18 May 2019

Rise of the Mystics | Book Review


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?


Publisher: Revell
Release Date: October 2, 2018



Rise of the Mystics continues Rachelle’s story that began in The 49th Mystic. If you haven’t read the first book, definitely do not start this one; it won’t make much sense.

Now, I don’t want to say too much about Rise of the Mystics story-wise to avoid spoiling it. Still, I generally enjoyed seeing how the story continued and concluded. Rachelle proved to be a fascinating character, and her emotional journey is an intriguing one.

A thought-provoking one, too. As expected, this second Beyond the Circle delves into theological matters—and I’m still not sure how I feel about what Dekker suggests. Generally, I appreciate challenges to my theology, making me think about and reflect on the truth. But after loving, loving, loving The Circle, this duology’s “preaching” did not feel right. Of course, it did not help that much of the theology expressed in Rise of the Mystics felt like repetition, especially after The 49th Mystic.

I may give a reread of the Beyond the Circle books a chance down the road, but for now, I still prefer the original Black-Red-White saga.

I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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