Dragonwatch

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 31 Mar 2017

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I have tried reading this a few times and it just won't keep my attention sorry to say I did not finish.
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Opening line:
"The dragons are restless, and They want Their freedom. They are no longer our allies..."
If you loved the Fablehaven series and wondered if you would ever get more of the magical sanctuaries, wait no longer! Dragonwatch is here! 

Seth and Kendra are in the middle of the action and danger again. Allies are becoming enemies and people aren't who they appear to be...again.
The book was gripping from the beginning. We get to reacquaint ourselves with the characters from the last book and get right into the danger the world is in. 
There were long paragraphs of catching up the reading, or reminding the reader, or talking about plans and danger and I skimmed these passages. And somehow the adults thought two teens would be a good choice to run a dangerous dragon sanctuary? I know, I know. Seth and Kendra have special abilities but still they are young. 
If you've read the other books you'll be able to jump into this one. But it would be a fun summer reading challenge to reread the whole series!

Good, clean read! 
Thanks to netgalley and Shadow Mountain for the early read!
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Everything is absolutely amazing, the writing, the characters (both old and new), the dragons! It’s to go to an adventure with all those friends you love! I absolutely adored every minute of it, couldn’t recommend this book enough.
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Kendra and Seth are back! It was like climbing into a well used hammock, opening this book. It felt like no time had passed and the story was spot on.
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Keep more Brandon Mull coming! His focus on quality character traits, teamwork, and the power of the individual to make a difference is something we all need to hear. And with Dragonwatch's intriguing, exciting, adventurous, and fun character-filled world, I can't imagine anyone not wanting to listen! 
A fascinating and fast-paced book that alternates frolicking friends and fierce foes, Dragonwatch has something for everyone! And intensely riveting dragon-sized adventure!
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After a seven-year wait, the sequel to the Fablehaven series is here! Dragonwatch starts a new chapter in the Fablehaven saga. The dragons are sick of their sanctuaries. They feel like prisons, and they want their freedom. Celebrant, a dragon resident and co-caretaker of the Wyrmroost Sanctuary, is testing his boundaries a little too much for anyone's comfort. The wizard Agad, tells Kendra, Seth, and Grandpa Sorenson about an ancient group, the Dragonwatch, charged with keeping the dragons confined to their sanctuaries. Agad is resurrecting the Dragonwatch, and he also needs new caretakers at Wyrmroost: Seth and Kendra. As long as they work and together, they are the next hope for Wyrmroost, but Celebrant isn't going to take having children as his new co-caretakers that willingly. Seth and Kendra must work with the supernatural residents around them to secure a magical artifact before the dragons can overthrow Wyrmroost.

I picked up my first copy of Fablehaven years ago, and fell in love with the story: the characters, the worldbuilding, the action, and the story of a family living under some pretty wild circumstances. Imagine finding out that your grandparents were caretakers of a preserve for magical creatures? Dragonwatch is every single thing I love about Fablehaven and more. There's new worldbuilding and mythology that builds on everything we know so far; there's a new conflict on the rise that will test our favorite characters and introduce us to new ones, and there's still a strong commitment to the heart of the series: the family at the center of the story. We meet two possibly recurring characters from that family: cousins Knox and Tess, who bring a little of the outside world back to the novel while getting their feet wet in the world of Fablehaven. We meet a host of new magical friends, including Celebrant, the powerful dragon at the heart of the new conflict.

You don't need to be well-read on Fablehaven to dive into Dragonwatch. It's a new series, so Mull touches on the main points that newcomers need to be aware of, while giving readers an entirely new story to fall in love with. Kids will want to read Fablehaven once they start Dragonwatch - they'll need something to read while waiting for the next installment - but they won't be left out if they haven't read the previous books just yet.

Courtesy of Brandon Mull's Dragonwatch pageBrandon Mull's Dragonwatch webpage has an excerpt, readers' guide, and the VR experience that I linked to back when we were getting Decked Out for Dragonwatch back in January. There's also a downloadable event kit and a sneak peek at some of Brandon Dorman's amazing black and white artwork that you'll see in Dragonwatch. Fablehaven fans and newbies can enjoy getting caught up at the Fablehaven page.Fantasy fans, especially dragon fans, are going to love this series. Booktalk it, display it, print out goodies from the website and share them!
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I got an eGalley of this book from NetGalley to review.  I really loved the Fablehaven series and was excited to hear that there was going to be an extension of this series.  The book ended up being okay, it was good but didn’t blow me away.  I think maybe I’ve been away from these characters too long.

The bulk of the story basically involves Kendra and Seth being forced to take over as keepers for the Wyrmroost sanctuary.  It was an interesting story and I enjoyed learning more about the dragons.  All of our favorite characters were back in the story which was fun to see.

Unfortunately I kept having trouble staying engaged in the story and constantly found my mind wandering.  I am not sure if I am just older and don’t enjoy the tone of these books as much or if the storyline just wasn’t as exciting as previous books; but I did struggle a bit to finish this.

Overall this was a decent continuation of the Fablehaven series.  I didn’t like this as much as previous Fablehaven books but there were some parts with the dragons that were interesting.  I guess I would recommend reading if you are a fan of the original series.  I don’t think this book stands alone very well, so I would recommend reading the original Fablehaven books first.
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Dragonwatch picks up where Fablehaven left off. It's been a few months since the final big battle with the demons, and things are mostly back to normal. If living on a sanctuary full of mystical beings is normal. 

Seth is still his usual self - annoying whiny teen boy who thinks he is invincible and doesn't ever think through the consequences of his actions. Kendra is still a unicorn-love struck teen girl, though her head is still mostly on straight and she makes choices based on logic. But when they are chosen as the new co-caretakers for Wyrmroost, life becomes a bit more interesting.

Through all the adventures and magical creatures, this book is the story of taking chances and saving the world, one dragon sanctuary at a time. Hopefully future volumes continue on in the same thread. Previous fans of Fablehaven will not be disappointed, and it looks like there are some new characters who will soon be having their own magical adventures.
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Brandon Mull is, without question, among my favorite authors. When I had the opportunity to receive an advanced copy of Dragonwatch, I jumped at it. As expected, I was not disappointed. This is classic Brandon Mull--excellent world building, powerful character development, and loads of page turning entertainment. DO. NOT. MISS.
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Dragon watch is a fantastic spin off to to the wildly popular fablehaven.  We get to explore more of the dragons which where first shared with us in book four.  My son and i really enjoyed the fablehaven and the constitution in this spin off.
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Just because you're not in middle school doesn't mean you can't enjoy a middle grade book! Ok, I'll be honest, I really loved this book. I love all of Brandon Mull's books. I judged the first Fablehaven book by it's cover many years ago and the rest is history.

I was nervous yet excited to start reading Dragonwatch. It picks up not long after the final Fablehaven book, Keys to the Demon Prison, ended, with the demons having been defeated by Kendra, Seth, and all their friends. Now the dragons, who helped put the demons in their new prison, are staging an uprising so they can be free of the preserves. The problem is that the last time they roamed the earth they tried to take it over.

Seth and Kendra are asked to become the new caretakers of Wrymroost because when together they can speak to dragons when most people become "petrified" in front of them and are unable to speak or move. This book has all of the great adventure and realistic dialogue (the kids going back and forth with each other is really fun) that I've come to expect from Brandon Mull. This is a fantastic follow-up to Fablehven and I can't wait for more books in the series to come out!


5/5 Stars

I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Kendra, Seth and all of their friends are back (and we meet new ones as well) and this time it is the dragons that are causing all of the problems.  It seems that Kendra and Seth are needed at another preserve, Wyrmroost.  Can the two keep it together and save the preserve and calm the dragons, or will Seth's antics leave his sister staring the dragons down on her own?

If you loved Fablehaven you are in for a treat, it is as if you never left, this is the story continued, and it is wonderful.  Action, suspense, twists and turns, and don't for get the satyrs, yep they are back as well and helping Seth at every turn. The book is totally awesome and not to be missed by fans of Brandon Mull's Fablehaven world, we only hope he doesn't make us wait to awful long for the next one.
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Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
Thanks to NetGalley and Shadow Mountain Publishing for the opportunity to read and review Dragonwatch by Brandon Mull!  I absolutely love the Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull and Dragonwatch is a continuation of that series, so I was excited to dive right in and devour the book!  The prologue is told in the grandfather's point of view. The story is told in alternating points of view with each chapter, taking turns between Kendra and Seth, the grandkids. Seth is a shadow charmer. Kendra is fairykind. The two siblings can charm dragons as long as they are together. Because of this, they have been asked to be caretakers of a dragon sanctuary, Wyrmroost. They are charged with finding a scepter that will help keep the sanctuary safe and, on their ques,t they run into many interesting creatures: dire bears, a troll and a very old dragon whose help they need. They work together well and it seems that Seth has become a bit wiser. It sure is nice to be back in the world of Fablehaven. 5 stars for this book that brings readers back to the adventurous Fablehaven life and I am looking forward to more books in this series!
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Fans of Brandon Mull’s FABLEHAVEN middle grade fantasy series now have a chance to revisit that world with Dragonwatch (2017), the first book in his new FABLEHAVEN ADVENTURE series. In the world of FABLEHAVEN, mythical beings like fairies, centaurs, dragons and demons actually exist, living in hidden, protected sanctuaries where most humans are unaware of their existence. Even if you enter a preserve, unless you drink the milk of a magical milch cow, fairies look like dragonflies or butterflies, nipsies seem to be mice, satyrs appear as goats, and so on.

In the original FABLEHAVEN series, Kendra and her younger brother Seth helped protect their grandparents’ estate, Fablehaven, and the other sanctuaries against the evil magical forces that threatened them. This battle against evil culminated in the fifth book, Keys to the Demon Prison, in which dragons assisted the humans and good magical creatures in fighting demons before returning to their (very spacious) dragon sanctuaries.
Dragonwatch begins a new set of adventures for Seth and Kendra, now ages thirteen and fifteen. The dragons are now getting restive in their preserves and want their freedom … which would include minor things like, say, terrorizing the world. In the dragon sanctuary of Wyrmroost, Celebrant the Just, king of the Dragons, is on the offensive, trying to break free of the magic that binds him and his dragons to remain in the sanctuary. The binding magic is weakening, and the Dragonwatch organization, a group of wizards, enchantresses, and others devoted to ensuring that dragons never tyrannize the world again, believe it’s because the treaty with the dragons requires a human caretaker ― which the current wizard caretaker is not, exactly. The caretaker also needs to be a “dragon tamer,” someone who is not paralyzed by fear when conversing with a dragon.
When they are physically touching each other, Seth and Kendra are a dragon tamer. Though they’re young, they also have rare magical abilities (gained through their prior adventures) that may make them the best hope for saving the world from destruction by dragons. Of course, the answer to keeping the dragons safely bound is not as simple as everyone hoped, and Kendra and Seth end up going on a quest within Wyrmroost to find the magical item that will restore the spell to its full power.

The FABLEHAVEN universe is a hugely appealing one for young readers who like magical adventures. Kendra is the cautious one who always wants to keep the rules; Seth is more reckless and willing to take a crazy chance, even if it’s dangerous, which has often gotten him into trouble in the past. But now the only way to defeat the dragon threat may be to take chances and think outside the box. Seth also has a quick wit; his often funny dialogue supplies most of the humor in Dragonwatch.

The plot periodically gives off a whiff of going down a predictable path, the magical quest where the main characters must overcome one obstacle or test, then another, then another, to achieve their goal and find the McGuffin, excuse me, the magic scepter that will solve their dragon problem … at least for the time being. But there was enough creativity in the setting and in the nature of the obstacles Seth and Kendra encounter that even as an adult reader I didn’t get bored, and middle grade readers should find it engaging.

Dragonwatch picks up right where (and when) the Keys to the Demon Prison left off, and there are many, many references to events and characters from the prior books in the FABLEHAVEN series. Although Brandon Mull fills in much of the backstory, I’d strongly recommend reading the entire set of FABLEHAVEN books before beginning this one. Speaking from personal experience ― I have three children who were rabid fans and dragged me to more than one FABLEHAVEN book launch party when they were young teens, where there were hundreds of young, screaming fans ― it’s a great, imaginative series for middle graders who like magical fantasies with exciting and perilous adventures.
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ragons. Demons. Witches. Ogres. Fairies. Unicorns. Nipsies. Brownies. Satyrs. Centaurs. Stick around Fablehaven long enough and you might meet any or all of them. But now Seth and Kendra are off to Wyrmroost to help stave off a dragon uprising in the sanctuary. It's not a perfect solution, but there aren't a lot of options open to the sanctuary keepers like Grandma and Grandpa Sorenson. Can two teenagers, however talented and blessed with magical gifts they are, actually hope to stand up to the might of the Dragon King and his followers?

Fantasy readers who have not yet discovered the Fablehaven series will still enjoy this new novel. The characters are 3-dimensional with faults as well as strengths. The plot is complicated and keeps you on your toes as you read along. Who is on the side of the humans? Who supports the dragons? Who is a neutral third party, or perhaps just waiting for a chance to choose the winning side? Lore and magical relics are discussed and searched for. Alliances are made and friendships tested.  Anyone with siblings can appreciate the bickering and heavy sighs of frustration between Seth and Kendra. 

It's only fair to warn you that once you read this you will want to go back and read the other books, too. There are plenty of earlier events mentioned that will pique your curiosity, pestering you like an itch that needs to be scratched. And we will all be eager to see what happens next, impatiently waiting for Brandon Mull to complete Dragonwatch #2.

Highly recommended for grades 4+.
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I, like many other huge Fablehaven fans, was initially skeptical going into this book as I was worried that it was just Brandon Mull trying to write more books to make more $$ without caring about the characters.
I was wrong. This book was incredible, it blew me away! This book is very similar to the first book in the original series in the sense that it takes over half the book to introduce the characters and set up the plotline. Literally minutes before I started reading Dragonwatch I finished the 5th Fablehaven book which is packed full of action and feels like a sprint to the finish line.
Dragonwatch is not a sprint at all, rather a comfortable saunter (At least until the end when all hell breaks loose and things get awesome). Go into this book expecting it to set up the rest of the series. Go into this book knowing it will be a bit slower than the later Fablehaven books. Do this and you will love it! 
It was extremely fun to see the old characters coming back and facing new challenges, and it was even cooler to see the new characters they introduced. Each of Mull's characters have great personality and charm which really helps the reader connect to them emotionally. 
The plotline is a comfortable extension of the Fablehaven series and doesn't feel forced at all. New places are discovered in new places. 

Overall this book earned more than 5 stars. If you've ever read Fablehaven, GO READ THIS BOOK.
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n the long-awaited sequel to Fablehaven, the dragons who have been kept at the dragon sanctuaries no longer consider them safe havens, but prisons and they want their freedom. The dragons are no longer our allies....

In the hidden dragon sanctuary of Wyrmroost, Celebrant the Just, King of the Dragons, plots his revenge. He has long seen the sanctuaries as prisons, and he wants nothing more than to overthrow his captors and return the world to the Age of Dragons, when he and his kind ruled and reigned without borders. The time has come to break free and reclaim his power.

No one person is capable of stopping Celebrant and his dragon horde. It will take the ancient order of Dragonwatch to gather again if there is any chance of saving the world from destruction. In ancient times, Dragonwatch was a group of wizards, enchantresses, dragon slayers, and others who originally confined the majority of dragons into sanctuaries. But nearly all of the original Dragonwatch members are gone, and so the wizard Agad reaches out to Grandpa Sorenson for help.

As Kendra and Seth confront this new danger, they must draw upon all their skills, talents, and knowledge as only they have the ability to function together as a powerful dragon tamer. Together they must battle against forces with superior supernatural powers and breathtaking magical abilities.

How will the epic dragon showdown end? Will dragons overthrow humans and change the world as we know it?

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This is my first guest review and it was written by my 14 year old son, it is his first time writing a review also.  I saw the book up for review on Netgalley and had to try to get it for him because he loves the original series.  Anyway here is his review...

I am reviewing the sequel to the Fablehaven Series, Dragonwatch.  If anyone out there is a Brandon Mull fan you are in for a treat and if you are not, you may become one after reading this book.  I will try to keep this general and not give away too much.

Seth Sorenson has always been one of my favorite characters and he gets to do quite a lot in this book along with his sister Kendra.  Now, I loved how you get to see new characters, bus I wish we were able to see more of their relatives.  The author did an excellent job of writing this and by the end it shows how carefully planned out the book was.  He also did a great job of making every character feel realistic and not just walking around doing whatever he felt like they should do.

I felt that the setting was very graphic.  I loved the planning he used to create realistic scenery that tied to the plot and character actions.  Despite being a advance copy, I found very few grammatical errors and everything flowed nicely.  By the end of the book I had already taken a roller coaster ride from everything that had happened.  Things started out pretty calmly then the intensity and suspense shot through the roof.  In the end most everything was wrapped up nicely considering it is part of a series.  I have been a fan of the author for awhile and I have been waiting for awhile for a return to Fablehaven.  I was very excited to read this book and very happy to get an advance copy.  There is only one thing that I can say that ticked me off was the cliffhanger ending.  Hopefully, things will be answered in the next book.

The pacing of the book was very good, he took enough time to let info sink in before the next part.  He also, took enough time to develop the plot.  The book in general left me in good spirits as did the characters.  I was happy that nothing huge was sprung on me in this first book.  

I cannot wait for more.

4.5Stars

*I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book provided by the publisher.*
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Huge Fablehaven fan. So grateful for more. Did not disappoint.
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A Successful Re-Boot and Homecoming

Lots of times when an author revisits a beloved series he can't resist totally rejiggering everything. Maybe he's had second thoughts about parts of the original series; maybe he's afraid that without grand, major changes his readers will just think it's more of the same old same old. Luckily, it seems to me that Mull has kept the basic frame in place, has kept the main characters while introducing some new ones, and has moved on to a related but entirely fresh plotline that honors and extends, but doesn't repeat, the original series.

Our heroes Seth and Kendra have grown a lot in maturity, magic and skills, since we first met them, but they remain recognizable and appealing and relateable. It's probably NO SPOILER to note that except for a little tidying up of old storylines at the beginning of this book, we've moved on to a dragon focused tale of conflict and intrigue that marks a new direction for the series.

But, the Fablehaven world still remains reasonably but manageably deep, and Mull continues to pull surprises and twists out of his authorial hat. If you're a long time fan you'll appreciate that this book picks up shortly after the final Fablehaven book and so has a nice measure of continuity, (and it's been seven years in reader time if not Fablehaven time). If you're new to Fablehaven you could probably start here. You'll miss a lot but not so much that you can't get into this new story arc.

Lots of series, comics, and old favorites seem to be getting the reboot treatment at the moment, whether for good or ill. This is a welcome effort, especially since it is mostly a re-visit, which is the best kind of reboot.

(Please note that I received a free advance ecopy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
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Great entry into the Fablehaven world.  Enjoyed it immensely.
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