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When Kendra and Seth go to stay at their grandparents' estate, they discover that it is a sanctuary for magical creatures and that a battle between good and evil is looming.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Simon & Schuster Children's Pub., 2007, c2006
Edition: 1st Aladdin Paperbacks ed. --
ISBN: 9781416947202
Characteristics: 351 p. : ill. --
Additional Contributors: Dorman, Brandon


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May 07, 2019

This is an awesome series and it appeals to a wide range of ages. I started off reading the series when I was 27 and within 10 years four of my children have read it ranging in age (at the time) from 10 to 16.
At the moment my 40 y/o husband, who only started liking fantasy after reading Harry Potter, is now just starting keys to the demon prison- book 5 and he's hooked!
I'm anxiously awaiting the release of book 3 to Dragonwatch which is "a Fablehaven adventure" and follows Kendra and Seth on many more adventures!

If you love Harry Potter, I'm a potterhead myself, you're sure to love this one as well. It's full of magic and mystery, mischief, suspense and a little romance even! There's faries, demons, dragons, wizards, unicorns, goblins, witches, Astrids, zombies, blixes, golums... oh can't leave out Newel and Doren, the satirical satyrs... This list goes on, you name it they've probably touched on it at some point.

This series is full of adventure!
I'd say it's best suited for teens/young adult readers but I'm "oldish" (haha) and re-reading the series for the 2nd time and enjoying it just as much as the first!

ArapahoeKristy Mar 26, 2019

Magical creatures, kids, grandparents, and a woman with an intriguing past come together to do their best to save Fablehaven from the evil that tries to learn its secrets and destroy it. I am curious about what happens next and will be reading more of this 6-book series from Brandon Mull!

brucemcguire Mar 14, 2019

I love this book! It is so creative, fast paced, and perfect for any young fantasy reader. I would also recommend The Candy Shop War I & II by the same author.

Nov 27, 2018

I liked it a lot­čśä

Jun 18, 2018

I'm confused as to who the audience is supposed to be for this book. The main characters are pre-teens, they are the heroes, and the plot and world are entirely middle-grade. However, the way the characters talk, the manner the author describes things, and the dark themes lend themselves more towards YA or even adult. I read this with my 11 year old, and although he understood the majority of the descriptions, there were times we did need to stop and talk about what the words meant and what was happening. There were certain parts that were super cheesy and expected for a middle-grade fantasy- the kids doing stupid things to advance the plot, the adult characters treating them like kids even though they are super heroes in disguise completely capable of saving the day, awkward moments that give you second hand cringe, random characters and creatures that want to help the main characters win just because... If I had not been reading this with my son, I probably would have DNF'd this about 50 pages in. It didn't hold my interest and I could see where the plot was going.
Otherwise, the world was well done, the variety and number of creatures and characters were plentiful, the exposition was handled well, the descriptions were adequate for an older reader, and I can certainly see how this would become a longer series- it lends itself to continuing nicely.

May 18, 2018

I've read all books in series. Definatly a 10 star series. Dragon watch is exiting to. Its all very deeply thought through like harry potter

Aug 03, 2017

Fablehaven is a great book. I like how we get to see how you can get through difficult situations by on your own, even when everything seems to go wrong. The description of the fairies made them seem really beautiful. Overall, it was a really good book.

Jun 04, 2017

I didn't expect this book to be as good as everyone says it is, but honestly, Fablehaven was actually very good and it left me excited to continue reading the series.
I think that this book was very creative and hilarious and for the most part, I think it flowed very nicely.

May 26, 2017

While Brandon Mull is not J.K.Rowling in talent, the story is very Harry Potter like, children battling to save the magical world from the evil society. They were mildly interesting.

May 24, 2017

OMG, this book is amazing! I absolutely loved this book. It's a mix of fantasy and adventure fiction, which are my too favorite genres. It actually starts out a bit boring- once I quit at the first chapter- but then I tried again, actually finishing this book and loved it. As many other people say, the rest of the books in the series are EVEN BETTER! It's a tough competitor for my favorite book on my list. Overall, this book is just ruling the library and I LOVED it!! I really liked Seth because he is a mischievous boy who makes the story interesting. If you don't know him, he's one of the main characters along with his older sister, Kendra.

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Jun 20, 2015

"Remember how worried you were when we dropped you off?" Mom said as she buckled her seatbelt. "I bet it wasn't half as scary as you imagined."
Kendra and Seth shared a very special look.

Mar 19, 2015

enchanting? absolutely! magical? you bet!!!
safe?? um... maybe the exact opposite!?


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When Kendra and her brother Seth pay a long visit to their Grandparents house, they are amazed to find out that the entire property is a magical preserve called Fablehaven, home of all kinds of mythical creatures. But these creatures can be dangerous. So when Kendra and Seth are stuck in the middle of a battle between good and evil, who will they turn to for help? Will two kids be able to outwit a large, ferocious and power - hungry demon?


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