Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Review: A World Without Heroes

A World Without Heroes
A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jason Walker is a typical 14 year old boy. Average in school, obsessed with baseball, loves to skateboard and hang out with his friends. One day while volunteering at the zoo, he falls into the hippopotamus enclosure’s pool and finds himself transported to another world. In his quest to find a way home, he discovers another “beyonder” in the form of a 14 year old girl named Rachel who stumbled into Lyrian via an archway in Utah. Jason and Rachel get roped into finding the six syllables of a word that will undo the evil wizard Maldor who rules Lyrian and who also guards a portal that will return them back to beyond...and home.

What I liked about the book: I love Brandon Mull...I think he is incredibly clever and imaginative. I will read anything that he writes and have yet to be disappointed. Jason is smart, clever, witty, true to his word, has integrity and then some, just the kind of kid every parent would want to raise. I love that once he dedicates himself to the “cause” he can’t be talked out of it, boy does he get tempted. He keeps his promises. I loved the twists and turns that the story takes...especially when Jason finally gets in front of Maldor.

What I didn’t like about the book: It took a long time for the story to get going. There was a lot of fumbling and stumbling around Lyrian before Jason met up with Rachel and they got going on their journey. But that would be my only real complaint.

Overall, this series is geared toward slightly older kids than the Fablehaven series was. It’s richly detailed and totally engrossing once you make it past the Lyrian backstory at the beginning. I am anxious for the next book in this planned trilogy!

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