With more than forty novels and over ten million copies sold, Ted Dekker has been referred to as “a master of suspense” by Library Journal. His Circle series was introduced to readers more than ten years ago and sold over two million copies. Fans of this series have continued to grow and expand into the next generation. Now Dekker delivers a whole new story in that beloved world. Welcome to Beyond the Circle.

Dekker’s passion in writing is simple—to explore truth through mind-bending stories that invite readers to see the world through a different lens. He successfully accomplishes his goal in an epic story spanning two novels, The 49th Mystic (Revell, May 2018) and Rise of the Mystics (Revell, October 2018)–both of which expand on the universe of his blockbuster Circle series.

“The 49th Mystic is a whole new story in the same universe as Black, Red, White, and Green,” Dekker says, “and ultimately is the fulfillment of that series. But it reads as a stand-alone without requiring anyone to have read the Circle. The two stories intersect and complement each other, like how Batman’s story intersects Wonder Woman’s, but they aren’t dependent on each other. For those who have read the Circle series, The 49th Mystic will bring a whole new layer of meaning and fulfillment to what they think they know. It’s a wild, wild ride.”


Some say the great mystery of how one can live in two worlds at once is only the stuff of dreams. But 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 only be a dream experienced when she falls asleep in that reality. Who is a simple blind girl to have such strange and fantastic dreams?

She’s 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…

“I’ve learned much about life since I first penned the Circle series fifteen years ago,” Dekker says. “The 49th Mystic is the culmination of all I have written. It is said that our challenges become our greatest teachers, and I would say that this story most closely resembles all the challenges and all the breakthroughs I’ve experienced in my life to this point. It’s very personal, but it’s also universal. We all share the same essential journey through life, from blindness to sight, from darkness to light, from fear to love.”


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About The Author

Ted Dekker is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of more than forty novels, with over 10 million copies sold worldwide. He was born in the jungles of Indonesia to missionary parents, and his upbringing as a stranger in a fascinating and sometimes frightening culture fueled his imagination. Dekker's passion is simple--to explore truth through mind-bending stories that invite readers to see the world through a different lens. His fiction has been honored with numerous awards, including two Christy Awards, two Inspy Awards, an RT Reviewers' Choice Award, and an ECPA Gold Medallion. In 2013, NPR readers nationwide put him in the Top 50 Thriller Authors of All Time. Dekker lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Lee Ann.