Friday, March 17, 2017

Winter Reading 2017 Dragonwatch


Dragons. Demons. Witches. Ogres. Fairies. Unicorns. Nipsies. Brownies. Satyrs. Centaurs. Stick around Fablehaven long enough and you might meet any or all of them. But now Seth and Kendra are off to Wyrmroost to help stave off a dragon uprising in the sanctuary. It's not a perfect solution, but there aren't a lot of options open to the sanctuary keepers like Grandma and Grandpa Sorenson. Can two teenagers, however talented and blessed with magical gifts they are, actually hope to stand up to the might of the Dragon King and his followers?

Fantasy readers who have not yet discovered the Fablehaven series will still enjoy this new novel. The characters are 3-dimensional with faults as well as strengths. The plot is complicated and keeps you on your toes as you read along. Who is on the side of the humans? Who supports the dragons? Who is a neutral third party, or perhaps just waiting for a chance to choose the winning side? Lore and magical relics are discussed and searched for. Alliances are made and friendships tested.  Anyone with siblings can appreciate the bickering and heavy sighs of frustration between Seth and Kendra.

It's only fair to warn you that once you read this you will want to go back and read the other books, too. There are plenty of earlier events mentioned that will pique your curiosity, pestering you like an itch that needs to be scratched. And we will all be eager to see what happens next, impatiently waiting for Brandon Mull to complete Dragonwatch #2.

Highly recommended for grades 4+.

I read an advance copy provided by the publisher for review purposes.

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