Brandon Mull, March 2012 by Aladdin, 512 pages.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
The second epic installment of Brandon Mull’s #1 New York Times bestselling fantasy series!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.
I loved this book. I am a big fan of Brandon Mull and this book certainly did not disappoint. I love his writing and imagination and the vivid fantasy worlds that he creates. I also love how he couples this fantasy with humanity, how the reader agonizes with the characters over difficult choices, deaths, loss, and homesickness.
This installment picks off soon after A World Without Heroes ends. Mr. Mull does a great job of giving the back story in this installment without it seeming like a history lesson. I was soon filled in on the details that I had forgotten.
The story alternates between Jason and Rachel's points of view, and it is easy to feel for each of them - how confused they are by what is going on in Lyrian, how much they want to help, how they long to go home. I like how they play off of each other, how they are good friends, but also how their relationship is developing. They are growing and finding themselves and their passions.
There were a lot of characters to keep track of, but they were all so different that once we got to know them, it wasn't difficult. Also, several of them went a long way to adding to the mystery and intrigue of the book.
There is so much adventure and tension, and this is balanced with some slower times and learning more about Lyrian. I found myself completely engaged in this book and can hardly wait for the next in the series, due out next year. I think kids will love this book - it was a great second book in this series.
Disclosure: I received an ARC from the publisher via Goodreads.
To read my review of A World Without Heros, click here.
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