Monday, May 16, 2011

Beyonders: A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull

Title: Beyonders: A World Without Heroes
Author: Brandon Mull
Reviewer: Stephanie
Genre: YA Fantasy
Rating: Love
Alerts/Warnings: Some fantasy violence
Premise: Jason Walker has often wished his life could be a bit less predictable--until a routine day at the zoo ends with Jason suddenly transporting from the hippo tank to a place unlike anything he's ever seen. In the past, the people of Lyrian welcomed visitors from the Beyond, but attitudes have changed since the wizard emperor Maldor rose to power. The brave resistors who opposed the emperor have been bought off or broken, leaving a realm where fear and suspicion prevail.

In his search for a way home, Jason meets Rachel, who was also mysteriously drawn to Lyrian from our world. With the help of a few scattered rebels, Jason and Rachel become entangled in a quest to piece together the word of power that can destroy the emperor, and learn that their best hope to find a way home will be to save this world without heroes.

Opinions: Rick Riordan described this book saying, "An irresistable mix of adventure, humor and magic." And he hit the nail bang on the head. There are some really funny parts of this book. There is lots of adventure. A quest. Interesting characters and species. It is unique and compelling. The only reason I gave this a "love" and not "worship" is that it is a little slow at the beginning. But it didn't take me long to get caught up in the story. There were many unexpected twists. I am happy there will be two more books in this series. I think it will make an excellent trilogy. Brandon Mull is an excellent writer and I hope everyone takes the time to read this great adventure book.

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