Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Caretaker's Guide to Fablehaven - Brandon Mull

Summary: This guidebook to the Fablehaven magical preserve is filled with everything a new Caretaker might need to know in order to survive. There are entries detailing important information about artifacts large and small, a complete bestiary of creatures (from fairies to trolls to satyrs), a guide to identifying demons, dragons, and wizards as well as valuable insights into the other magical preserves.

Immerse yourself into the secret knowledge that has been handed down through the generations by reading the updates and notes written in the margins by the former Caretakers of Fablehaven, including Grandpa Sorenson, Kendra, and Seth. Fully-illustrated, this unique encyclopedia has gathered the world of Fablehaven into one volume.

Scattered throughout the book are colorful fairies that also mark some of the characters, artifacts, and creatures that will be featured in the upcoming sequel series, Dragonwatch.  (Summary and image from goodreads.com.  I was provided a copy of the book electronically in exchange for an honest review.)

Review:  Okay, let's be honest.  If you're not a chronic rereader of awesome series, this book isn't going to be for you.  If you don't love delving into the worlds authors create, if you don't like knowing the backstories before you reread your favorite series, if you don't want to know any nuances you may have missed, books like this aren't going to interest you.

But.  If you are one of those chronic rereaders who loves supplemental material, who loves to fill in backstories, flesh out characters, refine your own theories, and immerse yourself into the world you're currently experiencing, AND if you know that a second series will be coming out soon (squee!), AND if you want to brush up ... you need to get to a bookstore.

This is such a fun series.  I really enjoyed the series the first few times around, but revisiting the series, the baddies and the golden characters, the places, the spells, the magical items, brought it all back.  There are new snippets scattered throughout, there are wonderful illustrations of the characters, this really is well done.

In all honesty, I received an electronic copy.  I don't recommend it.  It didn't translate to an ebook version well -- I nearly quit trying to read it, to be honest!  But let's get real.  If you want a supplemental guide, do you really want a digital file?  I didn't think so.  

This book made me so excited for the new series coming out.  I have thoroughly enjoyed every one of Brandon Mull's books I've read, I have no doubt that will be true with Dragonwatch!

Rating:  3.5 stars  I think I'd have been able to give it a better rating with an actual book.

For the Sensitive Reader:  Clean.  Some of the descriptions are a tad gory, but they're demons.

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