Book Review: Fablehaven by Brandon Mull

RATING: StarStarStar

(Fablehaven #1)

For centuries mystical creatures of all description were gathered into a hidden refuge called Fablehaven to prevent their extinction. The sanctuary survives today as one of the last strongholds of true magic. Enchanting? Absolutely. Exciting? You bet. Safe? Well, actually, quite the opposite.

Kendra and her brother, Seth, have no idea that their grandfather is the current caretaker of Fablehaven. Inside the gated woods, ancient laws keep relative order among greedy trolls, mischievous satyrs, plotting witches, spiteful imps, and jealous fairies. However, when the rules get broken — Seth is a bit too curious and reckless for his own good — powerful forces of evil are unleashed, and Kendra and her brother face the greatest challenge of their lives. To save their family, Fablehaven, and perhaps even the world, Kendra and Seth must find the courage to do what they fear most.

Literary Award: 2011 Rebecca Caudill Young Reader’s Book Award Nominee



I’ve always been a fantasy lover – there’s just something that makes the escape to these books so blissful. Fablehaven is a good quirky read despite my constant irritation for Seth’s character.

The story is easy to follow, the characters are easy to like or dislike, and the twists are suprising but not rave-worthy.

Seth is probably the most stubborn boy i have ever read. He does exactly the opposite when it comes to rules. He challenges everyone & everything. Although i liked how he composes himself in times of distress (compared to Kendra), and his sense of family ties is touching.

Kendra is the smart, goody-two shoe sister of Seth who is very perceptive especially to magical stuff. Her quick thinking and bold heart helped her into saving her family from the malicious witch & demon.

The magical elements are enchanting. From fairies to imps, golem to naiads, trolls to centaurs. The little stories woven by Mull for each of them is very entertaining. I love the words of wisdom that Grandpa, Grandma, Lena and Dale constantly give to Seth & Kendra. It was simple and completely understandable for their age, yet full of depth.

I like Fablehaven but i don’t think i’ll be reading the sequel anytime soon. The magic of the preserve and its inhabitants are not enough for me, i guess.



.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”