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.
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Originally posted at FanLit:
In the second BEYONDERS book, Seeds of Rebellion, Jason has made it back to his own world after attempting to destroy the emperor Maldor in Lyrian, the parallel universe he accidentally stumbled into after being swallowed by a hippopotamus at the zoo. Jason is unhappy at home because Rachel is still stuck in Lyrian and being hunted by the bad guys. After doing some research on the internet, he discovers that Rachel’s parents are desperately trying to find her, but Jason feels like he can’t contact them or he’ll be a suspect in the crime. He’s afraid to tell anyone about Lyrian — people will just think he’s crazy and he might be institutionalized. That would make it impossible for him to do what he really wants to do — go back to Lyrian, let everyone know that the quest they were on is doomed, and tell Rachel how to get back to her parents. Meanwhile, he spends plenty of time exercising so that when he does get back, he’ll be fit enough to face all the trials he knows are coming.
Eventually Jason does manage to return to Lyrian with the important news. Then he and Rachel help to muster up a small force that is willing to risk rebelling against the emperor. There’s only a slight chance that they can succeed, but they have to take that chance. There’s no way that Maldor is going to let Jason and Rachel get back home, and the people of Lyrian have lived too long under a tyrant’s rule.
This time Jason meets some more of the weird mage-crafted races of Lyrian including a race of dwarves who turn into giants when the sun goes down. He explores secret tunnels, hears prophecies, loses his first sword fight, collects explosives, learns a lot about the history of Lyrian, eats some magic mushrooms, meets a beautiful princess, fights zombies, grows moss on his neck, and travels some harsh exotic terrain. Meanwhile, Rachel is beginning to acquire some magical talents of her own.
I mentioned in my review of the first BEYONDERS book, A World Without Heroes, that I appreciated Brandon Mull’s subtle messages for children. He again does a good job with this, showing us, for example, the consequences of addiction; the necessity of being wary of someone who you know has betrayed others and being careful about who you can trust; the benefits of working as a team and being reliable when it comes to doing your part.
I particularly like how Mull’s child heroes aren’t doing everything themselves. They’re working as small but significant parts of a team that is mostly adults. They ask smart questions, anticipate future problems, and contribute meaningfully while respecting the skills and wisdom of their adult companions.
Some of the plot of Seeds of Rebellion drags (there’s a lot of travelling) but young readers who enjoy spending time with Jason and Rachel probably won’t notice and will be anxious to move on to book 3, Chasing the Prophecy. This is a solid addition to the BEYONDERS series. I recommend the audio version narrated by Jeremy Bobb.
Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.
This one book broken into three parts... so if you purchase the first you will need to purchase the next two to complete the story. I listened to the beginning a few times without getting hooked (a little too YA)... but when I finally got into it... found it an enjoyable world he had created, with interesting rules and peoples. 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 and twists along the way. I agree the narrator improves with each book, but wasn't bad with the first. If you are purchasing this one, you have already read the first and this is very similar, although a bit slower as Jason returns and they work to unite people into fighting the emperor.
WHAT IT'S ABOUT
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.
The story continues a few months later as Jason chafes at being stuck home. He doesn't fit in anymore, and he feels like he's deserted Rachel and a good cause. We meet a lot of new characters, are introduced to even more races--the magical nut who created so many of them generations ago had too much time on his hands.
But there are dark times coming. This middle book in the trilogy does drag a little as the characters join Galavan to do what the book's title say--start planting the seeds of rebellion. Once again, the story ends abruptly but not literally hanging on a cliff.
I listened to the audiobook. The same guy did this one as did the first one. He does a pretty good job, especially with some of the characters like Galavan and Ferrin. Some of the prose he reads a little low-key in the exciting parts, but that's my only complaint.
4 1/2 stars
Where to start with this book...
I like the series overall, I think. There are interesting characters, fun plot ideas, and the pacing is pretty good. I suppose somewhere inthe middle I started to lose interest. Now, I was listening to the audio version, so I don't know if that is a function of the narrator, or just the storyline, but I was interested, listened consistently, and then just stopped for a while.
All in all, I think it started strong, and ended okay. I'm not sure if I'll pick up the next one, though I've heard that it turned out great
The first beyonders book was amazing. I was worried that the 2nd book could not possibly match the first in exciting twists and turns and character development. I was pleasantly surprised. Very entertaining and well read.
New concepts and creations kept me interested but the story line kept me listening. Not as in depth as a Sanderson book, but it doesn't require the same dedication or attention either.
I 100% recommend it.
I have prolly now bought every single Brandon Mull book on audible, and I have listened to all of them besides the sequel to this one, and there all so good. This one is one of the best. Brandon does such a great job of making an amazing universe with relatable characters, that make it easy to put yourself into the word and enjoy then adventure, as if you are there with the group, planning the rebellion to save the world from a evil wizard. It's great, I would recommend this good to pretty much all ages of people.
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