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Rise of the Evening Star

(Fablehaven #2)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  108,802 ratings  ·  3,755 reviews
At the end of the school year, Kendra and her brother Seth find themselves racing back to Fablehaven, a refuge for mythical and magical creatures. Grandpa Sorenson, the caretaker, invites three specialists -- a potion master, a magical relics collector, and a mystical creature trapper -- to help protect the property from the Society of the Evening Star, an ancient ...more
Hardcover, 456 pages
Published April 24th 2007 by Shadow Mountain
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Rise of the Evening Star (Fablehaven, #2), Brandon Mull
Fablehaven: Rise of the Evening Star is a fantasy novel written by Brandon Mull. The book was released on May 31, 2007. It is the second book in the Fablehaven series. Its sequel is Fablehaven: Grip of the Shadow Plague. At the end of the school year Kendra finds a kobold has infiltrated her eighth grade class. She can see mystical creatures without drinking a magical milk that is usually needed to enable humans to see such beings. Kendra
Kimberley doruyter
if there was ever a person in the world that does not learn for there mistakes it's seth.
Rise of the Evening Star, the second book of the Fablehaven series is more dynamic and more complex than the first one. More mysteries, more adventures take place, and keep you engaged throughout the story.

While the world-building in the first book was incomplete and unrefined, here the magical world of Fablehaven begins to unfold, as well as Kendra's special abilities.

Colorful and varied magic is created in Rise of the Evening Star: the mystical creatures, the magical items are written with so
Aaron Vincent
Dec 29, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-mg-fantasy
My first venture to the magical world of Fablehaven was truly an unforgettable one. I just couldn’t stop raving about it to every bookish person I know. Truth be told, I read Harry Potter series because a number of critics and authors compared Fablehaven to it(and yes, I just read Harry Potter this year. Please, don’t kill me.) I wanted to prolong the pleasure in reading the entire Fablehaven series so I didn’t read the 2nd book immediately after the 1st one. I finally decided to revisit ...more
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelf of favourites make some space! This lovely little series has to fit in there!
George Jankovic
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I liked book one in the Fablehaven series and loved this one. The action is nonstop, the story is great, and the are many magical items (who can say no to that). Kendra is still a great character: smart, careful, good. Seth is less annoying than in book 1. He's a year older. And there are some really interesting new characters: both good and bad and good-bad :).

5 stars. Enjoy!
Kimberley doruyter
in the first book it's meet and great to all the wonders of the world.
in this book we see the villian arise.
Mar 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kendra and Seth can't wait for the end of the school year so that they can return to visit their grandparents at Fablehaven. A few days before the school year ends, a scabby kobold appears in her class. The kobold appears normal to everybody except Kendra. With the aid of a kobold exterminator they get rid of him and are then swiftly evacuated to Fablehaven for their own safety. Once there, they find out that the Society of the Evening Star (which opposes preserves such as Fablehaven) has gotten ...more
rachel ☾
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Usually people have a special book or a series that ‘got them into reading’. I am lucky enough to be able to say that I’ve always been a reader (which sounds like I’m bragging for some reason, but I’m not trying to). There’s not a period in my life that I can remember when I didn’t have a book in my hand! But with that being said, there are definitely a few series from my childhood that stand out and that played a major role in my love of books. One of those series was Mull’s Fablehaven saga.

Jan 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to DeLaina by: my 10-yr old daughter Amanda, thanks to Jen Christensen's daught
Shelves: ya
I liked the sequel to Fablehaven even better than Fablehaven itself. The author was able to flesh out the characters and each gained a lot of depth.

I read Fablehaven last night, and the sequel, Rise of the Evening Star, tonight, so they're quick reads at 3-4 hours each. (Thank you writer's strike and sick, clingy kids who INSIST on me holding them and not minding me reading at the same time!!!)

They’re fantasy, not unlike Harry Potter but more infused with value of the family. No Dudley or mean
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is youth fantasy fiction. I'm not the target audience for this book, but I am giving this 5 stars for several reasons:

1. it was 100% age appropriate
2. it was written with kids in mind and it addressed "real kid" problems and thoughts
3. the characters were children and the best thing about that was that they actually acted like children. They weren't portrayed as wiser beyond their years
4. my kids would have loved this.
5. it had great messages for kids of all ages

So 5 stars.
Mary ♥
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves
5/5 stars

Running toward danger is foolhardy. ... But so is closing your eyes to it. Many perils become less dangerous once you understand their potential hazards.


If there was something I missed, it was diving back to the wonderful world of Fablehaven. And thankfully, this time, it brought more surprises than the first one. This, friends, is one of the greatest middle grade series I've ever read, partly because it contains every single mythological creature someone can hear about and partly
Mar 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Kendra and Seth return to Fablehaven to discover more of what they don't know (and that can kill them) and save the day. Seth, now a year older, is a little wiser and doesn't find himself in as much trouble, but again, it is Kendra who comes through.

By the way, in both books, while Kendra is the reluctant heroine, she is helped by others, so this isn't some supergirl of unlimited capabilities or powers.

I get the feeling, in reading these first two books in the series, that these two young
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
This book was really awesome. I thoroughly enjoyed it with all of its fairy and mythological creatures. Seth and Kendra are two siblings who discovered that their grandparents were the caretakers of a magical menagerie in the first installment, Fablehaven. In this one, the evil Evening Star is trying to make their move against Fablehaven, and the siblings have to use all their wits and courage to defend the menagerie and the world. Kendra was awesome, smart, motivated, and responsible. She was ...more
Feb 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
The events in Rise of the Evening Star pick up months after where Fablehaven left off. It continues the adventures of Kendra and Seth Sorensen as they become embroiled in an insidious plot by the forces of evil to obtain powerful, magical items and unleash a nearly unstoppable horror.

Mull deftly continues to add to the wonders of the world that is Fablehaven, giving the reader new exciting storyline and plots while nimbly threading in those from the previous book.

His writing etches the framework
May 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Middle-schoolers, clean read, boy-and-girl appeal, fast read
Recommended to Lindsey by: Andrew and Cynthia
Shelves: cleanreads, reviewed
All right. This book was a mess. By about page 300 I was just zipping through it, so as to have the vital information for the next installment, because A and C promised it gets better. Sigh.

As usual, Mull delivers on imaginative world building, and the pace never slows, but his logical foundation is so weak I don't dare examine it--one too-direct breath could knock the whole thing over.

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It is the following summer when Seth and Kendra return to Fablehaven. Seth’s impulsiveness gets him into trouble several times but also pays off. Several new characters come to Fablehaven, but at least one of them appears to be a traitor. (You can’t trust anybody when it comes to Brandon Mull!)

Kendra and Seth have plenty of adventures while the adults are not completely useless or absent. Overall, it’s quite clever. It builds to a really big showdown. Very satisfying fantasy adventure.

Nov 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: ANYONE
GREAT writing. If you liked Harry Potter, you'll LOVE this one. The writing is tighter, the characters not as....angst-filled, a little more real, I think.
The world is so beautiful and yet real-feeling. There is a great sense of morality without the SLAP of it in your face. NO force feeding here, just a delightful romp, jog and then a mad-dash to the climax in a world of majesty and power that is both magical and compelling.
LOVED it. EVERY person (at least a dozen) I have recommended it to (even
Kimberley doruyter
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
always good for a fast but intresting read
Chantele Sedgwick
Feb 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Originally read in 2008. Just re-read and loved it just as much the second time! Such a fun series! One of my favorites.
Muhammad Ozair
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.Five is reserved for books that really leave a emotional mark.
This book was much more thrilling than the previous one,the fairies aren't all wimpy and stuff.
What with Blixes ,the Sphinx and people like Coulter,it was a thrill reading this book.
Besides unlike Bahumat (refer to first book)- who was supposed to be so powerful he could overthrow Fablehaven but still got whacked by a couple of Fairies- the Revenant was more of a horror.The part where Coulter turned out be wrong about the
May 13, 2008 rated it liked it
I think this book was better then the first. I am still not drawn to the main characters. I wish Kendra would take some more initiative and try to find out what her talents and powers are from being made fairy kind. There is so much build up to that and it is left hanging again in this book like it was in the first. I wish Seth would set a better example in the book, he is constantly disobeying, I was not thrilled with the things the children did in this book, i.e. sneaking out of their parents ...more
Dec 28, 2012 rated it did not like it
Fablehaven is flat and forgettable. There is plenty of action and adventure, but it is soon forgotten when the book is finished.

However, I did have to give this book the dubious honor of being labeled “rubbish”. Mull has an uncanny knack for writing offensive things about Indians. This book had children playing on a Foosball table populated with cowboys and Indians – complete with headdresses and bare chests. For those struggling to wrap their heads around this, an illustration is included on
Mairéad (is roaming the Undying Lands)
“Sometimes the most preposterous lies are the most believable.”

4 stars.

Certainly an improvement from the first book, but Seth is still an idiot. Kendra has become the most capable out of the both of them, but I can see Seth learning somewhat. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

Sorry this is such a short review. :P
Jen (Book Den)
Why is this not a movie series?

I'm really enjoying the Fablehaven series. It is just the pick me up I've been needing lately, and I'm having a blast reading this series with my son.

The creatures and the action and the roles of the main characters really kicked into gear in this second installment. I love that the main characters are brother and sister. Brandon Mull writes kids so well.
L.R.W. Lee
Intriguing and creative

A great continuation of the first book in the series. New characters and obstacles with and end that brilliantly sets up the next phase of the journey.
Jul 02, 2011 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars. I enjoyed this book slightly more than I did the first one. I like a little more action/adventure/intrigue to my fantasy novels and this one delivered in comparison. I did not like how neither of the main characters played much of a role in the climaxing moments of the second book. Kendra WAS acceptably involved in the first novel.

I'm a Potter fan, I admit it, so permit me my little rant. In the Harry Potter books the characters have great mentors but in the crucial deciding
✨ Gramy ✨
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
The entertaining adventure continues, including many of the mystical creatures and magical places from the first book. Additional creatures and places have been added to further lure you in.

Of course, there was a good verses evil battle to overcome.

I enjoyed it very much and would recommend to teens and adults alike!
Hannah Walsh
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
This series is really unique and fun to read. I love the humor and all the interesting characters.
I thought this one was better than the first, and I'm looking forward to reading more!
Mar 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Much better than the first! Let us see where it will lead us :-)
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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 ...more

Other books in the series

Fablehaven (5 books)
  • Fablehaven (Fablehaven, #1)
  • Grip of the Shadow Plague (Fablehaven, #3)
  • Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary (Fablehaven, #4)
  • Keys to the Demon Prison (Fablehaven, #5)
“Running toward danger is foolhardy. ... But so is closing your eyes to it. Many perils become less dangerous once you understand their potential hazards.” 174 likes
“Hello," Newel said. "Look, Doren, we have visitors. Kendra, Seth, and ... Muriel's weirdo puppet."....Newel grabbed Seth's hand and shook it vigorously. "Congratulations. You just found yourself a secret entrance."
"So seriously," Doren said. "What's with the puppet?”
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