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Publisher's Note:

The war against dragons intensifies. Will Kendra and Seth find the help they desperately need from the Giant Queen? This fourth book in a five-book series leaves the underwater dragon preserve of Crescent Lagoon for a gladiator-style arena at Titan Valley, the magical realm of towering giants and enslaved dragons. Our two young heroes have never felt so small or faced a challenge so . . . giant…

Overall Book Review:

Brandon Mull has masterfully done it again with this action-packed, keep-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat adventure and the fourth installment of his Dragon Watch series! Champion of the Titan Games takes the reader to yet another brilliantly crafted world, a dragon sanctuary run by giants, where both Kendra and Seth end up. Seth is still on a quest to find his memories and Kendra is hoping to warn the giant queen of the impending dragon attack and prevent the fall of yet another dragon sanctuary. As they each approach their tasks, with many familiar friends helping and joining along the way, both grapple with who to trust and who is trying to deceive them, as well as the weight of stopping the dragons from taking over the world.

Mull again draws on the contrast of good/evil, light/dark, and the question of what to do when it is not so cut and dry. This novel really brings out how both Kendra and Seth have grown and matured in this area and both appear more confident and mature, despite the fact that things are not going so well in the magical world and they do not have all the answers they want. At the end of the novel, Mull throws in a nugget of wisdom along this line as a character struggles with some hard things. He says, “Real power, lasting power, comes from knowing who you are.” And that is the beauty of this novel. Amidst all of the action, adventure, and peril, which this novel is packed with, both Kendra and Seth are coming into their own and demonstrating the power of knowing who they really are.

As stated, Champion of the Titan Games is the fourth in the Dragon Watch series, which is a continuation of the Fablehaven Series. This novel definitely does not stand alone and the readers would benefit greatly from having read the first three books, as well as the Fablehaven series. There are several events and characters brought up from that first series in this novel. Having said that, reading all of those books will not be a waste of time as you’ll get to enjoy Mull’s brilliant storytelling and world-building in its entirety.

Other books in this series:

Dragon Watch

Wrath of the Dragon King

Master of the Phantom Isle

Fablehaven series:


This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Shadow Mountain

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  Character recalls how he was chained up and dragged around as a prisoner of the demon king; Mention of how giants eat humans (3 times); two-page account of characters being attacked by sand monsters; Troll jokes that fresh human is on the menu; Troll tells character he could throttle him; Mention of how things that go inside a certain house either get hurt or disappear; Character thrown out of an apparently haunted house; Creature describes how magic choker around her neck will strangle her if she tells a lie; One page account is given of how a character fought and defeated a magical creature that wanted to kill him, including how this character stabbed it in its back; Two-page account of how a character defeated a group of yeti fearing he would be torn “limb from limb” by them; Mention of a house being surrounded with pikes topped with human skulls; Two-page account of how a character defeated a vampire ending with a stake through the vampires heart; Two-page account of a character withstanding a dragon attack and defeating the dragon; Mention of how people involved in the Titan Games tend to die (2 times); Character attacks another person with one of them falling and receiving a gash to their arm; Character mentions not wanting to be killed by dragons; Characters trapped by giant under a bucket as she threatens to eat them; Creatures participate in a gladiator style game to the death–details not given about the death rather creatures magically disappear if they’ve received a life-ending hit; Character attacked at knife point and assailant loses arm magically; Character forcibly grabbed and pushed; Character thrown to the ground; Attacker thrown to the ground by a magical force (2 times); Someone threateningly points sword at a character; Character mentions how a friend died by going through a certain door; Dragon says it wants to eat a human; Dragon throws hatchets at a character; Dragon attacks a character but because he is in a “gummy” state nothing harms him (2 times); Giant throws rocks at dragons as they are in their avatar (human) shape; One page account of dragons attacking a giant with implication that the giant dies; character receives cuts attempting to fight a dragon through a magical mirror; Character thrown to the ground from electrical current from a lightning storm; Two-page account of characters experience an illusion of creatures attacking them; Characters attacked by a spider like dragon that traps them in a web-like substance; Magical creature gets eaten by a dragon; Four-page account of a dragon attack; Account of battle between giants and dragons with mention of giants severing dragons’ heads and dragons burning giants with their breath; Dragon threatens to eat children; Character wonders if he should stab and kill a magical creature; Character taken and imprisoned.

Sex/Nudity:  Boy puts arm around girl; boy and girl fantasy creatures hug (2 times).

Mature Subject Matter:


Alcohol / Drug Use:

Mention of someone being a drunkard in a story retold.

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I remember as a young girl sneaking out of my bedroom to read by the hall light my parents left on, just so I could finish an exciting book. I’ve always loved books and reading is somewhat of a passion for me–something I’m passing on to my kids. I have four children and I have a hard time making them turn out the light when they say, “But I just got to the good part”.