Sunday, October 6, 2013

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

Rise of the Evening Star
Brandon Mull

Genre: Fantasy, YA, Children's
Series: Fablehaven
Publication Date: 1 June 2007
Number of Pages: 441
Source: Purchased
My Rating: 

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 end of the world. Will Kendra learn to use her fairy gifts in time? Will Seth stay out of trouble? Can they overcome paralyzing fear?

The Fablehaven series definitely gets better with the second book in so many ways. There's new characters and more character development. There's more world building. And the plot really starts rolling. This book starts out with Kendra and Seth outside of the preserve and they get caught up in the plots of the notorious Society of the Evening Star. Following these events, the two get out of school and head back to Fablehaven for the summer.

With the introduction of all the new characters, there is also a lot of mystery and guessing. Although this book is written for a younger age, I never felt like I knew what was going to happen next or who the mystery double agent was. I found this really refreshing because books written for younger readers seem to be rather predictable for older readers. This book really has a good aspect for everyone.

To me, one of the most interesting things in the books is Seth's character development. Brandon Mull really captures the struggle between wanting to help and do good and be brave and being cautious which is a huge struggle for Seth. I'm really looking forward to how he develops in the next few books.

I'm really curious as to where this series is going to go because past this book I only remember little bits and pieces of overall plot in the 3rd book which is as far as I read previously. I gave Rise of the Evening Star 4 out of 5 stars and I look forward to reading the rest of them.

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