Reviewed by Mikayla Petersen
Secrets of Fablehaven
Fablehaven is a children’s literature fantasy by Brandon Mull, it was published by Simon and Schuster in paperback on July 30th, 2006. Taking place on a hidden preserve in present day Connecticut while the kids are out of school,Kendra and Seth, the main characters, visit their grandparents in Connecticut while their parents take a 17 day cruise with their aunts and uncles after the death of their mom’s parents. They amuse themselves with an attic (their room) filled with interesting books and toys, with a swimming pool made like a pond surrounded by hovering hummingbirds, intricate butterflies and foreign looking dragonflies. Their attentions soon wander to the forest forbidden to them that surrounds their grandparent's house. When Kendra discovers a book named Journal of Secrets she follows the directions to "Drink the milk" and a huge new hidden and unbelievable world is revealed to the two newbies at Fablehaven. Kendra and Seth find out real fast how dangerous this new magical world is when rules are broken, throwing them into the middle of a battle for their lives, and their family’s. A demon name Bahumat is summoned. Kendra requests the fairy queen’s help and leads the fairies to war, saving Fablehaven.
My personal favorite scene in the book is when Kendra consults with the fairy queen and makes the fairies full size to defeat the demon Bahumat. After the fairies defeat Bahumat and leave him encompassed in the ground leaving a garden where there used to be ruins. In the end when the fight is over the fairies kiss Kendra to return to their normal size and make her fairykind.
The main conflict in the story is Kendra versus Fablehaven. This is internal and external conflict. When hell breaks loose once the covenants (a mystical being who emits fear) are destroyed, Kendra is up against some of the scariest creatures on the preserve. Also she is dealing with a deadly demon that will cast the world into darkness if released. He is bound the same way as Muriel, a witch, except with thousands of more knots. Muriel has been let loose because Grandpa and Grandma Sorenson had to undo her last two knots for her help with no other option. Muriel is working on freeing Bahumat by blowing on the knots to build an army of enlarged imps. Kendra has to face the dark forests and evil beasts in order to save the preserve, her family, and the rest of the world.
One of the central themes in Fablehaven is courage. Throughout the story the kids have to face scary monsters that could kill them easily if they got into the house. Seth runs the line between courage-courage and stupid-courage. He is constantly sneaking out of the yard and getting in trouble then when that trouble comes to bite him he wants to face it alone. That’s stupid-courage. When Kendra has to face the demon Bahumat that is courage-courage. Not only is she facing a demon but she has to face the fairy queen to ask for her help and is risking being turned into dandelion dust.
I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars because it kept me on the edge of my seat and wanting more. I would recommend people who love fantasy and thrilling adventures to read Fablehaven. If you liked this book you should also check out book two in the series Fablehaven: Grip of the Shadow Plague. Thank you for taking the time to read and I hope you consider sticking your nose in this good book.