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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.

©2012 Brandon Mull (P)2012 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Part 2 - doesn't stand alone

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.

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I want this trilogy on myself!

Yeah It's Me Again Margaret and I still love this man's work. I would highly recommend any of his books to young readers or adults that are sick and tired of trashy fantasy novels. He's always clean, he has great ideas, Vivid world's, and is a really good author.

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  • Lucas C
  • Kirbyville, MO, United States
  • 03-28-18

Great sequel

I am impressed with the way Brandon manages to continue introducing and building up interesting characters. The narration was initially hard to get used to, but it soon faded as the voices Jeremy put on melted together with the superb characters.

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great but too short

the story and characters are great but it feels too short. I think it could have expanded a bit more. it feels like theres enough of a base to really take this book and the next to more of an epic of 34-40+ hours. so for the short length that doesn't do it justice I deduct 1 star. would be 5 star otherwise.

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Fantastic

It's quite a great book with lots of twists. Recommended for all ages and it really is a inspirational book.


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Great listen even for adults.

loved it. I was sad when it ended. Good thing there is still one more book in the series. I have come to love the characters and their relationships and the world in which they adventure.

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great book

the second books is great. nothing is better than a good book. the narrator has a good voice.

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Great story for pre-teens

This was a great story for my pre-teens and young teenager as we took a 9 hour drive. The commute seemed to take less time as the children were inthralled with the story.

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A good second book in the trilogy

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.

MY TAKE
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

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Okay to good

Any additional comments?

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