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

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

  • Celeste
    Full review now posted!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 that impacted my faith more than an...
  • 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.
  • 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 Chester
    ‘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.
  • 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’ ...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Lydia
    The 49th Mystic is another breathtaking and intoxicating adventure by Ted Dekker! Be prepared--once you start reading, you won't be able to put it down! While in the middle of the book there is a bit of theology to unpack, the book doesn't lose intensity. Dekker works really hard to make what he's saying on a spiritual level understandable to anyone, not just those that may have a church background. The challenge is trying to find neutral languag...
  • Deann
    The 49th Mystic is one of Ted Dekker’s best books. It’s an exciting ride through two worlds that makes you question all that you know about the world and who you are. The book leaves you exhilarated and amazed with a new viewpoint and impatient for more. The themes in the book are timely for what is going on in today’s world, but also feel like ancient wisdom that should have always been known. Those who read this book will not be disappoin...
  • 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 ...
  • Lori Watson
    "Getting lost is part of the journey. When you have lost something, such as your identity, it is still yours, only misplaced and forgotten. Such is the state of all. The question now is, how long do you want to stay lost, my dear little prodigal?"The 49th Mystic was an interesting read for me. It echoed so much of my own life, in a crazy fantasy story about a blind girl seeking truth and facing down her "Shadow Man"- with the fate of her worlds s...
  • Elizabeth Myelle
    To anyone who has not yet ventured to read a Ted Dekker novel, this is a deep and wondrous place to begin. For those familiar with Dekker's books, The 49th Mystic is a reunion of well-loved and despised characters alike. It is impossible to skim the pages of this book. You become drawn into the narrative and willingly dwell on the concepts presented long after the last page is turned. I did not simply read this story, I was immersed in the experi...
  • Anna Smith
    Ted Dekker has been my favorite author from the time I picked up one of his books almost 15 years ago, and this story is the perfect example for why. I can’t recommend it highly enough! From the first page, you jump right into the story of Rachelle, a blind teenager in a seemingly picture-perfect town, aptly called Eden. From there we see her eyes opened, in more ways than one, and take a journey with her, both through the town of Eden, and the...
  • 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...
  • Seth Six
    The 49th Mystic is a journey you will not regret taking. Ted Dekker has been my favorite author for most of my life and once again draws you in right away with an intriguing main character, Rachelle. Her story will captivate you as you journey alongside her. Hers is a journey of discovery, healing, and empowerment. As she discovers who she is and what she was made for, you feel like you’re learning about yourself as well. This story is changing...
  • Jessica Higgins
    Fans of Dekker can rejoice as he brings us back into the circle and the world we grew to love with Thomas Hunter. A book well worth the wait and meant to be enjoyed by all that call themselves part of The Circle.Many years ago, a gateway to another world was opened with Thomas Hunter. His death was supposed to sever that gateway for good. For years, no one crossed over until Rachelle Matthews from Eden, Utah crossed that gateway. Rachelle has alw...
  • K.F.
    The 49th Mystic.... Where to begin? Honesty and truth are good spots. It took a week to dive into the book. Excitement, nervousness, and trepidation were just a few feelings that coursed across my mind as I stared at the book. While reading there were moments that appeared to mimic my own life so much that it felt as if a vice had been released from my heart and lungs. That for the first time in some time I could actually get a full lung full. Cl...
  • Jake Chism
    The 49th Mystic is labeled as a "Beyond the Circle" novel. Long time Ted Dekker readers will instantly think back to the Circle Series, and there are certainly connections (some obvious, some subtle) to Dekker's Magnum Opus throughout this book. However, new readers have no reason to fear. The 49th Mystic works great as a standalone novel and the perfect introduction to the Circle Series (if one so chooses). As a fan of Dekker, it was quite a wal...
  • Jo Nading
    I'll start by saying that I have always loved reading Ted's books. This one is no different in that regard. Ted's ability to allow me go to "another place" and at the same time see myself "in" that place and wrestle with the character in the book and myself at the same time is just something no other writer has been able to do for me in novels. At times I felt like I was the girl in the story. Other times I felt like I was a parent. This story ha...
  • Sara Rassler
    Whether or not you’ve read any of Ted’s other books, this one will bring you on a ride you never want to end. In a rushing thriller that spans two worlds and a whole lot of mysteries, Ted shows readers the true meaning of being of the world but not in it and shows us how we are all blind to the light that clearly lives within us. Ted’s writing style has only improved as he’s churned out books; his beautiful imagery is what shines through ...
  • Jerry Davenport
    When I read this book, I immediately identified with the main character, Rachelle. I could relate to the blindness she felt when she was blind and when she wasn't. There are times in my life when I seem blinded to everything around me and unaware of the good things that I have and see. Rachelle enabled me to see more than that was immediately around me, to push out and see what else there is. This book brings a whole new meaning of being aware of...