Saturday, January 30, 2010

Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary by Brandon Mull

Genre: YA Fantasy Fiction

Publication Date: March 2009

Author Website: www.brandonmull.com/blog

One Word Review: Adventurous

First Line: “Kendra Sorenson briskly scraped the head of a wooden match against the rough strip on the side of a rectangular matchbox.”

Synopsis: Brace yourself for a shocking secret. Two hidden artifacts have been found. Three more remain unrecovered. More preserves face destruction as the Society of the Evening Star relentlessly pursues new talismans. Reading in Patton s Journal of Secrets, Kendra learns the location of the key to a vault housing one of the artifacts. In order to retrieve it, the Knights of the Dawn must enter a death trap a dragon sanctuary called Wyrmroost. The mission cannot proceed without stealing a sacred object zealously guarded by the centaurs. Anybody seen Seth? The race is on to acquire all five of the artifact keys to the great demon prison. Will the Knights of the Dawn conquer Wyrmroost? Who can stop the Sphinx? Can Vanessa be trusted to help? What artifact will be found next? --GoodReads

Kathy’s Review: Weighing in at about 527 pages, this book is packed full of adventure, new creatures, new villains, new friends and just about everything else you can imagine. Like always, I’m impressed with all the new creatures he is able to come up with. There are lots of twists and turns and he definitely keeps our heroes Kendra and Seth busy. One of the new “creatures” in this installment was the stingbulb (at least I’d never heard of them before), it was a great idea and fun to read about. Both Kendra and Seth seemed about the same as previous books. Seth continues to get into mischief, which always ends up working out and Kendra is still smart and her goodness seems to help get her out of a lot of scrapes. I think the book is great for its target audience, young kids would really enjoy the story and all the adventures Kendra and Seth get into. Personally, I think the book was a little long, it’s due back at the library so I really had to buckle down and push my way through. I still enjoyed the story though and look forward to reading the series finale in March!

Reading Order:
Book One: Fablehaven
Book Five: Keys to the Demon Prison (March 2010)

3 comments:

  1. I've only read the first book in the series. I enjoyed it but it wasn't my favourite fantasy for the MG so I didn't order any more books.

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  2. Love this series! Can't wait for the next book!

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  3. I keep hearing hearing GREAT things about Brandon Mull. Must get to him soon!

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