Hiya! You may remember I recently read Brandon Mull’s Fablehaven. I liked it well enough that I sought out the sequel, Rise of the Evening Star, and I’m glad I did.
“At the end of the school year, Kendra and her brother, Seth, find themselves racing back to Fablehaven, a refuge for mythical and magical creatures. Grandpa Sorenson, the caretaker, invites three specialists–a potion master, a magical relics collector, and a mystical creature trapper–to help protect the property from the Society of the Evening Star, an ancient organization determined to infiltrate the preserve and steal a hidden artifact of great power. Time is running out. The Evening Star is storming the gates. If the artifact falls into the wrong hands, it could mean the downfall of other preserves and possibly the end of the world. Will Kendra learn to use her fairy gifts in time? Will Seth stay out of trouble? Can they overcome paralyzing fear? Find out in book 2 of this bestselling series.” – Goodreads
I liked the sequel to Fablehaven far more than the original. Not that I didn’t enjoy Fablehaven, but it had some components I took issue with. Namely, that Seth seemed too dumb to live. Luckily this book changes that. Seth’s character is still a risk taker, but in ways that felt more realistic and less I want to punch you in the face why are you doing that stop. Kendra was still a rule follower, but as I mentioned in my first review, I appreciated this because it reminded me of how I was when I was younger. She did gain a little more gumption as a result of some special powers she gained at the end of the previous book, and it was fun to see how those powers were used.
The adventure during the book was exciting and fun to follow. The pacing problems the first book suffered from were absent in the sequel. I still wish we got more of a glimpse into the creatures that live on the preserve and their magic, but we’re slowly getting more and the elements of magic we got instead were great. Mull introduced three masters that Kendra and Seth’s grandparents brought in who each had unique magic that they used and we got a little background on each of them. I would have loved even more detail, but I know this is a kid’s series that needs a faster pace so I liked what we got. Except Coulter who had a frustratingly misogynistic attitude that everyone around him tolerated. I can understand showing an older man who might have those views, but I would have loved more push back from the other characters about it.
The series is aimed at younger readers, so it was little light and a quick read, but still fun and I’d recommend it!
Stay magical readers!