Immanuel’s Veins by Ted Dekker

Immanuel’s Veins is the upcoming fantasy novel by Ted Dekker for a release date of September 7.  I recently was among those lucky enough to receive an Advance Reader Copy of the book from the publisher, and from the moment I opened the package I could rarely put it down!  I hope to give you a small glimpse at this new tale from the pen of Dekker, and I really hope that you enjoy it!  Immanuel’s Veins is truly an amazing tale of love and of grand adventure, but what is it about this book that held me and couldn’t let go?  I couldn’t stop reading about all the action, the intrigue, the blood….  yes the blood, Immanuel’s Veins is ALL about the blood.

Immanuel’s Veins, IV for short, is an epic story woven into the fabric of fantasy.  We find the character of Toma Nicolescu shortly after he has recieved his orders from the queen of Russia to protect the Cantemir family, especially the sisters Lucine and Natasha, with the aid of his friend Alec Cardei.  Toma and Alec are highly accomplished men who have seen many a battle and have a way with a sword and a pistol that few could dream to match, though Toma is certainly the better warrior.  The two sisters in his charge are known for their beauty across the land, and Alec, the lover, finds himself entranced by them.  However it all begins to get a little crazy when the neighbors crash the party, a group from a little place known as Transylvania. No good ever came from a place called Transylvania, especially when connected to blood.

What is all of this about blood you say?  Well Ted had a great idea that he decided to write this novel around.  There is a hymn written many years ago about a fountain, but not just any fountain.  This fountain flows with the blood of Immanuel. Blood, drawn straight from Immanuel’s Veins. One part of this song goes like this, I’ll let you read out of it what you will:

There is a fountain fulled with blood,

Drawn from Immanuel’s veins;

And any plunged beneath that flood,

Will be purged of all that is bane.

I really enjoyed this story and especially liked the way it was told.  It was unlike any modern vampire novel and chose to take a different approach to the history of it all.  Yes, I said vampire novel.  It also draws the reader along so quickly and the love story is so beautiful it is really Dekker’s Song of Solomon.  Now you certainly cannot discount the action, as all the swordplay would have a movie maker excited if they aren’t already.  I have heard a few things about more Ted Dekker movies in the future and this would be a perfect one!

I would definitely recommend reading Immanuel’s Veins yourself and I would love to hear what you think of it when you do!  Just post a comment here.  IV will be Ted Dekker’s last book with Thomas Nelson and soon he will be writing all of his books for Hachette.  This should be quite exciting for his career as a bestselling author!  Also, if you haven’t seen the book trailer for Immanuel’s Veins, then you need to see it!  It is right here of course:

Ted Dekker is the author of twenty-two novels, with more than 3 milllion copies of his books sold to date, 1 million of them sold in 2007 alone.

Known for adrenaline-laced stories packed with mind-bending plot twists, unforgettable characters and confrontations between good and evil, Dekker has earned his status as a New York Times bestselling author.

I was sent an Advanced Reader Copy of Immanuel’s Veins to read from the publisher Thomas Nelson.  I was not asked to write a review and I was not required to write a positive one, but rather I intend to give a solid personal opinion on this and other books I review in a similar fashion.  I hope you enjoy reading my reviews and any comments are more than welcome thanks!

19 thoughts on “Immanuel’s Veins by Ted Dekker

  1. What I will do my friend is leave my endorsement for the book. It is a truly beautiful story of how far one man will go for the one he loves. I, too, loved this book.

    “Immanuel’s Veins” seems to rely heavily on the Books of History Chronicles. Though it is completely stand alone. Once this book sinks it’s “teeth” into you it does not let go. The tension just builds like being on a roller coaster, then just drops you down through the various twists and turns of the ride. Then when it seems you can’t take any more, he throws more at you. Ted confronts you with a question of how far will you go to save someone close to you. After reading IV, the choice should be obvious in a way that only Ted can bring out in Story. You can’t read Immanuel’s Veins and remain untouched.

  2. Great review and it sounds like another great book and I just love vampire stories to top it off. Thanks for stopping by my blog I was interested in checking this book out.

  3. Great review! The publisher told me I’m not allowed to put up my review until September, so we’ll just have to wait on that. I’m in the middle of reading it still and I am deffinately enjoying it! The first person point of view is great!

    In the meanwhile, feel free to check out my reviews of other books at

  4. I enjoyed IV. The hymn is by William Cowper, and you quoted Ted’s adaptation, not the actual hymn. Here are Cowper’s lyrics:

    There is a fountain filled with blood / drawn from Emmanuel’s veins;
    and sinners plunged beneath that flood / lose all their guilty stains.

  5. Awesome that you got so much out of this book! Have you heard about the Immanuel’s Veins contest that’s happening on Ted Dekker’s facebook page? You just answer the question “What Have You Done for Love?” and you could win a $2,000 travel voucher and dinner with Dekker. The contest runs through Oct. 4. Then Dekker is picking the winner! Here’s the link: (just click on the “Contest” tab) It’s also fun to read the entries!

  6. did i read the same book as everyone else? sorry but i found it boring and predictable, especially the vampire references. maybe i’m biased because i detest reading romance novels, but when the clerk at the bible book store said that a new ted dekker book was just released–i thought, great something a little spooky and gritty, instead i got sappy! and while i appreciated the battle between good and evil interesting, i thought his message of salvation more of an afterthought. where is frank peretti and anthol dickson when you need them?

  7. Excellent review! I posted a link to it on my site for my readers to read.

    I haven’t read a lot of Ted Dekker before and I would have to say that Immanuel’s Veins was the best book that I didn’t like.

    The writing is really quite superb: descriptive language, active plot, interesting characters all worked together. It was just all the lust, blood, and even more blood that just smothered me.

    I wrote a review of this book on my own blog here:


  8. The book is not ordinary at all. I have been reading books especially many from robert ludlum but Tedd Dekker’s piece is magical. Infact I feel like seeing one on one to find out about the story perhaps i can get a witness to narrate it to me, may be Toma, Lucine or Sofia. Cant wait to get the movie if it has been done at all!

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