Friday, June 28, 2013

Fablehaven: Grip of the Shadow Plague

Fablehaven: Grip of the Shadow Plague
 By Brandon Mull

The third book in the Fablehaven series is a very fun romp through the world of Mull's Fablehaven. Kendra and Seth Sorensen continue to deal with the fact that there is a traitor in their midst. A shadow plague begins to spread through the Fablehaven preserve, turning good magical creatures into dark reflections of themselves. It will take some courage and craziness from the two siblings plus major help from the past to overcome this rising darkness.

Mull continues to share surprises, new magical creatures and funny dialogue as this series continues. Kendra seems a bit lost and unsure of herself in this book while Seth makes more mistakes that get him into trouble and out of it. Kendra begins to have a crush on another Knight of the Dawn within which she becomes inducted. A new preserve is visited and dangers literally lurk around every corner. Mull does a wonderful job of keeping the reader in suspense while enjoying the journey.

What did this book have to do with my faith? Grandpa and Seth are discussing why the magical creatures are susceptible to the darkness and Grandpa says: "We humans are conflicted beings. Our beliefs don't always harmonize with our instincts, and our behavior doesn't always reflect our beliefs. We constantly struggle with right and wrong. We wage war between the person we are and the person we hope to become. We have a lot of practicing wrestling with ourselves (Page 326)." I really thought about how that pertains to our Christian beliefs. How often does my behavior reflect my beliefs? I recently met a young man who does not follow Christ because his parents, committed church-attenders, don't act like Christians. I don't know the details but I did get the impression that they are really cruel people - especially to their family. I wonder how often wrong wins when we struggle between who we attempt to be as Christians and who we really are.

I recommend this book, especially for those of you who are following this Fablehaven series.

Happy reading!


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