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Grip of the Shadow Plague: 09/14/12

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Grip of the Shadow Plague by Brandon Mull is the third of the Fablehaven books. After listening to the first two on CD, I decided to switch to print. I'm glad I did.

In the previous two, Kendra and Seth work together except at points where they are separated for means beyond their control. Here, though, Kendra's fairy touch is needed at another reserve — one located within (or very near) the Navajo Nation. Given (my albeit limited knowledge of) the Diné's taboos against magic, it strikes me as an odd but awesome location. Perhaps by placing it in such a location, it is highly unlikely that anyone will willingly venture into the reserve.

Meanwhile at Fablehaven, shadows have begun invading. Anyone touched becomes one. Seth investigates with the help of the satyrs. The scenes of this creeping, all invasive shadow are some of the most disturbing ones I've read in any of the Fablehaven books.

For a middle of a series book it's quite the page turner. The relationship between Seth and Kendra has improved and matured considerably, making them powerful allies, rather than annoying, squabbling siblings.

I have the fourth book and plan to continue with the series in print form.

Five stars

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