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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Book Review: Fablehaven: Rise of the Evening Star by Brandon Mull

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin (April 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416957707
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416957706
Buy the book: Amazon

At the end of the school year, Kendra and her brother Seth find themselves racing back to Fablehaven, a refuge for mythical and magical creatures. Grandpa Sorenson, the caretaker, invites three specialists -- a potion master, a magical relics collector, and a mystical creature trapper -- to help protect the property from the Society of the Evening Star, an ancient organization determined to infiltrate the preserve and steal a hidden artifact of great power. Time is running out. The Evening Star is storming the gates. If the artifact falls into the wrong hands, it could mean the downfall of other preserves and possibly the world. Will Kendra learn to use her fairy gifts in time? Will Seth stay out of trouble?

My Review

As this series continues, my sheer awe and incredulity increases. These books are just plain awesome.
This book picks up nearly a year after the end of book one. So, although there's a pretty big span of time covered, the characters retain their previous awesomeness of the first book. Brandon Mull really does a great job writing his characters in a way that makes you never want to stop reading about them. Every time I come close to finishing a Fablehaven book, I wish I could somehow add another hundred or so pages. And maybe another hundred or so pages to that.
Although there is sort of a new villain is introduced into each new Fablehaven book, there is always that one same goal present that is partially introduced in the first book: defeating the Society of the Evening Star. Though, this one goal doesn't really come into play until the second book. This is where the real genius of the plot really starts. This is when the books get incredibly interesting. I'm not saying that the first installment wasn't great, but this second book is where Mull's master plan is introduced, and where you get really hooked.
This is a very recommended series for any lovers of fantasy-type fiction. I first came across this series when I heard one of my friends compare it to Harry Potter; I couldn't not read it. These really are amazing books.

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