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“We have not yet slain the devil: how shall we determine who is to be our new god”

 

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The 1-line Review:

A seriously quotable fantasy novel .

The longer review:

There were at least 3 lines that I read and had to pause for a second because of how impressive the lines read. The first one that stopped me was “”We have not yet slain the devil: how shall we determine who is to be our new god.” that was a seriously awesome line to me. I can’t find the other 2 quotes for the life of me but there were a couple others that had some real pull.

The story starts off with a Ranger’s Apprentice feel and the rest falls in line with a story similar to The Beyonder’s series.  It is a lightning-fast non-magic fantasy.  The story is driven by political shifts and espionage, but not to the Level of Game of Thrones. This story would be a great read for a youngster who would love Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings, but are too young for those levels of reading.

I was impressed with the sage-ness of the character Mordecani. Many of the ‘quotable wisdoms’ came from him. The main character, prince Korbin, progresses well from start to finish and was a very likable main character.  Prince Korbin ages from boy to man and has to fight with feeling of Duty, and a justice of law that must be brought down upon him.

The strength of the writing and flow of the story overcomes any debut novel shortcomings I detail below. I very much enjoyed the book start to finish.

 

Where the book lost a star:

Half a star for character naming. Down to the end I was confused with character and location names. The author favored names beginning with A (Aeggis, Ascanth, Astrith, Adamah, Addrich) and R (Rotchardin, Raccanith, Radrin, Roald) .  The sound of many of the names felt too similar,  like how Angie and Angela are similar while Angie and Amanda are less so.

My other gripe was the interjection of a young character in the middle of the novel. There needed to be a flash back type memory or discussion placed somewhere  in the beginning of the novel to tie that character to something. Rather it felt completely out of no where.

Bottom Line:

This was a great debut, I expect the next to really build and flourish off of this first tale. The land of Adamah has real potential to flourish into a great fantasy realm.

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A World without Heroes (Beyonders Book 1)- Review

3.5/5 Stars

The Quick Review:

I liked it. This book felt a little one dimensional and a little predictable, but for some reason it was still fun to read!  Do not expect this book to be as good as Mull’s amazing Fablehaven series; but read it anyway, I think Mull fans will enjoy it nonetheless.

The Long Review:

This story was simpler and a little more predictable than Fablehaven.   The plot did not feel layered or intricate. I felt like reading it was like walking down a straight path with no turns, you pretty much can tell what is ahead of you without much shocking surprise. The story moves from A to B to C all the way to Z in a mostly constant fashion.

However; it was still a really enjoyable book.  Mull wrote a bunch very funny dialogues throughout the book that made me laugh; he creates some unique species of animals, plants, and humanoids that are clever and not what you would normally see in a fiction-fantasy; and writes some entertaining situations that I enjoyed reading, even if the outcomes were a little predictable.

Pros:

Well written, funny dialogue.

Entertaining events.

Creative and unique species.

Cons:

One dimensional.

Predictable story line.

The Story:

(Taken from Goodreads)

Jason Walker has often wished his life could be a bit less predictable–until a routine day at the zoo ends with Jason suddenly transporting from the hippo tank to a place unlike anything he’s ever seen. In the past, the people of Lyrian welcomed visitors from the Beyond, but attitudes have changed since the wizard emperor Maldor rose to power. The brave resistors who opposed the emperor have been bought off or broken, leaving a realm where fear and suspicion prevail.

In his search for a way home, Jason meets Rachel, who was also mysteriously drawn to Lyrian from our world. With the help of a few scattered rebels, Jason and Rachel become entangled in a quest to piece together the word of power that can destroy the emperor, and learn that their best hope to find a way home will be to save this world without heroes.

The Writing: 

Mull’s writing is that of a pro. He writes great comedic dialoged and sets some clever scenarios.  I wish the story played more off of itself, rather than just moving forward in a figurative straight line from start to finish.

The Characters:

Jason Walker- An average kid who plays baseball and works at a zoo. He is witty and has a sarcastic optimism even when faced with grave danger.  I couldn’t help but like his character and his attitude throughout the whole book.

Rachel – More of a predictable “strong female character” type. She is smart, more mature, and a very capable person for her age. I liked her character as well, but she did not stand out from similar types in other stories. She reminds me of a less timid version of Kendra from Fable Haven.

Maldor- Is a tyrannical oppressor that seeks to take over Lyria. I really liked him as the villain. He respects rivals and values the learning experience when one gets the better of him. He offers them freedom from his pursuit and/or a place in his council because he respects a good mid. Aside from the fact that he maims, tortures and kills whoever he needs to, he might not be such a bad guy.

Conclusion:

Give it a try. Get it from the Library. I enjoyed this read despite some shortcomings. I will read the second in the series, I anticipate a stronger story in the next one.

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