Title: Rise of the Mystics
Author: Ted Dekker
Genre: Fantasy/Christian Fiction
About the book: It’s the second novel in a duology called Beyond the Circle.
First impressions: I read The 49th Mystic earlier this year, so I wanted to know how the story would end. The beginning didn’t start off as thrilling as expected, which is why it took me a while to get into the book. But things got more interesting as the plot developed further.
Characters: The protagonist is a young girl named Rachelle Matthews. She’s easy to root for. There are more characters to keep track of this time around. Some of them aren’t as likeable to say the least.
“Forgive everyone because they’re only doing what life taught them to do.”
Writing: I enjoyed the storyline with Rachelle on Earth more than when she’s on Other Earth because it was more realistic and relatable.
The middle was okay, although some scenes felt a little flat in my opinion. I wanted more action and less explanation at times.
I preferred the pace of the first novel more than the second. Personally, the book strikes me as very philosophical.
There’s a healthy dose of dialogue and description. I tend to prefer the former over the latter, and this time around was no exception.
I think some things went over my head, especially the more religious allusions. I’m not that well-versed in theology. Nevertheless, the references taught me stuff I didn’t know.
Final thoughts: I liked the ending the most.
I’d recommend reading the first novel before starting the second one. That way, it’s easier to understand what already happened and what’s going on.
Overall, Rise of the Mystics wrapped up the series nicely.