Wednesday, 23 January 2008

Fablehaven: 1 & 2 by Brandon Mull

Fablehaven - "For centuries mystical creatures of all description were gathered into a hidden refuge called Fablehaven to prevent their extinction. The sanctuary survives today as one of the last strongholds of true magic. Enchanting? Absolutely. Exciting? You bet. Safe? Well, actually, quite the opposite.

Kendra and her brother, Seth, have no idea that their grandfather is the current caretaker of Fablehaven. Inside the gated woods, ancient laws keep relative order among greedy trolls, mischievous satyrs, plotting witches, spiteful imps, and jealous fairies. However, when the rules get broken -- Seth is a bit too curious and reckless for his own good -- powerful forces of evil are unleashed, and Kendra and her brother face the greatest challenge of their lives. To save their family, Fablehaven, and perhaps even the world, Kendra and Seth must find the courage to do what they fear most."

Fablehaven: Rise of the Evening Star - "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? Can they overcome paralyzing fear?"

I read Fablehaven, the first book in the series, so I would understand the second book, Rise of the Evening Star. I really enjoyed both books. Brandon Mull described the mystical world of Fablehaven so well, I could picture all the creatures and the magical setting they live in. I thought he created great characters and I could see how the two children learned from their experiences, growing as characters. I'm looking forward to reading the next book when it comes out.


Autumn Ables said...

Great review, Stephanie. :)

My son and I want to read these next- after we get through the Spiderwick Chronicles.

Fablehaven looks very cool...glad you thought so too.

Janette Rallison said...

Those books are on my to-do list!

Rebecca Talley said...

My son loved Fablehaven. He read it in only a few days.

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