Fablehaven, by Brandon Mull, is a novel about two children who visit their grandparents at their estate named Fablehaven. As the children learn part way into their stay, Fablehaven is a sanctuary/prison for all sorts of magical creatures, some benign and some malevolent.

This novel was fantastic, especially considering the fact that this was the first book published by Brandon Mull. The storyline was interesting and unique, the characters were well-developed, and the plot was complex and difficult to guess. Far from being some formulaic fantasy novel with all of the same twists and turns as every other cookie-cutter fantasy novel, Brandon Mull’s storyline was fresh and exciting.

To tell you the truth, some of the plot twists and turns made me wonder what weird ideas are currently percolating around in the author’s mind. At certain points in the story, I had to wonder what kind of strange childhood he must have had.

I highly recommend this book for any age of reader, especially those with an interest in fantasy. It’s wonderful.

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