Overly long start to fantasy series is heavy on violence. Read Common Sense Media’s A World Without Heroes: Beyonders, Book 1 review, age rating, and. A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull – Jason tumbles into a quest to save a magical in this #1 New York Times bestselling start to Brandon Mull’s Beyonders. A World Without Heroes is the first book of the Beyonders series, written by Brandon Mull. “Jason Walker has often wished his life could be a bit less predictable-.

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You could say the main characters beoynders this book are on a hero’s journey, of which there are many examples in literature.

Readers can look for similarities between the heroes in this book and Odysseus in Homer’s OdysseyFrodo in Lord of the Rings What others can you name?

Check out the listing in Wikipedia on “Monomyth” or books by Joseph Campbell to explore further. This book introduces themes of bravery and opposition to evil.

Characters with inner strength are rewarded with friendships that save their lives. Characters seem to help Wirhout and Rachel on their quest because they represent bravery, earnestness, and determination. In the world they visit, everyone has given up in the face of evil except a few very helpful characters who risk and sometimes lose their lives for withoit cause. Characters called Displacers can detach and reattach body parts, so there’s quite a bit of that, as well as characters whose eyes and ears were forcibly removed, though that’s not described in detail.

Dogs devour one character, a giant crab snips another dog in two describedand another character is stabbed to death with a poison-tipped knife. The main character is tortured with a venomous snake and x sensory deprivation chamber. Giant frogs attack and are hacked to bits. Main characters are attacked often with beyondefs, crossbows, and knives.

Characters eat themselves to death in a palace-prison. Puffballs in a cave make characters forget who they are. Venom from a snake is a hallucinogenic truth serum.

A World Without Heroes: Beyonders, Book 1 Book Review

An addictive berry makes minor characters eat and eat while they waste away and die. Parents need to know that this fantasy novel is darker than most fantasies targeted to kids. Violence isn’t constant but can aithout jarring, with a character torn to bits by dogs, a dog split in two by a giant crab’s claw, and torture of the main character with a venomous snake and a sensory deprivation chamber.

The main characters are very brave and earnest, however, as they work together to try to save a world from evil. This is the first installment in a series. Add your rating Wothout all 3 parent reviews. Add your rating See all 14 kid reviews. Here’s yet another reason not to lean too far into zoo enclosures: Falling into a hippo tank took year-old Jason straight into the water horse’s mouth and sucked him into another world. And, thanks to a mysterious book covered in human skin he discovers at the first place that takes him in — a secluded library — Jason is forced on a quest before he can wothout about going home again.


The book contains the first syllable of a word said to destroy Maldor, the requisite evil wizard ruler. Finding all six syllables guarded by hermits across the land and speaking the word in front of Maldor is said to destroy him. To gain help, the librarian sends Jason to the Blind King who was tortured by Maldor after he obtained the word and remembers only hints of his former quest.

Lucky for Jason, the Blind King knows a place he can start looking. Together, they set off, hoping the dangerous quest can somehow take them home again. There’s a fair amount of action here, a fertile imagination at work, and the characters are likable enough, but there are many reasons this fantasy doesn’t hold up to the stiff competition. Most importantly, Mull’s writing lacks flair. This fantasy world doesn’t envelop you and make you feel a part of it like Laini Taylor’s Dreamdark Seriesfor example.

And the witty repartee of the boy and neroes protagonists won’t remind you of a Percy Jackson novel, that’s for sure. Female fantasy fans may get frustrated that Rachel gets left behind so often.

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And all readers will have a hard time believing that Jason is only 13 — especially when Lord Jason of Caberton wins a duel, gambles away a fortune while hobnobbing with lords, and speaks eloquently in a battle of wits.

Still, the story will keep readers biting their nails. Nothing gets wprld in the end, but tweens may be drawn in enough by the adventure to look forward to the next installment of the series. Families can talk about the idea of a hero’s journey.

Why is this a popular theme in books and movies? What characteristics does this book share with classics like The Odyssey and Lord of the Rings? How is it herofs This book contains a lot of violence, including torture. Does the book’s fantasy eithout make this easier to handle, or is it too much for a book targeting tweens?

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Get full reviews, ratings, and advice delivered weekly to your inbox. User Reviews Parents say Kids say. Adult Written by neopanda89 November 17, I disagree with the other reviews on this stating that there is too much violence. It’s nothing beyoners than what you would see on Saturday Morning Cartoons i Adult Written by zdl April 2, Kid, 10 years old April 30, Great book, though the characters do act older then they are described to be.

A good start to a series that I hope that wiithout Fablehaven, will become better with Kid, 11 years old January 6, I think beyonders is the best book ever!!! It has so much action and adventure it just skips to the excitement!

I think you should put down what ever your readi Is it any good? Talk to your kids about Magic and FantasyAdventures Book type: March 15, Number of pages: For kids who love fantasy and adventure.

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