Thursday, July 24, 2008

Fablehaven: Grip of the Shadow Plague by Brandon Mull

In this third installment of the Fablehaven series, Seth and Kendra find themselves in more danger than ever as the mysterious shadow plague threatens the Fablehaven preserve. As the Sorensons try to decide if they can trust the Sphinx and wonder whether Vanessa should be released from the quiet box to give them important information the plague spreads.

Kendra travels to Arizona in search of an ancient artifact, returning to find her family in danger from the darkness that threatens all the creatures of the preserve. Uniting together with help from an unexpected source, they pool all their resources to try to defeat the shadow plague.

I've been looking forward to this book for months and was not disappointed. The writing was as good as ever and the story riveting. The 480 pages passed quickly and once again I was disappointed to reach the end. Mull allows his characters to grow and learn while still retaining some the personality traits that sometimes get them in trouble. He uses description well to help the reader picture all the mysterious creatures that Kendra and Seth run into. The plot has so many twists and turns I'm constantly surprised at where the story goes next. I do wonder what can happen next and how many times Fablehaven can be in danger before the readers want something new, but for now it works and works well.

The second installment in the series - Fablehaven: Rise of the Evening Star - won a well-deserved Whitney Award for the Best YA/Children's category. I recommend the whole series as a fun read for kids and adults alike.

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