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Publisher's Note:

In the long-awaited sequel to Fablehaven, the dragons who have been kept at the dragon sanctuaries no longer consider them safe havens, but prisons and they want their freedom. The dragons are no longer our allies.... In the hidden dragon sanctuary of Wyrmroost, Celebrant the Just, King of the Dragons, plots his revenge. He has long seen the sanctuaries as prisons, and he wants nothing more than to overthrow his captors and return the world to the Age of Dragons, when he and his kind ruled and reigned without borders. The time has come to break free and reclaim his power. No one person is capable of stopping Celebrant and his dragon horde. It will take the ancient order of Dragonwatch to gather again if there is any chance of saving the world from destruction. In ancient times, Dragonwatch was a group of wizards, enchantresses, dragon slayers, and others who originally confined the majority of dragons into sanctuaries. But nearly all of the original Dragonwatch members are gone, …

Dragonwatch

by Brandon Mull

Overall Book Review:

Join Kendra and Seth Sorenson from the Fablehaven Series are on another action-packed adventure in the land of magical creatures. Dragonwatch by author Brandon Mull is the first in a five-book series that picks up right where his Fablehaven series left off. Kendra and Seth barely have time to catch their breath after the great battle of Zzyzx, before they are off to save the world yet again from impending magical doom. This time the setting is Wyrmroost, a dragon sanctuary that is on the brink of falling thanks to an over eager dragon.

Just like in his other novels, Brandon Mull masterfully creates a magical world full of interesting characters (mostly non-human) and creative settings, that pull you in and sends your imagination soaring. There is action and adventure that keep you on the edge of your seat and turning pages, but there are also relationships and loyalties that make this novel relatable and intriguing. Both Seth and Kendra have grown up a little and matured from the first series. They must learn to work together as well as learn to better use their given talents, all the while making hard decisions with the fate of the world resting on their shoulders. Dragonwatch is certainly a wonderful continuation of the adventures that started at Fablehaven. That being said, this series would probably be better enjoyed if readers have first read Fablehaven

Other novels by Brandon Mull:

Fablehaven

Sky Raiders (1st in the Five Kingdoms series)

The Candy Shop War


Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None 

Violence/Gore:  Character has threat of magical knife pursuing him if he doesn’t hold up to his end of the bargain made; Witch says she has the right to kill someone; An ogre tries to attack a human with a club and chases him; Mention of dragons burning down towns and villages in the past; Mention of human sacrifice done in the past to appease the dragons; Dragon attacks humans with fire and destroys part of a castle; Characters chased by elephant-sized bears; 4 page scene of a dream where character opens many coffins containing loved ones; 5 page scene of a dream in which a character is being chased by zombie-like creatures; Character runs from a dragon which is attacking him with fire; Character pinches another person; Character punches another character; Dragons attack a character with fire but are prevented from doing any harm. 

Sex/Nudity:  Boy and girl hug.

Mature Subject Matter:

None

Alcohol / Drug Use:

None

Overall Book Rating
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Violence/Gore
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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”.