Jason Walker needs to find a way back to Lyrian. Rachel remains stranded there, and Jason has precious information that the friends he left behind must learn in order to have any hope of surviving and defeating the evil emperor Maldor.
When he finally succeeds in returning to the strange and imperiled world, Jason immediately finds himself in more danger than ever as the most wanted fugitive on the continent. Meanwhile, Rachel has begun to discover new abilities of her own that may prove vital against Maldor’s tyranny.In the aftermath of a failed quest, a new mission arises—to assemble the remaining heroes of Lyrian. Can the necessary allies be convinced before the emperor crushes the young uprising? Jason, Rachel, and their and of battered heroes will face new enemies and demanding obstacles as they strive to launch a desperate rebellion.
Brandon Mull is my creative hero. I love his books for his awesome characters and magical ideas. This second installment in the Beyonders trillogy is just as great as the first one. We start off with Jason once again on earth yearning to return to Lyrian and give his friends some vital information that he learned from Maldor himself, not to mention his guilt at leaving Rachel behind, even if it was unintentional.
The action picks up immediately and we are reunited with old friends and some scarey new enemies. Jason is able to relay his information to Galloran, the Blind King, and they begin a journey to recuit allies and build an army for the coming war. Jason is fully invested in helping his friends on Lyrian, and helping Rachel get back to her parents. Rachel is discovering some amazing new talents, but still longs to return home. The question is...will they survive the war to be able to return home?
4 out of 5 for sheer awesomeness.