Rise of the Mystics (Beyond the Circle Series #2)

Rise of the Mystics (Beyond the Circle Series #2)

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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 all wrong.

Rachelle Matthews, who grew up in the small town of Eden, Utah, discovered just how wrong when she dreamed and awoke in another world. There she learned that she was the 49th Mystic, the prophesied one, tasked with finding five ancient seals before powerful enemies destroy her. If Rachelle succeeds in her quest, peace will reign. If she fails, the world will forever be locked in darkness.

In The 49th Mystic , Rachelle found the first three of those five seals through great peril and mind-altering adventure. But two seals remain hidden and the fate of both worlds hangs in their balance.

As Rachelle Matthews sits deep in a dungeon, Vlad Smith is just getting started. Thomas Hunter's world is about to be turned inside out. The mystics say that there is no defense against the Fifth Seal—but finding it will cost Rachelle everything.

So begins the final volume of high stakes in one girl's quest to find an ancient path that will save humanity. The clock is ticking; the end rushes forward.

Ready? Set?


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781980007975
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date: 10/02/2018
Series: Beyond the Circle Series , #2
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 420,488
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

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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Rise of the Mystics 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
angelroman 5 months ago
With The 49th Mystic, Ted Dekker introduced us once again to the world of The Circle Series. This time, it seems, we’ll only have a duology that finishes with TheRise of The Mystics. In this conclusive book, Dekker delivers the continuation of a new story lead by Rachelle while at the same time giving old time fans a chance to reencounter some favorite characters and places. But through the story there’s also the discovery of the rest of the seals that bring flavor and wisdom into the story. Conclusion The great thing about this new series is that they work for new and old fans, and being only two books, it makes a great choice for someone that wants to try something new. I received this book from Revell in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Virginiaw 5 months ago
This was the second book in a fantastic fantasy series. Rachelle was a girl that heard voices as she grew up and then had nightmares. Make sure to read these books in order. You must read The 49th Mystic first to understand all of the horrific things that Rachelle goes through to find the five seals and save two worlds. I received a copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
ARS8 5 months ago
Rise of the Mystics was an epic conclusion to this two book series that is part of the Circle world. There is a lot going on in this allegorical, action packed, and very suspenseful novel. If you are into fantasy, other worlds, big battles, and really evil bad guys then you will certainly be a fan of this series. From the moment I picked this book up I was hooked into Rachelle’s world (both of them) and wondered where this story was going to take her. Rachelle was a deep character and she had been through so much already, but this story becomes even more personal to her. I liked her character. She was a good girl trying to find peace and a way to forget her nightmares. She was very trusting and that was good and bad in ways. She is the underdog and I rooted throughout the series for her. Both my son and I have been enjoying this series. I was provided with a copy of the novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
Teadrinker 5 months ago
The Beyond the Circle Series starts out with The 49th Mystic. Rise of the Mystics is the second and final book in the Beyond the Circle series by Ted Dekker. These are my first books that I have read by Dekker but I understand this new series also plays off of his original Circle series although it can be read independently. Rachelle Matthews is also known as the 49th mystic. She lives in two worlds at once. In the ancient world she is currently locked in a dungeon. She has received three out of five seals in the book one and needs to complete the next two to save the people she loves and cares about. How can she do it in this realm when she is stuck in the dungeon? In the modern earth world she faces even greater struggles to overcome as she faces off with the villain Vlad Smith. I don't want to give away any spoilers so will stop there. I especially like to read a series when I can go right from one book to the next so I was glad that both books were published when I decided to read The 49th Mystic. That said, this book was different than I expected in both the beginning and the ending after reading the first book. I think it is well-written and interesting, but I really didn't like how the main character was treated and some of the storyline. I understand why the storyline had to play out that way to make it all work but I still didn't ENJOY reading what happened to Rachelle, especially at the beginning.However, having said that, I continue to appreciate how easy it is to read between the two worlds and keep the characters straight. I liked the fast paced timing of everything. I never felt bored while reading this book, even though I ached for some of the characters. If you like adventures, with some violence, and allegorical suspense, I encourage you to give the Beyond the Circle series a try. I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.
SemmieWise 5 months ago
** “Perception is the lamp that determines your experience of life in this body. If your perception is clear, you’ll experience light and love, not darkness and fear. If your perception is unclear, you’ll see a world of darkness and fear. Judgment is making record of wrong. The choice is ours: to release grievance and see light, or to judge and walk in darkness.” ** The journey of Rachelle Matthews, also known as the 49th Mystic, continues in Ted Dekker’s “Rise of the Mystics,” the second novel in his “Beyond the Circle” series. “Rise of the Mystics” picks up four months after the prior novel. Now 17, Rachelle, her father and the rest of the Eden residents have left the Utah compound, being reprogrammed by DARPA. The officials who are working closely with Rachelle and her father David have attempted to completely reboot her memory, to the point where they’ve made Rachelle believe she’s schizophrenic to explain away her mysterious powers like telekinesis and auditory hallucinations. She is also no longer dreaming of her life in Other Earth, where war is brewing between the two peoples — the Elyonites, who believe in the holy Elyon, and the Horde, who worship the evil Teeleh. In both worlds, she has been tasked to find the Five Seals of Truth — having found the first three in “The 49th Mystic.” With the help of scientist Steven Collingworth, she scrambles to reclaim her identity on present-day Earth. Facing dangerous roadblocks from America’s highest office, she must also face her fears to defeat the evil Vlad Smith who is determined to use her to destroy the Realm of Mystics on Other Earth, crushing the world of Yeshua, also known as Justin. “Rise of Mystics” is written in typical Ted Dekker fashion — deeply spiritual, scientific, philosophical and political. It is a massive love letter, helping the reader to dive deep into their relationship with the Almighty God. This is a tale of love, identity, strength, overcoming fear, transformation and faith, revealing who is the way, the truth and the life. It also reveals several other lessons, like you suffer the same fate you inflict in life; struggles are opportunities for salvation; bad news is only a matter of misperception; don’t be anxious for tomorrow; with faith anything is possible; judgment of ourselves only puts us in prison; the necessity to deny one’s self while letting go of attachments; and the renewing of our minds. It also stretches our mind to question how do we truly know what’s real. The main theme that runs throughout both novels is love. Love of one’s self. Love of our fellow man. Love of our enemy. And love for our eternal creator. This series is a fantastic addition to Dekker’s original Circle series. It will truly blow your mind, taking you to places deep within your soul. However, you must read “The 49th Mystic” before reading “Rise of the Mystics.” You don’t necessarily need to read the original Circle series, but it may provide some background. Fans of Shawn Smucker’s “Day the Angels Fell” series or even authors like Stephen King will love Dekker’s novels. Disclaimer: this story does contain quite a bit of violence and brutal situations. Five stars out of five. Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.
amybooksy 5 months ago
Rise of the Mystics is book 2 from Ted Dekker’s series, Beyond the Circle. In this installment, Rachelle’s story continues. I was intrigued how it would all end for her. It was interesting how the author was able to use biblical references in this fantasy. The message is pretty powerful. I give Rise of the Mystics four stars. I do recommend for readers to read The 49th Mystic first before starting this one. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
connywithay 6 months ago
“I was the 49th Mystic, and I was searching for the Five Seals of Truth before the Realm of Mystics could be destroyed,” Rachelle remembers in Ted Dekker’s novel, Rise of the Mystics. ~ What ~ Part two of two in the Beyond the Circle series, this four-hundred-and-eighteen-page paperback targets those who enjoy futuristic mystical fiction with other-worldly characters and analogies to Christianity. Using slang words such as crap and heck, topics of dream-control, imprisonment, torture, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. The ending has the author’s biography and advertisements plus Talya’s Journal on the Forgotten Way. Using mainly the New American Standard Bible, the ABPE, BLB, ESV, HCSB, ISV, KJV, NHEB, and NIV are also referenced. In this sequel to the first book that is set in the future on two worlds that are two-hundred years apart, Rachelle continues to travel between the Earth and Other Earth whenever she dreams to overcome Vlad Smith and his evil plans. As she deals with two worlds of polarity, she surrenders herself to loving without judgment as her memory gets wiped in one world and she turns into one she abhors in another in her quest to uncover the fourth and fifth seal to save the Realm. It is only until she learns True Love that she can save those around her and herself. ~ Why ~ This is a sci-fi fantasy complete with good and evil, love versus hatred, and acceptance with understanding. The author writes with vivid detail, often in first person from the protagonist’s view of having forgotten who she is and what she needs to do. It promotes that true love holds no record of wrong and how hatred is devastating. I appreciated it contains a recap of the first book at its beginning. ~ Why Not ~ Those who do not like futuristic fiction that involves mysticism, allegory, and fantasy will pass on this read. Some may feel the book gets complicated with two ongoing worlds that do not track as well as the first book. Others may find its connection to Scripture not completely Biblical, sometimes confusing and conflicting. ~ Wish ~ Having read the prior book, I found this one even more of a challenge as it includes out-of-context Biblical theory and sometimes randomly. Some may question if it endorses an accurate plan of eternal salvation as there was no asking forgiveness of sin, Jesus shedding His blood on the cross, or His resurrection but more of a “follow your heart – all is love” concept. Although I liked some of both worlds’ characters, I found the conclusion baffling regarding universal redemption and the journal’s interpretations and applications sometimes misrepresenting. Due to stretching the Bible to accommodate the story and vice versa, I agreed with Vlad telling Aaron and David on page 68, “You must know by now that if you torture any scripture long enough, you can get it to say whatever you want.” I prefer all pronouns of God capitalized for reference. ~ Want ~ If you like a futuristic book about True Love in two dark worlds, this may interest you, but I found it too confusing, rambling, and perhaps distorted from Biblical theology so cannot promote it as Christian fantasy. Thanks to Baker Publishing for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review. #RiseoftheMystics #BeyondtheCircle
DarleneLTurner More than 1 year ago
Rachelle Matthews is the 49th Mystic and is tasked in Earth and Other Earth to find all five seals or both worlds as she knows them will end. The problem? The evil Vlad is after her and has crossed into each realm with one intent. To stop her at all costs. He wants evil to reign. Can she race against time and look past her own faults to solve the mystery of the seals before it’s too late? When I finished reading Rise of the Mystics one word popped into my head. WOW. It left me breathless. Ted Dekker’s profound gift of writing and his imagination pierces the soul. This book opens the reader’s mind to reach deep and examine their faith. It did me. It is a thought-provoking end to the Beyond the Circle series and completes the Circle with a bang! The imagery and use of the senses in this book will amaze the reader and put them right on the page into both worlds. The plot has numerous twists that kept me glued, holding my breath until the very end. Each character in this series comes to life on the page and has the reader thinking about them long after they close the book. I loved all the emotions Rachelle goes through on her journey to discover the five seals. They are exactly what we go through in life. Fear, joy, love, anger. I encourage the reader to read all of the books in the Circle first as it will open them up to all of the characters and the worlds the author has created. They each have profound messages. The allegory aspects in this book will blow the reader away. They are crystal clear and will have you pumping your fist, YES! I give Rise of the Mystics five brilliantly lit stars. This book will have you thinking about faith, Jesus, heaven, and much more! Let’s all find The Forgotten Way. **Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Incredible Journey....If you have read any of the Circle books, you must follow up with The 49th Mystic and Rise of the Mystics. The journey will change your perception of true sight and what it means to see light in the darkness. Rachelle takes us on her journey of "Diving Deep" to find God's light within us all. It is a mind-bending journey that we must all take in order to have the blindness removed. She takes us through the struggles of what it means to truly love and what it feels like to be loved. I for one hope Ted is not finished with the Circle Books! Enjoy!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved bith books in this series and I have a feeling Eden may yet be revisited as it rises from the rumble
Wolf_and_Phoenix More than 1 year ago
This is a book that you'll want to lose yourself in, in the best possible way. As a long-time reader of all books Dekker, this book ranks with his best. It wrecked me, and I'm probably going to turn around and read it over again."Rise of the Mystics", along with part One,"The 49th Mystic", put the final bold exclamation point on the Circle books (which I also highly recommend). Dekker's metaphorical and allegorical ability scrapes away the patina of dead religiosity that obscures the scriptures and reveals a power and beauty in the Way that the world has forgotten. These books will captivate your imagination, bring tears to your eyes, transform your understanding, and leave you shouting in joyous worship. Most highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The 49th Mystic was the best book I’d read this year, so I was thrilled to read Rise of the Mystics at the end of the summer. It didn’t disappoint. While 49th Mystic moves more quickly, Rise of the Mystics burns slowly with truths we all need to hear and understand. So many things I know, and yet I’d never thought of them like this. I’d never seen them clearly. Rise of the Mystics will take the scales from your eyes and show you what you’ve been missing your whole life. If you haven’t read The 49th Mystic yet, go do it now. And then immediately pick up Rise of the Mystics. You won’t regret it in the slightest. In fact, I think it might turn everything you think you know on its head. I’ll be reading this series again, without a doubt. Won’t you join me?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rise of the Mystics is a beautiful book that made me think about what is really important. It helped me to gain an understanding of what I had forgotten for so long and to treasure the hope that I have now.
rhondaryser More than 1 year ago
The story picks up right where the first book, The 49th Mystic leaves off; with a review for any who have not read the first book, or it has been a while since they had read it. Rachelle takes you along on her journey of discovery as she searches for the last two of the five seals. The truths she learns about herself, others, and her beliefs on her journey are enlightening. I found myself doing a lot of introspective searching along with Rachelle as she does self-examination. In true Ted Dekker fashion this book makes you think outside the box. I read through Rise of the Mystics twice and learned deeper truths the second time.
Digging4Pearls More than 1 year ago
Other than reading the Bible, I've never had a book stir me so deeply on a spiritual level until I read Rise of the Mystics and the 49th Mystic. Ted Dekker has an incredible gift of drawing the reader in and not letting go even after the book finishes. The depth of the spiritual truths that he unveils is beyond compare. I will be thinking, mulling, and praying over the new insights that I gained through scripture due to reading this two-book series. I HIGHLY recommend the 49th Mystic and Rise of the Mystics as something all Christians should read. You won't be disappointed. Thank you for these books, Ted. They have touched my life in a deep and profound way. While I was given an advanced copy, it has been my delight and pleasure to read and review the book. I was not required to provide a positive review - 2018.