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  1. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    Rise of the Evening Star (Fablehaven, #2), Brandon Mull Fablehaven: Rise of the Evening Star is a fantasy novel written by Brandon Mull. The book was released on May 31, 2007. It is the second book in the Fablehaven series. Its sequel is Fablehaven: Grip of the Shadow Plague. At the end of the school year Kendra finds a kobold has infiltrated her eighth grade class. She can see mystical creatures without drinking a magical milk that is usually needed to enable humans to see such beings. Ken Rise of the Evening Star (Fablehaven, #2), Brandon Mull Fablehaven: Rise of the Evening Star is a fantasy novel written by Brandon Mull. The book was released on May 31, 2007. It is the second book in the Fablehaven series. Its sequel is Fablehaven: Grip of the Shadow Plague. At the end of the school year Kendra finds a kobold has infiltrated her eighth grade class. She can see mystical creatures without drinking a magical milk that is usually needed to enable humans to see such beings. Kendra can see this unseen world and its inhabitants without the milk elixir because the year before some fairies kissed her and gave her the power. ... تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز هفدهم ماه ژانویه سال 2012 میلادی عنوان: پنجگانه افسانه 2 طلوع ستاره مغرب؛ نویسنده: براندن (براندون) مال (مول)؛ مترجم: میلاد فشتمی؛ تهران، بهنام، 1389، در 453 ص؛ از مجموعه پنجگانه افسانه - کتاب دوم؛ شابک: 9789645668677؛ موضوع: داستانهای کودکان از نویسندگان انگلیسی - سده 21 م در پایان سال تحصیلی کندرا و ست، بار دیگر به آشیانه ی افسانه بازمیگردند. پدر بزرگ سورنسون برای تقویت امنیت پناهگاه افسانه ای، در برابر انجمن ستاره مغرب، سه متخصص به آشیانه دعوت کرده، انجمن قصد دارد به پناهگاه نفوذ کند و ...؛ ا. شربیانی

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kimberley doruyter

    if there was ever a person in the world that does not learn for there mistakes it's seth.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Exina

    Rise of the Evening Star, the second book of the Fablehaven series is more dynamic and more complex than the first one. More mysteries, more adventures take place, and keep you engaged throughout the story. While the world-building in the first book was incomplete and unrefined, here the magical world of Fablehaven begins to unfold, as well as Kendra's special abilities. Colorful and varied magic is created in Rise of the Evening Star: the mystical creatures, the magical items are written with so much imaginary! Rise of the Evening Star, the second book of the Fablehaven series is more dynamic and more complex than the first one. More mysteries, more adventures take place, and keep you engaged throughout the story. While the world-building in the first book was incomplete and unrefined, here the magical world of Fablehaven begins to unfold, as well as Kendra's special abilities. Colorful and varied magic is created in Rise of the Evening Star: the mystical creatures, the magical items are written with so much imaginary! Just like in the previous book, the fate of Fablehaven depends on Kendra and Seth’s courage. The story is filled with surprising twists and turns, astonishing adventures, inventive magic, adventures again, more turns, and more adventures! Recommended!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Aaron Vincent

    My first venture to the magical world of Fablehaven was truly an unforgettable one. I just couldn’t stop raving about it to every bookish person I know. Truth be told, I read Harry Potter series because a number of critics and authors compared Fablehaven to it(and yes, I just read Harry Potter this year. Please, don’t kill me.) I wanted to prolong the pleasure in reading the entire Fablehaven series so I didn’t read the 2nd book immediately after the 1st one. I finally decided to revisit Fableha My first venture to the magical world of Fablehaven was truly an unforgettable one. I just couldn’t stop raving about it to every bookish person I know. Truth be told, I read Harry Potter series because a number of critics and authors compared Fablehaven to it(and yes, I just read Harry Potter this year. Please, don’t kill me.) I wanted to prolong the pleasure in reading the entire Fablehaven series so I didn’t read the 2nd book immediately after the 1st one. I finally decided to revisit Fablehaven because I wanted to read something magical, just in time for the holiday season. The Sorenson sibling are on their last days of the the school year, but for Kendra it isn’t as easy as she thought it would be. There’s suddenly a new guy in her class and every girl thinks that he’s uber hot. Kendra thought the joke’s on her because what she sees is a boy with hideous features, someone comparable to a goblin. She realized that it was indeed a goblin and of course, she’s the only one who can see it as she’s the only one who has the ability to see past through the magical veil that deceives the normal human eye, an ability she received from the fairies on her first visit to the Fablehaven. Kendra, knowing that the goblin is up to something mischivous, seeked the help of her smart-mouthed, drastic younger brother, Seth. As she expected, Seth can offer nothing other than his sarcastic remarks. When a mysterious man named Errol shows up, offering his help to eliminate the goblin, they reluctantly accepts it. Kendra and Seth didn’t know that the eliminating the goblin is only the first in the chain of events that will lead them to spending another summer at Fablehaven. Another summer filled with magic, schemes, betrayals, and Seth messing up with the creatures mainly setting up a C-size battery-to-gold exchange business with the satyrs. What I love the most about Fablehaven is how easy it is for Brandon Mull to break, crumble, and pound the wall that separates reality and fantasy. Before I know it, I was completely suckied into the land of Fablehaven filled with both colorful and sinister creatures. The rules he set on his fictional land are just wickedly cool. Fablehaven, a magical creatures preserv e, is certainly one of those fictional places – along with Hogwarts, Camp-Half Blood, etc., – that will make you wish that they really exists. Brandon Mull really do tests and expands the boundaries of the reader’s imagination. Seth and Kendra is a very powerful tandem, too. I know we’ve already seen a lot of siblings whose hobby is to bicker in fiction, but Seth and Kendra by far is my favorite. They just compliment each other perfectly. Seth’s naughtiness and immaturity balances well Kendra’s goody good attitude, while Kendra’s doubts and uncertainties balances well Seth’s admirable, daredevilish bravery. The plot are no less superb. It was a tad bit darker than the first one but definitely more engrossing. The solution to the whoddunit mystery going on isn’t a giveaway. We’re at the same pace on unveiling the culprit as the characters in the book, unlike other fantasy novels in which we’re always two-steps ahead. The surprises hidden on Brandon Mull’s sleeve is seemingly infinite and he just keeps pulling one until the very last page. This careful plotting of the mystery produced a solidly characterized culprit. The culprit was three-dimensional, and being a huge sucker for well-characterized ‘villains’, I am satisfied. Fablehaven: Rise of the Evening Star is another highly imaginatve book with the perfect balance of magic, sweetness, innocence, and danger. If you love watching Disney Pixar movies, then this book is for you. I love visiting the magical creatures preserve that is Fablehaven, and I’m already looking forward to my next one.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Shelf of favourites make some space! This lovely little series has to fit in there! I LOVE IT!!! FRTC

  6. 4 out of 5

    George Jankovic

    I liked book one in the Fablehaven series and loved this one. The action is nonstop, the story is great, and the are many magical items (who can say no to that). Kendra is still a great character: smart, careful, good. Seth is less annoying than in book 1. He's a year older. And there are some really interesting new characters: both good and bad and good-bad :). 5 stars. Enjoy!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kimberley doruyter

    in the first book it's meet and great to all the wonders of the world. in this book we see the villian arise.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tyler

    Kendra and Seth can't wait for the end of the school year so that they can return to visit their grandparents at Fablehaven. A few days before the school year ends, a scabby kobold appears in her class. The kobold appears normal to everybody except Kendra. With the aid of a kobold exterminator they get rid of him and are then swiftly evacuated to Fablehaven for their own safety. Once there, they find out that the Society of the Evening Star (which opposes preserves such as Fablehaven) has gotten Kendra and Seth can't wait for the end of the school year so that they can return to visit their grandparents at Fablehaven. A few days before the school year ends, a scabby kobold appears in her class. The kobold appears normal to everybody except Kendra. With the aid of a kobold exterminator they get rid of him and are then swiftly evacuated to Fablehaven for their own safety. Once there, they find out that the Society of the Evening Star (which opposes preserves such as Fablehaven) has gotten stronger and may have even breached Fablehaven itself. My Review: My goal is to read 4 books between each book of a single author that I read (does that even make sense?). With these Fablehaven books I just couldn't stop myself. In fact, Alison probably resents the books as well because I read most of the book yesterday evening. I wasn't going to go to bed until I finished it. Now onto the book, this book is once again like Harry Potter with adventures and fights against magical creatures. Of course, the kids are always more clever and tougher than the adults. There are unexpected twists and surprises, giving a very enjoyable book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    rachel ☾

    Usually people have a special book or a series that ‘got them into reading’. I am lucky enough to be able to say that I’ve always been a reader (which sounds like I’m bragging for some reason, but I’m not trying to). There’s not a period in my life that I can remember when I didn’t have a book in my hand! But with that being said, there are definitely a few series from my childhood that stand out and that played a major role in my love of books. One of those series was Mull’s Fablehaven saga. God, this series i Usually people have a special book or a series that ‘got them into reading’. I am lucky enough to be able to say that I’ve always been a reader (which sounds like I’m bragging for some reason, but I’m not trying to). There’s not a period in my life that I can remember when I didn’t have a book in my hand! But with that being said, there are definitely a few series from my childhood that stand out and that played a major role in my love of books. One of those series was Mull’s Fablehaven saga. God, this series is just gold! I know that for some unseeable reason it has received a lot of negativity, but this is one of the most cleverly written middle grade series out there. The characterisation is some of the best that I’ve ever read. Each and every single character - no matter how major/minor they are in the over-arching storyline - are completely fleshed out. They are all complex and three-dimensional with the perfect blend of realistic positive and negative characteristic. They set themselves apart from each other without being oddly distinctive. I love that there is a lot of subtle diversity in ethnicity and nationality, and that Mull wasn’t scared to write characters who were kind of flawed. Coulter, for example, could be caring and funny in a grandfatherly sort of way, but is also mildly sexist. He grew up in a time where sexism was much more the ‘norm’ that it is now and admits that he is sort of ‘old-fashioned’. Why this can be a little frustrating for Kendra/Grandmother/Vanessa, it makes him such a well-rounded character. He isn’t perfect because perfect people don’t exist, and Mull does this with all of his characters. I don’t know how, but not matter how long we spend with the characters. Warren - Dale’s brother - was also introduced into this novel, and I simply adore him. I love that he treats Kendra and Seth with the respect that they have earned. Also, Tanu! I really wanted to get to know him more. I just… I really, really love how Mull deals with characterisation, if you couldn’t tell. And the plot in this sequel was just fantastic too. The first book is a little bit introductory when you look back on it, but Rise of the Evening Star certainly steps up the game. It introduces us to what will be the major focus of the series (which I won’t say to avoid spoilers) and it is fast-paced and enthralling throughout the whole novel. The puzzles are realistic but still nail-bitingly paced and exciting. I loved exploring more of Fablehaven and this ‘world’. Overall, this book was just everything I remember it being and more. I adore Mulll’s writing. I was enraptured by the plot and fell in love with the cast all over again. I definitely plan on continuing my reread of this series. It gets my highest recommendation to any and all middle grade fans. It’s still one of my all-time favourites.

  10. 5 out of 5

    DeLaina

    I liked the sequel to Fablehaven even better than Fablehaven itself. The author was able to flesh out the characters and each gained a lot of depth. I read Fablehaven last night, and the sequel, Rise of the Evening Star, tonight, so they're quick reads at 3-4 hours each. (Thank you writer's strike and sick, clingy kids who INSIST on me holding them and not minding me reading at the same time!!!) They’re fantasy, not unlike Harry Potter but more infused with value of the family. No Dud I liked the sequel to Fablehaven even better than Fablehaven itself. The author was able to flesh out the characters and each gained a lot of depth. I read Fablehaven last night, and the sequel, Rise of the Evening Star, tonight, so they're quick reads at 3-4 hours each. (Thank you writer's strike and sick, clingy kids who INSIST on me holding them and not minding me reading at the same time!!!) They’re fantasy, not unlike Harry Potter but more infused with value of the family. No Dudley or mean aunts and uncles to contend with. And, I LOVE the reading guide at the end of the book where the author (Brandon Mull) probes the depths of reading comprehension with thought-provoking questions. The themes in the book are excellent too. For example, the girl is a rule-keeper and the boy is a curious mischief-maker, and one of the central themes is obedience. At the end you figure out that a measure of disobedience was necessary to set in motion the events that eventually lead to the ultimate demise of evil, which could not have happened otherwise. Fascinating!!! Book 3 comes out on my bday in April.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    This is youth fantasy fiction. I'm not the target audience for this book, but I am giving this 5 stars for several reasons: 1. it was 100% age appropriate 2. it was written with kids in mind and it addressed "real kid" problems and thoughts 3. the characters were children and the best thing about that was that they actually acted like children. They weren't portrayed as wiser beyond their years 4. my kids would have loved this. 5. it had great messages for kids of This is youth fantasy fiction. I'm not the target audience for this book, but I am giving this 5 stars for several reasons: 1. it was 100% age appropriate 2. it was written with kids in mind and it addressed "real kid" problems and thoughts 3. the characters were children and the best thing about that was that they actually acted like children. They weren't portrayed as wiser beyond their years 4. my kids would have loved this. 5. it had great messages for kids of all ages So 5 stars.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mary ♥

    5/5 stars Running toward danger is foolhardy. ... But so is closing your eyes to it. Many perils become less dangerous once you understand their potential hazards. If there was something I missed, it was diving back to the wonderful world of Fablehaven. And thankfully, this time, it brought more surprises than the first one. This, friends, is one of the greatest middle grade series I've ever read, partly because it contains every single mythological creature someone can hear about and partly be 5/5 stars Running toward danger is foolhardy. ... But so is closing your eyes to it. Many perils become less dangerous once you understand their potential hazards. If there was something I missed, it was diving back to the wonderful world of Fablehaven. And thankfully, this time, it brought more surprises than the first one. This, friends, is one of the greatest middle grade series I've ever read, partly because it contains every single mythological creature someone can hear about and partly because the plot is so clever and well spun that it can keep you at the edge of your seat. Rise of The Evening Star was the kind of book I wanted to close 2017 with. It contained unlimited adventure, brought new characters into my life, answered lots of questions the previous book had left, freaked me out a little (something I honestly didn't expect but loved) and most of all, made me savor the warmth and happiness middle grade books can bring for some reason. First of all, I adored how the artifact plot point started to unfold bit by bit, with many possibilities and new adventures rising, and wonderful new parts of the beloved magical preserve to roam through. The writing was as always incredible, with lots of jokes to lighten the mood but also a great description of everything, and voices of characters as unique as themselves. This book was darker than the first one, and there were a lot of moments when my jaw dropped and my heart started beating faster. I missed the innocence and whimsy of the first one, but this one was more adventurous and breathtaking and I loved that as well. I also noticed that Kendra and Seth, my children and my guides through this wonderful ongoing journey, are growing more and more accustomed to the way the preserve works, and are both growing, physically and mentally. The new characters, most of them trainers, were a breath of fresh air as well. I am excited to get to know them all better and learn more about their pasts, their motives and their strengths and weaknesses. I also loved the appearance of new dangers to focus on, secret pathways, groves, plenty of magical artifacts and potions and the role fear and courage played in this book. For some reason, every time I find myself talking about Fablehaven, I start blurting out how incredible it is and how much it is leaking fantastical adventures and journeys through magical forests at night, because that's just the truth. If you want to read something that will make you smile but will also give you a ton of other emotions, will keep you busy and will also be quick and 'unputdownable', this is for you ♥ If you are a fan of good world buildings and fantasy creatures of all kinds, be sure to give this one a look. I am excited to read the rest of the series, and I honestly wish I could have read this as a child because I would have been truly mersmerized. Until the next review... ~Mary ♥

  13. 4 out of 5

    Thomas

    Kendra and Seth return to Fablehaven to discover more of what they don't know (and that can kill them) and save the day. Seth, now a year older, is a little wiser and doesn't find himself in as much trouble, but again, it is Kendra who comes through. By the way, in both books, while Kendra is the reluctant heroine, she is helped by others, so this isn't some supergirl of unlimited capabilities or powers. I get the feeling, in reading these first two books in the series, tha Kendra and Seth return to Fablehaven to discover more of what they don't know (and that can kill them) and save the day. Seth, now a year older, is a little wiser and doesn't find himself in as much trouble, but again, it is Kendra who comes through. By the way, in both books, while Kendra is the reluctant heroine, she is helped by others, so this isn't some supergirl of unlimited capabilities or powers. I get the feeling, in reading these first two books in the series, that these two young adventurers have something more than just any old adult life ahead of them. That they will eventually become caretakers of the preserve is predictable, but I think it is more than that. Regardless, this read is much like its predecessor and stands alone surprisingly well, not needing to depend upon the first book. Regardless, I eagerly await the next installment in the series. This book is actually better than the first (and that's hard to do) both in character development and plot line. The plot line is focused with few subplots to confuse younger readers. It is excellent for all ages and especially the youngest readers. Adults who read to their younger children, beware, because like the first novel, because once you start, you won't want to put it down.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Connor

    This book was really awesome. I thoroughly enjoyed it with all of its fairy and mythological creatures. Seth and Kendra are two siblings who discovered that their grandparents were the caretakers of a magical menagerie in the first installment, Fablehaven. In this one, the evil Evening Star is trying to make their move against Fablehaven, and the siblings have to use all their wits and courage to defend the menagerie and the world. Kendra was awesome, smart, motivated, and responsible. She was j This book was really awesome. I thoroughly enjoyed it with all of its fairy and mythological creatures. Seth and Kendra are two siblings who discovered that their grandparents were the caretakers of a magical menagerie in the first installment, Fablehaven. In this one, the evil Evening Star is trying to make their move against Fablehaven, and the siblings have to use all their wits and courage to defend the menagerie and the world. Kendra was awesome, smart, motivated, and responsible. She was just as great in this book as in the last one. Seth had more character development. He begins to realize the weight of his actions and that he can't act without thinking it through. New characters are introduced who are quirky and fun and sometimes infuriating but altogether fantastic. The pacing of the story was quick but never too fast, and I was never confused as to what was happening. A tremendous middle grade series so far, I'm excited to read the next sequel.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Almak

    The events in Rise of the Evening Star pick up months after where Fablehaven left off. It continues the adventures of Kendra and Seth Sorensen as they become embroiled in an insidious plot by the forces of evil to obtain powerful, magical items and unleash a nearly unstoppable horror. Mull deftly continues to add to the wonders of the world that is Fablehaven, giving the reader new exciting storyline and plots while nimbly threading in those from the previous book. His writing etches the The events in Rise of the Evening Star pick up months after where Fablehaven left off. It continues the adventures of Kendra and Seth Sorensen as they become embroiled in an insidious plot by the forces of evil to obtain powerful, magical items and unleash a nearly unstoppable horror. Mull deftly continues to add to the wonders of the world that is Fablehaven, giving the reader new exciting storyline and plots while nimbly threading in those from the previous book. His writing etches the framework of what Fablehaven is and in a "Hitchcock-esque" manner, allows the reader's imagination to fill in that beautiful (and oftentimes deadly) world. The reader is treated to another encounter with the Satyrs, Doren and Newel, and they can't help but make one laugh. I reservedly compare them to Fred and George Weasley of the Harry Potter series, but with enough distinct differences to make them characters in their own right. A better book than it's predecessor, Mull has raised the bar and I eagerly look forward to reading "Grip of the Shadow Plague," the third book in this series.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

    All right. This book was a mess. By about page 300 I was just zipping through it, so as to have the vital information for the next installment, because A and C promised it gets better. Sigh. As usual, Mull delivers on imaginative world building, and the pace never slows, but his logical foundation is so weak I don't dare examine it--one too-direct breath could knock the whole thing over. (view spoiler)[Kendra's fai All right. This book was a mess. By about page 300 I was just zipping through it, so as to have the vital information for the next installment, because A and C promised it gets better. Sigh. As usual, Mull delivers on imaginative world building, and the pace never slows, but his logical foundation is so weak I don't dare examine it--one too-direct breath could knock the whole thing over. (view spoiler)[Kendra's fairykind thing really got on my nerves after a while. The gift of tongues, fairy sight, seeing in the dark, mental invulnerability, mute albino attractiveness--it just goes on. (hide spoiler)] It feels wrong to wish for deaths and permanent injuries, but I'm kind of sick of magic fairy dust fixing everything. Seriously, I swear a magic toilet bowl that swallows the Society of the Evening Star and belches peace powder all over the world would be an easier story to swallow than his tidy clean-up jobs. Still very readable, and it will still hold its appeal for the MG crowd, according to my middle-grade correspondent. Please, please let it get better.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Audrey

    It is the following summer when Seth and Kendra return to Fablehaven. Seth’s impulsiveness gets him into trouble several times but also pays off. Several new characters come to Fablehaven, but at least one of them appears to be a traitor. (You can’t trust anybody when it comes to Brandon Mull!) Kendra and Seth have plenty of adventures while the adults are not completely useless or absent. Overall, it’s quite clever. It builds to a really big showdown. Very satisfying fantasy adventur It is the following summer when Seth and Kendra return to Fablehaven. Seth’s impulsiveness gets him into trouble several times but also pays off. Several new characters come to Fablehaven, but at least one of them appears to be a traitor. (You can’t trust anybody when it comes to Brandon Mull!) Kendra and Seth have plenty of adventures while the adults are not completely useless or absent. Overall, it’s quite clever. It builds to a really big showdown. Very satisfying fantasy adventure. Clean content, but there is some violence to bad guys and fantastical creatures. Book Blog

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    GREAT writing. If you liked Harry Potter, you'll LOVE this one. The writing is tighter, the characters not as....angst-filled, a little more real, I think. The world is so beautiful and yet real-feeling. There is a great sense of morality without the SLAP of it in your face. NO force feeding here, just a delightful romp, jog and then a mad-dash to the climax in a world of majesty and power that is both magical and compelling. LOVED it. EVERY person (at least a dozen) I have recommended GREAT writing. If you liked Harry Potter, you'll LOVE this one. The writing is tighter, the characters not as....angst-filled, a little more real, I think. The world is so beautiful and yet real-feeling. There is a great sense of morality without the SLAP of it in your face. NO force feeding here, just a delightful romp, jog and then a mad-dash to the climax in a world of majesty and power that is both magical and compelling. LOVED it. EVERY person (at least a dozen) I have recommended it to (even die-hard fantasy-haters) really enjoyed this novel!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kimberley doruyter

    always good for a fast but intresting read

  20. 4 out of 5

    Chantele Sedgwick

    Originally read in 2008. Just re-read and loved it just as much the second time! Such a fun series! One of my favorites.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Muhammad Ozair

    4.5 stars.Five is reserved for books that really leave a emotional mark. This book was much more thrilling than the previous one,the fairies aren't all wimpy and stuff. What with Blixes ,the Sphinx and people like Coulter,it was a thrill reading this book. Besides unlike Bahumat (refer to first book)- who was supposed to be so powerful he could overthrow Fablehaven but still got whacked by a couple of Fairies- the Revenant was more of a horror.The part where Coulter turned out be 4.5 stars.Five is reserved for books that really leave a emotional mark. This book was much more thrilling than the previous one,the fairies aren't all wimpy and stuff. What with Blixes ,the Sphinx and people like Coulter,it was a thrill reading this book. Besides unlike Bahumat (refer to first book)- who was supposed to be so powerful he could overthrow Fablehaven but still got whacked by a couple of Fairies- the Revenant was more of a horror.The part where Coulter turned out be wrong about the Phantom was kept me full of suspense.Also Seth wasn't such a big brat anymore.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I think this book was better then the first. I am still not drawn to the main characters. I wish Kendra would take some more initiative and try to find out what her talents and powers are from being made fairy kind. There is so much build up to that and it is left hanging again in this book like it was in the first. I wish Seth would set a better example in the book, he is constantly disobeying, I was not thrilled with the things the children did in this book, i.e. sneaking out of their parents I think this book was better then the first. I am still not drawn to the main characters. I wish Kendra would take some more initiative and try to find out what her talents and powers are from being made fairy kind. There is so much build up to that and it is left hanging again in this book like it was in the first. I wish Seth would set a better example in the book, he is constantly disobeying, I was not thrilled with the things the children did in this book, i.e. sneaking out of their parents home to go with a stranger, sneaking out of his grandparents house with someone that could possibly be a traitor, his violent orders to Mendigo when they were being chased by the imps, ect. ect. I found Mull's imagination fun and the story more exciting then the first book. It was fun to read more about the objects within Fablehaven. I would like to hear more about what magical creatures are in Fablehaven, not just the evil ones. Something to make the place sound more magical, and not so evil. I thought it was very ingenious to end the book they way he did with the letter, it makes me anxious to read the third book to find out more.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mairéad (is roaming the Undying Lands)

    “Sometimes the most preposterous lies are the most believable.” 4 stars. Certainly an improvement from the first book, but Seth is still an idiot. Kendra has become the most capable out of the both of them, but I can see Seth learning somewhat. I look forward to reading the next book in the series. Sorry this is such a short review. :P

  24. 5 out of 5

    L.R.W. Lee

    Intriguing and creative A great continuation of the first book in the series. New characters and obstacles with and end that brilliantly sets up the next phase of the journey.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    3 1/2 stars. I enjoyed this book slightly more than I did the first one. I like a little more action/adventure/intrigue to my fantasy novels and this one delivered in comparison. I did not like how neither of the main characters played much of a role in the climaxing moments of the second book. Kendra WAS acceptably involved in the first novel. I'm a Potter fan, I admit it, so permit me my little rant. In the Harry Potter books the characters have great mentors but in the crucial deciding moment 3 1/2 stars. I enjoyed this book slightly more than I did the first one. I like a little more action/adventure/intrigue to my fantasy novels and this one delivered in comparison. I did not like how neither of the main characters played much of a role in the climaxing moments of the second book. Kendra WAS acceptably involved in the first novel. I'm a Potter fan, I admit it, so permit me my little rant. In the Harry Potter books the characters have great mentors but in the crucial deciding moments they come through on their own... no getting bailed out by the conveniently awoken albino and traitorous narcoblix. Kendra does not hold a candle to Hermione who has many similar qualities but is much more likable/knowledgeable and for all of her cautioning doesn't hesitate to jump into action. Seth is a little Tom Sawyer-esque but lacks the charisma of his classic predecessor. I did find myself liking Seth more towards the end of this installment. Sadly his dialogue continues to come off idiotically eager and dimwitted. I do have to give the author credit for inventing a rich, picturesque and believable ummmm, can't think of the right word (world, environment, microcosm, domain, ecosystem???) so, Fablehaven. Enough rambling.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Fablehaven is flat and forgettable. There is plenty of action and adventure, but it is soon forgotten when the book is finished. However, I did have to give this book the dubious honor of being labeled “rubbish”. Mull has an uncanny knack for writing offensive things about Indians. This book had children playing on a Foosball table populated with cowboys and Indians – complete with headdresses and bare chests. For those struggling to wrap their heads around this, an illustration is in Fablehaven is flat and forgettable. There is plenty of action and adventure, but it is soon forgotten when the book is finished. However, I did have to give this book the dubious honor of being labeled “rubbish”. Mull has an uncanny knack for writing offensive things about Indians. This book had children playing on a Foosball table populated with cowboys and Indians – complete with headdresses and bare chests. For those struggling to wrap their heads around this, an illustration is included on page 166. Really?! Why couldn’t the figures on the Foosball table just be soccer players in red and blue?- Like on every other Foosball table? My other rant about Mull’s prejudice comments focuses on his use of albinism to mark recipients of a curse. Really? How can this type of rubbish be included in a children’s book? Albinism is a genetic health issue and not the result of magic. Mull’s books seem to be full of offensive and racist comments. He lacks cultural competencies and respect. I am going to start reading book three and I am willing to bet that it has something offensive, most likely about Indians, in it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Walsh

    This series is really unique and fun to read. I love the humor and all the interesting characters. I thought this one was better than the first, and I'm looking forward to reading more!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Choko

    Much better than the first! Let us see where it will lead us :-)

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    I really enjoyed this story. I would have called it a "4.5 star - great!" story if not for two major annoyances: My Number One Annoyance was Seth. Annoyance Number Two was the ending. But more on these later. First, let's talk about the story and what I "really enjoyed." In this second outing with Kendra and Seth, they go back to Fablehaven at the end of the school year, as stated on the book jacket. But first, Kendra (view spoiler)[had to rid h I really enjoyed this story. I would have called it a "4.5 star - great!" story if not for two major annoyances: My Number One Annoyance was Seth. Annoyance Number Two was the ending. But more on these later. First, let's talk about the story and what I "really enjoyed." In this second outing with Kendra and Seth, they go back to Fablehaven at the end of the school year, as stated on the book jacket. But first, Kendra (view spoiler)[had to rid her school of a kobold who was causing mayhem. A man named Errol Fisk turns up to help, and Seth gets involved. What they needed to do was enter a mortuary and steal a statuette of a frog. Seth has to do the infiltrating/stealing, as the mortuary has wards against intruders over the age of 13. Seth is successful, but all is not as it seems. (hide spoiler)] Turns out, the (view spoiler)[statuette was the dormant form of Olloch the Glutton, a demon. And as he bit Seth when Seth picked him up, he's now going to have to eventually eat Seth. (hide spoiler)] I don't feel up to saying any more about this thread, but, perhaps needless to say, Seth comes through his encounters safely. The main storyline was that Grandpa Sorenson had invited three specialists to Fablehaven to help search for the "artifact of great power" that's hidden somewhere on the Fablehaven preserve. The search was quite exciting, and the three specialists were very interesting: (view spoiler)[Tanugatoa Dufu, potion master; Coulter Dixon, collector of magical relics; and Vanessa Santoro, trapper of mystical creatures. All too soon, one of them is shown to be an agent for the Society of the Evening Star. But which one? (hide spoiler)] I wasn't expecting the enemy agent to be who it turned out to be, but I can't say I was all that surprised, either. I was VERY glad that we never saw any of the drumants "on-screen," so to speak. After reading that "drumants look kind of like tarantulas with tails" on page 126. . .Well, I didn't need for anybody to actually encounter one to be VERY freaked out about them. I was just so relieved to reach the final page without anyone actually finding or seeing one, that I didn't even mind that the kids, et.al., were shown how to catch them but then never had an opportunity to try out that plan. I also really enjoyed the mix of creatures/beings we were introduced to in this second book. In addition to the aforementioned (view spoiler)[kobold, demon, and drumants, we also had the satyrs, faeries, imps, goblins, golems, naiads, and brownies, and a fog giant, a revenant, a narcoblix, and a Minotaur. (hide spoiler)] I think that's all of them. :-) I was glad that Seth (view spoiler)[sort of redeemed himself by being the one who defeated the revenant and opened the way to the location of the artifact, (hide spoiler)] but I still didn't care for him. As I said at the beginning of this review, Seth was Major Annoyance #1. There were so many scenes where he was truly the epitome of an obnoxious little brother. I just wanted to drop-kick him to another continent, far from Fablehaven. Sure, he was properly remorseful over his misdeeds in book one, but he still managed to find too much trouble in this second book to suit me. And his dialogue! Just. . .*grrr* :-( And then there was Major Annoyance #2: The Ending. I just could NOT believe that page 427 was really the page I was on. I mean, I knew the book was only 427 pages long, but after reading page 427, I thought "No. Surely it won't end there. It can't end there. Surely Brandon Mull will give us something more." But no. Mr. Mull did NOT give us anything more. The book ended with (view spoiler)[that letter from Vanessa, in which she tells Kendra that the Sphinx is actually the leader of the Society of the Evening Star, and NOT the kindly-intentioned leader of the preserve-system of which Fablehaven is a part. We didn't get one last scene with Kendra reacting to the letter. We didn't get anything after If not your friend, your disillusioner, Vanessa. [fin] (hide spoiler)] So. . .ARGH!!! I mean, talk about your CLIFFHANGERS! *grrrrrrrrrr* :'( Anyway, so as not to pull out all of my hair in frustration over this non-ending, I'll share the one moment from this second book that made me chuckle, just a bit: On page 158, at the end of Chapter Eight, Kendra and Seth (view spoiler)[are with Hugo, talking about things to have him do to help "get him functioning more on his own." (This quote is from page 156.) Seth stupidly (in both Kendra's opinion and in mine) suggests that Hugo cannonball into the pool. Kendra suggests instead that "You should have Hugo throw you into the pool." The golem turned his head toward Seth, who shrugged. "Sure, that would be fun." Hugo nodded, grabbed Seth, and, with a motion like a hook shot, flung him skyward. Kendra gasped. They were still thirty or forty feet away from the edge of the pool. She had pictured the golem carrying Seth much closer before tossing him. Her brother sailed nearly as high as the roof of the house before plummeting down and landing in the center of the deep end with an impressive splash. Kendra ran to the side of the pool. By the time she arrived, Seth was boosting himself out of the water, hair and clothes dripping. "That was the freakiest, awesomest moment of my life!" Seth declared. "But next time, let me take off my shoes." (hide spoiler)] *hehehe* :-) So that's my review. I'm sorry if it's rather disjointed. (It is rather disjointed, isn't it?) I just didn't love the story enough to flesh it out more. Plus, I think what's here is enough to give you a rough idea of the goings-on, especially if you view all the spoilers (or even if you don't). But I did really enjoy most of the story - it's a solid "4 stars - very good/really liked" - and I do plan to read book three. :-) EDIT: I just realized that I forgot to comment on the illustrations and cover of this edition. First, the cover: Why? Who is that giant supposed to be? There wasn't a scene where both Kendra and Seth were running from anyone, let alone a giant. The only giant in the story was Burlox, the fog giant. And that "guy" on the cover doesn't look like him (not as I imagined him based on the description in the text, that is), and Seth (and Coulter) didn't run from him, and Kendra wasn't even there for that meeting. Hugo is pretty big, but the cover-guy isn't made of dirt . . . and why would Kendra and Seth run from him? Olloch the Gllutton was pretty big in the end, but the cover-guy looks nothing like a frog and, again, Kendra never ran with Seth to get away from him. So. . .*grrr* :-( The illustrations in the story, though, those were pretty great. There were too few of them, however. :'( We had, I think, only four: One of the statuette-Olloch, one of Tanu with his potion bottles, one of Kendra playing Foosball, and one of the revenant. After the one with Tanu, I had hoped to see one of Coulter and another of Vanessa. I had hoped to see illustrations of the fog giant, maybe Mendigo, the goblin dungeon-keepers, and that vault-cat. But none were forthcoming. :-( I almost wish we weren't given any illustrations. To read a 427-page book and only get four illustrations. . .well, I felt sort of cheated. :-( Though I should say, the four illustrations we were given were really excellent. :-) EDIT x2: Okay, so there were five illustrations. I just flipped through the book and saw the one of Doren and Newel playing tennis. Forgot about that one. But still, only five? And the book was 427 pages long? :-( I really wish we'd had more. Brandon Dorman is a very gifted artist. :-)

  30. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Thompson

    Originally published on To Read or Not To Read? PG: Mild fantasy action/violence; monsters, demons, ghosties, and other frightening mythical creatures. Recommend to fans of The Spiderwick Chronicles, The Ever Afters, Artemis Fowl, and their ilk. Good middle grade read, but still enough plot and character development for older readers -like me! In the second book, the magic doesn't remain in Facreatures.RecommendRead? Originally published on To Read or Not To Read? PG: Mild fantasy action/violence; monsters, demons, ghosties, and other frightening mythical creatures. Recommend to fans of The Spiderwick Chronicles, The Ever Afters, Artemis Fowl, and their ilk. Good middle grade read, but still enough plot and character development for older readers -like me! In the second book, the magic doesn't remain in Fablehaven; instead, I love seeing the effects of the magical preserve and its mission leeching into the normal lives of Kendra and Seth Sorenson. Comparatively, the plot of its predecessor moved at a slower pace while ushering the Sorenson siblings -and readers- into the world, but Rise starts off at a race and continues in exciting bursts. This is where the overarching plot of the whole series starts to take permanent root, expounding on several hints and expert foreshadowing tricks dropped in Fablehaven. While the Society of the Evening Star lurked in the background of the first book, it is here that we officially get to meet them face to face. And my are they dastardly and devious! There were so many fantastic twists in this story, and a good many of them I had forgotten. Of all of these, my favorite probably has to do with Warren, because I somehow managed to forgot this character entirely and I kind of adore him now. But honestly, this book for me was all about Seth. He absolutely takes the cake! I love his constant struggle between courage and stupidity, between recklessness and brilliance. How many boys do you know who do the stupidest things just for fun? That's who Seth is. But he's got this underlying courage and heroic nature beneath all that stupidity and I love when it gets to shine through. Seth, for the time being, is definitely his own worst enemy. His heart is in the right place, but he's also got selfish tendencies. It puts him into a bit of a 'boy who cried wolf' position because his family isn't sure when or if they can trust him with really important issues or tasks. Look back at Fablehaven. What did they say to ABSOLUTELY NOT DO on Midsummer's Eve? And what did Seth ABSOLUTELY do? But he really gets his moment here and what I love most is that his most courageous and glorious moment to date was also probably the stupidest thing he's ever done. Seth is this roiling ball of recklessness, bravery, bravado, and good intentions, packed into an infuriating, stubborn, and hotheaded adrenaline junky who, in all honesty, doesn't always deserve the trust or benefit of the doubt he so longs for. So, yeah. I kind of love Seth. I don't think I truly appreciated in entirety on my first reading of the series, but I definitely recognize the wonderful depth and development of his character now, step by step, and book by book. Rise of the Evening Star has the same great upbeat tone, moral fiber, and new creatures, plus it continues to expound on the fascinating mythical side of this world. Miss my review of the first book, Fablehaven? Check it out now!

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