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24 February 2016

2016 Book Review #4: Black: The Birth of Evil (Book One)

This trilogy (Circle) of fantasy books came out in 2004 and my dad gave us the entire set about 2 years later.  My husband and oldest daughter read them and really enjoyed them.  I am finally getting around to reading them but only because I did a deep clean last week and discovered them under our bed!!


About three million people are going to be carriers of the deadliest virus in the history of mankind by the end of the day!

In two days, it could reach 90 million people!

There is no vaccine.  There is no anti-virus.

And only one man can stop the madness.  Thomas Hunter.  A 25 year old from Denver, Colorado, who lives with his sister, Kara.

One night, after leaving his job at a coffeehouse, men begin to chase him.  He makes it to the roof of a building where one single bullet hits him in the head.

His world, as he knows it, goes black.

From this utter blackness, he begins to dream......he enters a new world, full of color and light, where evil is contained.

In this world, Thomas is in love with a beautiful woman named Rachelle.  It is in this world that he remembers his dream of being chased...and he reaches to touch the blood on his head.  Only to find it is gone!!

Where does his dream end and where does his reality begin??

When Thomas falls asleep in one world, he wakes up in another one!  And both worlds are dealing with a catastrophe.   Thomas is being pushed beyond the limits of space and time.
"some say the world hangs in the balance of every choice we make.  Now the fate of two worlds hangs in the balance of one man's choice." (taken from the jacket cover).

Will Thomas stop the virus from infecting millions of people on Earth?

And what will happen between him and Rachelle in the other world??


This book started out at a fast pace but for me,  but then started to get bogged down in the beginning of the middle.  It didn't keep my attention.  But because my husband enjoyed it so much, I decided to stick with it.  I'm glad I did.  It got better and better as the plot behind the virus came into light and as Thomas explored further and further into the Black Forest and that other world.

This book, in my opinion, is a little bit like The Chronicles of Narnia series and a little bit like The Hunger Games trilogy.  This series is considered to be Christian fantasy.

I like the depiction of good vs. evil; light vs darkness; betrayal, love, death and pursuit.

I really enjoyed the allegory that the author seems to be portraying: Creation, the Fall, Redemption).  As a Believer, it is easy to see the correlation between Biblical events and what the fantasy is trying to portray but a non believer will only see this as a good suspense thriller/fantasy book.  The undertones of Christianity are very subtle but if you know your Bible, it will be easy for you to see what he is trying to portray.

Character development was excellent and the description of the other world was amazing.

I'm excited to see what will happen in Book Two:  Red.  (I'm going to be starting that one in a couple of weeks).

In my opinion, this book is appropriate for ages 14 and older.

On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest, I rate this a 9.

1 comment:

Susanne said...

This is one of my daughter's favourite series and her favourite author. She finds it amazing how he brings the story full circle by the end of the 4th book. I read them a long time ago. Maybe I should do a reread because of the fact that deep allegories usually have me scratching my head and I need that reread. LOL.