Thursday, April 22, 2010

Fablehaven : Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary - Brandon Mull

Summary: Brace yourself for a shocking secret!

Two hidden artifacts have been found. More preserves face destruction as the Society of the Evening Star relentlessly pursues new talismans. Desperate to stop them, Kendra discovers the location of the key to a vault housing one of the artifacts in Patton's Journal of Secrets. In order to retrieve the key, the Knights of the Dawn must enter a death trap--a dragon sanctuary called Wyrmroost. Will anyone who enters the sanctuary make it out alive? Or have Kendra and Seth finally gotten in too deep? (Summary from back of the book and image from ldsfiction.blogspot.com)

My Review: Shocking secret is right! I managed to wade through this 500+ page book fairly quickly, although it wasn't as much of a page turner as the previous three books. Now, don't judge the book completely by this. I've found I'm a character driven reader. If there isn't much character development, I have a hard time following happily. For example, I have a heck of a time getting into the Lord of the Rings series. This book was bordering on the line of only action and fantasy description to the point where I almost lost interest.

That is, until the end. The last 80 pages are packed with plot twists and character development, and the secrets are unveiled. Definitely made it worth the read!

A major issue in previous books will surface again in this one: betrayal. Bringing up the idea that you never can really know for sure who you can trust, especially when so much is at stake, is a rather sobering fact. As a concept, if young adults haven't been introduced to it before, it is a great time to start them thinking about it. At this age they learn--and hopefully not the hard way--to be wary of all the new people who come and go in their lives.

Rating: 4 Stars. I probably would have rated it higher if the best part wasn't only the last 80 pages.

Sum it up: A treacherous journey involving dragons in Seth and Kendra's attempt to save the world.

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