- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 720L (What's this?)
- Series: Beyonders (Book 3)
- Hardcover: 512 pages
- Publisher: Aladdin (March 12, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1416997962
- ISBN-13: 978-1416997962
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.6 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 407 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jason and Rachel, teens who entered Lyrian by chance in A World without Heroes (2011) and stayed to fight for its inhabitants’ freedom from the emperor in Seeds of Rebellion (2012), now risk their lives to fulfill the prophecy that offers the only gleam of hope. Those who enjoyed the many action scenes in the previous books will find plenty here as well, though the characters also spend a good deal of time in reflection and conversation. The question of whether to trust the prophecy looms large. While this volume concludes the Beyonders series, Mull leaves the door open for another series set in Lyrian. Grades 5-8. --Carolyn Phelan
About the Author
Brandon Mull is the author of the New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal bestselling Beyonders and Fablehaven series, as well as the bestselling Five Kingdoms, Candy Shop Wars, and Dragonwatch series. He resides in Utah, in a happy little valley near the mouth of a canyon with his wife and four children. Brandon’s greatest regret is that he has but one life to give for Gondor.
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letting the action slow down and includes enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing the outcome until the final pages. Don't know if this was in the author's mind, but the story in my opinion is greatly influenced by the Harry Potter series in the writing, the plot and the almost inexaustible variety of characters throughout. Indeed, if J.K. Rowling had not written Harry Potter the Beyonders series would be the #1 series of fantasy writing for young people (and adults too I will add).
I am assuming that all readers interested in this final volume of the series are familiar with the plotline as established in the two previous volumes, so let me cut to the chase and say that this final book deals with the preparations for the war to defeat
Maldor and restore the throne and all of Lyrian to Galloran as outlined in Esmira's prophecy at the end of the second book. How all the characters fare in thier epic quest is something you will find out on your own, as I do not wish to give away any details
that will adversely reveal the final outcome. As indi- cated above, I promise that there are enough surprises to keep you all guessing said outcome until the end. I will tell you that a vital clue to the outcome (which expounds on the prophecy) is revealed a few chapters from the end - along with a big surprise in the plot which influences the ending in a big way - but I'm not telling!
Mull's grasp of the plot and his imagination in the writing is nothing short of brilliant throughout, and is surpassed only by the astounding variety of charac- ters in all three volumes. And these characters are not at all one-dimensional; they are fully fleshed out with plenty of, well character, feeling and emotion such that I truly felt for all of them wherever the storylines led. As to the two principal characters, Jason and Rachel, they are totally sympathetic and believable in their portrayals and I liked the
way that they grew up and matured as the storylines progressed. This is also due to the storylines lasting several years, so we have a chance to grow and empa- thize with not only the young leads but with all the characters as well. This is a simlarity I find with the Beyonders series and the Harry Potter series. I also find the Beyonders series more sucessful than Mull's previous Fablehaven series, not that I did not enjoy those books - I did, very much. What kept me from totally loving that series were the portrayals of the two children there , who came across as rather immature and selfish a lot of the time, espe- cially the boy character, Seth. Well, in the Beyonders series we don't have that problem - as I said, all the charac-ters are totally fleshed out and sympathetic, especial-ly the leads. If ever this project were made into movi-es, we would have potential blockbusters on our hands.
So I immensely enjoyed the Beyonders series and wished it wouldn't end. Just like Mull's previous books, they are suitable for both adults and children - or for adults alone, such as a middle-aged single reader like myself. One BIG warning for parents with children, though. Just like the Harry Potter series, there are a lot of deaths in this last volume - deaths of promi- nent, well-loved characters which in the course of things help Jason and Rachel mature and succeed on their own in ways they would not have imagined at the beginning of their quest. So, just be forewarned that some counseling and explanation of circumstances may be needed.
So, don't wait to acquire this last Beyonders book. Buy it now and be prepared to not put it down until you are done with it. Happy reading, and I can't wait to see what Brandon Mull is mulling over (bad, I know, haha) for his next project.
1) The last two chapters were slightly disappointing and didn't have the epic conclusion I was expecting, after reading the immensely well crafted ending to the Fablehaven series (definitely one of my favorites!).
2) After all of the talk in the first two books about how impossible it would be to fulfill the prophecy and defeat the emperor it seemed like they were completing the directions in the prophecy too easily.
But, despite both of these flaws I still give it a five star review because he's Brandon Mull and nobody can beat Mull's creativity. I mean, who would ever think of one of the main characters turning themself into a zombie so that they can fulfill the task their master gave them before dying? Nobody except for Brandon Mull. Who would think of the awesome names given to the characters and places in the book (Galloran, Jahser, Farfalle, Esmira, Drake, Aram, Copernum, Maldor, Nedwin, Groddic, etc, etc.)
This book is definitely worth the $8.89 I paid for the Kindle Edition. Although book two, Seeds of Rebellion remains my favorite this book is close behind it.