Phew! Talk about action packed! I barely had time to breathe while reading this book. It was awesome; everything and more that I'd hoped it would be. Before I read the first book in this series I thought they might be kitsch, unoriginal and boring. But they easily stand alone in the fantasy genre. They continue to get better too. I was surprised by how much more depth Brandon Mull was able to add onto characters that I thought I already knew pretty well.
Speaking of characters, this book has memorable moments with all of my favorite characters from Fablehaven (which is a magical preserve): Kendra, Seth and their grandparents; those technology-craving satyrs; the centaurs, who are rather terrifying when they're angry; the demon Graulas; and even the fairy queen makes an appearance. Mixed in with all the regulars, there was a wide range of new and equally lovable (yes, I love the bad guys too - even if I would never want to meet them) new characters: Thronis, the giant king; Raxtus, the super cool dragon (to elaborate would be to spoil it for you); Bubda, the Yahtzee playing hermit troll; and none other than Navarog, the demon dragon prince himself (boo!!! ~ hiss!!!). Add to the equation some sweet magical items, a very tight plot, a brilliantly described dragon sanctuary, a MASSIVE betrayal that I sooo was not expecting, and the suspense of being the second to last book in a series, and you have a very difficult to put down read. I'm not sure when the 5th book comes out, but I'm sure that it's far too long from now.