Strange things are afoot at Fablehaven Someone or something has released a plague that transforms beings of light into creatures of darkness Seth discovers the problem in its infancy, but as the infectious disease spreads, it becomes clear that the preserve cannot hold out for longIn dire need of help, the Sorensons question where to turn The Sphinx has always given sound advice–but is he a traitor? Inside the Quiet Box, Vanessa might have information that could lead to a cure–but can she be trust?Meanwhile, Kendra and members of the Knights of the Dawn must journey to a distant preserve and retrieve another hidden artifact Will the Society of the Evening Star recover it first? Will the plague eclipse all light at Fablehaven? Find out in Fablehaven: Grip of the Shadow Plague grandma is kinda mean, anybody else notice that? Brandon Mull developed the world of this awesome series so muchin this book I really love how the species were described, each with different characters traits The centaurs are proud and conceited The fairies crave attention, always check their looks and like to gossip The satyrs are playful and love girls (dryads) The naiads disdain all the landbased creatures, but their favorite pastime is drowning humans Etc etc One great thing in this book is how muchwe got into character thoughts and feelings since they were often separated Kendra is wonderful as always And I really liked Seth in this book He is still naughty but tries to not be as careless while staying brave Gavin is a great new character.5 stars Enjoy! just what every fatasy book needs ,magical plague and dragons. Originally Posted on Guy Gone GeekThe middle part of fantasy series are always the trickiest The world is already established in the first book(s) and information about the serieslong plot are held back for the finale Middle part books are always the one that is the most forgettable and there are cases when these books are just fodders Such is the case in Michael Scott’s Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel and even Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson I love both of these series but if you ask me what happened in The Necromancer or Battle of the Labyrinth, I will likely just give you a twosentence long summary or worse, a blank stare But if you ask me about the first book or the finale, I would tell you everything in detail and with vigor your ears might bleed.It is one of the most common writing traps Authors tends to play some of their aces in the first book to hook you in and the rest of their remaining aces in the finale to blow your mind and make a lasting impression Now, it’s either Brandon Mull is a cheater or a magician that he has endless supply of aces or he is just skillful on distributing fair amounts of it in his books I personally prefer the former for it is waywicked.Grip of the Shadow Plague starts several weeks after the events of Rise of the Evening Star with Kendra being invited to join the Knights of Dawn, a secret society which function is to protect all the magical preserves across the globe Right after joining the society, she was assigned to retrieve another secret artifact hidden at a preserve in Arizona, The Lost Mesa Meanwhile at Fablehaven, Seth is not missing out any actions as the creatures – even those without fallen states – are turning into creatures of darkness Creatures known to be gentle and nurturing are transformed into wild and savage beasts The Shadow Plague is spreading fast and they must find a way to stop it before in consumes the entire magical preserve making Fablehaven just a part of history.Brandon Mull continues to impress me by writing the third book in this everimaginative series in dual narratives The transitions were not seamless but both were engaging and very exciting The Lost Mesa is a very interesting preserve Creatures that inhabits this preserve are different from Fablehaven(there are zombies!), albeit muchdangerous It also follows an entirely different set of rules and hides its own secrets Fablehaven itself has its own deep dark secrets and a grim history that were exposed in this book This is what makes this series truly, well, magical – the preserves are characters of its own.Grip of the Shadow Plague, literally and figuratively, took a much darker turn compared to its predecessors There were lives sacrificed, and the characters’ motives lies within the thin line that separates good and evil There was also a time travel subplot that ended with a tragic and heartbreaking conclusion Our heroes werematured – Kendra has less doubt in herself than before and there were lesser amount of times I wanted to scream at Seth – but nothing prepared them for the dire events happened in this book The only flaw I can complain about in this installment is how Mull kept his characters clueless about a certain conflict even if the answer was staring at their faces, or Kendra’s face at least This isn’t enough to topple one star, though, cause this particular conflict is not really the focus of this book and there were too much going on for me to be distracted and forget about it at the most crucial points of the story I think its part of Kendra’s characterization, anyway She’s too trusting to suspect anyone These things I’m sure will happen in the next book, Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary: enemies will be unmasked, hearts will be broken, Brandon Mull will continue to show off his storytelling prowess and Aaron, once again, will be left breathless. How is it even possible for this storyline to get better with each new book, ( but yet it does )Simply Brilliant.Book 4, Here I Come!!! I enjoy the Fablehaven series, and this third one was very good I like Mull's creativity and energy I appreciate his ongoing discussion of the nature of good and evil, the power of our choices, and in this one, the consequences of choosing to believe or not I liked the way this book expanded the characters and locations of the story And Patton Burgess is awesome! :) I read this book first alone, but then I reread it aloud with my husband In reading aloud, we discovered an annoying flaw Mull does well with action scenes, but whenever he is summarizing the past storyline or when he is bridging to a new scene, his writing becomes painfully stilted and boring I skimmed over these parts when reading silently to myself, but reading them aloud is awful! Some prime examples are at the beginning when Kendra is sitting alone in the dungeon and worse, the chapter in the Atlanta airport Mull's editor should pay better attention and help him refine his writing skills!However, the story is still fun, creative, exciting fantasy, so I recommend it. Very interesting theme It has the traditional good vs evil but adds twists to it This theme was particularly apparent in the first two books and is even explicitly stated by Grandpa Sorenson: The creatures of Fablehaven are neither good nor evil They are only categorized into lightness and darkness For example, Naiads drown people when they come near, but they are creatures of light In this book, there's a new variable: the shadow plague This plague turns creatures of light into creatures of darkness This furthers the evidence of goodness vs evil with twists Light creatures turning dark means that there is no goodness/evil for the magical creatures For a magical creature, good/evil does not exist Honestly, this is probably one of the most interesting themes I've seen It was mentioned that the Sphinx could possibly be evil in the second book For the purposes of spoilers, I won't tell you whether he is evil or not, but if he is, he probably believes what he is doing is right, so that could be very interesting for the theme The character development from book 2 to this book is a little too fast, from Seth and Kendra kind of hating each other to hugs and kisses for everyone Still not completely sure as to how I think of this series yet, but it’s certainly growing on me. Everyone needs to read this series! LOVED THIS ONE! This was a really wellwritten sequel that answered most of the questions from the last two I enjoyed seeing Seth grow up a little bit, and Kendra's new relationship should be interesting for the future I thought that death was treated pretty casually, especially the first one I had to read back and confirm that the character had really died because it happened so quickly and without much comment My favorite sequence has to be the Haunted Mesa with all its twists and turns, but is wrapped up quite neatly at the end as well I had reserved judgement on the Sphynx thinking there might have been some cool excuse for his behavior, but was a little disappointed to find the truth confirmed I hope we getof an explanation in the next book as to why he chose the path he did Is he just a flat bad guy or is there some combination of good and bad, or reasons he chose the bad side Overall this was a very good read, and enjoyable from start to finish If I seem to be picking out flaws, it's because I'm actually trying to be acritical reader After all, if every book gets five stars, where's the room for improvement? I want goodreads to put in half stars so I can beprecise in my ratings This was a good solid 4 stars, however, and, in my opinion good for readers at many levels It might be above the heads of a few beginners, but it should be okay for ages 10 and up, though they might struggle a little with the vocabulary.