Skip to main content

Beyonders: Seeds of Rebellion

Review

Beyonders: Seeds of Rebellion

The word was supposed to work. The word, spoken in the presence of the evil wizard Maldor, was designed to destroy him and his terrible reign. Except something went wrong, and Jason soon found himself back on Earth thinking about all he left behind in Lyrian. Besides wondering what had happened to all of his friends --- especially Rachel, the other Beyonder in the world of Lyrian --- Jason felt helpless in the quest to fight against Maldor. With no guarantee that he could find his way back to Earth again, Jason decides that it’s time once again to enter the hippopotamus and return to the world of Lyrian. He’s just not sure what is waiting for him.

"Readers had just a small glimpse of the world of Lyrian in the first Beyonders book, but I really think Brandon Mull outdid himself this time around. The action was ramped up big time, and several passages left me breathless and wanting more."

Jason didn’t expect his return to Lyrian would be easy. After all, Lyrian is full of dangerous creatures, dark and foreboding kingdoms, and the oppressive reign of Maldor. He just didn’t expect to be the most wanted fugitive on the continent. With little in the way of allies, Jason now must figure out how to be reunited with the only person he can trust --- the Blind King. His journey won’t be easy, though, and the fact that a silent lurker is trailing him can only mean that Maldor is doing everything within his power to catch him.

For her part, Rachel has been busy. In Jason’s absence, Rachel discovered that she has an aptitude with Edomic magic. She soon learns how to control animals, the different elements, and speak mentally with other users. While she would love to learn more about her strange powers and even become an apprentice, Rachel still longs one day to return back home to Earth. The longer she stays in Lyrian, though, the harder it becomes to imagine leaving the place. This becomes increasingly apparent when she hears that Jason has returned and is looking to fight back against Maldor.

Seeds of rebellion often start with a few people and some strong ideas. Once Jason, Rachel, the Blind King and a few friends are reunited, the desire to plant these seeds becomes stronger than ever. Maldor’s reign stretches far and wide, though, so this small band of rebels has their work cut out for them. They are up against infectious insects, a bloodthirsty behemoth and the walking dead, among other new and seemingly impossible threats. No magical word is going to stop Maldor this time, and the promise of war is just around the corner.

It’s no small feat to create a fantastical world complete with endless creatures, kingdoms and dangerous threats. Readers had just a small glimpse of the world of Lyrian in the first Beyonders book, but I really think Brandon Mull outdid himself this time around. The action was ramped up big time, and several passages left me breathless and wanting more. While the opening installment of the series introduced the characters and their plight against Maldor, SEEDS OF REBELLION shows what is necessary in order to overthrow the evil tyrant and what sacrifices must be made. The quest isn’t over, though, as one more book will complete the trilogy.

Reviewed by Benjamin Boche on March 30, 2012

Beyonders: Seeds of Rebellion
by Brandon Mull

  • Publication Date: February 12, 2013
  • Genres: Adventure, Children's, Fantasy, Fiction
  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • ISBN-10: 1416997954
  • ISBN-13: 9781416997955