It took me a long time to get through this book, but not because I didn’t enjoy it. I kept getting distracted by other books. In truth, Fablehaven is immensely entertaining, a wonderful read for both children and adults, and I should have read it in no time flat.
The premise is wonderfully imaginative: What if magical creatures are protected from the outside world and kept on preserves, in much the same way wildlife are. And the keepers of these preserves, the guardians, the caretakers, are sworn to secrecy and will sacrifice their own lives to protect the creatures in their care.
But here’s the catch: Fablehaven, one such preserve, is not solely for nice creatures. Dark, sinister creatures find protection in Fablehaven as well, making it a dangerous place for any human who doesn’t tread lightly and stick to certain protected spots on the preserve.
The novel’s story revolves around two grandchildren, Seth and Kendra, who go to their grandparents’ house in the country for a few weeks while their parents go away on a cruise. The grandparents are the caretakers of Fablehaven, and try to keep the preserve and all its magical creatures a secret from the children.
But kids will be kids, and Seth and Kendra discover the truth about Fablehaven. When evil creatures attack the house one evening and take Grandfather prisoner, all hell breaks loose. Seth and Kendra must rise to the challenge and save their grandfather before a powerful demon, locked away on the preserve, is unleashed.
The pace is pace and the action fun, and despite my bad example, it’s really a quick read. A wonderful addition to any young reader’s library. There are two sequels to this book, and I’m sure to give them a go as well. I’ll just make sure to read them a little faster than I did this one.