After eagerly awaiting Fablehaven: Rise of the Evening Star from the library’s waiting list, I devoured it as quickly as I’d done with the previous book—not in one setting (I’m a mother, after all!) but in one day. On the one hand, I love the rush and the adventure so much that I can almost feel the wind on my face, the sword in my hand, the fear in my throat—but on the other, I do wish I wouldn’t rush the adventure so quickly and savor it instead to make the joy last just that much longer.
Yes. I’m officially a Fablehaven addict. I even called my sister to rave about it, which is something we reserve for books that we only love more than, say, food, or breathing.
Book two in the series was just as enjoyable as the first. There were more creatures, more cool adventurers with special skills, and even better plot devices. This book wasn’t as predictable as the first and included even darker elements, such as a creepy zombie-like creature that could literally paralyze you with fear. Plus, there’s a character that some readers are sure to develop a crush on—I, for one, am now a pretty big fan of Warren Burgess, the formerly catatonic brother of caretaker Dale Burgess.
Rise of the Evening Star was better written than the previous book, too. As much as the pair’s grandparents did and said some things that you would think adults wouldn’t do again, I’m thinking that since they’re not your average grandparents (I know my grandmothers didn’t wield crossbows, for example), we could probably let that slide—even though the uncharacteristic things that I’m thinking about aren’t really related to the adventure, but just general adult-type issues. (For example, not being aware of glaringly obvious facts and needing the children to point them out; then again, the books are supposed to rely on the kids as heroes, right?)
The day was still saved, in the end, largely because of our teen duo, Kendra (who is now, as we’ve come to find out, fairy kind, which is extremely rare) and Seth (whose reckless behavior actually helps rather than hinders in a very scary scene—even though he continues to break rules, such as smuggling in batteries to trade with the satyrs for gold). Hugo develops more of a personality in this book as well, which makes him even more charming. He’s quickly becoming one of my favorite characters.
Fablehaven is one of the most enjoyable series I’ve ever read (so far), and I am eager to plow through the rest of the books—though, hopefully, I’ll try to savor them while doing so.