Read + Review – Dragonwatch by Brandon Mull

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“A storm is coming… A new age of dragons is about to dawn…” These are the words that Kendra and Seth hear, that hint the terrifying truth: The dragons are fighting back, including Celebrant the Just, King of the Dragons. Once upon a time, an archaic organization called Dragonwatch was there to prevent the dragons from taking over. But now, nearly all of Dragonwatch’s original members are dead or retired, so it is now up to Kendra and Seth to prevent the end of the world. With the help of Agad the wizard and friends old and new, can the siblings defeat the dragons? Or will the dragons break free and destroy the world?

I REALLY enjoyed this book! It was awesome to see old friends, and it was fascinating to meet new characters. The plot was paced just right, between action and adventure. The writing style was amazing as always, and the humor was in the right place, at the right time. Seth and Kendra’s point of view and contrasting personalities was an enjoyable and familiar experience. The situation was different from Fablehaven, which made it enjoyable to read the start of this sequel series. I recommend this to everyone, but I advise you to read the Fablehaven series first.

One memorable thing about this book is the concept of captivity. The dragons, dangerous and cunning, have a point. The dragon sanctuaries, in their case, really are a prison. Even though they were confined to these sanctuaries for the world’s safety, it’s also true that the humans are slowly destroying the world as well. It just makes me wonder whether prisons are right or wrong. Criminals have done crimes (some worse than others), but prisons don’t destroy crime, they just prevent known criminals from doing crime for a certain period of time. There are still criminals in the world that do illegal things that people haven’t found out yet. When you think about it, you might as well put a majority of the humans in our world in prison because after all, we’ve all committed crimes, no matter how small, big, or in between.

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Reviewed by Christine, Grade 6, Twin Hickory Library

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