Grip of the Shadow Plague (Fablehaven Series #3)

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Danger lurks everywhere at Fablehaven, where someone has released a plague that transforms beings of light into creatures of darkness. In dire need of help, the Sorensons question where to turn, now that long trusted allies have been revealed as potential foes. Kendra embarks on a special mission that only she can attempt because of her new abilities as fairykind, while Seth stays behind and discovers an incredible new talent of his own. The siblings are put to the test as the threat grows both abroad and home at...

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Overview

Danger lurks everywhere at Fablehaven, where someone has released a plague that transforms beings of light into creatures of darkness. In dire need of help, the Sorensons question where to turn, now that long trusted allies have been revealed as potential foes. Kendra embarks on a special mission that only she can attempt because of her new abilities as fairykind, while Seth stays behind and discovers an incredible new talent of his own. The siblings are put to the test as the threat grows both abroad and home at the Fablehaven preserve, and Brandon Mull spins his richest and most thrilling fantasy tale yet in this third title of the popular fantasy series.

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"One of the most enjoyable fantasies I've read..." — Christopher Paolini, author of the Eragon series
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"One of the most enjoyable fantasies I've read..."
— Christopher Paolini, author of the Eragon series
Children's Literature - Denise Daley
Strange things have been happening in Fablehaven. A mysterious shadow plague is slowly overtaking the once peaceful magical creatures that live there. The nipsies are like regular people except they are only about half an inch big. Some of their kingdoms have recently been attacked by other nipsies who have somehow been transformed into sinister beings. Seth is the first to discover the disturbing changes. He and his sister Kendra have been staying with their grandparents at Fablehaven. Kendra has unique abilities that can possibly help, but the situation is extremely dangerous. Kendra's grandparents reluctantly grant her permission to visit a special place where she is inducted into the Knights of the Dawn. She and several other knights immediately begin an assignment to retrieve a hidden artifact. They must find it before the Society of the Evening Star does or more evil may be released. Are Kendra and the Knights powerful enough to stop this frightening spread of evil? And who is responsible for creating this havoc? No one can be trusted as Kendra and the Knights embark on a daring journey where they encounter dragons, mystical creatures, and mirages. This gripping novel takes readers on a journey into an exciting and magical world where the forces of good and evil battle. It is Book Three in the "Fablehaven" series. Reviewer: Denise Daley
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416986034
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 3/24/2009
  • Series: Fablehaven Series , #3
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 80,735
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 790L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Brandon Mull no longer lives on the side of a mountain above a prison. He now resides in a happy little valley near the mouth of a canyon with his wife and three children. Since the arrival of his new daughter, he is more the golem of the household than ever, following whatever orders trickle down the chain of command.

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  • Posted July 17, 2011

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    Words Can Not Describe...

    how much I love the the Fablehaven series. Brandon Mull delights yet again. Anyone that loves fantasy, fairy tales and adventure will love these books. As usual, highly recommended!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2010

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    Good Book

    Once again Mull has created another good story. I actually liked this one better than the last. It was easier to get involved with the story and characters and feel like you were right there with them. This book keep you engrossed and there were very few 'down times'. Would highly recommend this series and this book to young or old. It's just fun.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2009

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    WOW!

    This book is thrilling and fun. I recommend this book to anyone who likes the Potter series and fiction. I could not put this book down because it was so good. (In fact I don't think I put the book down at all) It has suspense, magic, fairies, and a plague! Trust me you need to read this book... trust me just read it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2013

    Loving this series!

    Loving this series!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2012

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    This series is so fantastic. I couldn't put down the books once

    This series is so fantastic. I couldn't put down the books once I started reading them. Keep me entertained from page one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Very Highly Recommend

    Very,Very,Very good book.

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  • Posted October 31, 2011

    The series just gets better and better!

    The third installment in the Fablehaven series picks right up where the second book left off. The action is instant and continues throughout. The character development is ramped up as well. The plot of the third book follow the results of what occured in the second book and has the antagonists fighting a demon, a phantom, and time. The final battle at the end of the story is epic. A great read.

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  • Posted June 24, 2011

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    One of the best

    the best book series that I have read so far!!!

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  • Posted January 10, 2011

    Thrilling

    I felt like I was there with the characters this one was on the edge of your seat excitement loved it very well written.

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  • Posted December 22, 2010

    AMAZING

    A thrilling tale with emotions so real you can feel them yourself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2010

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    "I am a 6th Grade Student in Glendale, AZ"

    The book, Fablehaven: Grip of the Shadow Plague by Brandon Mull was an extremely satisfying book. There were many main characters in this book, but I focused on the most important characters. One is Kendra; she is a brave and very bright teenager, she does whatever she can to save her family and she is very cautious. Her brother, Seth is almost an opposite of Kendra. He is still brave but he isn't the smartest person around. Seth also can't seem to stay out of trouble he is irresponsible and ignorant. Lena is another. She is a very nice and graceful person. She was a former naiad, which is a creature that loves to drown people; she was also brave enough to sacrifice her life to save Fablehaven. Patton Burgess is Lena's husband. He is also a young, handsome and strong man. The plot is that Kendra and Seth need to cure a horrible plague that can slowly overcome Fablehaven. The plague was first discovered by the nipsies', little creatures who love shiny items or artifacts. The plague has the power to turn humans into shadow figures, which make the person who was overcome by the plague, intend to do bad things. Later they find out that Ephira, a former wood dryad who was consumed by shadows. She then became the cause of the plague. Now Kendra needs to touch a specific pebble, which is empowered with light on a nail that is embedded to a tree, which will eradicate the plague. This book's setting is in Fablehaven during August. The theme of this fantastic tale is to be brave and to not be afraid of taking a risk for your family or loved ones. I love this book because it had great word choice and really descriptive adjectives, along with the great storyline. This book can be connected to the world because people would try to cure a disease if it was a threat to mankind. People would also risk their lives if it saved their family or friends. I would recommend Fablehaven, and Fablehaven: Rise of the Evening Star.

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  • Posted April 24, 2010

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    Reviewed by Joan Stradling for TeensReadToo.com

    A horrible plague is transforming light creatures into beings of darkness at Fablehaven.

    Seth discovers the source of the problem, but the Sorenson's can't find a way to stop it. With nowhere to turn, the caretakers of Fablehaven must choose between the Sphinx who might be a traitor, and Vanessa, who they've put in the quiet box because she can't be trusted.

    In spite of the trouble at Fablehaven, Kendra and other Knights of the Dawn must travel to Lost Mesa (another secret preserve) and try to recover one of the hidden artifacts before The Society of the Evening Star gets their hands on it.

    The GRIP OF THE SHADOW PLAGUE shares more detail and insight to the goings on in this series, but doesn't reveal all. New and interesting characters are introduced while still moving forward with stories/subplots of characters introduced in previous novels.

    I can't recommend this series highly enough. The world is amazing, the characters are intriguing, and the secrets keep the reader guessing! Mull reveals just enough to placate the reader's curiosity, but still leaves a dangling carrot or two.

    I can't wait to learn the SECRETS OF THE DRAGON SANCTUARY!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2010

    Brandon Mull draws the reader into the story and its hard to put it down until the last words are read.

    It was a good read and I would encourage all ages to read not only this book but also the others in the series. They pull you in and its hard to put the book down. There are many twists and turns in the story and it is enjoyable to attempt to figure out the next series of events. It is not so easy to figure out the next twist and turn that the reader looses interest. Each new chapter brings new adventure and unforeseen events that keep your interest in discovering what will be the newest plot development.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2010

    Fable-riffic!

    This series was absolutely wonderful. The character, the creatures, the plot, everything! I couldn't put them down. Any teenager will like the book as it has self-discovery for the characters but mixed with tons of adventure and emotional feedback. For me it was a quick read but I wish there could have been more so I could keep going. I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone who needs a good fantasy world every once in awhile.

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  • Posted April 2, 2010

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    I love Brandon Mull

    From book 1 until book 5, I could not put them down. When I first started reading them book 1 & 2 were already out and I couldn't wait for the next one to come out, then the next and then the next. You feel the characters. This is not a children's book but geared more to late teens and up. If you love dragons, fairy-tail animals, you will love these books. Their are a lot of deaths in these books but you will still love the book. My daughter got me started and we are both hooked. We had to get the hard back ones, because we couldn't wait for the paper backs to come out!

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  • Posted February 16, 2010

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    Continuing the "Grip" of the Fablehaven Series

    When you think Disneyland, you probably think people running around as made-up characters or roller coasters. Fablehaven: The Grip of the Shadow Plague by Brandon Mull is like that but just in a different way. The "made-up" characters is Fablehaven aren't really made-up; they are just invisible to the untrained eye, and the roller coasters, well, that's just the whole book. It leads you all over the place.
    The story takes place in one major area where the mysteries always occur, Fablehaven. It's a very large acreage in the middle of nowhere which no one can find because there are spells to protect it. It's a very pleasant place except the occasional demon lairs and evil domains. The creatures of Fablehaven are either considered good or bad; good being fairies, satyrs, nymphs, etc. and bad being trolls, giants, demons, and imps. The story begins with the good-natured creatures becoming dark.
    This in itself is weird because that has never happened before in history. The darkness affects even humans, and the people of the estate attempt to solve the mystery by viewing all the coincidences from previous days. As more and more of the area becomes dangerous, it is also becoming unraveled. The reasons behind it are coming out, and a traitor may have been found.
    It interests you when it keeps getting more and more suspenseful, and none of it is getting solved. It holds your attention as you get pulled in. The book had a great storyline with some predictable events, but most came out of the blue and were quite unexpected.
    The series as a whole was very similar. It was capturing, and it kept me on edge. The storylines all vary, but it all connects. It makes you sad that you must wait for the next one to come.

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

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    Most Enjoyable Series Read Since Tolken's Triology

    I do not have an opportunity to read for pleasure as often as I would like. However, this series of books is totally engaging. I read the first one of the series to preview the story prior to placing it in our school library (Middle School) and found that it was not only age appropriate for 6-8 graders, but for ages well beyond (I am 57) if one enjoys tales and fables. I highly recommend this for children and adults 12 years and older.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2009

    It was a good book to read.

    It has Kendra and Seth at Fablehaven, with only a few weeks of summer vacation left. Warren and Tanu get back from their mission, and Warren has a message that the Knights of Dawn have invited Kendra to their next meeting. Grandpa Sorenson doesn't like the idea that they want to recruit her at her age and worries about her safety, but she still goes anyway. While at the meet, Kendra meets two other new members, one just a year older than her and the other way older than her. After the meeting, she is sent on a mission to Lost Mesa, another preserve. Their mission there is to retrieve an artifact. But along the way to the vault, they meet a dragon, Chalize, and at that point they confirm that Gavin is a dragon tamer, like his father, Charlie Rose. They got past the dragon into the vault, only to discover that the artifact has been removed. Meanwhile, at Fablehaven, Seth and his grandparents have another problem, monsters are turning dark and spreading it throughout the preserve. They are forced to move out because the brownies that help turned dark and took over the house, rigging it with traps and stuff. The group moves to the Fairy Queen's shrine, meeting with a bunch of other creatures, the naiads, of course, dryads, hamadryads, satyrs, and centaurs. Later in the story, Kendra is back, and so is Patton Burgess, a man who was the greatest adventurer of all. They have the artifact from Lost Mesa, the Chronometer, and they now know who caused the plague, the demon, Kurisock, and Patton's aunt, Ephira. That's all I can say without ruining most of the story, and parts of the story are not in here because that would indefinetly ruin it for others, so you'd have to read to find out.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

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    Good READ!

    Once again, Bradon Mull has earned 5 stars from me!

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  • Posted September 14, 2009

    Grip of the Shadow Plague

    In this third sequal, Brandon Mull writes a heartbreaking, fantastic, and very visual thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seats. (I am horrible at spelling, please excuse me)

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