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Title: Rise of the Evening Star
Genre: Mid Grade Fantasy
Premise: At the end of the school year, Kendra and her brother, Seth, find themselves racing back to Fablehaven, a refuge for mythical and magical creatures where their grandfather is caretaker. The Society of the Evening Star, an ancient organization determined to infiltrate the preserve and steal a hidden artifact of great power, is storming the gates. If the artifact falls into the wrong hands, it could mean the downfall of other preserves and possily the world. Time is running out. (King County Library System)
Opinions: In book two of the Fablehaven series things get more interesting for Kendra and Seth. In book one, I liked Kendra a lot and Seth really bugged me. In book two, Seth started to grow on me. This book develops the characters from the first book and introduces several new and quirky characters. Vanessa-the expert on creatures, Tanu- the potions master, Coulter-the magical artifacts expert and the Sphinx-a mystery unto himself. As the Society of the Evening Star makes a play for one of the artifacts, Kendra and Seth must work together to help discover the mysteries of Fablehaven before the Society does.
I love this series. The characters seem very realistic and true. I often find myself sucked into the book and not be able to put it down. And PS my husband loves it too. He will stay up until 12 or 1 in the morning reading it because he just has to know what happens. I find myself invested in the characters and their problems and rooting for their triumph.