Fablehaven: Keys to the Demon Prison

Author: Brandon Mull
Fablehaven book 5
My recommended reading age: 9 and up
Liz's recommended reading age: 11 and up
Lexile 730L
Interest Level: 5.2 

In this final installment of the Fablehaven series we finally reach the climax of the battle between the Sphinx and the Knights of Dawn.  Both sides race for the final keys to open the demon prison.  Kendra and Seth are right in the thick of everything, with each playing a major roll in working for the good of the entire world.  Kuddos to Brandon Mull for keeping things clean and enjoyable to read throughout the whole series.  Nothing offensive or even particularly alarming in this book.  There is one guy who is suicidal because he is tired of living after like 1000 years.  He does talk of ways he's thought to end his life, so if you are letting your 9 year old read this, you may need to have a small "what is suicide and why is it wrong" discussion.  Great series, super ending!

Liz says:

OK, here I am being a "mamsy pansy" again, but... this is not a cute little book for a nine-year old.  I felt there was a little more to think about in this one...

Without exception, I think the Fablehaven series is awesome, but as with so many other series, it gets a little darker as it goes.  Seth's shadow charming has always been a little creepy to me, and in this 5th installment, Seth has so many tasks that are just plain scary.  Maybe I have seen Pirates of the Caribbean too many times, but walking through standing corpses and decaying demons seems disturbing for a 10-year old.  There is kidnapping, betrayal, disobedience, murder, and fighting.  The murders and deaths were not described in detail, but many people died, including one who drowned.   Also, as with every other novel on the planet, when the characters time travel, they arrive in nothing but their birthday suit!  (Then they sit around and talk wrapped up in blankets...kids and adults together...would someone please tell me why we can't time travel in clothes?)

I enjoyed this book and this series.  Plus, I am so happy that my 12 year old son loves it too.  We had fun reading it, talking about it, and even laughing at some of the same things.  However, would I give this to my nine year old daughter...NO WAY.  It would freak her out! 

My best advice, is to know your kids and talk about it with them.  If you are clued into what they are getting out of the book, you'll be the best judge of when its appropriate.

Happy Reading

1 comment:

  1. No book is perfect, and Fablehaven has it's flaws, but I won't mention any because that would spoil the plot. The writing is great, most of the thematic elements are really good, overall I would definitely recommend this book to young readers, teens, and adults. I've read the first two books in this series and can't wait to read the rest!
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