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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Beyonders, A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull (4 reviews)

Andrea F., 18

Brandon Mull
Beyonders
2011
It is impossible to resist a book where the portal into another world is through a hippopotamus's mouth. Jason is volunteering at the zoo when he hears a strange music coming from the hippo tank. He goes over to investigate, accidentally falls into the hippo's mouth, and find himself in a world where musicians play as they float over waterfalls, where heroes are either corrupt or crippled, and where to make an enemy of the last wizard Maldor is a death sentence for all you hold dear. In attempting to find a way back home Jason makes himself an enemy of Maldor and is forced to embark on a quest for a word that if spoken in Maldor's presence would instantly kill him. He's joined along the way by Rachel, a homeschooler from our world, and Ferrin, a human looking creature who can divide his body into separate parts at will and live. What ensues is an exploration of a unique world and a book that will be loved by readers of all ages. A rip roaring adventure that has not been seen for some time. I am looking forward to the rest of the series. My rating: 9/10.

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Darby,    14
Brandon Mull
Beyonders A World Without Heroes
Aladdin    2011

          This is the first book I have ever read from Brandon Mull. I have heard of the Fablehaven series but never picked it up. When I opened this book a sudden premotion overtook me. A enticing feeling of entering a different world engulfed me. I must say this book is amazing in every sense. From the moment that feeling came I knew this new series would addict me to the level on par with the Harry Potter series. I cannot wait for the next book and am stunned to finally feel the fimiliar tension of waiting for the contienuation of the plot again.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

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Spencer,     13
Brandon Mull
Beyonders: A World Without Heroes
Alladin    2011   

    I read this book just to try out Brandon Mull as an author, now I simply can't get enough of his books. I frustrates me beyond imagination that the next book in this series is only coming out in 2012! That's how great these books are! I would recomend this book in a heartbeat to any reader, including the anti-fantasy dweebs. :) The character build is perfect in this book and you immediatly fall in love with the characters, including the evil ones... The action moments are totally and utterly epic, and I truly could not have picked up a better book. I am very delighted to say that I have found the best book I've ever read... So far? Bravo to Brandon Mull and please, please, please... ENCORE?!?!
Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

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Anqi,   12
Brandon Mull
Beyonders: A World Without Heroes   
Aladdin    2011

          A-MA-ZING! Brandon Mull's Beyonders, A World Without Heroes, was such a breathtaking novel that I don't even know how to begin describing it! It is definitely one of the best fantasy books I've read in a while-and also the best of Brandon Mull's portfolio of great middle grade fiction books! A World Without Heroes is about Jason Walker, an ordinary boy living in Vista, Colorado, who routinely works at the Vista Zoo, and on hearing mysterious music pouring out of the hippo's display area, he accidently gets swallowed and is suddenly; magically; in a dangerous new world. This new land, called Lyrian, is ruled by an emperor who governs with a malicious hand and is adept at controlling the citizens of Lyrian. Jason, who wants nothing to do with Lyrian, just wishes urgently to be sent back home to planet Earth, which people in Lyrian call the Beyond. Things take a surprising turn when Jason finds refuge at a queer building titled the Repository of Learning. Here, he ventures into a part of the library obviously banned by the owner, and comes upon a book bound by living flesh. Inside, scrawled by the author of the book, is the first syllable of a powerful word that can destroy Maldor. Now made a public enemy of the Emperor, Jason has to flee and track all the other syllables to possibly conquer Maldor and find a way home. On his way, he is accompanied by another Beyonder named Rachel, who was strangely drawn to Lyrian the same day Jason was. Together, they hunt for the syllables, hoping for a chance to journey home. Action lives throughout the whole book, and so is Brandon Mull's adept hand at humor, eye-popping surprises, and descriptive style. His characters and 'rules' of Lyrian are imaginative and vivid, making Lyrian seem not so far from home. I'm not shocked that the magic in this world is so rich and otherworldly-he took me in from the beginning in his first book, Fablehaven. I had noticed that in the Fablehaven series, Brandon Mull seemed to pay more attention to Kendra, the female protaganist, while in Beyonders he spends more time developing Jason, our male hero. It's nice to see that Brandon Mull is an expert at developing both genders. I also enjoyed the flitting romance in spots of the book- and when I say flitting, I mean it-although this did not disappoint me at all. It was enough to suffice, and I thought the premise of Jason and Rachel struggling to defeat Maldor was more important anyway. Although Beyonders starts out a bit slow, it rapidly captured my devout attention, causing me to read into the night and spending most of my daylight hours as well finishing it. It's so very sad that I have to wait 'till 2012 to continue reading the second book, but I will definitely keep my eye on it!

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

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