Title: The 49th Mystic
Author: Ted Dekker
“Find the five seals for yourself, 49th. When you do, you will know your origin and you will recognize yourself. What happens to you will happen to all,” Rachelle is told in Ted Dekker’s novel, The 49th Mystic.
~ What ~
Part one of two in the Beyond the Circle series, this four-hundred-and-thirty-three-page paperback targets those who enjoy futuristic mystical fiction with other-worldly characters and analogies to Christianity. Using slang words such as crap, heck, and bastard, 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 story set in the future on two worlds that are two-hundred years apart, Rachelle is a blind-from-birth teenager who is wrought with fear and uncertainty because every time she falls asleep and dreams, she travels between her life with her father in the idealistic self-sufficient religion-ruled town of Eden, Utah, and a netherworld of fighting Hordes, fleeing Albinos, Elyon warriors, mystical men named Justin and Talya, and evil creatures. When she is told she is the 49th Mystic to save both worlds by uncovering five ancient seals, she must go on a journey from fear to love, darkness to light, and blindness to sight.
~ Why ~
This is a sci-fi fantasy complete with good and evil, control compared to peace, and fear versus freedom. The author writes with vivid detail, often in first person from the protagonist’s view of being blind to able to see. It has undertones of God’s infinite power, unthreatening love, and unfailing grace as it weaves in Biblical theology through both worlds, including knowing the Truth and the effects of legalism.
~ 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 and Rachelle solving three of the five seals. Others may find the connection to Scripture not completely Biblical, sometimes confusing and conflicting. It is not a finished book; the last two seals are found in its sequel.
~ Wish ~
Having read other Dekker books, I found this one a struggle to get through as it seemed to jump around in Rachelle determining the meanings of the seals. Although I liked some of the Other Earth’s characters, I found the conclusion hanging and the journal’s interpretations and applications sometimes misrepresenting. I prefer all pronouns of God capitalized for reference.
~ Want ~
If you like a futuristic book about learning to find the Light in two dark worlds, this may be a good read that would be appreciated by the young adult market.
Thanks to Baker Publishing for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
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