Fablehaven: Grip of the Shadow Plague, by Brandon Mull, illustrated by Brandon Dorman, Aladdin Paperbacks, New York, 2008.
I am thoroughly enjoying this series of fantasy books, in which a world of magical creatures exists with reserves in remote areas. In this case, we get a double bonus, as two stories are told at the same time. One is the visit to the Table Mesa Reserve, and the other is at home in the Fablehaven Reserve. Both reserves are under attack by forces of the Morning Star. Both stories lead to the deaths of heroic characters. The story around Fablehaven is the most dire. Some type of shadow plague has been unleashed, and slowly the humans are turned to shadows, and the creatures are turned to dark. Only giving up light can these forces be combatted. Also a visitor from the past is able to help them in their struggles.
I am really enjoying the characters/ The interaction between the siblings, Seth and Kendra, is really enjoyable, and you also get the hint of the love behind the relationship even thought they bump heads. The overprotection of the grandparents gets annoying, although is understandable. This is a great series to red if you are looking for some fun. This book answers the questions about the Sphinx' true nature, is he bad or good.
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