Today I’m reviewing Chasing the Prophecy, the third book in the Beyonders Trilogy by Brandon Mull. I first read this book when it came out in 2013, and I reread it in May of 2020. I’ll be sharing a spoiler-free review, and at the end of the post, I’ll discuss some spoilers. If you’ve seen my story about the time I met Brandon Sanderson, that was at the launch party for this book!
I don’t have any new comments on the worldbuilding, so you can refer to my other posts to see my thoughts on that subject.
As for the plot, I think it has great tension and foreshadowing, especially for the climax. I love the ending. I also really like the plot relating to the torivors. I know I typically criticize books’ plots a lot, but I love the plotting in this book. It’s great.
In terms of the characters, I like all of them in general. In particular, though, I like how stealthy and crafty Nedwin is. He’s not one of my favorite characters, but he has some cool skills. My favorite character is Ferrin, and I specifically like his honesty and character arc.
I don’t have as many nitpicky comments on the writing. It’s overall better than the previous two books, despite the presence of clichés, the continued use of dialogue tags I don’t like, and a few questions that need clarification.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. I think it’s a great finale to the trilogy, and it’s my favorite book in the series. In trilogies, my favorite book is always the first, except with this one. I think Brandon Mull does a great job of improving his writing; developing the world, characters, and story; and escalating the tension over the course of the series.
Now I’ll share some spoilers since many of my favorite things fall into that category. I like Ferrin’s advice to Rachel regarding Maldor’s offer. Nedwin’s moment of genius with the Goma worms is also great. I also like the juxtaposition of Rachel’s group and Jason’s group because Rachel’s doubts the oracle, and Jason’s has faith in the oracle. It’s nice getting to see allies disagree so strongly over something and still be able to work together to save the day. What I love about the ending is that Jason stayed on Lyrian and Rachel left. I was not expecting one of them to stay, and I love that twist. This is why I wanted to see more of Jason’s relationship with his family in the previous two books. It would have provided a better build-up to his decision to stay on Lyrian in the end.
That’s all I have to say about this book. I think it’s a fantastic ending to a great trilogy. What do you think of this book? Have you read it? Are you interested in reading it? Let me know in the comments down below.