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Review: Beyonders: A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull

26 March 2011 3:37 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

I had not read Brandon Mull’s Fablehaven series of fantasy books for young readers, but like much that has come out since the rise of Harry Potter, you knew it was going to fall somewhere between that series and the more adult fantasy of say J.R.R. Tolkien. I mean, as a reader of this genre over the decades, I’ve become pretty critical of writers attempts at World Building this genre demands. Only a few authors have succeed in creating interesting Universes to pay homage to the granddaddy of all fantasy, The Lord of the Rings, but most are ignored, like David Eddings,  Stephen R. Donaldson (two mainstays of the 1980s), Tad Williams and Raymond E. Feist.  While Terry Brooks (another 80s writer) remains popular, his multi-volume Shannara series (along with Piers Anthony’s Xanth series) have become over bloated with prequels and sequels that dilute the franchise to »

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