Beyonders: A World Without Heroes
Brandon Mull has written another amazing fantasy series called, Beyonders, and A World Without Heroes is the first of three. Creating a parallel universe where two teens from our world are suddenly transported to this alternate universe, Mull fills his world with strange creatures called manglers who can rip apart anything that comes near them, men called displacers who can separate any part of their body from their main frame and still live (including their heads), and a powerful, evil dictator who has banished or conquered all heroes who have challenged him before. Jason and Rachel, two sixteen-year-olds from Colorado, who have never met, are swept through two different portals to Lyrian, leaving their friends and family behind, to aid the beleaguered people of this strange, violent place. With nothing but determination and a smattering of individual talents (Rachel is a runner; Jason is a baseball pitcher and both are smart and savvy), these two teens band together to find the four syllables of the mysterious and forbidden "word" that will defeat Maldor, a clever, sophisticated, manipulative and powerful mage. As they discover more and more about Lyrian from ranging through its towns and cities, Rachel and Jason also discover to their woe, that they have no hope of ever getting back to their families and friends unless they defeat this dreadful man, who controls everyone and everything in this world through magic, violence and psychological manipulation. Come along and join them as they fight gigantic toads that are bigger than elephants and poisonous as well, as they discover hidden strengths they never knew they had, and meet friends along the way who throw their lot in with Rachel and Jason to prevent Maldor from defeating them before they can get their bearings. You'll marvel at how compelling this story is and rejoice that the author of Fablehaven has created another exciting adventure for our reading pleasure. Note: graphic violence abounds so be forewarned.
The Serpent of Venice
New York Times bestselling-author Christopher Moore channels William Shakespeare and Edgar Allan Poe in this satiric Venetian gothic that brings back the Pocket of Dog Snogging, the eponymous hero of Fool, along with his sidekick, Drool, and pet monkey, Jeff.