It was just an ordinary day working at the zoo for thirteen-year-old Jason Walker... until he fell into the hippo tank and was transported to an alternate universe called Lyrian, commanded by a tyrannical wizard emperor named Maldor. Shocked by his predicament, Jason sets out to find a way back home. Along the way, he learns that his destiny is somehow intertwined with another Beyonder, Rachel, who also crossed from our world to Lyrian through a mysterious portal. Thrust into this dangerous land ruled by fear, Jason and Rachel reluctantly realize that there is only one path to survival and there are no shortcuts home. Together they must embark upon a quest to seek six pieces of a powerful word that can can destroy Maldor forever. And they may even save all of Lyrian in the process.
A World Without Heroes (Beyonders #1)—Book Review
A World Without Hereos is the first installment in a new fantasy adventure series for tweens from the author of the popular Fablehaven series. The story's imaginative premise will capture readers' attention and reward them with lots of action and suspense. Featured are two very likable, bright, and capable main characters who work well together as a team. They persevere on their quest through many challenges because they believe that they are doing what is best for the land of Lyrian. There is a nice theme about heroism and how it means, "doing the right thing regardless of the consequences." While the context of the book is pure fantasy, this is a tangible lesson readers can apply to their own lives, even in small ways. The plot involves some fantasy violence and characters are attacked, abducted, and tortured by Maldor's minions, but none of it is particularly gruesome. While the publisher's recommended age is 8-12, the length of the book may be a bit daunting to readers at the younger end of that range. However, A World Without Heroes would make an excellent read-aloud for younger and older readers alike. >Book review trailer from YouTube: