|Title: Fablehaven: Rise of the Evening Star
Author: Brandon Mull
Publication: Shadow Mountain, 2007
“The fairies have changed you, adopted you, infused you with their magic. A semblance of the magical energy that naturally dwells in them now dwells in you.”
As the school year comes to a close, Kendra and Seth find themselves to the target of The Society of the Evening Star. Fleeing in the night with a friend of their grandfathers, they whisk away to safety behind Fablehaven’s gates. When they arrive, they are greeted with 3 newcomers, Vanessa, Coulter and Tanu, who are there to find an artifact needed to open Zzyzx, the demon prison. With the stakes higher than ever, there is a traitor among them. As they get closer to the artifact, almost all is sacrificed in order to stop The Society of the Evening Star from getting their hands on it.
Having immensely enjoyed the first Fablehaven novel, I was really looking forward to the second in the series. Kendra and Seth once again embark on a fantastic and dangerous adventure around Fablehaven. Their relationship still has comedic qualities that lend nicely to the ongoing drama encompassing the preserve. The inclusion of three new main characters offers a view into the world of the preserves, along with the ensuing struggle between them and the Society. Their varying personalities add color and move the plot along without the writing becoming stale.
The writing flowed smoothly. With a ticking deadline the story moved along at a nice pace and I was never bored. The plot was interesting and filled with various twists. There is a major twist 3/4th of the way through the novel that was a complete surprise. There was some foreshadowing in the beginning though, so it should not have been a surprise. Another major twist occurs on the very last pages, but I figured this one out earlier. It is quite an important twist and coming so late made me want to read the 3rd book right away to see the characters’ reactions to the news. I enjoyed reading Fablehaven: Rise of the Evening Star, but not as much as Fablehaven. I have to admit that this series is turning out to be quite addictive and am looking forward to reading the 3rd.