From the back cover of “The 49th Mystic” by Ted Dekker:
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. She is 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.
The clock is ticking; the end rushes forward.
Read? Set? Dream.
As a long-time fan of Ted Dekker I was absolutely delighted to see that the happenings of “Other Earth” would be continuing in Dekker’s new two book series Beyond the Circle. The story follows Rachelle, a “blind” girl in a small Utah town that’s more than it seems. With the arrival of Vlad Smith in Eden, Utah, Rachelle is awakened in another world which she labels “Other Earth”. There she is informed of her position as the prophesied 49th Mystic and tasked with finding 5 seals before an appointed time.
With threats from Vlad and accusations of heresy, Rachelle and friends (and family) have their hands full, while Rachelle learns the truth of the seals, of moving beyond polarity, the infinity of God, and an interesting use of the word metanoia literally meaning “change of mind.”
As always, Dekker is heavy on metaphor, though I can’t help but notice he is even more direct in this book. Though that doesn’t mean I always catch his meaning or agree with what I think he means. I would ask the reader to keep in mind that this is a work of fiction, be careful and test any theological or spiritual implications against scripture.
Overall, the book left a good impression on me. It made me nostalgic to see characters like Gabil and Michal the adorable roush, Samuel of Hunter, and even Ba’al the dark priest. I love the way Dekker combines the familiar with new adventure by introducing us to characters like Rachelle, Jacob, and David. I’d forgotten what it was like to be so immersed in a book you couldn’t put it down! I’m looking forward to seeing Rachelle’s quest for the 5 seals continue in book 2 “Rise of the Mystics.”
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review.