Hi sweeties! Today, I’ll be sharing my review for Book #3 in the Dragonwatch Series by Brandon Mull. If you love fantasy, dragons, magic, mythical creatures, mystery, suspense, and loveable characters, then I think you’ll enjoy reading Master of the Phantom Isle. It may be a middle grade fantasy tale, but it’s absolutely perfect for all readers looking for some adventure.
Fight alongside mermen, battle sea zombies, escape a triclops, challenge a dark unicorn, and confront the Underking. Not to mention survive a sea dragon. An exotic island dragon sanctuary awaits you in Dragonwatch: Master of the Phantom Isle, a Fablehaven adventure.
Publication Date: October 1, 2019
Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing
Genre(s): Children, Middle Grade, Fantasy, Fiction
Format: Hardcover 496 pages
Retail Price: $18.99
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Cursed by the Key of Forgetting, Seth has lost all memory of his past—his relationships, his experiences, and who he really is. For now he will align with his new mentor, Ronodin, the dark unicorn, who takes him to the Phantom Isle, the secret gateway to the Under Realm. Though Seth is not formally a prisoner, Ronodin wants to use him and his shadow charmer powers for his own dark ends.
Kendra is frantic to find her missing brother, but the quest will take her and her companions, including Warren, Tanu, and Vanessa, far from Wyrmroost to Crescent Lagoon—a recently fallen dragon sanctuary made up of many islands and underwater domains. Its caretaker has regained a foothold on one of the islands. If Kendra and her friends can save that sanctuary, they might uncover the answers they need to rescue Seth.
With each sanctuary the dragons overthrow, Celebrant, the Dragon King, comes closer to the dawn of a new Age of Dragons. With the forces of darkness on the march, can Kendra and her allies gather enough power to win the epic dragon war?
A thrilling and delightful adventure filled with magic, mystery and dragons!
A thrilling and unforgettable tale, Master of the Phantom Isle by Brandon Mull is a delightful and fun read. The story is filled with edge of your seat suspense, exciting action scenes, mystery and adventure, and plenty of wonderful moments that will keep you turning the pages.
I have to confess…I’m not familiar with the Fablehaven series and I have not read the previous books in this one either. I had planned on reading Dragonwatch and Wrath of the Dragon King before this, but I’ve had a few setbacks and I’m quite behind on my TBR so I coulnd’t find the time to fit two more books in my schedule. Reading this book was a bit overwhelming in the beginning since I didn’t know what happened before. There are definitely some confusing parts and I had to keep track of all the characters that I’m meeting for the first time. It was a lot to take in, but I knew going into this book blind would do that and that’s on me. Having said that, I still really enjoyed exploring this fantastical world Mull has created and going on this amazing adventure. Once I got lost in the story, I was completely hooked and never wanted it to end.
This is truly a fascinating and exhilarating story for children as well as adults looking for magic and adventure. I enjoyed the breathtaking world-building, the magnificent dragons, the other magical creatures, and the charming characters. Like I said, I don’t really know much about this series, but I definitely think Mull’s writing is enthralling and absolutely addictive. I can see why so many readers are fans of this series and his other books. With a fast-paced plot full of suspense, mystery, action, and a few surprises, Mull keeps anxious and eagerly anticipating what’s to come. The multiple POVs from the characters take you on different journeys and all are very exciting and fun. There’s never a dull moment, the characters are loveable and hilarious, and the ending will leave you desperate for the next installment.
I enjoyed meeting all the characters. They’re quirky, brave, and absolutely intriguing. Kendra is an amazing heroine and I love her determination to find her brother. Seth fascinated me from the start and I enjoyed watching him figure out who he really is and how his powers work. The side characters are interesting too and so are the villains. I think Mull develops his characters really well and brings them to life in such a wonderful way. You’ll root for them, care for them, and just want them to succeed in whatever they do. In the short time I spent with them, these amazing characters have managed to take a piece of my heart and I felt so much for them.
Brimming with mystery, magic, dragons, suspense, humor, twists, and surprises, Master of the Phantom Isle by Brandon Mull is an utterly thrilling and fun read. Even though there are things that took a while to process, a lot of characters and magical creatures to remember, and some confusing parts, I honestly enjoyed reading this book and was mesmerized by the world-building… so much that I’m going to be adding this series and the Fablehaven on my TBR. Mull’s imagination and storytelling too me on an epic adventure and left me wanting more.
If you’re looking for a fun fantasy tale that will keep you reading past your bedtime, then I highly recommend you add this book and series on your TBR.
I received a physical copy of this book from the publisher, Shadow Mountain Publishing, in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Brandon Mull is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Fablehaven, Beyonders, and Five Kingdoms series. A kinetic thinker, Brandon enjoys bouncy balls, squeezable stress toys, and popping bubble wrap. He lives in Utah in a happy little valley near the mouth of a canyon with his four children and a dog named Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Brandon loves meeting his readers and hearing about their experiences with his books.
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