Keys to the Demon Prison (Fablehaven)

Keys to the Demon Prison  - Brandon Dorman, Brandon Mull As the final book in the Fablehaven series, Kendra and Seth are on their most dangerous journey yet. I really enjoyed the first four books of the Fablehaven series, and I had high hopes for the final book. It was a good book, and I did enjoy it, but I felt very rushed. For example, a few new characters came onto the scene; their characteristics were greatly condensed, and then they were thrown away, in the span of a few pages; it happened so quickly that I had to reread it a few times to understand what had happened. There was no time to attach to any of the new characters, and their space on the page seemed so trivial, that I couldn't see why they were there at all. And some new characters appeared, became insanely significant, and were major players by the end of the story. I've been reading the story with Kendra and Seth for so long, that all of these new people felt like outsiders, even at the end. I had difficulty understanding why they were trustworthy enough to fight with. If they had been mentioned in some of the earlier books, or even hinted at, their powerful presence would have felt more believable. I still liked the book, and I really enjoyed the series. But it was as if two plotloads worth of books were quashed into one novel. I think that if Mull had spaced out the ending, it wouldn't have felt so forced.