Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Rise of the Evening Star

Rise of the Evening Star is the second book in Brandon Mull's Fablehaven series.

Those who have challenging experiences with classmates will appreciate Kendra and Seth's experience at the end of the school year. Their challenge really is a monster that wants to do nothing but cause them harm. Since they cannot share their knowledge of creatures with their friends or reach their grandparents who understand, they must figure out how to deal with the situation on their own. The children come to realize this transfer student is part of a larger plot from the Evening Star to cause problems for Fablehaven.

The children manage to reach their grandparents who provide assistance in removing the children from the local dangers. The children's grandparents arrange for the children to spend the summer at Fablehaven where they deal with new challenges and challenges left over from the first Fablehaven book.

People keep trying to compare this series to Harry Potter and I must admit I do not see the comparison. The series have completely different attractions. It stands as a strong series without bouncing of the popularity off Harry Potter. I love helping kids make connections between characters and novels. However, I do think the Harry Potter comparison has become a crutch to get kids to read something new. It is time to encourage children to read new series on the series merit, not hoping that kids will find it Harry Potter like.


  1. Huh, I found the description of the book to be quite interesting. It truly isn't my cup of tea and honestly as you were describing the book, I was thinking of Harry Potter. However I can't a judge a book by it's cover (or description!). I might have to pick this up and see for myself! Thanks :)

  2. Just about every child's fantasy series is now the "next" Harry Potter. However, Harry didn't have a sister or a stable family life. That was at the heart of his issues. He regrets not knowing his family and is constantly looking for a substitute. When he stays with family they are horrible to him.

    This series is based on a family with a history of magic that is still intact. The children still have both parents and develop strong extended family relationships. The children attend traditional public schools, not magical schools with potions and flying broomsticks.

    I am not sure I see Harry Potter here although lots of people seem hope they can make money marketing it that way. I think it is strong enough to stand on its own.