Thursday, May 5, 2011

Beyonders: A World Without Heroes

By Brandon Mull

Jason Walker has often wished his life could be a bit less predictable- until a routine day at the zoo ends with Jason transporting from the hippo tank into a stranger, imperiled world. Lyrian is full of dangers and challenges unlike any place Jason has ever known. The people live in fear of their malicious wizard emperor, Maldor. The brave resistors who once opposed Maldor 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. Jason and Rachel become entangled in a quest to piece together the word of power than can destroy the emperor, and learn that their best hope to find a way home will be to save this world without heroes.

Death matches with billiard balls? Come on, what could be cooler?! This is the brand-spanking new trillogy from Brandon Mull, author of the fantastic and completely awesome "Fablehaven" series. I was really hoping I'd fall in love with this new story and be able to find the same magic that was in the "Fablehaven" books, but it's a completely new story filled with originality and creativity to grab on to. I liked Beyonders-a lot, and it had tons of awesome characters that tickle your imagination, and the plot is unlike anything I've read before. And I just have to put in a plug for Brandon Mull's idea of displacers; one word: FANTASTIC. What an imagination! I was laughing my head off. (But I can't tell you what they are because it would spoil the delightful surprise). The Blind King is possibly my favorite character next to Jasher, and Maldor, the evil emperor, is quite devious; let's just say I didn't see that one coming! If you are a fan of Brandon's, take a gander and find a new magical land to love. I'm pretty dang sure he's done it again...

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