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Dragonwatch: A Fablehaven Adventure {book review}

As a mom to middle-schooler who is an avid reader, I couldn’t say no when I was offered the chance to review the new book by Brandon Mull, Dragonwatch: A Fablehaven Adventure.

If you have a middle-schooler in your life, perhaps you already know about Fablehaven. Brandon Mull’s five-book Fablehaven series has been very popular with my daughter and her friends, and likely yours, too, if they are fans of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson style books. Dragonwatch: A Fablehaven Adventure is a sequel series to Fablehaven.

One of the challenges of parenting an avid reader is keeping up with her need for new books and finding new ways to engage her as a reader. In an effort to have her think about reading in a different way, I asked my daughter, Sophie, to write a review of Dragonwatch for me to share. She is in 5th grade and will soon be 11, so I think in this case her review holds more weight than mine would. ~C


by Sophie Mejia


A lot of Fablehaven fans have eagerly been waiting for Dragonwatch, the first book in this sequel series to Fablehaven If you haven’t read the Fablehaven series, then you might want to do that, because this book has plenty of references to the original series. Even if you think you won’t like this book, you probably will, because the way Brandon Mull writes this book, you never know what will happen next.   

This book is fantastic for fans of fantasy or Harry Potter–especially if you like mythical creatures, action, young heroes, and epic battles.

In Dragonwatch, the story of Kendra and Seth Sorenson continues. They thought all their troubles were gone after their fight with the demons, which would have been difficult to win without the dragons. However, Celebrant, King of the Dragons, who lives in Wyrmroost, a secret dragon sanctuary, wants to overthrow all dragon sanctuaries and plunge the world into another Age of Dragons. This was a dark time in which dragons roamed free. Agad, caretaker of Wyrmroost, worriedly asks the Sorenson family for help. No one has been able to stop the dragons, and now the fate of the world rests on Kendra and Seth, who must reclaim a hidden scepter in order to take back Wyrmroost and save the day.   

You should read Dragonwatch because of the unexpected plot, the well thought-out characters, and the occasional snarky remark from Seth. The story is also about standing up for what you believe in; I like how it showed that even if no one believes in your ideas, it doesn’t mean you are wrong.

Will Kendra and Seth, with the help of their family and friends prevail? Or will the world fall into despair under the dragons’ rule? Read Dragonwatch to find out.