I have rapidly worked my way through Brandon Mull’s Fablehaven series. I underestimated them! Much of the seemingly inconsequential early plot points have unfolded throughout the series. The humour nicely breaks up the mostly continuous action and Mull clearly knows his world. It unfolds like a night blooming cereus – seductively beautiful in a dark world. I feel completely comfortable in it. The ‘rules’ are clearly defined and the pacing is just right for a middle-grade reader. I love the boy appeal! Here are some more favorite passages:
Fablehaven: Grip of the Shadow Plague
“Grandpa!” Kendra yelled. “Seth has a secret to tell you about the nipsies!”
“You’re a traitor,” Seth grumbled.
“I’m just helping Smart Seth defeat idiot Seth.”
“I guess Smart Seth is glad,” he said reluctantly. “But be careful. Idiot Seth is the guy to watch out for” (p 52).
Fablehaven: Secret of the Dragon Sanctuary
“I hate how my past actions keep messing up my future options,” Seth muttered (p 193).
“That isn’t funny! What if it really is my last meal!”
Seth rolled his eyes. “It won’t be. I’m sure you guys will grab something at the airport” (p 274).