- Title: DragonWatch: Wrath of the Dragon King
- Author: Brandon Mull
- Age Range: 8 - 13 years(Though many adults love them like me!)
- Grade Levels: 3 -7
- Series: Dragonwatch (Book 2)
- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Genre : Middle Grade Fantasy
- Publisher: Shadow Mountain (October 23, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781629724867
- **I received a review copy in exchange for an honest review.**
I really loved book two of Dragonwatch: Wrath of the Dragon King. The characters of Kendra and Seth have grown up so much and are faced with even more complex problems as the caretakers of Wyrmroost.It's been fun to see how they've grown into their powers and their roles as caretakers of a dragon sanctuary. They are up against such a formidable foe, Celebrant, King of Dragons. He is so powerful you wonder through the whole book how they will ever come out on top, considering Celebrant has declared war on humanity. There are so many new and exciting things that Kendra and Seth receive to help them in their quest, but there's also so many challenges facing them; especially when they go to an old, spooky castle. This is one of those books that you'll want to read when you have a huge block of time because it's hard to put down. This book is a must read for all Fablehaven fans, but don't read this book until you've read the first book in the Dragonwatch series! These are great books for Middle Grade readers and would make a perfect Christmas gift!
Excerpt From Wrath of the Dragon King
Kendra sat rigidly in her griffin saddle as Didger the dwarf buckled in her legs. The creature shifted beneath her, saddle creaking, plumage ruffling near the neck. She patted the feathery shoulders, powerful muscles rolling beneath her palm.
Didger went to the head of the griffin and took the reins. “Steady, Sheba, the girl is already nervous.” He handed the reins to Kendra.
“Should you tell her that?” Kendra asked.
“She can smell your fear much better than I can see it,” Didger said. “Fortunately, with Sheba, your worry makes her gentler. She’s our oldest griffin, and the most considerate of her rider. Gave her to you for a reason.”
Kendra looked over at Tanu and Seth on their own griffins. “And the others?”
“Sage for Seth, since she is faster and more maneuverable than some but still obedient,” Didger said. “He wanted Tempest, but her temperament is too volatile for a peaceful mission where she will be stabled by strangers. And Tanu rides Titan, our strongest griffin, since the potion master is, well, larger than some.”
Tanu caught Kendra staring and gave a little salute. She smiled back, then, jiggling the reins, glanced down at Didger. “How do I steer?”
“Hold the reins loosely,” Didger advised. “The griffins know the way. When you leave the feast, Tanu will assist you into the saddle. Just tell Sheba ‘home.’ She’ll do the rest.”
“All right,” Kendra said.
“Straps feel snug?” Didger asked. “Can’t pull your legs out, can you?”
Kendra squirmed, but her legs were immobilized. “I’m stuck.”
“Perfect,” the dwarf replied, his smile showing a couple of gaps in his teeth. “When you’re ready to dismount, pull the release down, right, and away like I showed you.”
“Got it,” Kendra said.
Somebody patted her leg, and Kendra turned to find Grandpa and Grandma Sorenson on the opposite side of the griffin from Didger. “You take care and watch out for your brother,” Grandma said.
“I will,” Kendra promised.
“Be polite, and make no agreements with Celebrant,” Grandpa reminded her.
“But don’t take any of his sass,” Grandma said.
“I’ll do my best,” Kendra promised.
“You come home safe,” Grandpa said. “Stay near Tanu.”
“I will,” Kendra said.
Grandpa and Grandma moved on to Seth, who was drinking a potion. Kendra knew the courage effects would let Seth and Tanu interact with dragons for about eight hours. They each carried two extra doses just in case. Once the doses were gone, Tanu lacked some of the ingredients required to make more.
“Come on, Mendigo,” Kendra called. “Time to meet the dragons.”
A featureless wooden humanoid with hooks for joints, Mendigo stood his ground, which was peculiar. He always obeyed direct orders. Kendra had brought the animated puppet to Wyrmroost after Agad had restored him to her, and he had generally stood guard over her ever since.
“Mendigo, come,” Kendra said.
The limberjack held up both palms and shook his head.
“Agad,” Kendra called. “Can Mendigo be afraid?”
The wizard approached Mendigo. “What is the problem?” he asked.
“Mendigo doesn’t want to come with me,” Kendra said.
“That doesn’t seem right,” Agad said. “He is an automaton. He follows commands. Mendigo, go to Skyhold with Kendra.”
The puppet shook his wooden head again.
“I’ve never seen him scared,” Kendra said. “When Seth and I fought Siletta, her poison nearly destroyed him. Only his hooks remained. Do you think he remembers?”
“Perhaps at some level he does,” Agad said. “Animating objects is a peculiar form of magic. As you bestow enough intelligence to follow commands and make simple choices, you risk bestowing some degree of individuality. Mendigo was created once by the witch Muriel, and then the wizard Vernaz helped me reanimate him from his meager remains.”
“Won’t you come protect me?” Kendra asked Mendigo. The puppet shrugged and shook his head.
“There could be some residual trauma from his previous demise,” Agad said. “He could be starting to develop a modest will of his own.”
“It happened to Hugo when the fairies resurrected him,” Kenda said. “He started developing free will. But that came from their magic, I think.”
“This new quirk was not deliberate,” Agad said. “But a fear of dragons seems to have taken hold. Best to leave him behind on this venture.”
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Meet Author Brandon Mull:
Brandon Mull is an American author who wrote the children's fantasy series, Fablehaven, as well as Dragonwatch series, The Candy Shop War, the Beyonders trilogy, and the Five Kingdoms series. He also began the Spirit Animals series. He was inspired by J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and J. K. Rowling.
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