Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Review: Fablehaven by Brandon Mull

Publisher: Aladdin
Format: Paperback
Released: April 24th, 2007
Grade rating: B+/A-

Amazon summary:

For centuries mystical creatures of all description were gathered into a hidden refuge called Fablehaven to prevent their extinction. The sanctuary survives today as one of the last strongholds of true magic. Enchanting? Absolutely. Exciting? You bet. Safe? Well, actually, quite the opposite. Kendra and her brother, Seth, have no idea that their grandfather is the current caretaker of Fablehaven. Inside the gated woods, ancient laws keep relative order among greedy trolls, mischievous satyrs, plotting witches, spiteful imps, and jealous fairies. However, when the rules get broken -- Seth is a bit too curious and reckless for his own good -- powerful forces of evil are unleashed, and Kendra and her brother face the greatest challenge of their lives. To save their family, Fablehaven, and perhaps even the world, Kendra and Seth must find the courage to do what they fear most.


Up until a few months ago, I had never even heard of the Fablehaven series. I've been reading a lot of fantasy recently (Especially anything with faeries. I want recommendations!), so I asked my good friend Cat at Beyond Books for some help on what to read next. Being the fantasy and faerie expert that she is, she recommended this series. Thanks, Cat! I loved the first book, only putting it down so I could go to work. I mean really, who thought up the concept of work? Didn't they realise there would be reading to be done? *shakes head*

Fablehaven is exactly my kind of fantasy. It has mystical creatures galore, including faeries, imps and satyrs, wonderfully endearing characters, and a magical setting I wish I could visit. I was excited the whole time I was reading this book, and kept updating my dad on all the goings on. He too likes fantasy and small creatures, which is obviously where I get it from.

The idea of a sanctuary for fey folk and other creatures is pretty genius in my opinion. I'm sure it's been done before somewhere, but I've never come across it. I also like how the faeries of Fablehaven seemed like dragonflies and butterflies at first, and it wasn't until Kendra and Seth gained the sight that they realised they were actually faeries of all different kinds. I'm holding out hope for this happening in my own garden, but I don't think it will. Bah humbug.

Kendra and Seth were great characters that I liked instantly, though poor Seth could be a bit stupid. I lost count of how many times I shouted at my book, willing him to not be so daft and to stop opening the bloody window! He didn't hear me though 'cos he did it anyway. Boys will be boys, eh? I thought he'd learn from his first mistake, but no. He didn't. Instead he endangered Fablehaven and himself far too many times, much to the chagrin of his sensible sister. Kendra was like the voice of reason in the story, though even she too fell under Fablehaven's spell a few times. It seems curiosity is something that can't be avoided.

Fablehaven was a thrilling read, and I'm really looking forward to reading the next book in the series, Rise of the Evening Star. I can't wait to see what happens next, and am particularly excited to see if any new faeries will arrive on the scene. Brandon Mull set up some intriguing stuff in Fablehaven, and I have no doubt it will cause some trouble for Kendra, Seth and their family. I'm glad there are another 4 books for me to read, 'cos this is just what I was after!


Page (One Book At A Time) said...

I loved the entire Fablehaven series! A friend also recommended it to me and I'm so glad she did.

Cat @ Beyond Books said...

I can't believe you didn't hate Seth! Ha! It took me THREE books to consider him acceptable. ;)

SO happy you got these, Jenny I swear! Read the next one now! ;)

Aaron Vincent said...

I love Fablehaven series. It gets better as the series progress. Seth will mature later on but he will still do things that will endanger Fablehaven, but this I can say, Seth has the heart of a true Gryffindor. :)

I'm looking forward to what you think about the sequels!

Lori said...

I bought this after seeing you talk about it on Twitter and I really need to bump it up to the top of my To Read pile! It sounds fantastic!

Arielle said...

Sounds like a story to be made into a movie, like the Spiderwick Chronicles or something.
And it also sounds like a fun, magical read. I might check it out :)

Liz. R said...

I've heard a lot of mixed reviews about this series, but I'm having trouble finding it anywhere! My local library claim to have the first book, but every time I go it's conveniently loaned out. I've never seen it in there. I do love fantasy though, so I might go back and ask them to order in another copy. Thanks for the review!

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I loved reading this Fableheaven. Keep writing more!

Jesse Owen said...

Ooh! This one sounds good, I may need to buy it soon. It sounds magical and as I'm looking at reading more fantasy this could be perfect. Fab review :D