Rise of the Evening Star by Brandon Mull
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. Grandpa Sorenson, the caretaker, invites three specialists — a potion master, a magical relics collector, and a mystical creature trapper — to help protect the property from the Society of the Evening Star, an ancient organization determined to infiltrate the preserve and steal a hidden artifact of great power. Time is running out. The Evening Star is storming the gates. If the artifact falls into the wrong hands, it could mean the downfall of other preserves and possibly the world. Will Kendra learn to use her fairy gifts in time? Will Seth stay out of trouble? (From Amazon.ca)
I thought this one was just as good as the first. The action literally starts from the first few pages of the book and grabs your attention. The magic is still there and it’s still fun and exciting. It’s also nice to see a bunch of new characters, but also, some of the previous characters have also returned as well.
The plot was much more engaging and at a faster pace. There was much more character development when it came to both Kendra and Seth (and surprisingly enough, Seth got a little less annoying…). The magic is just as entertaining and I really enjoyed the new addition of the three specialists, it certainly put more emphasis on the magic aspect of the plot and a little more explanation on how it works. There is also some bit of mystery put into all of this (as to be expected) and it certainly was well written and well thought out as I was blindsided as to who the culprit was.
It is recommended you read the first book before jumping into this one there is so much the reader will have missed without reading this in its’ specific order. Highly recommended for Middle Grade readers, or for those who are into the fantasy genre.
I give it an 8 out of 10.