Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary by Brandon Mull
Title: Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary
Author: Brandon Mull
Genre: Mid-Grade Fantasy
Alerts/Warnings: Some violence
Premise: The magical preserve Fablehaven provides refuge to numerous mystical species: centaurs, trolls, satyrs, ogres, fairies, minotaurs, brownies, imps, nymphs, and many others. But some beings are too large and powerful to be confined to regular enchanted refuges. These mightiest of creatures dwell inside the dragon sanctuaries. (King County Library)
Opinions: In this fourth installment of the Fablehaven series, Seth is becoming more and more of an intriguing character. He is still as impetuous and adventurous as ever, but due to an encounter with a creature from a previous book he learns that he has special abilities that allow him to learn things that none of his friends know. He tries to persuade them to let him help out in the search for the magical artifacts, but he is consistently turned down. So he takes matters in his own hands and ends up not only causing more trouble, but also coming up with the only solutions that work. I've come to enjoy his character more and more as he learns and grows.
Some intriguing events occur with Kendra that leave me wondering how Brandon Mull plans on resolving them in the last book (I wish I could tell you more, but I don't want to spoil it). Kendra does use her fairy-kind abilities to decipher messages left by Patton in his journal which will lead them to the Centaurs to find the key to a Dragon Sanctuary where one of the magic artifacts is hidden. The Sphinx is definitely not through with Kendra yet. She also must decide who to place her trust in.
This book is full of hard lessons, suspense, traps, betrayals, strength of character and friendship, good vs. evil, interesting plot twists, and most definitely dragons. This book is definitely a page turner and the best of the series so far. I'm eager to learn how this story will be resolved in book five.