By Brandon Mull
After the cliffhanger ending of A World Without Heroes, Jason is back in the world he’s always known—yet for all his efforts to get home, he finds himself itching to return to Lyrian. Jason knows that the shocking truth he learned from Maldor is precious information that all of his friends in Lyrian, including Rachel, need if they have any hope of surviving and defeating the evil emperor.
Meanwhile, Rachel and the others have discovered new enemies—as well as new abilities that could turn the tide of the entire quest. And as soon as Jason succeeds in crossing over to Lyrian, he’s in more danger than ever. Once the group reunites, they strive to convince their most-needed ally to join the war and form a rebellion strong enough to triumph over Maldor. At the center of it all, Jason and Rachel realize what roles they’re meant to play—and the answers are as surprising as they are gripping.
The first book of the Beyonders introduces you to the world of Lyrian. This second book takes place a few months after the first book ended. Readers are thrust back into the vivid world Mull has created where Jason meets up with some old friends before making many new allies.
In the first book readers know about Jason’s quest right off, but the second book takes much longer to establish what plan/quest the characters will undertake. The result is another tour through Lyrian. Readers get to revisit some places that were in the first book but are also taken to many new places. Readers also learn of the various peoples living in Lyrian and their special abilities. I love how thoroughly Mull thinks through his world.
The book ends with the oracle answering questions each character has, and a prophecy that sets the stage for the third book. It will play an important part in guiding the characters' actions in the third book. Luckily, the third book is out. You'll definitely want to pick it up as soon as you can to finish the trilogy. Will Jason and his team overcome Maldor?
This book is filled with adventure and a bit of danger. If you like the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, then the Beyonders series by Brandon Mull is a must read!