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.
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.
Thoughts: This was a cute, albeit somewhat boring, story. The plot moves slowly, building and painting the setting more than anything. It created a good structure but, even when things really got moving, it felt slow and lacked the thrill of the adventure.
The cast was really well done. I can't say Kendra and Seth were my favorite characters ever but they were amazingly real. They argued and squabbled and forgot about it before they finished. They were real siblings and real kids and real people. All of the cast was pretty realistic and I really appreciated that.
The writing was solid and never broke it's rhythm. Mull is definitely a good writer when it comes to wording and painting a scene.
Content: Violence. Magic. One chapter gets fairly scary and I suggest the timid readers (like me) don't read it at night (like I did). Two people are stated to be naked at one but it's not inappropriate, they were clothed quickly and there are no descriptions.
So, all in all, a very clean read and a pretty one too!