Keys to the Demon Prison (Fablehaven, #5)
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Keys to the Demon Prison (Fablehaven #5)

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Since ancient times, the great demon prison Zzyzx has protected the world from the most dangerous servants of darkness, including Gorgrog, the Demon King. But now, after centuries of plotting, the Sphinx is on the verge of recovering the five artifacts necessary to open the legendary prison, and all friends of light must unite in a final effort to thwart the Sphinx’s desig...more
Paperback, 634 pages
Published February 22nd 2011 by Aladdin Paperbacks (first published February 4th 2010)
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Chris
For the record, I'm the publisher. Yes, I've read it. Sorry, I won't be giving anything away. Well, maybe a little something. Chapter 5 in book 5 is the most intense, the most gripping chapter of all the Fablehaven books. Jaw-dropping. I was not prepared for what Brandon Mull pulled out of his sleeve. I doubt anyone will see this coming.

Brandon takes us all over the world, several continents. It's a breathless race to find the remaining artifacts. The artifact vault in Austrailia is a wicked ri...more
StoryTellerShannon
The conclusion to the five book series focusing on a brother and sister who discover a magical world run by their grandparents. I'm in the minority for loving it way more than Harry Schmotter, er, Potter. :)

Anyway, without giving spoilers there are a good number of twists and minor to moderate surprises. Mind you, that's for an adult reading the book. I suspect teen agers might be more amazed by things and such. Bracken was the most interesting secondary character and the verbal duels with the...more
Hollie Robb
I had to stay up until 4 A.M. it was way too exciting to put it down. I even loved the end of the book, end of the series. I didn't think "thank heaven's it's over," like I have with others. Their was a lot of comic relief.


At the every end of the book, Brandon mentions that he might do more with the characters, but it will be with a complete different series. I would like to see that happen. The Characters are fun and very likable. It would be smart to start a completely different series if he...more
Angie
Jun 05, 2010 Angie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
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Maryruth
Very exciting. I liked meeting new people and traveling to another preserve. The dragons were amazing. And whether or not it was intentional, Raxtus made me laugh. It's interesting to see Kendra's relationship with the Fairy Queen develop. I'm glad Seth's character is growing up; he's a lot like Warren now. Unfortunately, Warren has the worst luck of anyone.
Turtle
Jun 10, 2012 Turtle rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: I would not recommend this book
Recommended to Turtle by: My Uncle
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Emily Michelle
I started this book a few evenings after it came out and told myself I would put it down and go to bed as soon as I reached a stopping point. I finished the book seven hours later, having read the entire thing straight through, because as it turned out, there are no stopping points. The book sucks you in from the first chapter and doesn't let you go until it's done.

The story follows Kendra, Seth and their friends all over the world, from the Middle East to the American deep south to Scotland to...more
Blaine
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Amanda
My issue with this book is the same issue I've had with all of Mull's other books. The execution of his ideas is just mediocre. From a technical/grammatical standpoint, it's written pretty poorly. He employs very little imagery, and sometimes sounds like he learned to write by reading too many fantasy novels. Most good writers will show me what is happening. Mull just tells me. Lengthy descriptions and big words don't necessarily make good writing.

He took a long time to get into the flow of thi...more
Ithlilian
Keys to the Demon Prison is full of action, but that is about all there is to it. The book picks up right in the midst of things and never lets up. I personally didn't enjoy it. There are about 20 tasks that need to be completed and the characters systematically go through them. Traveling to each event takes 20 or so pages, the actual event takes a page, and then it is on to the next thing. There is no flow here, and no elegance. I loved the whimsical nature of the first Fablehaven book. It's a...more
Jared
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Maxy
At the risk of sounding redundant, I'd just like to say that Brandon Mull is my hero.

This book was very intense, and I loved every minute of it. I cried a few times, and I'm not at all ashamed of that. I still can't get over how thought-through everything was. Fablehaven inspires my dreams of being a great writer, yet crushes them at the same time... If I can write a book like this, I can die in complete bliss. Or something like that.

Know what? I think I'll write a review later. This book deserv...more
Thomas
I just completed reading Keys to the Demon Prison and must admit that I almost stopped long before I reached the half-way point. Brandon's story failed to engage me for the first third of the book. It drug, spent a lot of time and effort with uninteresting details that really didn't advance the story line. By the time I had reached the half-way point of this very long book, I was truly wondering if it would ever get interesting.

It is my feeling that with success behind him with the first three b

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Brooke
SInce this is the final book in the series I will briefly review the whole series here.
Enjoyable? definitely. Gripping? Frequently. Would I read it again? Surely.
Here's the thing. I am convinced that a lot of contemporary Male authors can't truly write a love story. I realize that this series is sort of a children's series, but it is also a YA series in my eyes. I don't know what it would really be classified as. I was as disappointed with the love story in the Pretties and Uglies series.
At time...more
colleen the contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±
While this book had a lot of the same problems as the last two books in the series (i.e. overly convenient plot devices, lots of exposition, telling vs. showing, quests which are built up to be deadly and dangerous and 'you probably won't survive' and then end up being generally easy 'cause they just happen to have the best maguffin for the job (though, admittedly, a few red shirts might die here and there), lack of emotional attachment to characters who don't seem to really grow or change (and...more
Samuel Loveland
There seems to be a generation of Harry Potter fans who are looking for the fun, adventure, and growth that we experienced in that series. When cop-outs like Percy Jackson came out, we snatched them up in order to quench our thirst for more. What we got from these wanna-be stories is a sense of fun and adventure, but a lack of something deeper.

Don’t get me wrong. I both read and enjoyed the Percy Jackson books. They were adventurous and a whole lot of fun. However, I think most people would agre...more
Tracy
Brandon Mull is simply a wonderful writer. If I had kids, I'd MAKE them read this series.

All the other rave reviews are right on, and written by more talented reviewers than myself. I will add two points. First, I really like how Mr Mull weaves in little "life lessons," quite directly but without being preachy.

And, Mr. Mull, if you really are contemplating writing more Fabelhaven-related books, I would love to see more of Doren and Newel! I haven't laughed out loud at dialogue in a book in a v...more
Anna
This series was fantastic. I highly recommend it and the author!
Erica (daydreamer)
Can I give Fablehaven Keys to the Demon Prison ten stars? Shining with Kendra’s blinding countenance? Well, it certainly deserves it!

Ah, where do I begin? I. LOVE. THIS. BOOK!!! It is my new favorite book of all times. My favorite series. I just couldn’t get enough of it! I couldn’t read it fast enough. Brandon is an amazing storyteller, and was able to captivate me from the very beginning of the series. Each book got better, escalating in thrill and adventure. The last book executed the finale...more
Laura
Nov 28, 2010 Laura rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone that enjoys fantasy
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Von Sowards
I have mixed feelings about the turn out of this book. This is the final book in a five part series. The over arching conflict of this series is that there is a society sworn to opening an ancient prison of the worst demons ever and our heroes are part of a colt sworn to stop them. The leader of the evil society, The Sphinx, uses devious plots to trick the heroes into retrieving the five artifacts that act as the keys to opening the demon prison. Each key holds a distinct power. Brandon Mull was...more
Erin
Mull has already clearly established himself as having a lack of sensitivity with regards to race issues and I have already touched upon this with the other books in this series. However, the Totem Wall is offensive and terrible and makes me ill.

I was frustrated by Mull’s further lack of sensitivity with relation to how he wrote a female protagonist. She is strong, intelligent and resourceful, but in the end Kendra is successful because she is a “virtuous maiden.” – Way to further enforce the Ma...more
Adam
From beginning to end, I really enjoyed this series. The fifth book was great. In many ways it reminded me so much of the Deathly Hallows, and not in a bad way. The pace of both novels is simmering. After so many adventures and wonderful sites in the fist four novels, the end has arrived. And there is so much to do. It reminds me of the rabbit in Alice in Wonderland running around saying "I'm late", "I'm late", "I'm late". Kendra and Seth are whisked through several new countries, preserves, and...more
kelley
I have read the entire Fablehaven series and I love it. It’s a little along the same lines as Harry Potter in that children become involved in a magical realm and discover they have magical powers. I like the Fablehaven series better than Harry Potter because it is faster paced and quite a bit more adventurous. The two main characters Kendra and Seth are a brother and sister team. Kendra is 15 in this book and Seth is a few years younger. It has been fun to watch them grow up together as they ha...more
Lorrie
Aug 13, 2012 Lorrie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Yes!!
AMAZING!!! I have now read the entire Fablehaven series...As with all the other books they just keep you going. However...this book is non stop action, thrill, and adventure. You never know what's going to happen around the next corner. Oh sure you can guess...you may be right...then again?!?!?!?

Seth has once again proven himself immature and non-thinking, but does that turn out for the good or the bad??? Always wanting to be the hero, always wanting to go on his own, always wanting to be includ...more
Adam Lovell
This story is about the Knights of Dawn trying to stop the Sphinx from opening Zzyzx (the Demon Prison). The main characters are Kendra, Seth, Bracken, Warren, and the Sphinx. They ran into a ton of problems getting captured, battling demons, trying to find places, and a lot of other things. My favorite character is Seth. He can Shade Walk. It is when you can make yourself invisible to other things and people. He is also the most like me, in a lot of ways.
I can relate to a lot of the character...more
Francine
Mar 19, 2011 Francine rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Harry Potter Fans, Percy Jackson Fans, Lovers of fantasy and mythology, Kids at heart
Shelves: favorites
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Garrett
I loved this conclusion to a great series.

Setting: We get to travel even more this time. To the secret preserve, the Bayou, California, Canada, and the demon prison. Definitely a broad-sweeping book. Most of the settings were ancillary to the plot and the characters though, so we didn't get much "flavor" of them. That is not to say that what is there wasn't sufficient or good, just that it is not emphasized (which is something I like, but others may not).

Plot: The gang is trying to stop the Sphi...more
Dion Yulianto
Seri yang benar-benar memuaskan, begitulah pendapat saya ttg 5 seri fablehaven ini. Plotnya begitu meliuk-liuk, penuh dengan aksi dan mahkluk2 fantastis, susah sekali menebak plotnya. Bahkan, dengan mengutip sinopsisnya sendiri akan menghasilkan spoiler kejam yang pasti akan dikritik habis-habisan oleh para penggemar yg belum membacanya. Seri terakhir ini belum diterjemahkan ke B indo (saat saya menulis review ini) sehingga jika diceritakan alur ceritanya, pasti pada mencak-mencak. Karena twist...more
Adamjdeden
In the final chapter of the Fablehaven series, Kendra and Seth must try to stop the Demon Prison from opening. Kendra and Seth find themselve going all over the glode to try to achieve their goal. This 3rd person story, with a theme of young people can achomplish big things, has a style of race agaisnt the clock makes up the desgin of this book. The plot was well constructed. Sometimes it built off earlier things that had happen, not just in the book itself but in the entire series. Some of the...more
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