Fablehaven: Rise of the Evening Star by Brandon Mull, illustrated by Brandon Dorman, Alladin Paperbacks, New York, (2007)
This is the second in this series. This book starts with the end of school, and Seth and Kendra are almost done with classes. With just a week to go, a new student appears. All the students see a handsome boy. Kendra, because of her experience with the fairies, sees him as an ugly beast. She tries to protect her friends from him, but this only leads to trouble. Someone shows up to help, proclaiming to be a monster exterminator type person. However the process of this gets Seth bit by a monster, who now is intent on devouring the rest of him. They figure the man has been lying to them, and they are rescued by Vanessa and taken to their grandparents home. The also meet Tanu and Coulter who are helping their grandparents defend Fablehaven while finding an old powerful relic. The secrecy of Fablehaven has been compromised, so they want to rescue the artifact and place it elsewhere.
However their is a spy amongst them. They know because people have been added to the guest list. Otherwise the magical boundaries would keep them safe.
This book is very tense. It involves good and bad teaming up to accomplish a goal. However at the same time, it obscures who is good and who is bad and what roles they play in the scheme of things. Seth is rescues by being placed in a protective egg. the monster does eat him, but he eventually comes out the other end, and the monster goes dormant again. In this book, Seth's courage plays a very important part. As again do Kendra's skills. However it is Warren and Vanessa who must defeat the protecting beast to rescue the artifact.
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