Dragonwatch, by Brandon Mull
2017, 384p, Middle-Grade Fantasy
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: I received an ARC from the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way
In the long-awaited sequel to Fablehaven, the dragons who have been kept at the dragon sanctuaries no longer consider them safe havens, but prisons and they want their freedom. The dragons are no longer our allies....
In the hidden dragon sanctuary of Wyrmroost, Celebrant the Just, King of the Dragons, plots his revenge. He has long seen the sanctuaries as prisons, and he wants nothing more than to overthrow his captors and return the world to the Age of Dragons, when he and his kind ruled and reigned without borders. The time has come to break free and reclaim his power.
No one person is capable of stopping Celebrant and his dragon horde. It will take the ancient order of Dragonwatch to gather again if there is any chance of saving the world from destruction. In ancient times, Dragonwatch was a group of wizards, enchantresses, dragon slayers, and others who originally confined the majority of dragons into sanctuaries. But nearly all of the original Dragonwatch members are gone, and so the wizard Agad reaches out to Grandpa Sorenson for help.
As Kendra and Seth confront this new danger, they must draw upon all their skills, talents, and knowledge as only they have the ability to function together as a powerful dragon tamer. Together they must battle against forces with superior supernatural powers and breathtaking magical abilities.
How will the epic dragon showdown end? Will dragons overthrow humans and change the world as we know it?
It's been a few years since I read the Fablehaven series with my children. I remembered that I loved it but I forgot how much until I started reading Dragonwatch. Fifteen-year-old Kendra and thirteen-year-old Seth Sorenson live in a magical sanctuary with their grandparents. This book starts soon after the Fablehaven series ended. There's a problem with the dragon sanctuary, Wyrmroost, and Kendra and Seth are asked to take on an important yet dangerous role to help keep the dragons under control. They consent and that's the beginning of their next great adventure. Seth is a bit reckless but his heart is in the right place. He continues to make questionable decisions but seems to have a better grasp of what is at stake. Kendra is more responsible but there are gray areas which make her question what they should do. They work well together and it was fun to tag along on their adventures. Another thing I had forgotten is the humor--I laughed a lot as I read this! There are some familiar characters, like Bracken, Newel and Doren, as well as some new ones, like their cousins, Knox and Tessa, and my new favorite--the tiny hero, Calvin. This is a fantastic start to this new series and I absolutely loved it! I was hooked from the first page. I hope we will see more characters from Fablehaven as Dragonwatch continues. This is a book that anyone can enjoy, whether you've read Fablehaven or not. I'm looking forward to reading more!
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 Shop War.