Book Talk: Fablehaven by Brandon Mull

by Kelsey Norwood

in Making Good

fablehaven series books 1 2 3 by brandon mull

I just finished the third book in Brandon Mull’s Fablehaven series about a secret preserve filled with magical creatures, some friendly and harmless, others deadly.  Kendra and Seth Sorenson, grandchildren to caretakers Stan and Ruth Sorenson, discover the secret world and have many exciting and dangerous adventures.  The series is about the battle between the Knights of the Dawn, an organization that tries to protect the preserves and keep the creatures and people safe, and the Society of the Evening Star, an evil groups that is seeking to unlock the demon prison, release the most terrible creatures in existence, and bring the whole world under their control.

I didn’t love the first book, but the second and third were pretty good. I began the series with Harry Potter in mind, which was a mistake.  The two series are completely different.  Fablehaven is directed at younger audiences, and the thing I liked most about it, besides the fantastical world of fascinating creatures and rules, were the lessons that Kendra and Seth learned in their time at Fablehaven.  I like books like this that teach moral lessons about honesty, integrity, courage, etc, because kids can understand and learn those lessons without being sat down in a corner and told, “You must be honest.”  Books with a moral are able to teach kids in a way that a good talking to could never do.

Fablehaven would be a great series to read aloud to your kids at bedtime, although you should read it yourself first so you can save the scary parts for earlier in the day.  This series would be appropriate to read aloud to children as young as 6 or 7.

I look forward to April of next year when book 4 will be released.  What will happen to Fablehaven and the world at large?  I can’t wait to find out!


1 Dawna July 21, 2008 at 7:32 am

My 15 year old son loves this series and keeps telling me that I need to read them. Now that I have read your review, perhaps I will! Thanks for sharing.

2 Marie July 21, 2008 at 8:34 am

I love these books. I’m dying to get to book 4 and I think there’s a 5! Go Kendra and Seth.

3 Suzette July 22, 2008 at 3:29 pm

My daughters loved the first book and are waiting for me to buy them the next two. Thanks for your review!

4 TLC July 29, 2008 at 6:47 am

I really like this series too! But I haven’t read them to my kids (10yo and almost 7yo) because they get scared by things easily. But maybe I could try it and cut some stuff out. I mainly think of the first book when there is that one night where all the creepy things come out and how that would totally freak them out.

5 BlueSunRise December 24, 2008 at 12:37 pm

Wait!!!!!! So the book will come out in April 2008??? Someone please answer me!!!!!

6 jsoong March 28, 2009 at 10:47 pm

I ordered from and recieved it two days ago and the 4th book is my favorite so far. The fifth book, I would recommend going to to find out when it will be coming out.

7 danny March 2, 2011 at 3:13 pm

I LOVE these books!

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