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A World Without Heroes

A World Without Heroes

(Book #1 of Beyonders)
For Ages: 8 - 12
  • reading group guide
  • bestseller
The #1 New York Times bestselling start to Brandon Mull’s new fantasy series is now available in paperback!

Jason Walker has often wished his life could be a bit less predictable—until a routine day at the zoo ends with Jason suddenly transporting from the hippo tank to a place unlike anything he’s ever seen. In the past, the people of Lyrian welcomed visitors from the Beyond, but attitudes have changed since the wizard emperor Maldor rose to power. The brave resistors who opposed the emperor have been bought off or broken, leaving a realm where fear and suspicion prevail.

In his search for a way home, Jason meets Rachel, who was also mysteriously drawn to Lyrian from our world. With the help of a few scattered rebels, Jason and Rachel become entangled in a quest to piece together the word of power that can destroy the emperor and learn that their best hope to find a way home will be to save this world without heroes.
  • Aladdin | 
  • 464 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416997986 | 
  • March 2011 | 
  • Grades 3 - 7
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Step Into the World of BEYONDERS: A WORLD WITHOUT HEROES

Beyonders: A World Without Heroes book trailer “An irresistible mix of adventure, humor, and magic.” -Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series

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A World Without Heroes PROLOGUE
The prince dangled in the darkness, shoulders aching, ancient manacles digging into his wrists as he tried to sleep. The chains prevented him from lying down. Whether it was truly light or dark he could not say, for his enemies had stolen his sight.

In the distance he heard screaming—the unrestrained wails of a man trying and failing to escape the deepest agony. The unnerving cries echoed from higher... see more
A World Without Heroes CHAPTER 1 THE HIPPO
Over the centuries individuals have crossed from our world to Lyrian in a variety of ways. Although some travelers have journeyed between universes deliberately, normally the sudden voyagers are caught by surprise. They become lost in deep caves and emerge into an unfamiliar landscape. They pass through the natural stone arches that occasionally link our realities. They sink into deep wells,... see more

Reading Group Guide

A Reading Group Guide to

Beyonders #1: A World Without Heroes
By Brandon Mull

Discussion Questions

1.We’re introduced to the ever-important Word at the very beginning of the book. In what ways does the Word hold power in the story? In what ways do words hold power in your life? Are there times when words can serve as weapons? When do words become tools for good?

2.If you were to choose one special word that would best describe or define you, what would it be? Explain the significance of your choice.

3.Jason learns about Lyrian’s history from the books the Loremaster shares with him. Afterwards, Jason asks him, “Who wrote the history I just read?” Why did Jason want to know that? Why would that question matter?

4.Jason and Rachel go on a quest for knowledge in A World Without Heroes as they search for the hidden syllables of the Word. How might you consider knowledge a prize in our world? Can knowledge ever be dangerous to us, as it is in Lyrian?

5.Reflect on Galloran’s definition of a hero. What is your definition of hero? Whom would you consider heroes in your life?

6.How did Jason and Rachel’s relationship change from the beginning of the book to the end? At what points did you notice a shift in how they interacted?

7.Compare and contrast Lyrian to our world. Consider Jason’s longings for certain things see more

About the Author

Brandon Mull
Laura Hanifin

Brandon Mull

Brandon Mull is the author of the New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal bestselling Beyonders and Fablehaven series. He resides in Utah, in a happy little valley near the mouth of a canyon with his wife and four children. Brandon’s greatest regret is that he has but one life to give for Gondor.

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