Grip of the Shadow Plague (Fablehaven)
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Danger lurks everywhere at Fablehaven, where someone has released a plague that transforms beings of light into creatures of darkness. In dire need of help, the Sorensons question where to turn, now that long trusted allies have been revealed as potential foes. Kendra embarks on a special mission that only she can attempt because of her new abilities as fairykind, while Seth stays behind and discovers an incredible new talent of his own. The siblings are put to the test as the threat grows both abroad and home at the Fablehaven preserve, and Brandon Mull spins his richest and most thrilling fantasy tale yet in this third title of the popular fantasy series.
can’t trust you all, I can’t trust anyone. Besides, I’ll be in a grave before too long.” “There’s more,” Warren continued. “The Captain wants me to bring Kendra to the event.” “What?” Grandpa exclaimed. “Outrageous!” “Only Knights are invited to the assemblies,” Grandma said. “I know, I know, don’t shoot the messenger,” Warren said. “They want to induct her.” “At her age!” Grandpa cried, his face reddening. “Are they recruiting at maternity wards these days?” “And we all know who the
hooves guiding their fall more than propelling them forward. The slope leveled out, and miraculously she and Seth remained astride the centaur, whose hooves now clopped noisily over the rocky ground. From hiding places among boulders and cavities in the ground emerged three dark centaurs, four dark dryads, several armor-clad hobgoblins, and an obese cyclops wielding a poleax. The black tree was not far ahead—maybe fifty yards. But many dark creatures barred the way. “Huddle close to Kendra!”
hands. “The confirmed traitor has been apprehended, and the worst damage she intended to do was curtailed. Some of you may have noticed old friends who are not present tonight. Some of those may be among the twenty-one Knights unable to attend for legitimate reasons. Others may be among the seventeen Knights I have discharged over the past two months.” This announcement initiated another round of hushed comments. The Captain waited for the whispered remarks to end. “I am not saying all
we remain a step ahead of our adversaries. We must not relax our efforts. Only with relentless diligence and daily acts of heroism will we overcome our opponents. They are determined, they are patient, they are smart. But I know each of you, and I know we are up to the challenge. The coming season may be our darkest, but I am convinced it will also be our greatest. Preparations are in motion to weather the coming storm. Many of you will receive new assignments tonight. Much has been asked of you.
corrupted somehow,” Doren hissed. “You won’t actually help them?” Seth said. Newel shook his head. “No. But it may not be wise to resist them either. Perhaps we should avoid involvement.” He looked to Doren. “We do have an appointment elsewhere shortly.” “That’s right,” Doren said, “I had almost forgotten our other engagement. We don’t want to disappoint the, uh, hamadryads. Can’t afford to get behind schedule. We’d better head out.” “You don’t have an appointment,” Seth accused. “We can’t