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Sky Raiders (Five Kingdoms #1)

4.20  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,241 Ratings  ·  755 Reviews
In a world that lies between reality and imagination, a “fanciful, action-packed adventure” awaits (Publishers Weekly, starred review). Come and claim it in this first book of the Five Kingdoms series, from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fablehaven and Beyonders series.

Cole Randolph was just trying to have a fun time with his friends on Halloween (and mayb
Paperback, 448 pages
Published January 6th 2015 by Aladdin (first published January 1st 2014)
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Aug 04, 2013 Justin marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
New Brandon Mull book?

I love, love, love Brandon Mull's Fablehaven and Beyonders series, so while I was extremely excited to read this new series, I was also a little afraid that there was NO WAY Five Kingdoms: Sky Raiders could entice me the way the others had. Well, my fears were completely unfounded--I loved it! Mull has a talent for imagining unique and complex worlds--he has a fantastic imagination. That being said, he also has a strange talent for creating increasingly unique ways for his heroes to enter these ...more
Rachel Lightwood

A new Brandon Mull novel? Heck yes, bring it on!

Yes, I know that his books are written for younger readers, but do I care? Umm, no at all! He has been a hero of mine since I was like eight. Brandon Mull was the author who introduced me into the world of fantasy and I don't care that his writing is a little juvenile and all that. He is writing a new book and you can bet I'll be reading this!

So excited!
I'm upset that I can't say I enjoyed this book as much as I did Fablehaven and Beyonders. With both of those series, I fell in love with the first book and couldn't wait for the next. With Sky Raiders, while its not bad, I'm not hooked either.

I think maybe its because I got pretty interested in the whole sky castle part with Cole working there. When it changed so quickly into the journey with Mira, I just couldn't find myself enjoying the rest of the book. I was still hanging onto wanting to kn
Mary Grace Nakao
Oct 09, 2013 Mary Grace Nakao rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Before anyone will start bashing me (for all the right reasons) for rating this book without actually reading it yet, hear me out first okay?


I just really want to point out that as much as I love the Beyonders series, the last book from that particular series failed me. Miserably (thats probably because I was expecting a lot from it. PPS: add to the fact that I ship Rachel and Jason PPPS: (view spoiler)
Shay McClean
Aug 05, 2013 Shay McClean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(review based on the first 100 pages). What you can expect: a Halloween haunted house that gets a little too real, a talking smiley-face graffito that just wants you to have a better day, and floating cloud castles that may or may not be inhabited by such creatures as giant armored centipede monster insects that may or may not wish to eat your face.

I don't have any idea where he comes up with this stuff, but in my book Brandon Mull is the best middle grade fantasy writer working today. It's lik
I loved parts of this fantasy adventure. It has a Harry Potter/Percy Jackson feeling, but some of the elements are original and creative. Unfortunately, my favorite parts--the adventures that Cole has in the cloud castles as a Sky Raider--are short lived and last only a few chapters. The settings and character purposes change so much that it was hard to connect with the story. There's also a lot of "Cole sits down and listens to another character explain something" chapters, and while I like get ...more
Steve Buchanan
Aug 25, 2015 Steve Buchanan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-favorites
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May 21, 2016 Hadessephy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, mg, 2016
Brandon Mull never disappoints. Sky raiders is an extremely creative story that just takes off and never stops. Between castles in the sky and giant cookies this is a fantastic world that was created. Will be reading the second book shortly.
Sophie Nora
Mar 12, 2015 Sophie Nora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was great! Definitely one I would read again.
Aug 25, 2014 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sky raiders was a great book because Brandon Mull had made readers want to read from the start. Also he was able to keep me interested to the end. It was cool that he had made the book so interesting from the start, such as when Cole and his friends get kidnapped. I also liked how the characters were kids, and they did kind things, rather than adults. I liked the part where Cole is on his first mission and uses his jumping sword. I still think "away" when it would be cool to fly. I noticed that ...more
Apr 14, 2014 Llana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While a nice pleasant read this second take on the whole traveling to another dimension was once again rather rote and predictable. It lacked the spirit and fun found in the Fablehaven series that made it so enjoyable. Another point against Sky Raiders is the characters.
While all of them have potential to be great,flawed,interesting additions to the story none of them actually came alive.While Jace came the closest he still lacked the je ne sais quois that makes me give a f**k .Cole dripped
Steven Fullmer
Mar 15, 2014 Steven Fullmer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Steven by: Jennifer
LOVED this book!

Brandon Mull develops his characters and locales in Sky Raiders with as much care as those found in his Fablehaven series. Characters are distinct, memorable, and personable. Environments are described with just enough detail to shape the image in the reader's minds, but without dragging them out ad nauseam.

I love that the protagonist is depicted with the whole gamut of traits: Bravery, fear, suspicion, compassion, boldness, weakness, pride, envy, loyalty... In fact, most of the
Samantha S.
Jan 10, 2014 Samantha S. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewers
Sky Raiders is a promising first book to a new Brandon Mull series. [side note: This is the second series that Brandon Mull has had the core of the story take place in a fictional world.]

When Cole's friends are kidnapped and pulled through a portal to another world, Cole follows them, hoping to save them and bring them back. BAD MOVE. Turns out the people who kidnapped them were slave traders from The Outskirts, five kingdoms on the line between "wakefulness and dreaming, reality an imagination,
James Witherspoon
Nov 24, 2013 James Witherspoon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got an advanced reading copy of this book, from my amazing girlfriend who works at a bookstore. I hadn't really kept up with Brandon Mull much. I read the first two Fablehaven books several years ago, and while I enjoyed them, they didn't make me want to finish the series.

This one starts off good and just keeps getting better. I enjoyed the setting, the characters, everything. It's geared towards younger kids, and I think it does a good job of bringing that younger audience into the story.

Mar 14, 2014 Camille rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was good :-)

Those who've read and enjoyed Fablehaven should be aware, though, that this is different in texture, tone and feel.

I was captivated and intrigued all the way through. I on to the horrible wait for the next release...
Sasha  (seetheworldwithbooks)
i would never doubt you Brandon Mull. Iam in love with Beyonders. Its one of the best adventure series i really love till i die. Even when you write a book about a freak who travell to another space iam sure i'll enjoy and love it too. See how much i love you?!?!?! lol
Reni Hanifah
Oct 31, 2015 Reni Hanifah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seruuuuu! entah karena terjemahannya atau apa tapi ini lebih seru dari Fablehaven (yang buku pertamanya aja ga selesai dibaca, padahal udah beli seriesnya lengkap) dan Beyonders (yang mentok cuma sampe buku pertama, gak minat beli buku selanjutnya). Petualangannya lebih seru!
Christie Powell
I would have liked this book better if I didn't love the beginning so much. I really enjoyed the idea, set up, and characters, though they did seem to act older than their age. I liked the detail of the world, and I really liked the Sky Raiders part--it had excitement without being too fast paced, logical goals and sequencing yet with room for spontaneity, both plot and character development. Then the characters went off on the usual high-paced adventure with more characters than I can keep trac ...more
Awesome!!! Almost as good as Fablehaven! Probably better!!! READ THIS IF YOU DON'T WANT TO READ TRASHY BOOKS!
Thomas Snam
Jul 14, 2015 Thomas Snam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This Book is EPIC! Shortly in to the book I was hooked because it is my favorite type of book, adventure, and battle with a bit of magic if like that combo or Rick Riordan you might like this book
This was lots of fun and I'm looking forward to the rest of the series. Hopefully two more might come out in the next year or so. Cole suggests going to a haunted house on Halloween and then discovers that his friends are captured and being led off somewhere. Only he and one other girl haven't been captured. He feels guilty and goes after the group to rescue them. The girl is going to try to get out of the house and go for help. Cole discovers his friends are in cages and are now going to be sla ...more
Lou Anders
Jan 24, 2016 Lou Anders rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first time reading Brandon Mull. I was very impressed with the complexity of his world building and of the depth of his characters. I was particuarly impressed with how imaginative the world of the Outskirts is and the way he managed to include some fascinating "SFnal" concepts into the book without sacrificing pace or accessibility. I gave the book to my son before I had finished it. He overtook me and finished first. He's now on book two. Recommended.
Aug 31, 2015 Tbalmat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any Brandon Mull fans
Recommended to Tbalmat by: Brandon Mull (when he visited my school)
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May 15, 2014 Karissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got a copy of this book to review through the Amazon Vine program. I loved Mull's Fablehaven series but wasn't a huge fan of his Beyonders series. I really really enjoyed this first book in his new Five Kingdoms series. This is the first book out of five planned books for this series. The 2nd book in the series will be titled The Rogue Knight and is scheduled for an October 2014 release.

Cole ends up at a creepy Halloween party with some friends. Then things get really strange, Cole and his fri
Aug 17, 2015 Ellen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was pretty good. I didn't enjoy it as much as Fablehaven or Beyonders, but that's just my opinion. You can tell that Brandon Mull puts a lot of thought into the worlds he creates - and this book is no exception! Cole is a very likeable character; he's brave, friendly, and funny, a pretty good mix:). I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next in the series!
Apr 28, 2014 Isaac rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about Cole who takes his friends to a haunted house. His friends are captured by slave traders, but he is not. He is sucked into a the magical world of the 5 kingdoms. He is captured and finds new friends. The conflict starts when he is separated from his friends and his whole goal is to find them. The characters are Mira, a shaper ("magical") girl who is coated in secrecy, Cole, a person from the planet Earth trying to rescue his friends, Jace, a unknown orphan who is very leaderi ...more
Emily Morris
Perhaps I'm getting cynical. I've long proclaimed I like the stories that work. I've seen this type of story done plenty of times before and many of those times I've liked it. But this read had me yawning with familiarity for, despite some fine qualities, this lacks the extra spark that makes this sort of story work best.

One Halloween night, Cole and some other trick-or-treaters find themselves in another world known as the Outskirts, where they are sold into slavery. Cole joins the Sky Raiders
Aug 30, 2015 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My big boys enjoyed this series so I listened to the first book. It didn't pull me in like Fablehaven did. (Fablehaven is a series that can please kids and adults alike.) This is creative though, and I admire Mull's ability to dream up new and interesting worlds and adventure.

Mull isn't very good at describing the main characters in any of his books (maybe intentionally so a wide variety of kids can insert themselves into the story?) so I've no idea what Mira or Jace or anyone looks like at the
Cintya Larasinta
Aaah....Aku suka sukaaa Suka BANGET!!! Aku tdk sabar menantikan novel berikutnya. Semoga diterjemahin lbh cepat ya...
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Brandon Mull resides in a happy little valley near the mouth of a canyon with his wife and three children. He spent two years living in the Atacama Desert of Northern Chile where he learned Spanish and juggling. He once won a pudding eating contest in the park behind his grandma’s house, earning a gold medal. Brandon is the author of the New York Times bestselling Fablehaven series and The Candy S ...more
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