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Publisher's Note:

The magical world teeters on the brink of collapse. The Dragon King, Celebrant, has united the dragons into a vengeful army, and only a final artifact stands in the way of them unleashing their fury against humankind. With established allegiances shifting under the strain, Seth and Kendra find themselves in desperate need of new allies. Seth must face his most dangerous quest—the fulfillment of h…

Overall Book Review:

Dragonwatch: Return of the Dragon Slayers is not only author, Brandon Mull’s, final installment of the Dragonwatch series, but in the Fablehaven world as well. This action-packed novel takes the reader on an epic, globetrotting adventure as Kendra, Seth, Knox and Tessa race to save the world from the dragons taking over and destroying humankind. This really is a fast-paced novel that crisscrosses the world as Mull skillfully ties up loose ends, while keeping the reader on the edge of their seat.

As a reader, one will have needed to have read the other Dragonwatch novels in order to understand the events that take place in Return of the Dragon Slayers. But coming to know the characters so well by reading the other four books in the series (and in the five books of the Fablehaven series) is what made this such an enjoyable read. Mull has taken them on a journey of growth, learning and maturing that pulls the reader in and gets them to invest themselves emotionally to their happy ending.

Another thing that Brandon Mull does so masterfully is building a world with such contrasting examples of light and dark, good and evil, right and wrong and then shows what happens when these forces clash. As he brings the series to a close, the stakes are bigger and therefore so is the conflict, which makes for an exciting read that leaves you excitedly turning pages.

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language: None

Violence/Gore: Description of the death and destruction dragons caused to a magical city; Mention of possibility of being eaten by dragons; Mention of seeing corpses of charred giants; Description of dragon biting off giant’s arm and exhaling poison on them; Character cuts off arm of magical creature; Description of character killing an attacking dragon; Page long description of battle between a character and a few dragons that result in character killing one dragon while it is in its human avatar; Characters threatened to be killed by giants (2 times); Mention that the dragons want to massacre the human race; Mention of magical creature having previously tried to kill a character; Mention of someone’s parents having died in battle; Character sees a vision of a battle where people are dying; Character threatens another character with a sword; Page long description of battle between character and giant resulting in giant’s death; Character witnesses a battle between two giants that results in one being stabbed; Character attacked by magical statues with axes; Character witnesses another character being eaten by a dragon; Character describes witnessing a bear attack in which someone was killed; Someone tries to kidnap a character; Character attacked by a man with a machete; Description of character in a battle with a dragon breathing fire; Description of character being cut by a magical sword and the mental agony that it causes; Mention of magical creatures bodies on fire from a dragon attack; Description of dragon’s attacking a magical city and leaving death and destruction; Page long description of the destruction left behind from the dragon’s attack; Mention of someone falling to their death; Page long description of hearing the undead speak, sometimes in a threatening way.

Sex/Nudity: Boy and girl hug; Boy and girl hold hands (2 times); Boy and girl have their arms around each other; Boy and girl kiss

Mature Subjects:

Death

Alcohol/Drug Use:

None

Overall Book Rating
Profanity/Language
Rating:
10
Violence/Gore
Rating:
3
10
Sex/Nudity
Rating:
1
10

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About the Reviewer

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”.