Dragonwatch by Brandon Mull (Blog Tour Review, Trailer & #Giveaway)

My kids love this series and I've enjoyed The Caretaker's Guide and the activity book! Read
my thoughts on this new break-off series and check out the contest they're running below.

(Fablehaven Adventure #1)
by Brandon Mull
Middle Grade Fantasy
Hardcover, Audiobook & ebook, 384 Pages
March 14th 2017 by Shadow Mountain


In 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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My Review

DRAGONWATCH was full of familiar characters for Fablehaven fans as well as some new ones, plus the danger and adventure you'd expect. An overall fun story for Middle Grade readers.  

I need to note that I have not read the Fablehaven series. My kids have and loved it. This is then my first foray into this mystical world of faries, witches, dragons, and many other creatures. I was pleasantly surprised that I didn't have any issues with keeping the characters straight or with understanding the story. I'm sure if you read the Fablehaven series that this new story would have been even easier to fall into, but it isn't necessary. You could pick it up here, like me. 

I thought the characters were quite realistic to their ages. In some ways you'd think that Seth would have developed a little more humility or reserve when dealing with others, but it seems he feels like he deserves more regard. It is so accurate to his age (I have a son the same age). I also thought the dynamics between Seth and Kendra were spot on. There were a bunch of other characters that also played roles here and there. 

The story had a little adventure, some humor, and a dire situation to keep the reader engaged. I was expecting a little more tension or development when things were more intense, but otherwise the story was steady. 

In the end, was it what I wished for? This was a fun beginning to this break-off series that set up the coming conflict. I'm looking forward to finding out what these two siblings will face next.

Content: Clean

Source: Received a complimentary ARC from the publisher, which did not require a review nor affect it in any way.

Book Trailer

You can also check out a 360° VR Experience HERE.

Other Books in the Series

Fablehaven (Fablehaven, #1)Rise of the Evening Star (Fablehaven, #2)Grip of the Shadow Plague (Fablehaven, #3)
Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary (Fablehaven, #4)Keys to the Demon Prison (Fablehaven, #5)The Caretaker's Guide to FablehavenFablehaven Book of Imagination

About the Author

Brandon Mull resides in a happy little valley near the mouth of a canyon with his wife and three children. He spent two years living in the Atacama Desert of Northern Chile where he learned Spanish and juggling. He once won a pudding eating contest in the park behind his grandma’s house, earning a gold medal. Brandon is the author of the New York Times bestselling Fablehaven series and The Candy Shop War.

Special Decked Out for Dragonwatch Contest

Pay tribute to your favorite dragons! Send us a photo on social media and Brandon Mull may pick YOU as the fan most “Decked Out for Dragonwatch”! Use #DeckedOutforDragonwatch.

If you love dragons, gather together your best dragon gear and unleash your imagination by creating a space in your home, classroom, library, or local bookstore that pays tribute to all your favorite dragons from Fablehaven and anywhere else in the universe.

Take a picture of your “Decked Out for Dragonwatch” space and send it to us via social media. Brandon Mull will choose the best, most creative spaces from submitted entries, and we’ll send those lucky fans and autographed copy of Dragonwatch plus a copy of The Caretaker’s Guide to Fablehaven and Fablehaven Book of Imagination.

See the website for the five ways to enter and the official rules: HERE.
You can also check it out on Instagram HERE.

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