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Chasing the Prophesy: The Beyonders, Book Three

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Chasing the Prophesy: The Beyonders, Book Three

Think you know what it means to be an outsider? Try being one of the titular characters in Brandon Mull’s Beyonders trilogy. In the first volume, teenagers Jason and Rachel were jerked from their normal lives into the mysterious medieval world of Lyrian. Of course, they then couldn’t go right back --- there’s an evil sorcerer, Maldor, occupying the land. What are teens to do? Hop on the quest bus and help depose Maldor: that’s what.

"Jason and Rachel are thrust into extraordinary circumstances and are forced to deal with those consequences, even if they had nothing to do with them. Their bravery and fortitude are inspiring, and their journey is worthy of the best epic fantasy."

When Volume Three, CHASING THE PROPHECY, opens, Jason and Rachel are resting at the sanctuary of Mianamon. There, a famous oracle directs the teens to help depose Maldor. Jason is to lead a journey of companions to a remote library on a deserted island, hoping to seek arcane knowledge from the great Darin the Seer. In contrast, Rachel will go with Galloran, the princely heir to the realm of Trensicourt, to undermine Maldor’s defenses and besiege his capital city.

Before anyone can embark on their quests, though, more immediate dangers present themselves. A girl in Mianamon challenges Rachel’s magical abilities and makes an attempt on Rachel’s life. While Rachel is able to thwart her opponent through her use of Edomic, a magical language she has mastered, she’s terrified of the implications of this attack. It turns out Maldor is able to get his pernicious influence almost anywhere --- even into the sanctuary of Mianamon.

Jason, on the other hand, isn’t so keen to leave Mianamon. There, he’s felt at home for the first time in a long while --- and he’s taught the local monkeys to fight with sticks, an activity he enjoys watching. Moreover, his journey is just as perilous as Rachel’s, especially since no one’s ever been able to overcome the beast guarding the secret library. He’s nervous, but is reassured by Ferrin, a companion who has detachable body parts --- sort of like Mr. Potato Head. Ferrin gives Jason one of his ears, just in case the boy needs to communicate long messages without bothering to send a messenger eagle. Jason’s partially reassured, since Ferrin, a former traitor, also gives his word that he’ll support Galloran’s cause.

As Jason and Rachel diverge on their separate quests, each teen encounters challenges of his or her own. Whether it’s terrifying creatures from the depths of Lyrian history, or a malicious magician bent on destroying their friends, they pursue in the face of seemingly unsurpassable odds. Rachel and Jason don’t let fear hinder them, since they know their chances of succeeding are slim, but trust in the oracle --- and their companions --- rather than doubting themselves excessively.

Will they succeed, or will Maldor doom Lyrian and its inhabitants to never-ending doom? Read on to find out, as well as discover what it means to find true friends. Jason and Rachel are thrust into extraordinary circumstances and are forced to deal with those consequences, even if they had nothing to do with them. Their bravery and fortitude are inspiring, and their journey is worthy of the best epic fantasy.

Reviewed by Carly Silver on March 25, 2013

Chasing the Prophesy: The Beyonders, Book Three
by Brandon Mull

  • Publication Date: March 12, 2013
  • Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Mythology
  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • ISBN-10: 1416997962
  • ISBN-13: 9781416997962