By Brandon Mull
Shadow Mountain Publishing
Kendra eyes the set of keys her grandfather has handed her. She can’t wait to see what they will unlock but perhaps she should have not been so curious. The keys, curiosity and broken rules place Kendra and her brother in danger and force them to face the greatest challenge of their lives. Kendra and her brother Seth are not exactly thrilled to be spending several weeks with their grandparents while mom and dad go on a cruise. They hardly know their grandparents who turn out to be caretakers of mystical creatures gathered on a hidden refuge called Fablehaven. The sanctuary survives as one of the last strongholds of true magic in a cynical world.
Midsummer Night’s Eve turns their world upside down as they come face to face with jealous fairies, plotting witches, greedy trolls and mischievous satyrs. To save Fablehaven, her family and even the world, Kendra must find the courage to do what she fears the most.
This first fantasy novel from Brandon Mull is a read that the entire family can enjoy. Imaginative and fast-paced action move the story along and readers won’t want to put it down. I connected with the characters and was drawn to a sister who always did the expected and a brother who always was adventure and trouble, which is like my family.
This book is a middle level read and appropriate for young people grades 4-8. Loyalty, courage and problem solving are great themes in this book. Watch for Mull’s second book, The Rise of the Evening Star.
Review by Leann Moody