A World Without Heroes, the first book in a highly anticipated new series by Brandon Mull, came out this spring, but I wasn’t able to get to it until the end of the year. Which puts me that much closer to Seeds of Rebellion, the next book in the Beyonders series, I suppose! This series is more like The Chronicles of Narnia than the Fablehaven series, but that shouldn’t be a deterrent for fans of Mull’s fanciful imagination. Taking two regular kids into an irregular world opens all kinds of new doors to explore – the doors alone are unusual – as Jason arrives in Lyrian by way of falling into a hippo’s gaping maw. Once there he meets Rachel, a Beyonder like himself, who traveled a different route to the same destination. When they are unable to reverse course and return home, the only path left is to seek out the word of power that will undo Maldor, the evil emperor. Maldor has crippled or corrupted any would-be-hero who opposed him, but Jason and Rachel don’t want to be heroes; they just want to get home. The setting and abilities may be fantastic, but the characters are driven by realistic goals, and that is what gives Mull’s words power over his readers.
Archive for Fablehaven
For Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day on December 4th I took one of mine to a booksigning by Brandon Mull, author of the Fablehaven series and the forthcoming Beyonders series. My son and I have both read all of the wonderful Fablehaven books (which we have in hardcover, signed by Mull), and we are looking forward to the release of A World Without Heroes (Beyonders #1) in March 2011!
I’ve been on a serious series binge lately. Not that the series I’ve been reading are serious (two are targeted for middle grade readers and all three are fantasy), but it’s unusual for me to go from one series to another in rapid succession. I have too many books on my to-read list to devote time to catch up on series I haven’t followed (thus I haven’t read The Wheel of Time even though it’s being completed by Brandon Sanderson). I was able to intersperse my series reading with four unrelated books: Puttering About in a Small Land by Philip K. Dick, The Ground Beneath Her Feet by Salman Rushdie*, Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier, and Nabokov’s Butterfly by Rick Gekoski. In doing so I was able to make progress on my list while maintaining my interest level in the rich Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull (a Utah author), the high-octane Percy Jackson and the Olympians books by Rick Riordan, and books five through eight of The Runelords by David Farland (also a Utah author).
*Although unrelated, The Ground Beneath Her Feet originated from Greek mythology, like the Percy Jackson series, and it entails the collision of two parallel worlds, as does Worldbinder, book six of Runelords.