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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Book Review: Dragonwatch: A Fablehaven Adventure by Brandon Mull

Dragonwatch: A Fablehaven Adventure by Brandon Mull

Book Description:

In the long-awaited sequel to Fablehaven, the dragons who have been kept at the dragon sanctuaries no longer consider them safe havens, but prisons and they want their freedom. The dragons are no longer our allies....

In the hidden dragon sanctuary of Wyrmroost, Celebrant the Just, King of the Dragons, plots his revenge. He has long seen the sanctuaries as prisons, and he wants nothing more than to overthrow his captors and return the world to the Age of Dragons, when he and his kind ruled and reigned without borders. The time has come to break free and reclaim his power.

No one person is capable of stopping Celebrant and his dragon horde. It will take the ancient order of Dragonwatch to gather again if there is any chance of saving the world from destruction. In ancient times, Dragonwatch was a group of wizards, enchantresses, dragon slayers, and others who originally confined the majority of dragons into sanctuaries. But nearly all of the original Dragonwatch members are gone, and so the wizard Agad reaches out to Grandpa Sorenson for help.

As Kendra and Seth confront this new danger, they must draw upon all their skills, talents, and knowledge as only they have the ability to function together as a powerful dragon tamer. Together they must battle against forces with superior supernatural powers and breathtaking magical abilities.

How will the epic dragon showdown end? Will dragons overthrow humans and change the world as we know it?

Rorie's Review:

Brandon Mull has done it again with this newest addition to the Fablehaven series. I was drawn in immediately, and even though it has been several years since I read Fablehaven, I quickly recalled most of the story line and characters. I do want to go back and re-read those books, since I have forgotten a lot of the details. Plus, while my oldest has read and loved the series, my second son has only just begun, and these are great books on CD to listen to in the car.

Seth's impulsiveness and mischief-making always kind of bugged me, (that must be the parent in me talking) so I was happy to see his growth and determination to do what was right in his new role as caretaker. Both Kendra and Seth learned a lot about themselves, although I think this book focuses more on Seth's growth.

I'm anxious to find out what happens in the next book in this series. It will be interesting to see what role Knox and Tess play in the upcoming books too.

Andrea's Review:

It's been years since I read the Fablehaven books, but I was pleasantly surprised that I remembered so many details. Dragonwatch seemed to pick up right from where I remembered the Fablehaven books leaving off.

I thought my son would really enjoy this series, but he was hesitant to read it. He has liked other fantasy books in the past though, so I think I'll try introducing him to the Fablehaven books first.

Dragonwatch is an entertaining, easy read, perfect for middle grade readers looking for a fun adventure.

Tarah's Review:

I haven't actually read the Fablehaven series so I wasn't sure what to expect with Dragonwatch. All I knew is that my 10 year old really enjoyed Fablehaven. Even though I haven't read the other, I was pleasantly surprised by this book, and am looking forward to going back and seeing what started it all.

If you haven't read Fablehaven would you be lost with this book? Yes and no. I was able to really enjoy it even though I didn't have any context for the previous books. However, I never really felt lost, just a desire to go find out what I missed.

I can't wait for the next book in the series...for more reasons than one. First, it really was good and I am excited to follow Kendra and Seth on their journey. Second, the ending wasn't an ending I typically enjoy. Not a cliffhanger so much, but it definitely left everything open for more. I normally only read books like this when the whole series is out so I can binge read them all at once and not wait on pins and needles for the next. So, you win some, you lose some.

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61bmy953K8L.jpgTitle: Dragonwatch: A Fablehaven Adventure
Authors: Brandon Mull
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Published: March 2017
ISBN: 1629722561
Source: We received copies from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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