Monday, February 1, 2010
Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
Kendra and Seth are going to have to stay with their grandfather for the three weeks their parents are on a cruise. They rarely get to see their dad's parents and never at their house, so this is something new and a little frightening. Kendra knows that their grandfather really didn't want she and her brother to come and has reluctantly agreed. When they arrive at the large estate where their grandfather is the caretaker, they are given strict rules to follow. They mustn't go into the forest for any reason.
Well, Kendra and Seth are more than a little curious about some of the strange things occurring and soon discover that this estate is really a protected sanctuary for magical creatures, like fairies, witches, trolls, satyrs, and naiads. The children are fascinated with all the strange creatures, but soon realize that not all have good intentions. There is a delicate balance that must be kept for the sanctuary to stay protected.
Fantasy readers will love to discover a series filled with suspenseful action and adventure, where secrets abound and the answers are yet to be completely realized. It's a tale that lured me in and wouldn't let me go until the last page. I give it a B+, well done.