I’m continuing my read through of Fablehaven. Every book I’m falling deeper and deeper in love with this series. Which means I’m getting more and more hyped for Dragonwatch, the sequel series out Mar.14.2017.
Title: Grip of the Shadow Plague
Series: Fablehaven; Book 3
Author: Brandon Mull
ROTS Setting: EU, Modern, Magic, Fairies, Demons
Synopsis: Kendra and Seth have been unable to return home after their flight to Fablehaven earlier in the summer. The Society of the Evening Star is eager to get their hands on them, so the safest place is to remain on the deadly magical preserve. But when Kendra leaves to help on a vital mission things are anything but safe in Fablehaven. Creatures of light are falling to darkness at an alarming rate, with no clues to why.
Recommendation: Highly recommend this series. Early teens and up can easily handle this book. I advise moderate caution with younger readers as there are some darker themes.
A lot happens in this book. It pushes the story in every direction and the shear volume of events is a little dizzying. I’ll state the obvious, this is the middle book in the series so it’s a pivotal point in the story. Things are rapidly changing and the characters are barely keeping up themselves. There are a few key moments that highlight this, which were appreciated.
Kendra continues to push herself and what she thinks she’s capable of. These aren’t all happy-endings and when you’re dealing with magical creatures those endings generally involve death. Her development is slow but consistent. It’s already clear that who she’s becoming is vastly different from Seth. Even now I’m picking up on foreshadows from the first book about who she’ll become.
Seth finally begins to learn temperance. He’s still brash, bold and a rule breaker, but he’s finally developing true courage and making good use of it. By the end he’s a much more balanced character and I’m eager to see how he acts/reacts in the next two books.
I really, really, really can’t say anything about the plot. There are key events that happen in this book. The whole story pivots with this book.
Basically, you should start reading. The series is amazing and well worth reading.