49th Mystic (Beyond the Circle 1)

by Ted Dekker

Paperback, 2018

Status

Available

Call number

813.54

Publication

Revell (2018), Edition: ITPE, 432 pages

Description

Some say the great mystery of how one can live in two worlds at once died with Thomas Hunter many years ago. Still others that the gateway to that greater reality was and is only the stuff of dreams. They are wrong. In the small town of Eden, Utah, a blind girl named Rachelle Matthews is about to find out just how wrong. When a procedure meant to restore Rachelle's sight goes awry, she begins to dream of another world so real that she wonders if Earth might only be a dream experienced when she falls asleep in that reality. Who is a simple blind girl to have such strange and fantastic dreams? She's the prophesied one who must find and recover five ancient seals--in both worlds--before powerful enemies destroy her. If Rachelle succeeds in her quest, peace will reign. If she fails, both worlds will forever be locked in darkness. So begins a two-volume saga of high stakes and a mind-bending quest to find an ancient path that will save humanity. The clock is ticking; the end rushes forward. Ready? Set? Dream.… (more)

Language

Original language

English

Physical description

432 p.; 8.5 inches

ISBN

0800734939 / 9780800734930

User reviews

LibraryThing member BookWallah
What if your dreams became real? They did for the teenage heroine in the first installment in this new Dekker thriller. It seems Ted is getting more theo-logical (that was a pun) as he ages, with exploration of several themes like spiritual blindness. Generally a well paced thriller. Recommended
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for fans and new readers alike.
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LibraryThing member cheetosrapper
Having read the Circle Trilogy I was really curious about this book. Once again, the fiction is amazing and wonderful. However, some of the religious teachings are a bit of a struggle for me to accept. If I can read the next book it may change so I'll see what happens.
LibraryThing member ChrisSlavens
A worthy successor to the Circle series, The 49th Mystic is gripping, complex, and deeply theological, grappling with themes like blindness (spiritual and literal), deception, and grace. I'm looking forward to the sequel.
LibraryThing member croknot1
I had a hard time trying to get into this one. Too sci-fi for me. Usually a Ted Dekker fan.
I received this book through LibraryThing for my honest review.
LibraryThing member MarcusBrutus
As with other Ted Dekker books I’ve read, this one was a bit of a mixed bag.

While I’m all for allegories, this one did come across as a bit heavy-handed, given that large chunks of the book were dedicated to the main character, Rachelle, learning theology and philosophy. This might not have
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been so bad if she was a more interesting character, but she falls into the ranks of your average bland Chosen One.

Some of the side characters might have been more interesting if we’d been allowed to spend time in their heads. Jacob was one, as he could be a potential enemy or ally, but scenes with him quickly lost their tension. Rachelle’s father, David, was a little better, as he was torn between the truth, his brain’s programming, and the desire to save his daughter. Unfortunately, we saw less of him just when this internal conflict was starting to emerge.

There were some good points, too. For one thing, I didn’t read the “Circle” series, but I still followed along with this story well enough. It didn’t feel like Dekker was over- or under- explaining the world itself, and there was a real mystery about the purpose of Eden that lasted through the whole book. The premise itself was also intriguing – someone that lives in two worlds and keeps switching back and forth when she falls asleep. I’m at least invested enough to pick up Book 2 when it comes out so I can see where these world are headed.
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LibraryThing member Barb_H
A bit slow to get started but gets very interesting in the middle and becomes much tougher to put down. This is the first of a trilogy I believe and there is a cliffhanger leading into the next book at the end. If you’ve read and enjoyed other books by Ted Dekker you will probably enjoy this one.
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If you enjoy Christian authored fantasy and sci-fi, Supernatural books than you’d probably enjoy this.

I won an Advanced Reader Copy of this audio book from the Library Thing Early Reviewer Giveaway.
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LibraryThing member jfe16
Sixteen-year-old Rachelle Matthews lives in Eden, Utah. Or does she?

When she sleeps, she’s in another reality, another world. Is this world her true home? And what of Eden? Could they both be real?

Rachelle is the prophesied 49th Mystic, the one who must find and recover the five ancient seals,
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whether they exist in the alternate reality of her dream world or in the home she knows as Eden. If she can do this before time runs out, there will be peace. If not, darkness will prevail in both worlds.

The story of the 49th mystic alternates between the world of Eden where Rachelle lives with her father, David, and the alternate reality she knows only in her dreams. The story ends on a cliffhanger; readers should look for the conclusion in “The Rise of the Mystics,” scheduled to be released in October. But the cliffhanger ending doesn’t detract from the amazing narrative unfolding in the pages of this first volume in the series. There are so many nuances to the story, so much truth scattered within the adventures; this absorbing, riveting narrative will challenge readers to examine truth in a new light. It’s can’t-put-it-down spectacular, a book you won’t want to miss.

Highly recommended.
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LibraryThing member dgmlrhodes
I loved the premise of this book - the blind girl who lives in two worlds and can see by echolocation. Rachelle undergoes a procedure to restore her sight and then soon finds herself having dreams about a foreign place. She soon discovers she is the 49TH Mystic and must find give seals which can be
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located in either world. She undertakes a dangerous adventure. There are many interesting characters and situations in this book. I also loved the sacrifices that her father was willing to make for his daughter. Without giving away more of the plot, I will just say that this was an engaging and enjoyable read. It kept me interested and rooting for the characters in the book all the way through.
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LibraryThing member rjmoren
I loved it! Very good story as only Dekker can tell it. He has a way of getting at the truth with deep characters and it's just hard to explain. I love the way he uses scripture in the story and how the characters make their way through each crisis they face. It is evident that God is a part of the
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storytelling and I like that a lot. Looking forward to Book 2 later this year.
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LibraryThing member amcreech
Rachelle has been blind most of her life but has been plagued with nightmares of the Shadow Man. After undergoing an experimental treatment to bring back her sight she is transported to the Other Earth, a reality far in the future where she discovers she is the 49th Mystic and the safety of both
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worlds rely on her to reveal the 5 seals. Each time she dreams she is transported to the world opposite of the one in which she fell asleep. An interesting read brings in religious themes of who we are, does God exist, etc.
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LibraryThing member snotbottom
I had this one on my "to read" shelf for a bit. Then I won a copy of the sequel, "Rise of the Mystics" here on LibraryThing so I had to get to it! I don't know why I put it off, other than it go buried under so many others that I have to read.

Anyway, the story takes us back to the world created by
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Dekker in the original Circle series, but picks up a generation later. The story isn't about the original cast, although they do make appearances, so you don't have to read those to be able to enjoy the new books. I don't want to provide any spoilers, so I won't go into the storyline at all. However, I will say that I thoroughly enjoyed it and wish I had gone ahead and read it earlier. Dekker's storytelling and character development shine throughout and he does a great job of interlacing the fundamental principles of his faith into the story in a way that doesn't come across as preachy. In fact, those fundamental principles are a primary part of the storyline. Some may not like the way Dekker weaves his faith so tightly into his writing, but I appreciate it, particularly because he makes is so accessible to those who might not ever learn of it another way.
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LibraryThing member JillRey
Rachelle is blind, but dreams in vivid nightmares until one day when her father attempts to cure her blindness via an advanced DNA treatment. On this day a mysterious man appears, and Rachelle begins to live in two worlds – the world she knows in Utah and “Other World.” When she falls asleep
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in either world she awakes in the opposite. As her home in Eden, Utah falls apart she must save them through the power she gains in “Other World.”

From the name of Eden, Utah to the biblical references in which Rachelle gains her power, this book is ripe with biblical themes. The underlying messages of God become distracting, but I LOVED the blind, strong, female lead Dekker gives us in this two-part series Beyond the Circle. Ultimately, The 49th Mystic provides us a look at Eden and Christ in a fantastical universe that gives us a new perspective and shows us there is strength in every individual, we just have to find it when the time is right.

*Disclaimer: A review copy was provided by the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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LibraryThing member Virginia51
I really enjoyed this first book in a two book series. I don’t read a lot of fantasy/sci-fi but I am glad I read this one. I love the back and forth of the dream world to the real world. I love the characters. I hate the ones I am supposed to hate also. I did not want to put this book down .i am
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looking forward to the conclusion of this series. I received a copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
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LibraryThing member Cherylk
It has been quite some time since I have picked up a Ted Dekker book. So, when I saw this new book, I thought I would give it a go. Well I did give it a go and it was two tries.

Going into this book, I knew it was going to be mystical but I was not prepared for how "out" there it was. After having
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recently finished watching OA on Netflix, my mind was a bit more open to this different twist on humanity and faith. Yet, this book was too much for me.

The first time I got about ten chapters in and put the book down. I came back to the book about a couple weeks later and decided to try it one more time. Ok, so it was a little better the second time but again not much more. For me the storyline was unbelievable. The latter half was better than the first half.
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LibraryThing member hes7
My teen years were spent reading and falling in love with Ted Dekker’s books. Every new book from him guaranteed my excitement, and even now, years later, I felt the same with the release of the Beyond the Circle series.

The 49th Mystic begins the world-saving adventure of Rachelle Matthews. From
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her idyllic, set-apart town of Eden, Utah, she becomes unexpectedly entwined in a battle of good and evil, travelling between worlds via her dreams (like Thomas Hunter of the Circle series), and with the daunting task, as the 49th mystic, to break the seals and save the world.

With fantastical twists and thought-provoking theology, the story of The 49th Mystic unfolds. While it would not say it is as good as the original Black-Red-White trilogy, it does embody the unique characteristic of Dekker’s writing, and it left me intrigued to continue reading the duology.

I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.
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LibraryThing member TABrowne
Phenomenal book. I couldn't put it down. This book reminds me of my preciousness and importance to God. It is told as a fantasy story and like C.S. Lewis' space trilogy and Chronicles of Narnia it tells a story that is intriguing and worth a read separate from it's deeper truths about Faith and
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your relationship with God. I was given an arc for an honest review.
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LibraryThing member JoniMFisher
Mind-stretching journey of a young blind girl whose life turns upside down when she regains her sight. Her vivid dream life makes her question everything. Many shocking twists kept me reading for more.

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