Book 4 of the Fablehaven series – “Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary” – takes us to Wyrmroost, one of the most dangerous dragon sanctuaries. Once again the Fablehaven team (along with assorted fellow adventurers) are on a desperate quest to beat the Society of the Evening Star to the five artifacts that, together, will release the evil demon Zzyzx.
Mr. Mull continues to develop the characters, giving Seth magical abilities to talk to demons and other shadow dwellers. He also makes Seth a more likable character – making him a boy who takes calculated risks versus allowing his curiosity to get the better of him. I find it great that Mr. Mull is able to develop such cool new characters with every new book. My favorite new character in this book is, without a doubt, Raxtus, a not so big, and not so scary dragon. Although he can be a bit of a whiner, he’s a comical character, capable of witty banter and flashes of courage. I can only hope he plays a bigger and bigger role in the last and final novel, “Keys to the Demon Prison.”
The ending of this book, to be honest, seems to be a bit of a cop out, although I can’t come up with a better way for the book to end. Although I’ve enjoyed the adventure up through now, I think I’m ready for them to end. It is possible to have too much of a good thing and I think this series is reaching that point.
I’m rooting for the good guys to win!