The 49th Mystic (Beyond the Circle, #1) by Ted Dekker

The 49th Mystic (Beyond the Circle, #1)

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 Ea...

Details The 49th Mystic (Beyond the Circle, #1)

TitleThe 49th Mystic (Beyond the Circle, #1)
Release DateMay 15th, 2018
GenreFantasy, Christian Fiction, Fiction, Christian, Thriller

Reviews The 49th Mystic (Beyond the Circle, #1)

  • Celeste
    You can now find this review and more at Novel Notions. Ted Dekker will always have a very special place in my heart. His books have inspired me and shaped my faith since I was a teenager, and I’ll always be grateful to them for the way they revealed truth to me in new and vibrant ways. His books will always have a shelf in my house. I can’t tell you how excited I was to hear that Dekker was returning to the world of the Circle, the series th...
  • Tim
    Just an okay story. 4 of 10 stars
  • JD Sutter
    I need Book 2 now! Why is October so far away?!!!Another fabulous mind-bending tale from Ted Dekker. I loved it! Full review to come.
  • Daniel
    Is this a fresh outlook on Christianity or New Age relabeled?I've been a long-time fan of Ted Dekker's work and his imagination, but there is something very wrong with this book and its message. It reminds me of the Celestine Prophecy and its path to enlightenment. Instead of nine insights, the reader is offered five seals. We only get three in this instalment and therefore aren't fully enlightened yet. Throughout the book it is suggested that th...
  • Evan Morgan
    Early 2017, Ted Dekker's editor asked me if I would be interested in reading Ted's new book, The 49th Mystic, and answering some questions. I, of course, said yes. However, my rating is not definitive considering the fact that Ted had just finished writing the book only a few weeks prior to my reading it, and there is no doubt that there will be many things different in the published version such as plot differences, dialogue, etc.I can't say any...
  • Libby
    ‘The 49th Mystic’ by Ted Dekker is a compelling novel that combines science fiction and fantasy while orchestrating the allegorical tale of a heroine’s journey. This is my first novel by Dekker and I plan on following up with the second novel that will be released October 2018. The biggest surprise to me were the references to Christian theology. A wizard like being called Talya quotes scriptures. There is a blending of science, quantum phy...
  • Nora St Laurent
    Confession Time! When my husband enthusiastically told me, he had received an advanced review copy of Ted Dekker’s new book and wanted me to read it with him. I was apprehensive. I tried to share his excitement; let me explain. Years ago, my world was turned upside down by a series of books this author wrote which completely changed my view of Christian Fiction. It gave me hope and challenged me. The books were in The Heaven Tribology series (H...
  • Chris Jager
    For fans of Ted's will be excited to know he returned to the land of the Circle series. Once again the Horde, the Albinos and others once again struggle over this world and the future world. It was great fun to return to one of my favorite series by Ted and am looking forward to the conclusion in 2018.
  • lisa elis
    AAAAHHHHHHHH ok reading this felt like going home and it was amazing but still, gotta say nothing beats the original Circle. WHEN IS BOOK 2 COMING OUT??[Warning: minor spoilers ahead]Rachelle is a beautiful character who has a lot of struggles and fears but she's so admirable and strong at the same time and I was rooting for her all the way. Vlad Smith was eerily similar to one other creep earlier and (view spoiler)[ he WAS the said creep udner a...
  • Anne Rogers
    9780800734930 (ITPE - sold in the UK)9780800729783 (HB - sold in the USA)A brilliantly told story spanning two worlds.I was intrigued by the blurb for this book – about a blind girl who lives in two worlds. Or rather, in two time periods. When she sleeps in her home town of Eden, Utah, she is awake in a future world, and vice versa. Motherless Rachelle is close to her father, David, and an independent young lady. Although blind, she ‘sees’ ...
  • Megan
    This story was bad. Very bad. It’s the circle series and tons of sermons and theology thrown together into a poorly made dish. I started off the book feeling like it was poorly written Circle fanfic. And by the end, this theory still holds up, as storylines from other connected novels come into play as well. Rachelle was a likable character but all these scenarios she finds herself in are utterly ridiculous. At one point, she’s with Mr. Miagi...
  • Stefanie
    This was my first fantasy Ted Dekker book. I’ve read a lot of his thriller/suspense novels and love them!The 49th Mystic is a tale of the girl, Rachelle, and her journey to find the light, the five seals, and figure out her place in life. She’s trapped between two worlds and strives to find answers.The 49th Mystic is book one and its sequel, The Rise of the Mystics continues this tale.The story is gripping and you’ll find yourself immersed ...
  • Linda
    I'm sorry I just could not like this story, especially as it pretty much ended in the middle of the story. Only 3 of 5 seals found...must wait for the sequel...I think not.
  • Kav
    I'm kinda speechless here. Gobsmacked, really. This is my first Ted Dekker novel and I'm impressed. What an incredible story! Unlike anything I`ve read before and hard to categorize. Faith driven speculative thriller? Or maybe Dekker has created a new genre altogether. It`s a long book -- 405 pages -- but so full of meaning and imagery and truth! I kept stopping to scribble down quotes and there were lots of pondering pauses as I followed Rachell...
  • Jerry
    Ted Dekker is amazing. His books not only entertain and enthrall, they make you think. This first entry in a new trilogy that takes place in the same universe as the Circle books had me gripped the entire time. Can't wait for the sequel!
  • Philip Lara
    Wow! I don't know how to fully convey the ride that The 49th Mystic is. The story is excellently written, nothing is quite what you expect, and you will enjoy every page! This work will, if you let it, open your eyes to consider and see things as you have never seen them. Ted Dekker's works all have that effect, but this is something unlike any of his previous writings. Every chapter is rich in story, but I walk away looking at my life differentl...
  • Julia
    I believe everything happens for a reason. Things you need to see, hear, read or learn at a time in your life that holds meaning. This has since been the case with all of the books I've read by Ted Dekker over the past few years. Always a lesson, something I needed to read/hear at just the right time in my life. The 49th Mystic was no different for me. When I filled out the form to receive one of the Advanced Reader Copies, I wasn't holding my br...
  • Alycia Morales
    Ted Dekker had me sobbing as early as chapter three in The 49th Mystic. I've never cried as hard due to the impact of a man's words on my heart while reading a fiction novel. And all it took was two sentences: "Remember who you are. Return to the truth of your origin and recognize yourself."The 49th Mystic is all about getting back to our origin and recognizing we were created for a purpose far bigger than ourselves. Once we recognize that truth,...
  • Michelle
    I really enjoyed Black: The Birth of Evil and it's subsequent books. However, The 49th Mystic just was not my favorite. I found it hard to get through and thought the whole solving of the Seals thing was hard to believe. It was all very steeped in "Christianese" and if someone were to read it who did not have that belief system, I think it would be very confusing. I thought it was confusing enough for me, as a Christian. Sadly, I was pretty disap...
  • Chris Miller
    This book was amazing! Mind blowing! I feel like that is even putting it mildly. It was a pure pleasure to go with Rachelle on her journey. Not only did I follow her, I was on the journey with her! This book is so compelling it was hard to put down. This is Ted Dekker at his absolute best, and by far the best book I have ever read.
  • Tiffany Jones
    Ready...set...Dream! Some people say that the great mystery of how one person can live in two very different worlds, at the same time, died years ago with Thomas Hunter; while others say that the gateway between the two worlds is merely a dream. They’re both wrong. In the small town of Eden, Utah, a blind girl named Rachelle is going to experience firsthand just how wrong they are. After some complications during a procedure to restore her eyes...
  • Audrey
    Words cannot describe the awesomeness of this book. Rochelle Matthews is a blind girl in Eden, Utah which is an experimental Utopia of sorts. She has these scary dreams that eventually come to light and she is transferred to Other Earth two thousand years in the future much like Thomas Hunter. She is required to find five seals of truth to save Eden. This is a mind-spinning, adrenaline rushed book of profound truths and dangerous action. I am imp...
  • Barbara Huskey
    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. If you enjoy Christian authored fantasy and sci-fi, Supernatural books than you’d probably enjoy this.
  • Taylor
    I’ve been a fan of Ted Dekker since I was a 7th grader. A 12 year old kid who couldn’t write proper sentences, yet loved to read. I fell in love with Ted’s books and fell in love with writing. 49th Mystic had a lot to love up to. Red taught me who Jesus was; I was a Christian, but I first sought after Jesus after reading the Circle Series. So another book releasing that takes place IN Other Earth? I was skeptical. I was scared. I posted in ...
  • Heidi Miller
    If it's only fiction, how does The 49th Mystic manage to seem deeper and truer than even the most inspired teaching? This novel may be a fantasy thriller, but it promises to reveal the most foundational yet elusive Truths as it compels the reader to travel between two fantastic worlds. I find myself loving some characters and hating others. The characters' blind choices frequently frustrate me as the point of view shifts among diverse characters ...
  • Melissa
    When I first discovered Ted Dekker several years ago he became my favorite author and The Circle Series became my favorite books. So I was beyond excited to receive an advanced readers copy of The 49th Mystic. It has all of the usual of Dekker’s books twists and turns and darkness. Looking forward to the conclusion in the fall.
  • Bob Morton
    I received an ARC of this book from Interviews and Reviews and the publisher, Revel. What follows is an honest review.The 49th Mystic is some heavy reading. The physical copy of the book that I received is 400 pages long. So in the physical sense it is a heavy book. In the story it tells, it is heavy as well. I usually put who I think would like the book at the end of my reviews. I am moving that to the top this time.This book is written in the s...
  • Natasha
    I've read quite a few of Ted Dekker's books and am always impressed by his storytelling imagination, as well as the way he interweaves the deepest of Truths. The worlds created in The 49th Mystic are fascinating by themselves, one: a bubble society, cut off from the rest of the world and living by a rather cult-like set of rules; and two: a future Earth full of fantastical elements where modern contraptions are extinct, the sword rules, and human...
  • Lisa (brandnewbooksmell)
    Sometimes in life, you read a book that speaks to you in an unexpected way. It speaks truth and life and peace. The 49th Mystic was this book for me for this exact time in my life. In the small town of Eden, Utah, a blind girl named Rachelle Matthews 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. She is the prophesied one who must find and recover five an...
  • Chris Cashell
    I started with trepidation having been such a big fan of The Circle Trilogy but what i found was a story to stand on its own. Weaving between two realities kept the story changing and surprising as you began to try and unravel the mystery of the 49th Mystic and figure out the five ancient seals. I found myself trying to figure them out myself as you were reminded what they were as the story progressed. The story kept me wanting to reach the end a...