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Grip of the Shadow Plague by Brandon Mull (PWBR00181)

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Plot or Premise

Cover: Grip of the Shadow Plague by Brandon Mull

Darkness has come to Fablehaven, with many creatures being turned from light to dark.

What I Liked

There are almost three stories working at once, which adds to the complexity – Seth running around being annoying and self-centred in the Preserve; Kendra going to another Preserve on a quest; and a giant battle at the end that seems almost Lord-of-the-Rings-like.

What I Didn’t Like

The three stories are not well-integrated, and could rally stand alone. Seth is still being annoyingly self-centred to drive plot devices along, and I don’t know if the author wants us seeing him as brave or just stupid. Things tend to work out, but they would have been better if he did nothing. There are also a LOT of characters to keep track of in each segment.

The Bottom Line

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