For centuries, mystical creatures of all description were gathered to a hidden refuge called Fablehaven to prevent their extinction. The sanctuary survives today as one of the last strongholds of true magic in a cynical world. Enchanting? Absolutely. Exciting? You bet. Safe? Well, actually, quite the opposite...
Kendra and her brother Seth have no idea their grandfather is the current caretaker of Fablehaven. Inside the gated woods, ancient laws give relative order among greedy trolls, mischievous satyrs, plotting witches, spiteful imps, and jealous fairies. However, when the rules get broken, an arcane evil is unleashed, forcing Kendra and Seth to face the greatest challenge of their lives. To save her family, Fablehaven, and perhaps the world, Kendra must find the courage to do what she fears most.
©2006 Brandon Mull (P)2006 Shadow Mountain
"The dialogue snaps and sizzles... Like Harry Potter, Fablehaven can be read aloud in a family with as much pleasure for grownups as for children... Do yourself a favor, and don't miss the first novel by a writer who is clearly going to be a major figure in popular fantasy." (Orson Scott Card, New York Times Bestselling Author)
"Imagination runs wild in Fablehaven. It is a lucky book that can hold this kind of story." (Obert Skye, Author of Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo)
I love "good for grown-ups too" kids fantasy. This could have been one of them except for the narration. It's very rare for me not to finish a book, however, after four attempts to get comfortable with the juvenile cadence and voice inflections, I threw in the towel at chapter 4. Too bad. The premise is interesting.
Positives-I think the story is fun and would feel comfortable recommending it to anyone.
Negatives-the narration had WAY too much inflection throughout (nearly every word at times) and made it hard to listen to.
“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” ¯ Mark Twain
My daughter has listened to the entire series five times and just started it over again. She listens to it whenever she's doing chores, or just before bed. She's a sixth grader and thinks this is about the best series she's read...maybe even as good as Harry Potter (her words).
I too listened to the books and found them entertaining. The story if full enough to keep an adult engaged, but is clearly aimed at the younger audience. My sixth grader is probably the perfect audience.
The story has an interesting plot, where everyday kids find themselves caught up in a place where magic is real. The kids act as kids would, they are amazed, tempted to check out things better left alone, and more cleaver than the adults give them credit for.
If you're looking for something for your kids to enjoy...jump on this. If you are an adult that enjoys lighter fantasy, you will like it as well. Great for a family car trip! The kids will love it, and the adults will be entertained.
Light and fun story
He would have been fine if he didn't read like he was talking to a four year old
I like fantasy, some sci-fi, quantum physics, psychology, neurology, some horror/thriller books.
I know this series is for kids, but I totally enjoyed ALL the books in the series. Well thought out characters and plots. I felt like I was at Fable Haven myself!
It's so incredibly patronising. The story is okay but the narration is essentially baby talk.
Nothing too bad. The narration doesn't give you a chance to get into it.
This book is great and it was nearly ruined by the narrator. The tone and voice work were better suited for children's stories. This story is is mildly dark and meant to be scary and often sarcastic in the vein tone wise of the Harry Potter series. The reader does not know the meaning of sarcasm and is all around humorless and there are many funny parts to the story. The voice acting should have been on reading rainbow not in anything past a 1st grade reading level. What were you all thinning when you chose this guy. It is bad enough that the whole series should be rerecorded so others won't have to suffer.
Loved the book, but the narrator made many characters sound snotty and rude. Don't add your own huffy sounds and sarcastic tone where it shouldn't be. Kendra, the main character, is strong, honest and kind. She should be read that way!
Lots of potential for a classic story but characterizations were shallow. Unfortunately E.B. Stevens reading was lackluster at best and annoying at worse.
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