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Since ancient times, the great demon prison Zzyzx has protected the world from the most dangerous servants of darkness, including Gorgrog, the Demon King. After centuries of plotting, the Sphinx is on the verge of recovering the five artifacts necessary to open the legendary prison.
Facing the potential of a world-ending calamity, all friends of light must unite in a final effort to thwart the Sphinx's designs and find a safe home for the five artifacts. To this end, Kendra, Seth, and the Knights of the Dawn will venture far beyond the walls of Fablehaven to strange and exotic magical preserves across the globe, where the end of every quest becomes the beginning of another. In this explosive series finale, allegiances will be confirmed and secrets revealed as the forces of light and darkness collide in a desperate struggle to control the keys to the demon prison.
“There has been an explosion of children’s literature trying to follow in the footsteps of Harry Potter. Fablehaven is a worthy addition to the crowd. . . . A fun and exciting adventure!” — Sam Lubell, SFRevu
“The dialogue snaps and sizzles . . . like Harry Potter, Fablehaven can be read aloud in a family with as much pleasure for grownups as for children. . . Do yourself a favor, and don’t miss the first novel by a writer who is clearly going to be a major figure in popular fantasy.” — Orson Scott Card
“One of the most enjoyable fantasies I’ve read.” — Christopher Paolini
The Fablehaven series has been awarded the Mormon Letters Award, the Nevada Young Readers’ Award and Tennessee’s Volunteer State Book Award, was a finalist for Lambda Literary Award, and has been nominated for the Rebecca Caudill Young Reader’s Book Award, Hawaii’s Nene Award, New Mexico’s Land of Enchantment Book Award, the Indian Paintbrush Book Award, Colorado’s Children's Book Award, Wyoming’s Soaring Eagle Book, and the Pacific Northwest Young Reader's Choice Award.
- Published: March 2010
- Pages: 544
- Run Time: Approx. 17.5 hrs.
About the Author
Brandon Mull, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fablehaven and Beyonders series, travels the country visiting schools, promoting literacy, and sharing his message that “Imagination Can Take You Places.” Brandon has enjoyed arcade games since his childhood, when he fed quarters to Gauntlet at the local mall. Around that same time he won a gold medal at a pudding-eating contest in the park behind his grandma’s house. His long-standing love affair with sweets continues to this day.
A Dying Wish
Seth knew he should not be here. His grandparents would be furious if they found out. The dismal cave smelled more rancid than ever, like a nauseating feast of spoiled meat and fruit. Almost steamy with humidity, the wet air forced him not only to smell but also to taste the putrid sweetness. Every inhalation made him want to retch.
Graulas lay on his side, chest swelling and shrinking with labored, hitching breaths. His infected face rested against the rocky floor, inflamed flesh flattened in a sticky mass. Although the demon’s wrinkly eyelids were shut, he twitched and grunted as Seth drew near. Groaning and coughing, the bulky demon peeled his face away from the floor, one curled ram horn scraping the ground. The demon did not fully arise, but managed to prop himself up on one elbow. One eye opened a fraction. The other was fused shut by congealed goo.
“Seth,” Graulas rasped, his formerly rumbling voice weak and tired.
“I came,” Seth acknowledged. “You said it was urgent.”
The heavy head nodded slightly. “I . . . am . . . dying,” he managed.
The ancient demon had been diseased and dying since Seth had first met him. “Worse than ever?”
The demon wheezed and coughed, a cloud of dust rising from his lumpy frame. After spitting out a thick wad of phlegm, he spoke again, his voice little more than a whisper. “After . . . long years . . . of dwindling . . . my final days . . . have arrived.”
Seth was unsure what to say. Graulas had never tried to hide his nefarious past. Most good people would be relieved to hear of his demise. But the demon had taken a liking to Seth. After becoming intrigued by Seth’s unusual exploits and successes, Graulas had helped him figure out how to stop the shadow plague, and had further assisted him in learning to use his newfound abilities as a shadow charmer. Whatever crimes Graulas may have committed in the past, the moribund demon had always treated Seth well.
“I’m sorry,” Seth said, mildly surprised to find he really meant it.
The demon trembled, then his elbow collapsed and he flopped flat against the ground. His eye closed. “The pain,” he moaned softly. “Exquisite pain. My kind . . . dies . . . so very slowly. I thought . . . I had sampled . . . every possible agony. But now, it burrows . . . twists . . . gnaws . . . expands. Deep inside. Relentless. Consuming. Before I can master it . . . the pain increases . . . to new plateaus of anguish.”
“Can I help?” Seth asked, doubting whether anything from the medicine cabinet would do the trick.
The demon snorted. “Not likely,” he panted. “I understand . . . you will leave tomorrow.”
“How did you know that?” His mission the next day was supposedly a secret.
“Confide . . . no plans . . . to Newel and Doren.”
Seth had not provided the satyrs with details. He had just told them he would be leaving Fablehaven for a time. He had been at the preserve for more than three months, ever since he and the others had returned from Wyrmroost. He had enjoyed several adventures with Newel and Doren in the interim, and felt he owed them a good-bye. Grandpa would only let them discuss the mission in his office with spells to help prevent spying, so Seth had shared no specifics, but he probably should not have said anything at all to the satyrs. “I didn’t give them details,” he told Graulas.
“No . . . but I heard them mention your departure . . . as they moved about the woods. Although . . . I can’t see into your house . . . I can deduce . . . you seek another artifact. Only such . . . a mission . . . would prompt Stan to risk . . . your safety.”
“I can’t really talk about it,” Seth apologized.
Graulas coughed wetly. “The details are unimportant. If I heard and guessed . . . others may have heard. Though I cannot . . . see . . . beyond the preserve . . . I can sense much outside attention focused here. Mighty wills straining to spy. Be on your guard.”
“I’ll be careful,” Seth promised. “Is that why you called me here? To warn me?”
One eye cracked open and a faint smile touched the demon’s desiccated lips. “Nothing so . . . altruistic. I am soliciting a favor.”
“I may . . . expire . . . before you return. Which would render my wishes . . . irrelevant. After all this time . . . my days are truly numbered. Seth . . . not only . . . my physical pain . . . troubles me. I am afraid to die.”
Graulas grimaced. “You do not understand. Compared to me . . . you have little to fear.”
Seth scrunched his brow. “You mean because you were bad?”
“If I could . . . evaporate . . . into nothing . . . I would welcome death. But this is not the case. There are other spheres awaiting us, Seth. The place prepared for my kind . . . when we exit this life . . . is not pleasant. Which is partly why demons cling to this life for as long as we can. After how I lived . . . for thousands of years . . . I will have to pay a steep price.”
“But you’re not the person you were,” Seth said. “You’ve helped me a lot! I’m sure that will count for something.”
Graulas huffed and coughed differently than he had before. It almost sounded like a bitter chuckle. “I meddled with your dilemmas . . . from my deathbed . . . to amuse myself. Such trivialities will do little to offset centuries of deliberate evil. I have not changed, Seth. I am merely powerless. I have no drive left. As much pain as I am now enduring, I fear that the afterlife . . . will hold far greater agonies.”
“So what can I do?” Seth wondered.
“One thing only,” Graulas growled through clenched lips. His eye squinted shut and his fists tightened. Seth heard teeth grinding. The demon’s breath came in sharp, ragged bursts. “One moment,” he managed, trembling. Creamy tears oozed from his eyes.
Seth turned away. It was too much to watch. He had never imagined such misery. He wanted to run from the cave and never return.
“One moment,” Graulas gasped again. After a few grunts and moans, he began to breathe more deeply. “You can do one thing for me.”
“Tell me,” Seth said.
“I do not know the purpose of your mission . . . but should you recover the Sands of Sanctity . . . that artifact could greatly alleviate my suffering.”
“But you’re so diseased. Wouldn’t it kill you?”
“You’re thinking of . . . the unicorn horn. The horn purifies . . . and yes . . . its touch would slay me. But the Sands heal. They wouldn’t just burn away my impurities. The Sands would cure my maladies and help my body survive the process. I would still be dying of old age, but the pain would be lessened, and the healing might even buy me a little more time. Forgive me, Seth. I would not ask . . . were I not desperate.”
Seth stared at the pathetic ruin the demon’s body had become. “The Sphinx has the Sands,” he said gently.
“I know,” Graulas whispered. “Even the thought . . . that there is some small chance . . . gives me something to dwell upon . . . besides . . . besides . . .”
“I understand,” Seth said.
“I have nothing else to hope for.”
“Of course we’re trying to get the Sands back,” Seth soothed. “I can’t say this mission will do that, but of course we hope to recover all of the artifacts. If we can get the Sands of Sanctity, I’ll bring the artifact here and heal you. I promise. Okay?”
Discolored tears gushed from the eyes of the demon. He turned his face away. “Fair enough. You have . . . my thanks . . . Seth Sorenson. Farewell.”
“Is there anything else I can—”
“Go. You can do nothing more. I would rather not . . . be seen . . . like this.”
“Okay. Hang in there.”
Flashlight in hand, Seth exited the cave, relieved to leave behind the humid stench and the naked agony.
Best one yet
by Mary - reviewed on April 01, 2010
I LOVED this book! Thank you Brandon Mull for writing a wonderful book full of good values.
Anticipation is Killing me
by Customer - reviewed on February 08, 2010
I also am very excited for this book to come out. Brandon Mull's creativity and imagination are unsurpassable!
by Joyce - reviewed on April 08, 2010
I just finished listening to book 5 and it is just as fun and exciting as book 4! I loved listening to it and was on the edge of my seat until the very end. I really enjoyed each of the characters especially my favorites Kendra, and Seth, the Fairy Queen, and the dragon.Fablehaven is a wonderful series to add to your library for people of all ages.
better than expected!!
by melissa - reviewed on March 28, 2010
I really enjoyed the last book. To be honest could not put it down. The twist kept me involved and excited about where the story would go next. I'm sorry to see the Fablehaven series go, however Brandon Mull did an awesome job of completing the series with a stupendous book.
by Lacie - reviewed on January 21, 2010
My friends and I are soo psyched for this book!! The first four are amazing and this final addition has high expectations!!
by Customer - reviewed on January 06, 2010
i cant wait for it i have read the others and they all where great
by Anthony - reviewed on September 17, 2010
As I like to do with all series that I read, I start reading the first book when I know that there is a definate end in sight so that I don't have to wait for the last book to come out. I picked up Fablehaven volume 1 and couldn't put it down, the same with all the other volumes. Thus, I was one of the people waiting in line to read the fifth and final installment in this great fantasy series and Brandon Mull didn't disappoint! This book will have you on the edge of your seat all the way to the end! It is recommended that you begin your journey into this magical world by starting at the beginning before jumping into volume 5 and be prepared for a very imaginative journey!
by Customer - reviewed on February 08, 2010
The Fablehaven series is THE best series ever written!!!! I can't wait for the fifth book to come out. The suspence is killing me. Brandon Mull is a GENIUS. I can't believe this is the last book of the whole series. I'm bummed.
by Lilli - reviewed on August 08, 2010
I LOVE this book! Once I got it I couldn't put it down.One of my all time favorites:)