Brandon Mull’s Dragonwatch

29563587In the long-awaited sequel to Fablehaven, the dragons who have been kept at the dragon sanctuaries no longer consider them safe havens, but prisons and they want their freedom. The dragons are no longer our allies….

In the hidden dragon sanctuary of Wyrmroost, Celebrant the Just, King of the Dragons, plots his revenge. He has long seen the sanctuaries as prisons, and he wants nothing more than to overthrow his captors and return the world to the Age of Dragons, when he and his kind ruled and reigned without borders. The time has come to break free and reclaim his power.

No one person is capable of stopping Celebrant and his dragon horde. It will take the ancient order of Dragonwatch to gather again if there is any chance of saving the world from destruction. In ancient times, Dragonwatch was a group of wizards, enchantresses, dragon slayers, and others who originally confined the majority of dragons into sanctuaries. But nearly all of the original Dragonwatch members are gone, and so the wizard Agad reaches out to Grandpa Sorenson for help.

As Kendra and Seth confront this new danger, they must draw upon all their skills, talents, and knowledge as only they have the ability to function together as a powerful dragon tamer. Together they must battle against forces with superior supernatural powers and breathtaking magical abilities.

How will the epic dragon showdown end? Will dragons overthrow humans and change the world as we know it?

 

My Thoughts

Four out of five stars

Fans of Brandon Mull’s FABLEHAVEN middle-grade fantasy series will be excited to revisit the world in Dragonwatch. They’ll see many familiar faces among the magical creatures, including Seth’s troublesome satyr friends, and meet some new people on this next adventure as Seth and Kendra find themselves caretakers of Wyrmroost, home of the king of the Dragons, Celebrant the Just.

This book picks up a few months after the events of Keys to the Demon Prison. Everyone has enjoyed some much-needed downtime but that comes to an abrupt end when Kendra notices her Grandpa Sorensen meeting with a mysterious stranger. Soon after they learn that the dragons, led by Celebrant, are attempting to break free from Wyrmroost and the other magical preserves that protect humanity from them. They need a Dragon Tamer, someone immune to the fear magic dragon’s have, at Wyrmroost. As shown in the previous series, Kendra and Seth are capable of this when they combine their magical gifts. With the fate of Wyrmroost on their young shoulders, they agree to the dangerous task.

No sooner were they sworn in, then Celebrant attempts to take advantage of them, and they notice that the defenses around the keep have weakened. They learn they must set out to retrieve a scepter in order to keep the dragons imprisoned. With a new band of helpers, they embark on a new quest to journey within the heart of Wyrmroost to get it and get home before they become a dragon’s lunch.

The book, in my opinion, offered many of the things fans of Fablehaven would expect. The characters go on a magical quest to pass a series of tests to gain the needed object. While not super new, the tests are interesting enough that young readers will find them enjoyable. There were a few twists in the setting, an old friend siding against them, and how they ultimately obtain the prize. Overall, the story was a little sparse, but there is plenty to build on for the series.

Learning more about the history of dragons and the other creatures as Wyrmroost was interesting and the magic, as always, is cool. That said, there were a couple items that didn’t make sense to me. I haven’t read the original series in years, the problem with a sequel series coming out after so much time, and so maybe I have forgotten some of this stuff.

First of all, where did the cousins come from? I don’t remember any mention of other relations in the previous series.

Also, nobody in the family seems to question the reappearance of Grandpa and Grandma Larsen. Shouldn’t the cousin wonder how their dead grandparents came to be alive again, especially since they know nothing of the magical world? That part was a little odd to me.

Overall, though, I think Mull did a fantastic job bringing Kendra and Seth back in this new series. Both characters have grown, but still remain true to who they are. This is especially seen with Seth who still gets into scrapes but has learned to think, most of the time, through things before he leaps in and to be careful who he trusts. I look forward to seeing what The Singing Sisters may have him do in the future to finish repaying his debt to them.

Fans of the previous series and new middle-grade fantasy fans will like this new adventure and the hints of new dangers to come.

 

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