Grip of the Shadow Plague (Fablehaven, #3)
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Grip of the Shadow Plague (Fablehaven #3)

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Strange things are afoot at Fablehaven. Someone or something has released a plague that transforms beings of light into creatures of darkness. Seth discovers the problem in its infancy, but as the infectious disease spreads, it becomes clear that the preserve cannot hold out for long.

In dire need of help, the Sorensons question where to turn. The Sphinx has always given so...more
Hardcover, 487 pages
Published April 21st 2008 by Shadow Mountain (first published 2008)
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Aaron Vincent
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The middle part of fantasy series are always the trickiest. The world is already established in the first book(s) and information about the series-long plot are held back for the finale. Middle part books are always the one that is the most forgettable and there are cases when these books are just fodders. Such is the case in Michael Scott’s Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel and even Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson. I love both of these series but if you ask...more
John Conrad
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Dawn
I enjoy the Fablehaven series, and this third one was very good. I like Mull's creativity and energy. I appreciate his ongoing discussion of the nature of good and evil, the power of our choices, and in this one, the consequences of choosing to believe or not. I liked the way this book expanded the characters and locations of the story. And Patton Burgess is awesome! :)

I read this book first alone, but then I reread it aloud with my husband. In reading aloud, we discovered an annoying flaw. Mul...more
Luann
This is a book I will like more in the future as I think back on it than I do right now having just finished it. The storyline was fine, but the execution of it fell flat for me. I was never completely drawn into the story until about the last hundred pages. Most of this was due to the splitting of the storyline with Kendra on a mission at Lost Mesa in Arizona while Seth stayed at Fablehaven and had adventures there. It felt very choppy as we jumped back and forth between the two storylines. May...more
Thomas
Sep 08, 2008 Thomas rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Young adult and up
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Seth is growing up and making better decisions. Brandon has fallen into a writer's trap of alternating story lines between two primary characters. And finally, the series became so-so.

All that said, Grip of the Shadow Plague was another good read from the Fablehaven series for young adult readers and should keep their interest. Both my wife and I agree that this will start to appeal more to boys with Seth's new-found "wisdom" (and I use quotes because he isn't there yet, but well on his way).

If...more
Garrett
I think I like this book the best so far out of the series. It felt more complete and whole somehow. I assume it is at least partly because Brandon is becoming a better writer. But I think it also has to do with an improved plot structure and more intense, realistic conflict.

Setting: Still mostly at Fablehaven, but with explorations of even more of the area. Also, Kendra does get to go to a meeting of a secret society (held in a house like a castle) and then to another preserve in Arizona. So, f...more
Jill
We've just really liked this series. The books are a lot of fun, exciting, creative, visual, and I feel like they bring up really great discussion topics with the kids. We get to talk about tricky things like Do bad creatures need to be destroyed, or do they play a necessary part in an environment. That can go from the reintroduction of predator species to free speech discussions. We talk about rules and when you might have to break them and consequences. We talk about strengths and weaknesses o...more
Francis
Cada uno mejor que el anterior.

Continúa justo donde dejamos a nuestros personajes. Han descubierto la posible traición de uno de los principales líderes de los mundos mágicos y todo parece descontrolarse. Fablehaven se encuentra sumido en el caos. Una grave maldición asola sus tierras y a todos los habitantes del lugar.

Este volumen nos habla de amistad, superación y sobre todo sacrificio. Vuelven a tomar importancia personajes desaparecidos y otros nuevos muy originales.

Me ha encantado conocer a...more
Bailee
This book is complete fantasy!!! I love itto death! If you like faeries, centaurs, or satyrs, you should definetly read!!!
Ruth
Gave it 3 stars, not for any specific reason. I think the novelty may be wearing off but also Brandon's writing style at times is so laboriously dull it drives me nuts. "Kendra picked up her bags and walked up the 3 steps to the porch. Then she placed her duffel bag and backpack down on the threshold." Maybe he's got a neurosis about bags, I don't know, it's not pervasive--just at times usually when leaving or arriving or entering or exiting a vehicle, but it really is too much.

Content-wise I wa...more
Tianna
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Mary Brayton
This book is about the second summer of Kendra and Seth's visit to Fablehaven, a place that their grandparents live. The discovered in the first book that their grandparents were the guardians of mythical creatures, like fairies, satyrs, centaurs, and more. Kendra learned in the second book that she was fairy kind meaning that she had special powers given to her from the Fairy Queen. She becomes one of the Knights of the Dawn in this book, and they try to retrieve another artifact. Kendra and th...more
Kristin Mchenry
The Fablehaven series was, in my opinion, the best fantasy series since Harry Potter. This underlooked series began with an unlikely pair of protagonists, a sister and a nosy younger brother who won't follow the rules. The magic of this story unfolds slowly, as Kendra and Seth discover things for themselves, and that heightens the excitement. The series progresses with switchbacks, reroutes, and changed alliances. Mull does an amazing job of character development, and when characters switch alle...more
04KarleeM
I read Fablehaven Grip of the Shadow Plague, written in 2008 by Brandon Mull. Fablehaven Grip of the shadow plague is intended for a audience of kids in the grade 9th -12th with 473 pages. The main problem in Fablehaven grip of the shadow plague is that there is a strange plague that has taken over all of the creatures that live at Fablehaven turning creatures of light into creatures of darkness. Fablehave grip of the shadow plague, takes place at Fablehaven at the lake where all of the creatur...more
Turtle
Jun 10, 2012 Turtle rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: I wouldn't recommend it
Recommended to Turtle by: My Uncle
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Sam A
Grip of the Shadow Plague was an amazing book! It started when Seth, Kendra’s (the main character) brother, and Doren and Newel, who are satyrs and Seth’s best friends, go to steal some gold from a race, called the nipsies. Nipsies are incredibly small fairies, so they were divided into 7 kingdoms inside their small hill. They find the nipsies, who are usually peaceful, were at war.
Seth reports this to his grandfather, the owner of Fablehaven, where this all takes place. Fablehaven is a preserv...more
Eilis
I'm consistently torn between giving this series a 3 and a 4, because my real evaluation is a 3.5; however, in this particular case, I'm going to round down, because the author's questionable depiction of the Native Americans of Lost Mesa irked me.

The series is still interesting enough that I keep reading, however, but I'm not sure that I can really pinpoint why. The main characters are interesting enough, and it's interesting to see how the author goes crazy with the deus ex machina in ways tha...more
Robert
Brandon Mull has delivered more of the same with book three of this series, which is just what we wanted.

The plot moved along at a good clip, keeping us involved and engaged.

The characters were real and true to their previous actions. It was a lot of fun to discover along with the kids their unique talents and abilities.

Reading aloud to Emily, I had to pause and laugh quite a few times at the interplay between Seth and Kendra, and between them and the adults.

I loved picking out and following...more
Sreeparna
This book is amazing.The series is getting better and better with each book.I was already in love with the series before even starting this one.This one exceeds my expectations.
This time there were more mysteries,more magic,more complexity and of course it was more satisfactory.
Kendra was discovering her abilities as a fairykind and Seth was becoming more matured with each book.Actually I liked Seth better than Kendra.Kendra depended a lot on her special powers but without significant powers lik...more
Russ
A page turner like the second book of this series. It was very difficult for me to put this one down as you go from one adventure to the next. There seems to be no end to Brandon Mull's imagination and creativity. I love the "Lost Mesa" adventure as well as the mystery of the "Shadow Plague". Great characters, I loved getting to know the infamous Patton.

There were a few things that I wanted to be different in the book (I'm picky, I know). The way you are left with the Sphinx dilemma at the end o...more
Sommer
The first book I thought was just okay, the second a little better. Grip of the Shadow Plague was fantastic. I have yet to read the last two but I can't imagine them being better. There were so many plot twists and surprises that made it such a page turner. I was able to work out on my elliptical for 50 minutes while reading this without it even feeling like work because I was so into the story. I can't wait to start reading the fourth.
Daniel Poulsen
In this book, there is a mysterious darkness overcoming the creatures of Fablehaven. It is up to Seth and Kendra to fix it. I read this book because I had already read the previous two books and wanted to read all the series. I liked the amount of action in the book. I did not like the repetitiveness of it. My overall impression of it was a good book for teenagers and younger. I would recommend it to anyone under 18. There was no offensive material.
Christina
YAY!!! It's finally here. Actually it came on the 22nd through the mail, but I gave it to Carl for his B-day so he didn't open it until the 27th. And so, since he is still reading the Dark Materials Trilogy. he told me I could read this before him. Really, he's mine ladies, I found him first!

Whew, just finished the book last night. Of course they were not able to wrap everything up in this one book, so now I have to wait for the next one. Well, at least it has a title already, so it can't be tha...more
Amy
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Patrick
Wow! This series is on a roll. I was on the waiting list for about 4 months for this one. This is one of my favorite 3 or 4 young adult series. It's right up there with Harry Potter, The Bartimaeus Trilogy, and...not much else up this high. Maybe Gregor the Overlander...

The characters are believable, there's always action but it is fresh each time, the plot twists and suspense are awesome, it's incredibly creative--I just love this series! The story slowly expands each book in a neat way. It sta...more
Olivia
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DeLaina
Jun 11, 2008 DeLaina rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
Ummm, I liked this book, but not as well as the second, which is by far my favorite, or the first, which is my second favorite.

Don't get me wrong, it's not that it wasn't good, it just didn't hold my attention like the first two, and it was patently predictable, following in the same formula as the first two. I think it would be hard to write a series and come up with enough different twists to keep it interesting, but not set yourself up for a pattern of predictability...like the writers of eve...more
H
Each book in this series seems to improve on the last. I guess that's the point, but so many series don't do that well. I liked seeing the Fablehaven world outside of Fablehaven in this story, even if it was just a glimpse, and though it was sort of the same story for the third time--Fablehaven in crisis--it felt fresh and new and not a retelling. And I loved the surprise character visits, which I found to be unexpected but that added a whole lot both to the story itself and to the world buildin...more
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Are you looking for a book that will whirl you into Fablehaven? Then this is the book you're looking for! Book three in the series Fablehaven called the Shadow Plague was written by Brandon Mull, published by Aladdin paperbacks in the year 2009. There was 477 pages and the genre is fantasy.

This book is about a brother, Seth, and a sister, Kendra, that have found out that there are fairies and other monsters on their world. It wasn't that dangerous. Last time they wen...more
Bryan Murdock
These keep getting more and more interesting. After this one I've decided that the Fablehaven series is Harry Potter for boys (which might sound strange, seeing as how the main character in Harry Potter is a boy, and the main character in Fablehaven is a girl). Not much time is wasted on character development, emotional wallowing, or backstory. These books get right into the action, with just enough mystery and suspense to keep the parts between action scenes interesting. Fun read.
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