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 wrong.
In the small town of Eden, Utah, a blind girl named Rachelle Matthews is about to find out just how wrong.
When a procedure meant to restore Rachelle's sight goes awry, she begins to dream of another world so real that she wonders if Earth might be only a dream experienced when she falls asleep in that reality.
She is the prophesied one who must find and recover five ancient seals - in both worlds - before powerful enemies destroy her. If Rachelle succeeds in her quest, peace will reign. If she fails, both worlds will forever be locked in darkness.
So begins a two-volume saga of high stakes and a mind-bending quest to find an ancient path that will save humanity. The clock is ticking: the end rushes forward.
Ready? Set? Dream.
It's been a loooong time since last read the riveting "Circle" series when the world was first introduced to Thomas Hunter, the man who slept on Earth and dreamed in another time and place - the land of the Scabs, Roush, and Shataiki. A land where you had to die to truly live. A place in which the battle between good and evil was very real. It was a thrilling series, and if you have not read it yet, I highly recommend you do so! So, it was with great anticipation that I awaited for The 49th Mystic in order to return back to this world. Overall, I was not disappointed.
As there are two "Earths", there are two parallel stories, and both were equally exciting. It did take me a few chapters to get into the story(ies) as there was a lot of laying the groundwork so readers who are not familiar with the Circle series would be comfortable diving into this book right away. But once the story was underway, the suspense ramped up quickly, and I couldn't devour the pages fast enough. Saturday morning last week I literally had to just sit down and read until the book was finished - I couldn't put it down!
Aside from the action packed scenes, there was a lot of meaty, heavy dialogue in the book. At times it felt like a theological discourse in an abstract sort of way (think Jesus' parables) as Rachelle learns about the gravity of her mission, and the message she is to share with the world. The dialogue was thought-provoking, and not something one could easily skim over.
I'm super happy to have had this opportunity to dive back into the Circle, and I truly cannot wait for the sequel!
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.