Fablehavenby Brandon Mull
Series: Fablehaven #1
368 pages, Fantasy
Reviewed by Kristi
Good premise, but worrying spiritual content.
PlotTwo children learn their grandfather is the caretaker of a refuge for mythical creatures.
MoralityThe adults lie at first about what Fablehaven really is. Seth, the grandson, tends to disobey his grandfather's rules, but this almost always results badly for Seth, so that's good anyway.
Spiritual ContentOne of the characters comments that all religions have some basis in truth, but none of them have are completely correct. Major negative points for that comment.
One of the main characters prays to the Fairy Queen toward the end of the book.
One of the main characters creates a potion with ingredients including her own blood and the blood of a giant cow.
A demon in the book is kept prisoner in the basement of an old church on the premises. In the climax, the church is churned under the earth, to be replaced by trees and flowers. Anyone else sensing some pagan overtones here?
ViolenceThe ending's pretty creepy, and the way Kendra got one of the potion ingredients seemed a little graphic to me.
Drug and Alcohol ContentThe characters drink a special kind of milk to enable them to see fairies, but that's about it. Some revelry clearly takes place when the satyrs visit, but it's offscreen.
Crude or Profane Language or ContentSeth possibly utters one or two four-letter words. Sh--, I think.
ConclusionIt was a good premise, but I wasn't comfortable with the execution. It was written well enough, but the spiritual aspects bothered me. As an artist, I was also disappointed in the occasional illustrations. The cover is nice, but most of the interior full-page pictures are flat and lifeless.
|Written for Age:||13+|
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