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Grip of the Shadow Plague by Brandon Mull
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May 04, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: children-s-fantasy
Read from May 04 to 06, 2012

Another whirlwind adventure in Fabelhaven just came to an end. I'm still gasping for breath. This series is at least as good as the "Septimus Heap" books. Although the intended audience would be children ages 9 to 12, the Fabelhaven books have enough going for them to satisfy adult readers as well.

Kendra and Seth have spent the whole summer with their grandparents. Their parents are becoming more insistent that they return and as they don't know about the fairy creatures, they are also oblivious to the dangers facing Fabelhaven. Seth stumbles into trouble quite quickly, but in doing so he discovers that sweet little creatures called "nipsies" are turning evil. They have become dark and the condition is quickly spreading. Before the extent of the catastrophe becomes clear, Kendra is summoned to a Knights of Dawn conference, where she is promptly initiated and sent on a mission to retrieve another magical artifact. Back at Fabelhaven her grandparents are contemplating whether the Sphinx is a traitor as the captive Vanessa claims, and if his intentions with collecting the artifacts are really sinister.

That Kendra has been anointed to fairykind was clear before, but in this book Seth discovers that he too has stumbled into an extraordinary ability - he can resist magical induced fear. Together they must overcome their bickering and work together to save Fabelhaven from eternal darkness.

This book does not let up for a minute. There is not a single boring passage and one action scene follows another. Some of the plot is predictable, but enough of it is not so that it keeps fresh. There are many odd-ball characters. Kendra and Seth are quite likeable. Maybe a teeny-weeny bit too gender stereotypical, but I choose to oversee this particular flaw. Kendra has plenty of guts for being a girly-girl. For the first time, there is also a ligt sprinkle of romance as the expidition for Knights of Dawn involves a teenage boy Gavin, with special abilities with dragons. This book serves up plenty of fun for any fantasy fan who's still young at heart.

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