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A World Without Heroes: Beyonders, Book 1

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Overly long start to fantasy series is heavy on violence.

Book Brandon Mull Fantasy 2011
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age 12+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 9+
Its really good, good plot.
age 10+

Read All of Brandon Mull's Books

Brandon Mull is a great author. I've been reading his books for a while now. I started Fablehaven when I was 11 because my mom bought the box of all five books. I read all of them in about two weeks because they were so good. Also the Fablehaven sequel, Dragon Watch, is a really good series. Then, for Christmas, I got Beyonders. I read the first book and couldn't put it down. It is an amazing book and I would highly recommend it and all of Brandon Mull's books for ages 9 or 10 and up.

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There's a fair amount of action here, a fertile imagination at work, and the characters are likable enough, but there are many reasons this fantasy doesn't hold up to the stiff competition. Most importantly, Mull's writing lacks flair. This fantasy world doesn't envelop you and make you feel a part of it like Laini Taylor's Dreamdark Series, for example. And the witty repartee of the boy and girl protagonists won't remind you of a Percy Jackson novel, that's for sure.

Female fantasy fans may get frustrated that Rachel gets left behind so often. And all readers will have a hard time believing that Jason is only 13 -- especially when Lord Jason of Caberton wins a duel, gambles away a fortune while hobnobbing with lords, and speaks eloquently in a battle of wits. Hmmm... Still, the story will keep readers biting their nails. Nothing gets resolved in the end, but tweens may be drawn in enough by the adventure to look forward to the next installment of the series.

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