Fablehaven: Rise of the Evening Star by Brandon Mull

Things have changed since their summer at Fablehaven. Kendra has some new abilities, one of which allows her to see Fairy creatures without milk. Because of this, she can see what no one else can: that the new boy in town is no regular boy. How can she get rid of this hideous infiltrator?

But this mystery is minor compared to those that bring Seth and Kendra back to Fablehaven for the summer. The Evening Star is more active than it has been in years and it has dark plans. Secret preserves are being attacked because they hide magical items that, when combined, can release a powerful demon. What’s more, they need Kendra to power up the items (yet another side effect of the summer before). The biggest question of all: who can be trusted?

Book 2 in the Fablehaven series is just as good as the last one. It starts out a little slow (let’s face it, school is not nearly as interesting as a mystical preserve full of fairy creatures) but it quickly picks up and the rest of the book has you guessing. We meet new characters, adventurers in their own fields named Tanu, Coulter, and Vanessa, who teach Kendra and Seth more about the magical world. Tanu is a potions master, Vanessa collects mythical creatures, and Coulter is an expert in magical items (he’s also a sexist but that’s neither here nor there). With their individual talents, they hunt for the mythical items in the darkest, most dangerous parts of the preserve.

What I liked about this book, even more than the first one, was that it felt like part of a series and a little bit less like a standalone book. Where the first book only gave hints of dark movements, the second jumps right in. Of course, like with most books (especially in kids’ series) each book has a plot that raps up at the end of the book, but at the same time, they also fit together into one bigger story.


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