The number-one New York Times best-selling Beyonders fantasy trilogy comes to a stunning and epic conclusion.
Jason and Rachel were not born in Lyrian. They did not grow up in Lyrian. But after all of the battles and losses, the triumphs and adventures, and most of all, the friendships forged in this fantastical world, Lyrian has become home to them in a way they never could have imagined.
And so, armed now with the prophecy of a dying oracle, they have gone on their separate quests - each surrounded by brave and powerful allies - knowing that the chance for success is slim. But Jason and Rachel are ready at last to become the heroes Lyrian needs, no matter the cost.
©2013 Brandon Mull (P)2013 Simon & Schuster, Inc.
This book was one of the best closings I have ever read. It was fast-paced and intense nearly the entire time.
I love the fantasy genre. One critique I generally have is the author never knows how to handle its characters' super powers. For example, a character may know how to control people's minds, but doing so would end the conflict - so instead the author has the character cause a tree branch to rustle so the character can make an escape. Not so in this book. The characters are very resourceful and creative.
Also, in Brandon Mull's other books, his adolescent characters did not fit their age. In all aspects his characters should have been in their 20s, (size, strength, comprehension, etc). However, in this book his characters were perfect. The story was very creative and believable. I loved it.
The best thing about this series is the long list of imaginative creatures and characters. Just when you expect him to run out of ideas, Brandon Mull comes up with another unique idea. Lots of fun, this book, and the ending doesn't disappoint.
A dreamer who loves the adventures hidden in every story!!
This was a fitting end to the story. All loose ends were adequately tied up and and story laid to rest in just the right way. The writing and narration were superb. Jeremy Bobb is an excellent narrator. He did a wonderful job throughout the series.
I loved the character development. Jason was a little lost in his earth life, and he becomes a hero. Rachel is an Alpha woman and leaves her prosperous future....
I liked how the book doesn't leave a lot to the imagination. Most books are, "what happened next?" But Brandon Mull does a great job of summing up.
Jeremy Bobb was perfect for this book. His voices for the characters remained the same throughout.
The next Lord of the Rings trilogy.
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Chasing the Prophecy is the final book in Brandon Mull’s BEYONDERS series aimed at a middle grade audience. Jason and Rachel have joined a group of rebels who hope to take down the evil emperor Maldor. An oracle has told them that they have very little chance for success, but she’s also told them exactly what they need to do to have that small chance. Therefore the group has split up into separate teams which hope to fulfill different parts of the oracle’s instructions. Rachel is trying to muster up an army while working on her magic and Jason’s team visits a library (I loved the library!) to try to find the location of an ancient seer who has information they need. Both kids face hard work, difficult decisions, and life-threatening circumstances. Each must be willing to bend a lot to accomplish their goals.
Readers who’ve enjoyed the first two BEYONDERS books, A World Without Heroes and Seeds of Rebellion will almost certainly be pleased with the conclusions of Brandon Mull’s story. Jason and Rachel are maturing rapidly and learning how to be heroes. I like that the kids respect the skills and wisdom of their elders but have a healthy enough dose of skepticism and self-confidence that they’re willing to respectfully question and advise the adults. Mull’s adults aren’t stupid (like we see in many children’s fantasy novels) — they’re partners who work with the kids to accomplish goals. They don’t talk down to the kids or sugar-coat scary situations. They tell the kids the truth, even when it’s painful, and they work with the kids to come up with viable solutions to their problems. It’s a good portrayal of healthy adult-child relationships.
In Chasing the Prophecy we get more of Brandon Mull’s imaginative world-building including more of his bizarre mage-created races. Some of the plot is slow, especially the parts where Jason and Rachel are questioning themselves or expressing their worries. These sections get “talky” and Rachel’s doubts, particularly, become tiresome.
Young readers may be a little sad about all of the deaths in Chasing the Prophecy. Several main characters die, but not in vain. Readers will be forced to think seriously about war, sacrifice, faith, the “greater good” and what it means to be a hero. They will also be challenged to consider the consequences of their behavior. Mull handles this thoughtfully and in depth without ever getting preachy.
The ending of Chasing the Prophecy is left open — Mull doesn’t take the easy way out and have his characters live happily ever after, and not all questions about Jason’s and Rachel’s future is answered. I was a little disturbed by Jason’s actions at the end of the book, but that’s the mother in me talking. I noticed from the beginning that Mull gives Jason a family, not making him an orphan or the ward of a cruel relative (again, not taking the easy way out), so Jason’s decisions affect not only himself and the people he meets in Lyrian, but his family, too. There are some provocative hints at the end that will make readers wish there was a fourth book. I wouldn’t be surprised if Brandon Mull comes back to this universe in a spin-off series.
The time and effort spent getting to the end of the story is untimately rewarded. Not only is the conclusing satisfying, it validates both lead characters and their contributions, and the story could not have reached its conclusion without both of their contributions. It was well-balanced. A few of the sidekicks also turn out to make significant contributions as well, which was a nice surprise.
One word of warning: If you ever find yourself in Lirian, being a sidekick in someone else's tale can be hazardous to your health.
The conclusion was a lot better than I was expecting, given the extent to which a single substance began to be the go-to problem-solver. However, it was a clever solution, and the foreshadowing was subtle enough that we didn't see it coming. Rachel's contribution we saw coming, we just didn't quite expect the way it would play out.
A very satisfying conclusion to a clever story, even if it got a bit slow in the middle.
Overall: worth the time and credits.
I love reading a book and listening to a book.
This book brings together all the elements that make adventure stories so wonderful. I love the interesting characters and the landscape which itself is a character.
Eclectic, avid listener, favorite book is the one currently in ear.
This is one book broken into three parts... so don't start with this. Book 3 is my least favorite, although I wouldn't have stopped at 2. It is written for YA and because of the extensive violence during wars and battles it would not be a good read for younger children. The last book is darker than the end of Harry Potter series. Many of the main characters die in some pretty icky ways in the overcoming of evil. Although the plot had a predictable ending, getting there had some interesting turns. There is violence but it comes with positive messages of sacrificing for a cause, working as a team, being faithful to friends, not ignoring evil, taking a stand for right...
The author did a great job in bringing the series to a very satisfactory conclusion. There were plenty of surprises and yet they felt natural and not forced.
The way all the characters remained true to who they were, they felt very real and three dimensional.
The reader was phenomenal, he really added something that made the story come alive.
Not to give anything away but I loved the choices that the Rachel, Jason and especially Ferrin are faced with as the series closes. Their decisions and the subsequent consequences really draw the reader in and make you care about them.
Lots of books lots of time. I love all things Star Wars and fantasy. The Bartimaeus trilogy (or quad) maybe the perfect series. Jonathan Stroud and Douglas Adams are my heroes.
I'm compulsive about story arch's, if I start a series I have to finish it at all costs. The problem is that I'm not entirely sure I like this series or if I'm just being silly. With that said any book that has a magical portal in the old Hippo enclosure of Hoogle Zoo... So the most enjoyable part of this book and the series is the olfactory memories of a putrid Hippo inclosure in Salt Lake.
The strong modern take on fantasy.
Not a huge fan of Bobb, I prefer more Mid-Atlantic if not British readers. My first pick would have been Stefan Rudnicki, if we were staying with an American.
Give it a chance, not the best book around but a strong showing.
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