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, Fiction, Suspense, Christian Fiction

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

  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Josh Simons
    Talk of love gets thrown around with little gravity. Maybe that is just the polarity we are blind in. Imagine what it would be like if someone loved you in a way that did not keep any record of wrongs against you? Can you even imagine that? Can you extend that love to others, who have wronged you, yet you do not hold it against them? Is that even possible if we find our identity in ourselves?The 49th Mystic is a fictionalization of Ted Dekker’s...
  • 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...
  • Pam
    Ted Dekker has written more than 40 books, of which The 49th Mystic is the most current. I’ll be honest; I have read nearly all of his books. It’s extremely difficult for me to say that any one of them is best, however this may be one of his best yet. From the first page, I was hooked. I sure do wish my schedule allowed me to simply hunker down and read it straight through, but I did my best to read it in the midst of a busy schedule. I am be...
  • Laurel Williston
    Ted Dekker strikes again! The 49th Mystic delivers a great story in true Dekker fashion. It was exciting, nerve-wracking, and inspirational, keeping me on the edge of my seat to find out what would happen next while opening my eyes to new ideas.It follows the journey of Rachelle, blind for as long as she can remember and tormented by Shadow Man, who finds herself suddenly living in two very different realities. She learns that she must discover h...
  • Adam
    Ted Dekker has done it again! The 49th Mystic was another book that I could not put down. I found myself in a familiar world, but it was also very news. Rachelle Matthews is a protagonist that we can all connect with on some level. I found it off that she was blind, but by the end of the book, I realized that it was a necessity. Rachelle is mature beyond her 16 years, but carries that innocence needed for her role.The plot is always moving and ch...
  • Karen Noland
    I love stories that take you on an adventure, sweep you away to lands far from your daily grind. The 49th Mystic is all of that, and so much more. I was transported not just to an alien land, but to a way of thinking that set me on edge, ready to open my mind to a whole new experience of creator and creation, of who I am in the vast scheme of creation, yet the intimate embrace of the creator. Rachelle is blind, physically blind in “our world,...
  • Frank Jarrett
    Ted Dekker's "The 49th Mystic" is incredibly entertaining while being rich in life lessons. This book gave me much to think about while reading it and the thinking did not stop when I was finished with the volume. This is a story that stands on its own. There is no need to have read any of Ted's previous books to understand and enjoy this book. I think this is one of his best works. If you have not read other of Ted’s novels I would recommend t...
  • Caleb Boone
    The 49th Mystic is a life-altering journey that moves Beyond the Circle and solidifies a search found both within the book and in my own life. I have long been seeking for what felt like a missing key, a forgotten way, if you would, on the path to true understanding of and existence within infinite love. I found my direction in the pages of the 49th Mystic.As Rachelle moves through her telling journey, I felt myself on that path with her. Moved t...