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Renegade: Ted Dekker, March 25—28, 2016

My rating: ♦♦◊◊◊

RenegadeThe dreadful Lost Books series continues in Renegade, which slips from the sublime to the ridiculous.

Fans of the wider Books of Histories Chronicles will know the drill after bad guy Billos disappeared into a book at the end of Infidel. He pops up in another place and time. But from here we go to all new levels of crazy, even by Chronicles standards.

Yes, part of the action remains running round in circles in the desert between the Forest Guard and the Hoarde, but pretty much everything else is nuts. Roush are falling prey to the traps of mere humans, Alucard is making strange deals and waving his wings goodbye, and Thomas is still pacing up and down in a bad mood.

Meanwhile, Billos is up to his neck in it in a post-Marsuvees Black simulation of Paradise; a parallel reality version which still features Black. Next thing you know, there’s a Hoarde rampaging through Paradise too, forming a completely insane Hoarde/Chosen Ones alliance against who the hell knows because everyone is after everyone, yet nobody lands a punch.

The first two books in the series have been slow and event-free in an on-going attempt to string out a very weak storyline across six volumes simply to achieve the C-I-R-C-L-E acrostic of titles. This one, not so much. This one suffers from Dekker making careful note of every rule he’s ever written for the series, ripping it up, and going a bit bonkers.

Renegade is basically Sinner on acid – and it’s not a good trip, baby.


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This entry was posted on March 28, 2016 by in 2 star, Books Of History Chronicles, Lost Books.

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