Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's (Aladdin)
Publication date: March 2012
Series: Beyonders, Book 2
Things I Liked:
I do not know what is going on inside Brandon Mull's head, but he has more imagination than any writer I've read, hands down. The weird and crazy and magical beings that inhabit these books are just unbelievable in number and variety. The story also manages to keep me interested and wondering what will happen next to our displaced hero and heroine. It's an imaginative series filled with the strange and unusual. There's never a dull moment, that's for sure.
Things I Didn't Like:
I think I was put off a little by the non-stop descriptions. It seemed that everything and everyone had at least two descriptive adjectives. It got to be a bit much, bogging down the story and action. Also, Mull uses a lot more obscure or difficult words, making it less accessible than his Fablehaven series, but perhaps will help kids learn more vocabulary. Still, for those not afraid of some bigger words, the story is satisfying and worth the effort.
Start with Beyonders: A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull
Reminds me of Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
BOOK CONTENT RATINGS:
some sword fighting, not graphic though
Overall rating: ****
How does this one compare to Fablehaven for you?
If you buy through my Amazon linkage, I will get a very small percentage