For centuries mystical creatures were gathered into a hidden refuge called Fablehaven to prevent their extinction. The sanctuary is 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 order among greedy trolls, mischievous satyrs, plotting witches, spiteful imps, and jealous fairies. However, when the rules get broken, powerful forces of evil are unleashed, and Kendra and her brother must face the greatest challenge of their lives to save their family, Fablehaven, and perhaps even the world.
I bought this book at one of our local bookstore a few weeks ago. One of my many goals this year is to spend more time reading with the kids and I thought this was the perfect choice to start. It didn’t hurt that both of them were excited about the book. More often than not, one of them will like a book and the other will hate it which makes group reading difficult.
I read a chapter a night, even though they begged for more. Ok, I confess, a couple nights I couldn’t put it down and had to read another chapter – suspense can be difficult to ignore! As I typed up this review, I realized that one of my favorite authors has the quote on the back. “Like Harry Potter, Fablehaven can be read aloud in a family with as much pleasure for grown-ups as for children…” — Orson Scott Card. He’s absolutely correct!
I loved the story line and the characters, although I will say Seth bugged me throughout the book. Every time his grandfather told him not to go somewhere or look at something he turned around 5 minutes later and did what he was not supposed to do. The first time was fine, but by the fifth or sixth, it got frustrating. I found myself saying to the kids quite a few times “see what happens when you don’t listen!?” LOL.
All in all it was a very good read and I’m looking forward to starting #2, Rise of the Evening Star tonight.
Next up: Fablehaven Rise of the Evening Star
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 invites three specialists – a potion master, a collector of magical relics, and a trapper of mythical creatures – to help protect the property from the Society of the Evening Star, an ancient organization determined to steal a hidden artifact of great power. Time is running out. If the artifact falls into the wrong hands, it could mean the downfall of other preserves and possibly the world.