Beyond Fear by Stephanie Hanlon

Rating: 3/5

Genre: YA Fantasy

Recommended Age: 14+ (violence and gore)

Favorite Quote: “‘Since that day, the world we live in has become a very dark and dangerous place.'”

“Are you really ready to condemn all those people to death?” he asked.
“Because they will die. I can promise you that.”

A new evil has arisen, to take the throne of Kaimaira, but trapped within their prison the once great Elders of Valista cling to their last glimmer of hope, a hero from another land.
Lizzie Somers always dreamed of escaping her life but when she finds herself transported through the Borders into another world, she soon realises that the reality doesn’t always live up to the expectation.
Dragged into a terrifying quest and hunted throughout by a deadly enemy, Lizzie must learn to trust the one person she never thought she could in a desperate fight for survival.
But as her journey spirals out of control will Lizzie run and hide or will she find the strength to face her fears.
Because Beyond Fear there is courage and her life will never be the same again.

I was provided a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for my honest review. This did not influence my opinion of the book in any way.

I love reading books in which me and the characters can be transported to a fantasy world. And I love when that literally happens in a book. This book is a fun tale about Lucas and Lizzie who are taken from their world and placed inside one that seems ripped straight out of a fantasy novel. Is it fate that they’re there? I can’t answer that, but I can say that this book is a fun, exciting tale that you won’t want to miss out on. The main characters are fairly well developed and the writing is fantastic. The writing is also very age appropriate and would even be suitable for younger audiences dependent on how well they handle certain material.

However, I did have some issues with the book. I felt that the pacing was very fast for this book. I also felt that because of the pacing the book was zooming through major plot points without giving them time to sort themselves out. The pacing really threw me out of the book many times because I felt that as soon as I was introduced to a character I was saying goodbye to them. I think that if the book was slowed down and the actions, backstories, and scenery were explained better then the book would have not been as disconnecting and that all of the characters would have been better developed.

Overall, I felt the book was a great inspirational piece on finding strength and it would be a great read for children in the middle grade or teen age group, as that’s the age when most children begin experiencing bullying. It’s a fast read and it’s a fun one as well. I found it enjoyable and if you enjoy fantasy reads then you will too!