- Title: Dragonwatch: A Fablehaven Adventure
- Author: Brandon Mull
- Genre: Middle-Grade Fantasy
- Age Range: 8 and up
- Grade Level: 3 and up
- Series: Dragonwatch (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Shadow Mountain (March 14, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1629722561
- FTC, FYI: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review
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?
Dragonwatch picks up basically where the fifth Fablehaven book ended. Now, the dragons on all of the magical preserves are restless and wanting their freedom back that they had many, many years ago. Kendra and Seth are called upon because of their new powers to take over the dragon sanctuary, Wyrmroost, as the caretakers. This is when the adventure starts. The two kids are very much how they were before because no time has passed, so they still tend to make the same kind of decisions in the same way...at first. As Dragonwatch continues and they face new challenges, Seth and Kendra start growing as characters and I look forward to seeing what happens in the next book.
Even with old characters we already know and love like Doren and Newt the satyrs, there are new ones introduced that I really liked. We meet magical horses that can read and humans can ride. Kendra's horse loved to read Jane Austen books and Seth's liked Green Eggs and Ham and this made me laugh. I also like Seth's new sidekick Calvin, a giant nipsie, who adds some great humor to the story.
Fans of the other Fablehaven books will love being back in the familiar world and going on new adventures with Seth and Kendra. If you haven't read any of the previous books, I think this book will be confusing and not as enjoyable as it'll be for those of us that read the first five books. So I recommend reading the original Fablehaven series first and then reading Dragonwatch. This is a good start to the new series, a little slow at times, but it ended well and sets things up for the second book coming out in a year.
Brandon Mull has worked as a comedian, a filing clerk, a patio installer, a movie promoter, a copywriter, and briefly as a chicken stacker. For a couple of years, he lived in the Atacama Desert of Northern Chile, where he learned Spanish and juggling. He currently lives in Utah in a happy little valley near the mouth of a canyon with his four children and dog named Buffy. Brandon is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Fablehaven, Beyonders, and Five Kingdoms series. Visit Brandon at BrandonMull.com.