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Last year FABLEHAVEN book one was a Cybils nominated book. I loved the premise and totally got caught up in Brandon Mull's tale of two children who end up at their grandparent's refuge for mythical and magical creatures. I was very excited book two was nominated this year.

In RISE OF THE EVENING STAR, Kendra and her brother, Seth, find themselves back at FABLEHAVEN. Their grandfather invites three caretakers to help protect the property from the Society of The Evening Star, an ancient organization determined to infiltrate the preserve and steal an artifact of great power. Time is running out. In the meantime, the children find that someone has betrayed them. It's up to both Kendra and Seth to help Fablehaven before it's destroyed.

I admit, I was a tad bit disappointed in this tale. Sure, the beginning was fast-paced but later the story seemed to drag. The children do team together to help save the refuge but the dialog seemed forced. I would have liked if the author had shown more of Kendra's fairy gifts. I hope the next book picks up the pace. But still if you are looking for a fantasy for tweens that isn't graphic, I'd recommend this series.


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Nov. 17th, 2007 11:53 am (UTC)
My son just read this and I asked him what he thought--he'd give it a seven out of ten stars and thought it was better than the first. "It left an enormous cliff hanger" he said. And he's looking forward to the next. I read the first with him and enjoyed it,but haven't read this one yet. So many books, so little time.
Nov. 18th, 2007 10:38 pm (UTC)
I agree, the first seemed a bit better. I thought the characterization lacked in this one. But it was still alot of fun, and I can't wait for book 3!
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