Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Is It Really the End?

I don't know about you, but I prefer to take paperback books with me when I travel for summer vacations. Unfortunately for me some of the best reading this summer is coming from new hardcover books. I was particularly looking foward to the newly released book from Brandon Mull. That is why I purchased it last week and spent a couple days reading it.

"Fablehaven: Keys to the Demon Prison"
By Brandon Mull
For ages 10 - 15
This fast-paced fantasy adventure is filled with magic, mystery, fantasy creatures and a battle between good and evil. "Fablehaven: Keys to the Demon Prison," is a fun and engaging epic with creative plot twists and deft character development. Rated 4.5 (perilous situations, violence, death, magic)
The fifth book of Brandon Mull's "Fablehaven" series finds Amy, Dan and the rest of the Knights of the Dawn facing what appears to be the eminent destruction of the world. Dan and Amy are on separate quests which could be the only hope for success in the final battle to come. Dan still acts impetuously and Amy still lacks confidence in her abilities. Strangely these characteristics lead to a few interesting turns of events. When the demons doublecross the Sphinx (imagine that, deceived by demons) he must work with the Knights of the Dawn to prevent the demon horde in Zzyzx from destroying the world. As the doors to the demon prison are opened all creatures of light converge on Shoreless Isle for the final battle.

We've followed Amy and Dan from the beginning as they were introduced to a fantasy world that existed within our own, but hidden by the limitations of our own vision. Each book brought new dangers and new powers. And each book brought the Society of the Evening Star closer to releasing the demon king from his magical prison.We've seen Dan and Amy get involved in the fight as they and slowly became the keys to success. Mull finishes the Fablehaven series with fast-paced adventures, perilous situations and plot twists that will keep you guessing. He answers old questions, introduces new characters and leaves some new questions unanswered.

It may not be the best book of the series but it is a fitting end. Although Mull says, in an afterward, that he may revisit the world of "Fablehaven" and its characters in the future he has made it clear any new book on the subject would not be a sequel. I thoroughly enjoyed the "Fablehaven" series. If you enjoyed Harry Potter and have been looking for a series to fill the void, this one will do it admirably. Thank you Brandon Mull. I look forward to your next series of books, whatever they are.

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