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Journey Beyond The Beyond (Magic Lands, Book 1)
     

Journey Beyond The Beyond (Magic Lands, Book 1)

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by Robert Stanek
 

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Exercise your mind and the power of your imagination while embarking on a journey of discovery unlike any other. Magic Lands: Journey Beyond the Beyond is a refreshingly unique fantastic adventure that is suitable for readers of all ages while containing all the icky-gooey-creepy details that are sure to delight! Following the village elder's advice, Ray leaves

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Exercise your mind and the power of your imagination while embarking on a journey of discovery unlike any other. Magic Lands: Journey Beyond the Beyond is a refreshingly unique fantastic adventure that is suitable for readers of all ages while containing all the icky-gooey-creepy details that are sure to delight! Following the village elder's advice, Ray leaves his home village, setting out for the place lost and deep where he will find a companion for his journey to the stone land and where he will discover that there is no easy path.

Here's what readers and reviewers have said about Magic Lands:

"A first-class novella by a first-rate author. Bravo!"

"Fascinating, utterly thought provoking from start to finish."

"Robert Stanek paints eerily haunting images that dazzle the mind's eye and delight."

"Full of creepy crawly images that have utterly delighted my ten and twelve year old sons."

"My son and I have read the book twice already!"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781575450643
Publisher:
Reagent Press
Publication date:
06/01/2002
Series:
Best Fantasy Series
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Journey Beyond the Beyond 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
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VilmosTabborrath More than 1 year ago
Journey Beyond the Beyond is about a kid from a village who has to prove he is grown now by going out into the wilderness by himself. While he is there he must choose a life companion. The journey and the choosing, it is the tradition of his people. I liked this story a whole bunch.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a great and magical journey! I loved it as much as my 11 year old did. Well-written, and simply fantastic. Good story for all ages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw an interview with the author and immediately purchased the book for my 10 year old nephew and one for myself as well. He read it in record time and told me he loved it! I loved it too! This is a magical wonderful book. If anyone is looking for a book that is full of adventure, then buy this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amazing! Journey Beyond is captivating, imaginative, and enjoyable. I couldn't put it down. This book is wonderful and lifelike. I can't wait for the next two.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Journey Beyond the Beyond is on the best books that I ever read. Ray is a 13 year old boy who is very adventurous. One day he has to leave his village to prove himself, as soon as he leaves the giant bull is after him and he has to run for his life. He's trying to reach the place lost and deep and make his choosing to become a man. After a while, to Rays¿s surprise, the bull catches up with him and there's a terrible fight. Will Ray make it through to the place lost and deep? Will he ever catch and get revenge on the giant bull? Or will he be lost in the wilds forever? Read Journey Beyond the Beyond to find out. Recommended for all readers who have a passion about adventurous books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After seeing such positive reviews I was willing to give this title a chance even though it has a very short length. After getting over half way through (around 3/4s) I couldn't finish it. There is only one character in the book adn I coldn't get attached to him since he was not at all fleshed out. If you want some real fantasy books try Robert Jordan or George RR Martin where you actually learn about and care about the characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Remember those times as a kid when you picked up a book and got lost in it? Well, this is such a book. I read Journey Beyond the Beyond a few years back and I was immediately drawn in to this truly magical story. This is a thrilling, edge-of-the seat read, even for an adult like me. You'll be swept away in an amazing world and desperatly desire to become part of this magical universe. Robert Stanek writes deftly as he tells the story of 13-year-old Ray who must journey to the place lost and deep to prove to himself and to his people that he is no longer a child. Ray's journey is a rite of passage, a trial that tests Ray's strength and courage. As soon as he sets out from his village he is set upon by Old Bull, a terrifying creature with human characteristics and traits. Old Bull chases and taunts Ray every step of the journey. The journey to the place lost and deep is only the beginning, however, for Ray's dreams--dreams the village elder warned Ray about--are taking him on a much longer, darker path. The imagery in Stanek's writing about this watery world filled with strange and wonderful creatures is deep and occassionaly dark. You can't help but worry about Ray and his safety as he faces the many perils along his journey. I was equally impressed by the illustrations throughout this over-sized book. The intricately detailed cover illustration shows Ray leaving his home village, leaving behind his friends Isaac, Tall, Ephramme, and Keene. The back cover has a detailed illustration of Ray battling a large bull. Throughout the book there are amazingly detailed illustrations as well. If you haven't discovered the worlds of Robert Stanek yet, you should. Here's why: 1. His books have imagination. Most books written for adults are seriously lacking in both aspects. His books on the other hand have rich imagery, well-designed plots, and plenty for imagination to feast on. 2. His books have heart. The books have moral, life, and relationship lessons that are meaningful. The characters show courage, bravery, heroism, loyalty, compassion. You don't feel like you're being preached to because the writing is mature and the subjects are approached in a way that is part of the story, part of the world he creates. 3. His books are Fun with a capital F! They're fairly easy reads that you can pick up and completely lose yourself in. They're great escapes from daily life and from 'heavy' literature. With series like, The Kingdoms and the Elves, and In the Service of Dragons, the books get better and better as the series progresses. 4. His books are incredibly good. We all need a little magic in our lives, and his books provide that. It's good to feel like a kid again, and for younger readers it's great to find an author that doesn't talk down to his readers. His books are written in a way that is equally adult-friendly and young people-friendly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Remember those times as a kid when you picked up a book and got lost in it? Well, this is such a book. I read Journey Beyond the Beyond a few years back and I was immediately drawn in to this truly magical story. This is a thrilling, edge-of-the seat read, even for an adult like me. You'll be swept away in an amazing world and desperatly desire to become part of this magical universe. Robert Stanek writes deftly as he tells the story of 13-year-old Ray who must journey to the place lost and deep to prove to himself and to his people that he is no longer a child. Ray's journey is a rite of passage, a trial that tests Ray's strength and courage. As soon as he sets out from his village he is set upon by Old Bull, a terrifying creature with human characteristics and traits. Old Bull chases and taunts Ray every step of the journey. The journey to the place lost and deep is only the beginning, however, for Ray's dreams--dreams the village elder warned Ray about--are taking him on a much longer, darker path. The imagery in Stanek's writing about this watery world filled with strange and wonderful creatures is deep and occassionaly dark. You can't help but worry about Ray and his safety as he faces the many perils along his journey. If you haven't discovered the worlds of Robert Stanek yet, you should. Here's why: 1. His books have imagination. Most books written for adults are seriously lacking in both aspects. His books on the other hand have rich imagery, well-designed plots, and plenty for imagination to feast on. 2. His books have heart. The books have moral, life, and relationship lessons that are meaningful. The characters show courage, bravery, heroism, loyalty, compassion. You don't feel like you're being preached to because the writing is mature and the subjects are approached in a way that is part of the story, part of the world he creates. 3. His books are Fun with a capital F! They're fairly easy reads that you can pick up and completely lose yourself in. They're great escapes from daily life and from 'heavy' literature. With series like, The Kingdoms and the Elves, and In the Service of Dragons, the books get better and better as the series progresses. 4. His books are incredibly good. We all need a little magic in our lives, and his books provide that. It's good to feel like a kid again, and for younger readers it's great to find an author that doesn't talk down to his readers. His books are written in a way that is equally adult-friendly and young people-friendly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nothing really happens in the entire book. Very weird use of language - as if the author is straining to be poetic, but it comes across as a very bad translation into engligh from a foriegn language. It is more like an outline than an acutal novel - many scences are not very well well described and hard to visulize.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book needs a serious re-write. The story might be ok, but the writing is written in such a way that you can't follow the plot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It has no plot. I often had no idea what was really going on. I finished it, but kept on thinking 'this surely must be some sort of joke?'
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the book in two days. Its the best book I ever read. At first I didn't know what everyone was talking about. But I decided to read it, and I liked it so so much it was the book I was looking for I know all kids will love it. If you havn't read it you should I mean it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Magic Lands is the best book I've read ever ever ever. Ray's story is magical and I love True.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I decided to read magic lands befor I let my son read it and I was hooked instantly I haven't read a great book like that in years wonderfull work and my son loves them just as much as I do.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Magic Lands Journey Beyond the Beyond is highlighted reading on our summer reading list. I've read this book outloud to my third graders. They were wide-eyed the entire reading. The author, Robert Stanek, was one of three author's selected by our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students as Author of the Year, and is scheduled to speak at our school. I can't say enough good things about this book and Stanek's others. Read this book aloud to an 8-year old and you'll know why. What a wonderful wonderful book for children ages 8 - 12! Highly suggested reading, especially for parents who want to read along with their kids.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is definately the best book and i encourage anyone with eyeballs 2 read this book!!! if u are alive, read magic lands!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Magic Lands was picked at our reading club as Book of the Year! All eighteen of us give Magic Lands our highest recommendation. Magic Lands stands heads and shoulders above all the other children's fantasy books published this year. Stanek's story is amazing! You start into it and you forget that it is written for 8-12 year olds and simply get swept away. Before I knew it, I was on the last page! I went back and read the book again the next day. Read Magic Lands, you won't be sorry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 8 year old son is a huge Robert Stanek fan so we had to get this. Magic Lands is the story of Ray and Kerry. Ray is one of the most likeable fellows you'll ever read about. His story draws you in instantly. Full of magical destinations like the land where the ground doesn't tremble beneath your feet, the place lost and deep, the land beyond the hill. Full of magical creatures the bull, the slither, the falkish. I loved the scenes with Old Bull. After my son and I read this we were both cheering Ray on.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Got this for my son as he love's those Harry Potter books more than anything. He's been moping around cause book 5 isn't out. I thought this would be interesting, sure sounds like it from the description. The true test is in my son's reading. If he likes a book he'll keep at it until he finishes or he has to stop for whatever reason. He started the book Saturday morning, finished it Saturday evening. I could only get him to stop to eat once! Sunday he went back, read it again. Right then I decided to read it, find out for myself. My opinion was it was good, perhaps great. A lot of books claim to be as good as Harry Potter, this one doesn't and it is. My son loves Ray's story. He's been running around the house, being Ray if that says enough and I don't mind at all. Ray's story is of a boy who journeys to the place lost and deep, and then to the land beyond the beyond. It is a story of growing up, leaving childhood behind. Ray doesn't start out with any companions on his journey, laments leaving his friends behind. He discovers a whole world beyond his floating village and the floating island houses of the place that is his home. As he goes place to place he is followed by old bull who'll be his constant companion. Now old bull is some sort of beast with terrible jaws and gnashing teeth that's waiting to eat Ray. Rays taunts and teases old bull along the way, runs into other troubles, like finding blood suckers on himself after falling in and an encounter with mother slither that had me gasping! The book is short, classic kids story, but Robert packs in barrels of fun, so much so that I found myself laughing, crying, cheering. Ray's visits with the village elder, the encounter with the outsider girl, Kerry, only add to the delight. I can't tell you how refreshing it was to read this book. It's a fun, fast read that I think we delight anyone of any age. I have two regrets though. The book doesn't point to a sequel, I can find no mention of it, but there has to be one. The book is published as a part of story collection under Magic Lands & Other Stories, which seems to be a collection of stories for adults/teens. I wish I had seen that. I would have bought both versions! Since reading this my son has asked me to buy Robert's other books. I must admit I didn't know he'd written any others. The book lists several, provides a good background on Robert. I couldn't believe it when I found it he's over a million books in print. I gulped because I thought I was up with all the popular children's authors, at least so I know what to allow and what to screen out. Long story short, we ordered the children's versions of the other books. There's 5 others, a few for adult too! My opinion, if you haven't heard of Robert like me, he may be the best author you've never heard of. We're having barrels of fun reading his stories.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! This has got to be the best #1 book I've read in my whole life. That's not a joke. Ray's story and journey are complete magic. I read this, read it again. My brothers are reading it now and we're all fighting over who gets it next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really like Robert Stanek's books. I don't think I can wait till this one comes out. I think this will be good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read Stanek's Keeper Martin and Elf Queen books. If this book is 1/2 as good, it is still going to earn the 5 star rating. I don't know if I can wait...but I guess I have to.