By Brandon Mull
464 pages – ages 9+
Published by Aladdin on March 15, 2011
Thirteen year old Jason had a very unexciting life. He was just like any other teenager. He went to school and worked part-time at a zoo after school. One day, Jason thought he heard music coming from the hippo’s mouth (yes you read it right, music from a hippo’s mouth). When he leaned over the railing to investigate he thought the music was coming from INSIDE the hippo. He leaned too much and fell into the hippo’s mouth which wasn’t really any hippo’s mouth but a doorway to the world of Lyrian. Jason learns that Lyrian is a world ruled by Maldor, an evil wizard who wants there to be no heroes in Lyrian so he can continue his terrible rule. In Lyrian, Jacob finds another Beyonder (someone NOT from Lyrian), Rachel. Jason finds a book in which he learns of a secret word that can destroy Maldor. There are six syllables to the word and they are hidden all throughout Lyrian. Rachel and Jason have to find all of the parts to the word and face all of the creatures that work for Maldor as they try to solve to puzzle.
I REALLY liked this book. Now that I have said, that I have to tell you that I started to read this book a while ago but I stopped reading it because I really didn’t get into the story. I read a review of the book on Michelle Isenhoff’s blog Bookworm Blather (see it HERE) where she said the same thing but unlike me she kept reading and really fell in love with the story. So I figured I’d give it another try, and I am so happy I did! I liked the book because of all the adventure and excitement that Jason and Rachel go through. Mr. Mull creates some AMAZING creatures in the land of Lyrian like the gigantic Titan Crab! The whole land of Lyrian is described very well and I could “see” what I was reading. There is some violence in the book but there is nothing graphic. I liked Jason and Rachel as characters. They are very different people but I like them both. Put this one on your Christmas Wish list!
I met Mr. Mull at a book signing. He was SUPER nice (you can read about it HERE). Mr. Mull wrote the Fablehaven series which is very popular and The Candy Shop War. To learn more about Mr. Mull and his books, please visit his website HERE. The new book in the Beyonders series, Seeds of Rebellion comes out March 15, 2012 (CAN’T WAIT)!