Encouraging Early Literacy and Children's Creativity
Seeds of Rebellion – Beyonders Book 2
By Brandon Mull
Published by Aladdin on March 13, 2012
512 pages – ages 8+
Jason needs to get back to Lyrian, a land he cannot stop thinking about since he escaped from it. When Jason finds his way back, he has to find his old allies from Lyrian and the other Beyonder (a Beyonder is someone not from Lyrian) he met before he left the first time, Rachel. Rachel stayed in Lyrian when Jason went home. She found that she has magical abilities that will help them on the adventure they are about to go on. The group of friends soon realizes there are new dangers in Lyrian. They need to convince new allies to join them if they want to defeat the evil emperor Maldor and stop his plan to rule Lyrian.
I loved the first Beyonders book (A World Without Heroes) and I think the second book in the series is even better! I can’t pick out a favorite character because I really liked them all (even the bad guys J). Jason and Rachel were great main characters and so were all their Lyrian friends. The plot to the story is just awesome. It’s a real good vs. evil battle with awesome heroes and terrible bad guys. I love the story also because it is action packed and exciting but it is also totally appropriate for younger kids (OK, I was a bit creeped out when they had to travel through a land of the living dead, but it really wasn’t that bad – I get creeped out easy J). The reading level and length of the book makes it a great novel for advanced readers looking for an adventure story.
On a scale of one to five, I’d give it a seven!