This book is just okay, but as Brandon Mull improved on Fablehaven, he seems to start over on this book. The book is well written, but the violence takes away from the story. It is reared for young readers, but the action may be scary or inapropriate for younger readers. The story tells of a boy named Jason who is transported (Riordan style) and finds himself in a new world, where a fierce leader rules, a cruel evil king, who's only weakness is a six sylibol word that may defeat him. Jason decides he will save the world and destroy the king. He meets another Beyonder named Rachel. The two join forces to end the reign of the evil wizard.
The violence is violent and confusing. A book that is bound by human skin, a evil wizard who totures people. Characters can detach there body parts and re-atach them are present and are noted to may have a big part in the sequel. The gross part is that they are desrcibed to have sacks attached to the back of there heads, which is strange. Dogs devour people, and people are brutally deformed. A dog is snipped in half, gross and sad. The main character is attacked by a snake that injects poison. Characters eat themselves dead, and frogs are hacked to pieces. A berry makes people keep on eating them until they die.
It is noted that some poisons in the world have drug-related reaction to people.
Overall the book was good, but was very disappointing, I was expecting more. The writing was good, but as always, there is room for improvement. Good luck Mull, on your next adventure in this strange world.