BEHOLD THE AWESOMENESS!!!
I am a huge fan of Brandon Mull’s Fablehaven series and I jumped at the chance to review this companion guide. I am very excited to tell you about it!
By Brandon Mull
Illustrated by Brandon Dorman
128 pages – ages 8+
Published by Shadow Mountain Publishing October 13, 2015
Synopsis (from the publisher) –
This guidebook to the Fablehaven magical preserve is filled with everything a new Caretaker might need to know in order to survive. There are entries detailing important information about artifacts large and small, a complete bestiary of creatures (from fairies to trolls to satyrs), a guide to identifying demons, dragons, and wizards as well as valuable insights into the other magical preserves.
Immerse yourself into the secret knowledge that has been handed down through the generations by reading the updates and notes written in the margins by the former Caretakers of Fablehaven, including Grandpa Sorenson, Kendra, and Seth. Fully-illustrated, this unique encyclopedia has gathered the world of Fablehaven into one volume.
Scattered throughout the book are colorful fairies that also mark some of the characters, artifacts, and creatures that will be featured in the upcoming sequel series, Dragonwatch.
What I thought –
If you’ve never read the Fablehaven series, I urge you to give it a try. It is an epic fantasy series about a secret preserve for mythical creatures. Rules must be followed and keepers in Fablehaven are charged with watching over their realms. Each of the 5 books in the series are just as good as the next and Mull’s writing is compelling and smooth with a touch of humor.
As you can imaging I was very excited to crack this book open. Not only was I not disappointed, I was also pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t any run of the mill “extra” book with a dry list of creatures and places. Mull’s writing skills spills over into the guide making it an experience not just a reference book. There is the list of objects, people, places, etc., put in an informing way, but also has little “hand-written” corrections, or notes, from some of the characters about whatever is being talked about. It really makes it an enjoyable time, sort of like you know the characters.
I love the ending paragraph to the introduction – it sets the mood for the book.
“As caretaker you have accepted a most noble assignment. Keep your eyes open. Obey with exactness. Take risks only as the last resort and you will have a better chance at seeing another sunrise. Welcome to Fablehaven.”
The illustrations are beyond words, and bring the characters to life and reality to the objects. They really top off this book. Even the presentation – some script writing, notes, end pages – the book is really awesome.
The guide is being published 5 years after the last Fablehaven book was published. The series continues to have a huge following and (much to my excitement) there will be a continuation of the story with a new series entitled DRAGONWATCH which will be published in the fall of 2016 (Shadow Mountain Publishing).
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Brandon Mull, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fablehaven and Beyonders series, travels the country visiting schools, promoting literacy, and sharing his message that “Imagination Can Take You Places.”
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR
Brandon Dorman is the illustrator of the New York Times bestseller The Wizard. His work has appeared in childrens books and on numerous covers, including the Fablehaven series and The Candy Shop War series.