Book: Beyonders, Chasing the Prophecy

"Beyonders: Chasing the Prophecy"

When Jason and Rachel first arrived in Lyrian, all they wanted was to find their way home. Now they know that the roles they must play are essential to the final effort in the crusade against the evil emperor, Maldor–though the cost could be their lives.

In her final prophecy the Orcale of Mianmon saw many possible futures for the people of Lyrian. But among all of those futures, she glimpsed only one unlikely course that might allow Jason, Rachel, and the heroes at their sides to defeat Maldor and restore peace to Lyiran. Her vision calls for Jason’s and Rachel’s paths to diverge as they embark on their most perilous adventures yet. Will their journeys lead them home at last, or somewhere neither could have ever imagined?

And so ends another trilogy.

I must say, I really liked how Brandon Mull tied everything together. And how realistic his characters approached their problems, how they presented them to one another and how they dealt with them with each other. Well, except Rachel. Which is probably why I was most annoyed with her in this book.

My favorite character, now that the series has ended, is probably Ferrin. The displacer really shows all the colors of a real human being–even if he’s not. We all have a choice to be good and to be bad, and I like that author Mull gives us the realities of decisions–that we can choose to be bad, and that it will be good for us, but it might not be as good to other people–including the ones we call friends.

Fantasy works best when reality is embedded in it. And I don’t mean reality as in our real world, but rather the reality of how our minds think, of how we act around other people–and how our actions have bigger repercussions than we think.

Chasing the Prophecy is a most satisfying read not only because it’s well-paced, but also because it gives us a sense of closure. For almost all the characters.

And, as a bit of fan service, almost everyone gets a heroic moment.

Well, almost all of the heroes anyway.

Closing the last book on the Beyonders trilogy, I must say that I am glad I took the journey to Lyrian. And this might actually push me to go ahead and buy and read the Fablehaven series finally. I’ll just have to check my finances first.

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