Worth the wait: "The 49th Mystic" by Ted Dekker


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about the book....


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.

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.

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.


my review....



I have been anxiously waiting for a new fiction Ted Dekker novel, having devoured each of his prior novels and loving every one. So when I learned about "The 49th Mystic", I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy - and I can attest that it was well worth the wait!

Dekker's latest novel is an immersive journey that mixes suspense, fantasy and spiritual truths into one compelling whole. As with his previous circle series, he alternates between scenes from the present and those from a radically different future. As much as I enjoyed his prior Circle series, in my opinion "The 49th Mystic" has risen beyond those novels, introducing an amazingly complex and intriguing character in Rachelle. The fact that she's blind, with unbelievable skills (including mad martial arts moves) makes her even more endearing as a character. As she encounters a calling far beyond anything she had planned for her life, I found myself utterly absorbed in the adventure that she embarks on, one where the stakes are so high that the very future of the world hangs in the balance. Dekker's writing is addictive, and the action-packed scenes kept me glued to the pages. In the midst of the action, Dekker has woven in spiritual conversations that will definitely leave you deep in thought about your own spiritual journey and will reveal parallels with the modern church today - the good, the bad, and the ugly. But he does so in a way that did not detract from the story for me, but rather added a depth to the novel that made the suspense all the richer as we realize that the character's actions have eternal repercussions.

I came to the final page of "The 49th Mystic" eager for the ultimate battle between good and evil that the story is foreshadowing in the book to follow. And it appears that beloved characters from the Circle series will be returning to star in the upcoming sequel "Rise of the Mystics". If you are anything like me, the wait is going to be hard indeed!

I award Ted Dekker's long-awaited novel a high rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.


about the author....


Ted Dekker
Ted Dekker is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of more than forty novels, with over 10 million copies sold worldwide. He was born in the jungles of Indonesia to missionary parents, and his upbringing as a stranger in a fascinating and sometimes frightening culture fueled his imagination. Dekker's passion is simple--to explore truth through mind-bending stories that invite readers to see the world through a different lens. His fiction has been honored with numerous awards, including two Christy Awards, two Inspy Awards, an RT Reviewers' Choice Award, and an ECPA Gold Medallion. In 2013, NPR readers nationwide put him in the Top 50 Thriller Authors of All Time. Dekker lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Lee Ann.


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