Fablehaven is the first book in a series by Brandon Mull. Forewarning: the reviews about the next books will contain spoilers possibly. I will try to avoid them, but I’ve given you fair warning 🙂
Kendra and Seth Sorenson are siblings, being sent to stay with their grandparents for a few weeks while their parents go on a seventeen-day cruise. They have never really met their Sorenson grandparents, but they know that they rarely let people visit their home and they almost never come out to see the family either. Kendra and Seth were both worried about two and a half weeks with relatives that they hardly knew, and suspected were slightly crazy.
When Kendra and Seth learn the truth about Fablehaven, the magical preserve that Grandma and Grandpa Sorenson are caretakers of, the children are exposed to an incredible, and dangerous, new world to explore and grow to love. There is so much to learn about the hidden magical worlds that have been disguised for safety, of both the amazing creatures and humanity. But when everything goes wrong, it is up to Kendra and Seth to try and maintain some sense of control, and to save the preserve from the evil side of the magical world they never anticipated encountering.
I love this series. Mull created a world that incorporates lots of the mythical magical creatures you’ve heard of, like satyrs, dragons, centaurs, fairies, evil witches and all sorts of others, and gives them entertaining and realistic personalities to incorporate them into the story as more than just the cool but ultimately mindless or evil creature; but as real beings that have thoughts and ideas, and can be total game changers. The series is a exciting adventure, but overall is a tale of what people will do to protect the world they love, and the strength that comes forth when forces of evil threaten to tear that world apart.
I would give Fablehaven a 4.6 / 5, mainly because I felt that some parts dragged a little, but that is to be expected, especially when he was trying to get background information in that he could build off of in the next books. but I’m also giving it that review because I love this book. I love the series and the characters and the magical world that is inside.