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The world is in a vortex of hate and one girl’s bravery has the power to save them all.

Book Blurb:

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?

Dream.

Book Review:

Rise of the Mystics is my second experience with a Ted Dekker novel. The first book I tried to read, I didn’t finish but I might go back and try again at a later date.

When I requested a copy of this book from Revell, I was warned I should read The 49th Mystic first. I didn’t, and I regret it because I felt somewhat lost for a large portion of the book.

I have mixed feelings with this book. I loved the world-building and imagery but sometimes the dialogue ran way too long and repeated itself to the point I wanted to skip the conversation entirely. My favorite parts of the book were Rachelle on Earth. Other Earth was wonderful, and Rachelle’s character growth was phenomenal. Normally, I would be all about the fantasy world as opposed to the ‘real’ world. I’m not sure what caused the change.

On the spiritual front, I again have mixed feelings. Maybe I didn’t read deeply enough but some of the theology really rankled. When Rachelle gave the impromptu interview at the church with Calvin and Karen, I honestly could not make heads or tales out of her response. Later, she was surprised at her own answer. That’s part of why I was surprised that I enjoyed this version of Rachelle more than the other. Rachelle of Other Earth had her problems but she was without a doubt spiritual.

I requested a copy of this book from Revell Reads and was provided a copy via NetGalley. I was not required to leave a review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

 

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