Black, Red, and White will enjoy getting Hunter’s “story behind the story” in this graphic novel.
And graphic it is, but in a good way. The battle scenes are stunningly detailed though the violence is PG at most. The warring confrontations are intense, but there’s also a good balance of humor and hope.
Clearly geared for the Young Adult readers, Infidel’s teen heroes Johnis, Silvie, Billos, and Darsal open up the magic of Dekker’s amazing trilogy to new fans. The unexpected bravery of a young member of the Horde shows that fear is a taught response which can be overcome with compassion. The meaning of leadership is another subplot explored. Unfortunately, more cannot be said without undercutting the secrets within.
Infidel is a pleasure for the eyes. Through the first-rate illustrations we see the anguish of the Horde people. The visual representation of the passion – and worries – of the Forest Guard adds a new layer of understanding to the story. Special commendation is due to J.S. Earls and Kevin Kaiser for their driving adaptation. As with any graphic novel, much of the written detail must be edited out. What remains is pure action – and an adventure worth reading.
John Perrodin is the Senior Editor for the Christian Writers Guild. He co-authored the Renegade Spirit Trilogy with Jerry B. Jenkins. The latest release in that series is Seclusion Point (Thomas Nelson). His book, Simple Little Words: What You Say Can Change a Life, written with Michelle Cox, releases in April 2008 from David C. Cook. Please visit www.simplelittlewords.com to find out more about the book, and visit John's website www.johnperrodin.com to find out more about his writing.