Book review: "Dragonwatch" by Brandon MullBook review: “Dragonwatch” by Brandon Mull

Series: Fablehaven No. 6 Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy Release Date: March 14, 2017

Book review: "Dragonwatch" by Brandon MullBook review: "Dragonwatch" by Brandon MullI am a huge Fablehaven fan, considering it my all-time favorite middle grade series (aside from Harry Potter — the untouchable). I loved it for its fun storyline, boundless surprises, and sense of wonder. If you’d asked me which element of Fablehaven I’d wanted to read more about, the dragon sanctuary would have been my pick, hands down. Not only was it a magical place to visit but I thought Mull had only scratched the surface of what it had to offer. I was thrilled when “Dragonwatch” was announced!

Before diving in, I’d been under the impression that “Dragonwatch” was going to be a true spinoff with new characters and everything. But it isn’t a spinoff … it’s a continuation! It takes place right where Kendra and Seth left off their adventures in “Keys to the Demon Prison” (book 5). Reading about these characters again felt like coming home. I remembered how sad I was when the original series ended, so Dragonwatch was a special treat for sure — and there’s more to come!

The best part of this novel for me was the dragons. I loved the different varieties and personalities, and think we’ll only get more detail as the series continues. There was also a fun adventure that included lots of creative obstacles for the characters to figure out and overcome. The plot was well constructed, but I don’t think that was completely evident from the beginning. The first third of the book, while immersed in Fablehaven awesomeness, took a long time to get to the selling point of the novel: the dragon sanctuary. While I enjoyed every moment, I can’t help but wonder if I would have enjoyed it a mite more had it moved along a bit quicker.

Overall, I’m excited for more adventures in this world and can’t wait for the next book!

I’d like to thank NetGalley, Shadow Mountain Publishing, and Brandon Mull for the opportunity to read and review an early copy of Dragonwatch.

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