A.D. 33

A.D. 33

Large Print - 2015
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New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker delivers the gripping story of Maviah, a slave who becomes a queen in Arabia, A.D. 33. They call her the Queen of the Outcasts. Maviah, a woman whose fate was sealed on her birth by this world-unwanted, illegitimate, female, a slave-subject to the whims of all. But then she met a man named Yeshua who opened her eyes. She found strength in his words, peace from the brutal word around her. Because of what he taught her, she has gathered her own traveling kingdom of outcasts deep in the desert, wielding an authority few have seen. But when her growing power threatens the rulers around her, they set out to crush all she loves, leaving her reeling as a slave once more. She must find Yeshua to save her people, but when she does, she will be horrified to discover that he faces his own death. Enter a story full of intrigue, heart-wrenching defeat, uncompromising love and staggering victory-one that re-examines everything you thought you knew about the heart of Jesus's stunning message and the power that follows for those who follow his easily forgotten way.
Publisher: New York : Center Street Large Print, 2015.
Edition: Large print edition First edition.
ISBN: 9781455536245
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: xiii, 508 pages (large print) : map ; 24 cm
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Apr 09, 2019

After eating up A.D. 30, I was anxious to find out right away what would happen next to the characters.

I started and stuck with A.D. 33 to find out. But unfortunately, around a third or halfway into the read, I stopped enjoying it, with its one miserable turn of events after another.

In the midst of the constant and compounding gloom and despair, Maviah becomes an increasingly frustrating character—lashing out, being irrational, and regressing. It's as if her growth from the first book is erased, and it takes her the length of the sequel to learn the same basic lesson another time around.

Although Yeshua goes off-script a bit more in this novel than in the first one, he's still much of the same "Jesus character" cliché, like more of a prescribed figure than a real person, and his expressions and actions are described as "gentle" over and over again—even as many as five times in one particular scene.

Also, much of the book's scriptural and spiritual content is superfluous. The pages and pages of theological exposition and discussions seem to go around in circles, stalling the story to teach and reteach a message when the idea could have gotten across with more "showing," or at least much less "telling."

At this point in my bibliophilic life, I normally wouldn't keep pushing through a rather depressing and redundant read I'm no longer enjoying (especially one as long as this one), but my carried-over interest in the characters from Book One and my overall curiosity about their outcome made me determined to finish.

I understand the A.D. novels are a departure from Dekker's usual work. Because these are the only two books I've read by him so far, and I loved the first one, it's my plan to try something else of his sometime.

Nov 05, 2018

This book was a good conclusion to A.D.30. It is wishful thinking that good will always triumph over evil so apparently in the world. We all love superheroes a bit I think. A sort of bless the beast and the children tale. 5 stars.

Feb 17, 2018

Both A.D. 30 & 33 are well-written with a fascinating storyline, but I didn't enjoy them as much as expected because of the brutal aspects in them. While totally believeable, I simply wasn't in a space to enjoy reading that, so I stopped partway through A.D. 33.

Jun 27, 2017

I did not want Maviah's story to end. This is by far my favorite Dekker books/series. Read AD 30 first.

Feb 24, 2016

This was an amazing book! I read A.D. 30 first, and then listened to this one on CD. WOW! What an impact it had on me. Wonderful!


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