Chosen (Lost Books Series #1)

Chosen (Lost Books Series #1)

by Ted Dekker


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Think with your heart and prepare to die . . . for you have been Chosen.

Thomas Hunter, supreme commander of the Forest Guard, has seen a great evil decimate much of his beautiful world. With a dwindling army and an epic threat, Thomas is forced to supplement his fighters with new recruits ages 16 and 17. From thousands, four will be chosen to lead a special mission.

Unknown to Thomas, the chosen four are redirected to a different endgame. They must find the seven lost Books of History before the Dark One. For these seven books have immense power over the past, present, and future, controlling not only the destiny of their world . . . but that of ours as well.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595548597
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 04/13/2010
Series: Lost Books Series , #1
Pages: 260
Sales rank: 119,172
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile: 710L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Since 1997, Ted Dekker has written full-time. He states that each time he writes, he finds his understanding of life and love just a little clearer and his expression of that understanding a little more vivid. Dekker's body of work includes Heaven's Wager, When Heaven Weeps, Thunder of Heaven, Blessed Child, A Man Called Blessed, Blink, Thr3e, The Circle Series: Black, Red, White, Green (a prequel), and Obsessed.

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Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2007 Ted Dekker
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-59554-359-2

Chapter One


Qurong, general of the Horde, stood on the tall dune five miles west of the green forest, ignoring the fly that buzzed around his left eye.

His flesh was nearly white, covered with a paste that kept his skin from itching too badly. His long hair was pulled back and woven into dreadlocks, then tucked beneath the leather body armor cinched tightly around his massive chest.

"Do you think they know?" the young major beside him asked.

Qurong's milky white horse, chosen for its ability to blend with the desert, stamped and snorted.

The general spit to one side. "They know what we want them to know," he said. "That we are gathering for war. And that we will march from the east in four days."

"It seems risky," the major said. His right cheek twitched, sending three flies to flight.

"Their forces are half what they once were. As long as they think we are coming from the east, we will smother them from the west."

"The traitor insists that they are building their forces," the major said.

"With young pups!" Qurong scoffed.

"The young can be crafty."

"And I'm not? They know nothing about the traitor. This time we will kill them all."

Qurong turned back to the valley behind him. The tents of his third division, the largest of all Horde armies, which numbered well over three hundred thousand of the most experienced warriors, stretched out nearly as far as he could see.

"We march in four days," Qurong said. "We will slaughter them from the west."

Chapter Two

Twelve of the forest's strongest and bravest young fighters crouched in their brown battle leathers at each end of the grassy stadium field, waiting for the command to stand and fight for the hairy ball sitting at center field. Five thousand spectators stood in the stands carved from the earth, holding their collective breath. Four squad leaders were to be chosen today, and each one given a house to own, the choice of any horse, and an emerald-handled sword-making them the envy of every man, woman, and child in the village.

All of this would be decided by one man: Thomas Hunter, supreme commander of the Forest Guard.

Johnis stood next to his father, Ramos, shivering a little. It wasn't cold, but the breeze dried the sweat on his neck and made him cool. So he told himself, anyway.

He had dark hair to his shoulders and, according to his father, a strong jaw that was sometimes best kept closed. His nose was sharp and his lips full, giving him the appearance that he was fourteen, not sixteen.

He stared at the hairy Horde ball at center field. His mother, Rosa, had been responsible for that lump of Scab hair. Three months had passed since she'd been killed by the Horde at the forest's edge while searching for a special plant, the catalina cactus, whose herbal power might've healed a fever that had come over Johnis. The Forest Guard had been to the north in battle, but she'd refused to wait for an escort while her boy suffered.

His mother had always been like that, dropping everything on his account. Sweet Mother, with her long, dark hair and ruby lips.

Mother, why did you go? Please forgive me, dear Mother.

Johnis had thrown himself on the ground and wailed for the whole village to hear. His father had left the forest in a rage and returned with the long, tangled hair from ten Horde he'd killed that very afternoon-the makings of that hairy Horde ball on the field now.

But nothing eased the pain in Johnis's chest.

Two weeks ago Thomas Hunter had announced the decision to lower the Forest Guard's recruitment age from eighteen to sixteen. He was looking to boost the fighting force by one thousand. The forests had erupted in debate.

Those who had protested had cried in fear at the thought of their sons and daughters entering battle against the Horde. They all knew that the Forest Guard was outnumbered ten to one. They knew that every time the Guard went to battle, many died. They knew that the weakest, their sons and daughters, would die first.

But the people of the forest also knew that the Horde had sworn to kill them all. All living followers of Elyon knew, whether or not they admitted it publicly, that the fate of the Forest Dwellers rested squarely on the shoulders of the youngest fighters now joining the Forest Guard.

All sixteen- and seventeen-year-olds worth their salt had then signed up to be considered. With his mother's death fresh in his mind, Johnis had been one of the first in line. The Guard had dismissed all but two thousand, from which they would select the final thousand fighters.

Johnis was one of those who'd been dismissed. Too small, they said. He was just barely sixteen and still too wounded from his mother's death. Maybe next time, if there was a next time.

"What do you say, Johnis?" his father whispered. "Who is the strongest?"

Johnis scanned the players in this game Thomas Hunter called football-a name that supposedly came from his dreams of another land. All twenty-four were already mighty fighters, even though none was older than seventeen. Roughly half were women, and of those Johnis thought maybe Darsal was the strongest. Not the largest, but the strongest. And very quick.

She crouched fewer than fifty feet from where Johnis stood on the sidelines. Her fingers were wrapped tightly around the same three-foot fighting stick they had all been given. Muscles rippled up her arm, glistening with sweat. The side of her sleeveless tunic was stained with a little blood-it was, after all, a full-contact sport. Within thirty days the recruits would be swinging razorsharp swords in full battle against the Horde. No one dared enter the Forest Guard fearful of a little blood when so much more was at stake.

Her long, brown hair was tucked under a leather helmet and had been pulled back into a ponytail, showing a strong, smooth jawline to her ear on the right side of her face. A terrible scar marked her left-a burn that forced Johnis to stare and wonder what had put it there. It made her more fearsome than ugly. Whatever had caused the wound had also gotten her left shoulder, although her leather armor covered most of the scar there.

The Horde had killed her father. Johnis could practically see the thirst for revenge in her squinting eyes. But something else had happened to make her stick close to Billos, another fighter in contention for the top spot today. They were from the same forest and were clearly very close. At first Johnis had assumed they were brother and sister, but no.

"What do you say, lad?" his father asked again.

"Darsal," he said, in a whisper that sounded hoarse.

His father grunted. "Now there's a choice. She'd make any man a fine wife." He glanced down at Johnis. "A little more muscle on those bones and you could make a play for her yet, boy. Though she seems a bit stuck on the other youngster."

His father nudged him, and Johnis gave him a weak smile.

Father could not know that his frequent comparisons with those who'd been selected to try out for the Forest Guard bothered him. The honor of wearing the hardened leather breastplates, wielding the Guard swords and whips, riding the best horses, being watched by everyone else as you walked down the path on your way to battle-who wouldn't trade his life for a chance to be called one of the Forest Guard?

Who, besides Johnis? Truly, he wasn't sure he would make a good fighter in bloody battle. In fact, he was quite sure he wouldn't.

Still, Father's small comments made Johnis feel weak, reminding him that he stood on the sidelines because he wasn't worthy. He shifted on his feet and crossed his arms over his chest, hugging himself.

Thomas Hunter paced across the field. There wasn't a man or woman among them who wouldn't be honored to kiss the commander's hand. The Forest Guard had saved the forests many times, and Thomas Hunter was the reason for it all.

He slid his emerald-handled sword from its metal sheath, filling the stadium with the sound of steel scraping steel. Perfect silence settled on the crowd.

Thomas swung the sword absently, neatly cutting the grass at his feet in an arc.

"Is this all I can expect from you?" his voice rang out. He jabbed the air with his sword. "I'm looking for four leaders to step forward and show they are worthy to stand by my side."

No one responded. What Thomas could be looking for that he hadn't already seen was beyond Johnis.

"Take a look around," Thomas shouted. He slowly swung his sword across the stadium. "The fate of every man, woman, and child in this arena will be in the hands of the Forest Guard. And you say you want to lead that Guard? You are all either mad or complete fools, because I don't see a leader in the lot."

He paced back to the sideline, studying the line of twelve on his right, then the line on his left. Behind him the ball of hair lay undisturbed.

To win, one team had to run to the middle, pick up the ball, and cross the other team's goal line. What seemed simple enough was made very difficult by the fact that the other team was armed with fighting sticks.

The day had started with a hundred of the most promising recruits. Seventy-six had been dismissed, seventeen of them on stretchers.

It was down to these two teams of twelve each.

Thomas raised his sword high, then swung it down hard. "Go!"

The two lines of recruits silently bolted from where they crouched and raced toward the ball on a collision course.


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Customer Reviews

Chosen (Lost Books Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 99 reviews.
MichelleSutton More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing story. I read it straight through. Couldn't put it down. It reminded me of the Song Of Albion series written by Stephen Lawhead in the mid 1990s. I loved the premise, the plot, the action, the emotion. It was amazing. And those characters were in perilous situations so often it was downright thrilling. I love it when situations seem hopeless, but then something happens to turn it around. But like life, it's never easy. Love isn't easy, nor is faith, not when the facts tell you all is lost. But if you listen with your heart and choose to not filter everything through your head, you will hear the truth. Awesome, gripping fiction. A bit gory and graphic at times, but certainly no worse than what you see on television. I highly recommend it. Ted Dekker knows how to pull you into a story with the best of them. No wonder he's a NY Times best-selling author. :)
Alicia83 More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down until I finished the book. Enticing to anyone wanting to be swept into another world. Reading the other series is not necessary to understand. A must read for all fantasy/action lovers.
GaryJenkins More than 1 year ago
I started reading it thinking that like most books I start I wouldn't finish but the book immediately drew me in although a bit odd that they kept referring to the past like you should have known it but I didn't read the circle trilogy I suggest at least reading black before jumping into this series but once you do you wont be disappointed trust me
Open_Book_Society More than 1 year ago
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Krysyal At first glance Chosen reminded me of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings or Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle, but I was sorely mistaken. Chosen, the first in The Lost Books series, spans the fifteen year gap between the Circle Trilogy’s Black and Red books. Whether you have or haven’t read the Circle Trilogy doesn’t matter though because The Lost Books stand alone as intriguing tales of good versus evil. Dekker throws us into a world much like our own, but at the same time very different where 13 years ago a terrible evil wreaked havoc on the followers of Elyon. The evil shows itself in the form of a scaly disease that covers the flesh, turning people into the Horde and decimating the lush and colorful forests. All that’s left is seven small forests surrounding lakes where the people of Elyon bathe daily to rid themselves of the disease. While the story mainly follows the four teenagers, Dekker frequently plays with point of view in this new tale. He manages to create memorable characters, a visually beautiful landscape, subtle hints, foreshadowing, and clever twists that kept me interested for all 260 pages. A rather short book in comparison to the others out there right now, but worth every word. Some criticize Dekker’s cheesy dialogue and call the characters underdeveloped, but still find they are unable to put the books down due to his ability to tell a fascinating tale. The majority of people, on the other hand, praise him for the amazing world he has created.
ewine002 More than 1 year ago
Premise is interesting, fun, easy read!!!
dAggressor More than 1 year ago
Its a short ebook (205 pgs). The story is fast paced and gripping from beginning to end. Definitely recommend it!
kilimn More than 1 year ago
Book title and author: Chosen by Ted Dekker Title of review: good fiction book Number of stars (1 to 5): 5 I recently have read the book Chosen by Ted Dekker. It is about a seventeen year old boy who gets pulled into the army, but goes on a strange adventure. As a boy Jonas always heard stories of black and white bats that fought for good and evil. When Jonas wins a competition he didn't even enter, he gets the chance to become a general in the war against a horde of infected humans. First he must pass a test with four other chosen generals but he meets the mythical bat creatures. He ends up chasing seven magical books. The book was really hard to put down, and I don't read too much. The different type of characters he meets makes the book exciting. I really like that it shows you how the horde base reacts to all of the events that happened. The book is also one of the four in the set. I can't wait to read the second one. I thought the book was excellent. I recommend it for anyone who likes reading fiction books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You can read this book again and again and it won't get old. If you are wondering if you will like this book I'm pretty sure you'll love it.
bell7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Johnis has already been overlooked for the Forest Guard, a group of soldiers fighting for their lives against the Horde, who have lately started allowing younger fighters join their ranks. Twenty-four contestants are trying to prove to their leader, Thomas Hunter, that they have what it takes to lead in the Guard, but Johnis is able to "think with his heart" and fool them all. Thomas sends him and three others who proved themselves in the contest - Darsal, Silvie, and Billos - to the desert with a task: bring back four, whole cacti by sundown. They will have to work together to do it, but seem more interested in bickering.Readers of the Circle Trilogy may recognize Thomas Hunter's name - this is set between the first and second books in that series and, yes, involves the Books of the Histories. It's been a few years since I read the series, so I had a little trouble fitting the chronology together. Though fast-paced, I thought the writing and character development left much to be desired. In writing for teens, Dekker tells, and rather repetitively at that, instead of letting the reader piece things together or describing a change in a character's thinking in a way that didn't beat you over the head with it. I might read the second book but have yet to be convinced that I need to read the whole series.
JT on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I actually consider this to be the first book in a riveting 13 book series. There are 3 separate series that all tie in here. The Circle, The Paradise Books, and the Lost books. I feel this book was pretty straightforward with the story and action. It was fast moving and left me wanting the second book. Johnis, Silvie, Billos, and Darsal are characters you will identify with quickly. This book begins a battle between the light and the dark that is truly epic in every fashion of the word.
8F_SAM on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome! At the beginning, it was pretty confusing, and I was thinking about giving up, but I'm glad I read on. The whole concept of the story is hard to explain. So I won't try to. But once you get it, it's really, really interesting. This book sorta reminds me of the Brave Story, a book I read last year. In that book, the main character had to find the missing gems, and in this book Johnis has to find the 6 lost books of history. It's really interesting! You should read it!
cherryblossommj on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure what I think about this book. I sit here and feel that there is so much to ponder beyond what was written. The story itself is fast paced and you must pay attention for one thing happens after another in a perfect harmony. The characters are great and lovable, while the villains are very much the opposite as should be. I can tell from reading this story that there is so much more in Ted's mind of what is going on and I'm curious about more related books to see what more I can delve from this world. It appears that there is more than one world, and more than one series that connects and I'm curious to learn more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
MidasTouch14 More than 1 year ago
An Epic Fantasy That Kept Me reading 'Til The Last Word and Begging For More! Ted Dekker has done an exceptional job! Dekker has created an interesting fantasy story that is also tied-in with the Bible as well. I mean, if you are a Christian and read the Bible you will see exactly what I'm talking about. Dekker has also given us lovable characters, and my favorite is Johnis! Also, Dekker has made a point, mind is greater than muscle, to think with your heart, to do what is right no matter the consequences. I am also twelve and I instantly fell in love with this series and even my dad said it sounded interesting and cool. Me and my family also love to read Frank Peretti's wonderful creations! I read on other reviews about the last two books in the series and not to get them, I agree it has nothing to do with the previous four books and written completely different, so pretty much with the four books your done with the series. Those reviews also saved me, so thanks! Thank for reading, ~MidasTouch14
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dekker is my absolute favorite author. I really loved the Circle Series and can't wait to get into the rest of this one!!
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bikrgran More than 1 year ago
I'm hooked! We have 4 teens thrown together, and given a secret task. The time and place are hard to describe, but basically, one of the boys (2 boys, 2 girls) is possibly The Chosen One, born to save his people. They must gather the 7 Books of History, before The Evil One gets hold of them. In the process, they get into all kinds of trouble with their military/People's leader, being nearly killed and running into all kinds of beings. This is loosely based on the Bible, and you will see this, if you are familiar with it, but if not, it's an extremely gripping tale of Good & Evil. In this dual book (I have the dual book with Chosen and Infidel), the teens manage to get two of the books. To be continued....
The_hibernators More than 1 year ago
Good beginning of a series Johnis was disappointed, but relieved, when he was deemed "too small" to fight in the Forest Guard against the evil Horde. However, due to a chance encounter, the supreme leader Thomas Hunter chooses Johnis as one of his four new captains of the Forest Guard. He, and the 3 other new teenaged captains, are sent out on a mission to prove themselves. They end up proving a lot more than Hunter bargained for. Chosen is the first book in a young adult spin-off series from Ted Dekker's popular series Circle Trilogy: Black / Red / White, and is also related to the Paradise series (of which Showdown is the first). This series is meant to work as a stand-alone, but I would highly recommend reading the Circle Trilogy first, since these are the books that build Dekker's fantasy world and Chosen takes place after the events in Red. However, based on reviews of other readers, it's clear that people can enjoy this book even without reading the original trilogy. Either way, this book is good wholesome adventure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed it! I would suggest reading the Circle Trilogy first though
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These books are filled with action and adventure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book on an electronic reader. I have read a couple of Dekkers books, and thought this might be good. I made a mistake by not reading any reviews first. I am not a fan of Sci-Fi or Fantasy, so I have found this boring and a waste of money. Nothing against Fantasy or Sci-Fi, just not my thing. I will look a little closer before I buy the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dekker has twists and trurns in a great thriller!
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